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DAVID DUTCH - THE LITTLE DOG WHO MADE GOOD

Image -  - This is little David Dutch a few days after we rescued him. He had already made marked improvement!

This is little David Dutch a few days after we rescued him. He had already made marked improvement!

A remarkable young man of 14 named Doug telephoned me and said he hoped I could help him. Doug explained that a man who lived next door to him had been very abusive to a puppy and had thrown him into his back yard earlier in the morning without shelter, food or water. He said he KNEW that he had been hitting the puppy on a regular basis.

Doug took the puppy into his house to give him a little food and water. He said he was starving. He also said that every time he reached for this 12 - 14 week old puppy, he growled, acted like he might bite and flinched. It was obvious by the puppy's behavior that he had been severely beaten.

Our local Humane Society is suppose to handle these cases (the Humane Agent works through them). I told this consciences young man to report this man immediately to the humane society, gave him their number, and instructed him to watch closely and call me if an agent wasn't there within an hour to investigate. At that point, I said, I would contact the Police Dept. He finished feeding the puppy, and then his mom came home and told him to put the neighbor's puppy back into their neighbor's yard and she would call the neighbor, which she did. She told him he was to keep his puppy inside and not allow him to run at large. The man said he didn't want the puppy.

I had previously explained to Doug that if they could encourage the man to relinquish the dog to them that S.P.A. would bring a kennel if his mom would allow him to keep it at his house for a couple of days where he would be safe and warm, and that we would take the puppy to the vets and place him on Petfinders until we could place him with a loving home. S.P.A. is a small group of 8 dedicated members with only four families fostering. We were all very full with no more room for more foster animals.

He called to say that the dog was still next door but that I could bring a kennel on Friday and they would keep the puppy a couple of days. He told me that he could not stand to see someone hurting this tiny puppy. He asked me how something like this could happen? He was an incredibly special young man, and I told him so, several times. I told him that if even half of the adults that I deal with on a daily basis had his deep intuitive wisdom and heightened compassion, the world would be a much kinder place in which to live. I also told him to be certain to tell his mother how lucky she is to have a son like him.

Then, I received a message from Doug at about 10pm. He said that the man said he had given the dog to a friend who was at his house. I became very concerned. I called Doug's mom back at 11 pm and she said that the man did say that he gave the dog to his friend and there was nothing more she culd do.

I explained to her that a man like this couldn't have very compassionate friends. I also had a sinking feeling in my stomach that THIS IS NOT WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. It turned out that I was right.

I told her that if the puppy wound up at the dog pound, there is a chance he woudl be euthanized.

She said she didn't want to hear that. I said, "No one does."

Image -  - We fostered Dutch in our house for a few months, and he turned into a different puppy in no time. He learned that not all humans hit and kick you. He learned that some humans genuinly care.

We fostered Dutch in our house for a few months, and he turned into a different puppy in no time. He learned that not all humans hit and kick you. He learned that some humans genuinly care.

I told her that she needed to somehow find out EXACTLY where the puppy was, that I had a horrible feeling it was suffering.

She called me back in minutes and said that the Police had come and taken the dog to some holding kennel until the Dog Pound could come and pick it up in the morning.

She said I could call the Police if I wanted, but that she did not want to get involved or cause trouble for the neighbor as she worried what he might do to them in retaliation at this point.

It was a chilly Halloween night. We arrived at the Police station at about 11:30 pm. They told us where the city kennels were and, they said, it was Doug's mother who had taken the dog there.

We were met at the city's small kennel area by an officer. There, lying in a dirty outside kennel, was the cutest little boxer/shepherd mix I have ever seen.

He had stand up ears that flopped over on the ends. I mean this puppy wasADORABLE!!! As we reached to pick him up, he ran to the back of the cage and cowered in the corner. He acted as if it might attack us. I had never seen such a puppy behave in this way.

The police officer tried to get a hold of him and concluded that his uniform might be scaring him.

Then my husband tried. He tried to bite Terry's hand several times (at 12 to 14 weeks, the bites didn't penetrate our skin, but we were worried for the puppy, we didn't want to frighten him).

We remained there kneeling on the ground by the kennel for about 30 minutes or so, trying to convince the puppy that we were there to help him, not to inflict more pain.

I finally went into the kennel alone and told the others to walk away. I talked to him in a high pitched baby voice. I eventually managed to place a collar around his neck, and he immediately jumped into my lap, began shaking very hard, and kissed my lips.

He had decided to trust, one more time. Soon, he placed his head in the crook of my neck. Melissa, an SPA volunteer who came along to help, began crying. The police office was touched as well.

But then, when I placed my arms around him to stand up, he growled and bit into the air.

I nearly vomited. What had this man (monster) done to this young puppy????

Throughout the next week, the changes were remarkable. Love heals all wounds.

We fostered Dutch in our home for a few months until one day when we received what looked like perfect online application. We checked vet references and personally delivered Dutch to his new home. The husband was a police officer, and his wife wanted a dog to keep her company at night.

We received the following photo of David Dutch as he looks today... living the easy life. Living the spoiled rotten life, just as every good dog deserves!

Image -  - David Dutch today, living the high life! S.P.A. is Making a Difference, WITH YOUR HELP!

David Dutch today, living the high life! S.P.A. is Making a Difference, WITH YOUR HELP!

David Dutch is another STORY FROM THE HEART that reminds us of the importance of not looking the other way. S.P.A. is making a Difference, WITH YOUR HELP!

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