Second Chances: More Tales of Found Dogs by Elise Lufkin

By Elise Lufkin

Thousands of canine and domestic dogs are deserted every year, leading to an international choked with stray canines of all breeds and sizes. a lot of those strays come to a foul finish, yet now and then a
stray puppy is located by means of a compassionate person--whether picked up in the street or picked out from an animal shelter--and given a moment likelihood. a few of these canine are lame, blind, in poor health, or just undesirable. those canines are unique. And so are the folk who've selected to provide them a moment likelihood. came across canine appear to be specially thankful, unswerving, and loving. They, who've occasionally been rescued from death’s door, turn into cherished individuals of households, giving affection, companionship, and solace. They turn into efficient participants of society as carrier canines, remedy canine, and search-and-rescue canines themselves. Observers might
say that those canines are fortunate, yet extra frequently the folks who've followed them imagine that they're the fortunate ones.
Second percentages is stuffed with marvelous pictures and phrases by means of those who have given canines a moment likelihood. Celebrities from Mikhail Baryshnikov to Oscar de los angeles Renta and daily heroes who've came across canines of all sorts--from modern greyhounds
to scruffy mutts--share their stories of discovery and canine-human friendship.
Second percentages is a tribute to those impressive canine and their humans. It
is a sworn statement to the reward of affection and salvation. And, in each one case, it's tricky to claim simply who has kept whom.

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Even in the most enthusiastic tone of voice means nothing to a deaf dog. Frances notices my facial expressions and responds to them, or at least she does when it suits her. Tom has our regular creek walk memorized. He knows where all his watering places are. He shoots down the path, runs circles around the meadow and then takes a hard left to the creek. He often bumps into me or Frances or passersby but he certainly knows his grid. When he first came he was very cautious about terrain changes, but now he slides down banks and even runs across small ditches.

None of them could take on another dog but they could see beneath the scruffy exterior that Louie was a special dog. So they called Julie, home of last resort for greyhounds in need. Julie lives in a large, rambling old house. When her mother willed the house to her I can hardly imagine that she envi- E sioned it filling with dogs, but so it has. Julie has greyhounds whom nobody else wants: sick greyhounds, old greyhounds, damaged greyhounds, and, like Louie, just plain unwanted greyhounds. Julie cares for them all tirelessly, allowing her own needs to go perilously unmet in the process.

The breeder knew that we had shepherds and thought we might know someone who would take the white German shepherd so that she could sell one of her pups. Unusual for me, I bit my tongue and did not ask how she felt about selling one of her dogs to a family who treated their pets as disposable objects. Instead I told her that we did sometimes hear of people who were interested in shepherds and that I would like to take a look at the dog. Arrangements were made for me to go the next day. When I arrived at the house, Otis greeted me.

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