There are times when dogs come to us in such a despicable shape that tears rise to our eyes as we ponder how someone out there could be so neglectful. We must assume that the person caring for such a dog must also be barely surviving, certainly not thriving. Dear Little Gem is one of those stories.
Gem is one of two older poodles we pulled from a shelter. Gem and Curly Sue were both up front curled up in laps of the shelter staff. The staff were simply smitten by these two poodles and felt sorry for them too because of their age.
Gem landed in a local animal shelter severely matted with a top knot so grossly tight that it literally pulled the skin off the top of her head: she may have a permanent scar. Her teeth, never cared for, were so rotten they had an infected jaw bone as a result from the decay. She had also developed a mild case of pneumonia. Someone dumped this dog at a shelter severely matted, with rotten teeth and a lung infection! Talk about a sad sack of mini-potatoes!
Since that fateful day the wonderful staff at the shelter pleaded with me to take her as she lay curled up in a lap, her teeth have been removed and she is on an antibiotic for her infections. She is coming along nicely!
And here is the amazing thing, Gem has been a stoic loving camper through it all!
Gem is completely housetrained and exceptionally well behaved. Super easy dog to care for. She does not get riled about anything and is easy going. She loves to sleep curled in laps or snuggled into doggy beds. Gem shares a foster home with Curly Sue.
Gem likes being outside in the sun for awhile. It’s really cute to see her roll about in the grass which she enjoys doing. She is going to be a weather sensitive dog though: she does not have enough coat to protect her from the beating sun nor enough coat to keep her warm in freezing weather. And she will need to be groomed on a regular basis. She deserves no less than that.
She should be fine with the older children and an occasional visit from a younger grandchild. She is perfect for a single older person, a couple who are gone a lot or an older couple looking for companionship.
Gem is close to ten years of age, however, these small dogs can easily live for 18 years and overall our vet says she is actually in good health. And guess what? No more money into dentals! So, there is a plus.
Gem is available for adoption. If you are interested, please fill out an application and email it to us as an attachment. Click here for adoption application
Medical: She is spayed, micro chipped, wormed, and up to date on shots.
Microchip: Included in the adoption is the registration of the AVID micro chip in the new owner’s name.
Adoption fee: $225
Leash and Collar or Harness: a Lupine brand harness or collar and leash are provided for each canine. Lupine has a life time guarantee; if chewed, the company will replace it free of charge.
Making a Difference
PetsConnect! is an all volunteer not-for-profit organization moving into out Tenth Year!
All the animals are in foster homes and well cared for, we pay our bills, make our thank yous and our volunteers work very hard to run PetsConnect! as a professional, caring, friendly business!
The animals in our program come from local animal shelters and to the employees and volunteers of our local animal shelters we are most grateful and thankful for the hard, emotionally taxing work they engage in daily.
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