Christmas is usually a pretty “doggy” day at our house, but this one would have a very special four-legged visitor.
Christmas Day is our day to have all of the family together. Our daughters, husbands and their three dogs plus our newly acquired rescue dog (another story) were awaiting the appropriate time for dinner and gift opening. I stepped outside to make sure the big dogs weren’t terrorizing the little dogs and vice-versa when I heard what I thought were puppies crying on the dirt road leading to our home. I saw a small dog heading across open country towards me, and still thinking there were puppies, I assumed it was the mom and she was coming for help.
I watched as she cried and slowly made her way across the grassy terrain and up the hill to our back yard. She finally flopped at my feet and just stared at me. I realized that she was the puppy and that she had made all those crying noises. A quick check showed that she was skin and bones and was very, very dirty. The first thing was to get her to eat without making her sick. We gave her small bites of wet dog food which she gobbled down in record time. Then we carried her into our shower and gave her a bath. To our dismay, we found that she had numerous animal bites on her neck and rump which were inflamed.
So, we gathered her in a towel and drove 45 minutes to the only vet in the area which was open on Christmas Day. Our plan was to get her back on her feet, if possible, and find a home for her. She was pretty cute with her big puppy eyes!
Well, as you guess, she came home with us and never left. Almost two years later we have the best mixed-breed dog that anyone could have. Holly (what else could we name her?) is a wonderful guard dog who still whines and cries when she wants something — and knows she’ll usually get it.
She was the best Christmas present we received!
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