My heart went out to Dodger the poodle after reading about the horrible neglect that he suffered that led him to require assistance from the Bella Fund in order to pay for his medical care following his rescue.
I did not realize, until reading this article, that a dog I adopted two years ago was also a beneficiary of this worthwhile fund.
I had the privilege of welcoming Potato (renamed Little One) into my home for the last two years of his life.
While I knew he had been mistreated and neglected and that he had required surgery to remove all but three of his rotten teeth, I was unaware of the role that this fund played in his survival.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has ever donated money towards the Bella Fund, and those who made the decision to use this fund to save Little One.
Since Little One was already an older dog (approximately 10 years old) I decided that he needed a retirement home and I wanted to try to make up for some of the past crimes that were committed against him. He simply needed a lap to sit on, a yard to run in, good food in his belly and the love of a family. For the last two years he has been loved and doted upon by the people and the other two dogs in his home.
Maybe you saw him as he walked proudly around Wolf Creek subdivision with his fleece coat and booties.
Over the last few weeks, Little One started to deteriorate and, last week, I had to make that difficult decision to put him down.
He is missed terribly.
Dodger needs a home. It may not be for a long time but, believe me, if somebody truly loves him he will show his gratitude in countless ways.