Spotacus--Brave and Kind
As it happens in life, even those of us who consider ourselves caring and kind towards animals, will sometimes walk by an animal in dire circumstances. We have many reasons for doing so, perhaps the animal is frightened of people and won’t let us get near. Whatever the circumstance, the decision to leave such animal will often tug hard at our hearts.
That’s what happened with Cheryl Clark. And that’s why she called The Mosby Foundation. She knew it was our mission to help animals in dire circumstances get a second chance.
Cheryl lives in a county where trash dumpsters are the main source for residents to dispose of their trash. After 3 years of trying to woo her “dumpster dog” into a friendship, she had reluctantly resigned herself into believing that she would never catch the dog. But she also noticed “her little guy” had a small lump on his side.
Cheryl shared her distress with another coworker who knew the family of the dog. That was all Cheryl needed to hear. Her fellow staff member was instrumental in paving the way for positive communication with the owner of Spot, Cheryl’s dumpster dog. The owners readily gave Spot to Cheryl.
Spot is 14 years old. He slept under old, abandoned cars and wandered around the rest of the day. With most of his fur gone on his hindquarters, he suffered from flea bite allergy dermatitis. Full of fleas and worms, Spot’s ears were scarred and thickened. He had almost no front teeth and there was an infection of his jaw which resulted in the loss of most of the bone in the front of his mouth. His hips were stiff with arthritis, and the tumor Cheryl had seen earlier had now grown to 12 centimeters.
At first, Cheryl thought Spot was deaf, but he simply was not used to people talking to him. Spot has a sweet and gentle nature which is amazing considering his lack of human touch.
Cheryl kept his name but she did one better. She elevated his name to Spotacus because “he is a noble and brave creature with a bit of whimsy.”
Spotacus was examined by a dermatologist and, with the assistance of The Mosby Foundation, will undergo surgery to remove the mass and to neuter him. Cheryl’s description of her new found love says it all: “I can’t tell you how much I adore this dog, who, in a few days has decided that the couch is the only place for him and that wet grass is just not his thing. He is unusually affectionate for a dog that has been in his circumstances, and he has won my heart completely.”
But the brave and kind usually do.
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