I wanted to tell you about my friend Brandi. She's one of the dogs being supported by donations to Mapaw. Here's her story:
"Brandi was a senior female husky mix in urgent need of saving. Her story was a sad one, she was kept in a yard her entire life, year round with a female companion (possibly a littermate). Both Brandi and her friend shared the same name, the owner couldn't be bothered to give each of them their own identity, much less quality life. These sweet girls were thrown food when their owner remembered to feed them and were given a tarp-covered carport they shared with rotting garbage and old car and broken down equipment.
"There were no walks, no playtime, no human companionship, no love. All they had were each other. Then one day animal control was called and Brandi's friend was found starved to death and Brandi curled up by her side mourning her only friend and on the verge of starving to death herself.
"Brandi was taken to a safe shelter where she was wonderfully affectionate with humans. You could see in her clouded eyes how happy she was when they walked into her kennel to pet and to talk to her and how they would shake when they walked away, probably wondering what would happen to her next. She spent the majority of her time huddled in a ball in the corner of her kennel wimpering and shaking until someone woul come near. A dog that never knew human love still seeked affection and when touched she just nuzzled closer and closer. Brandi still had hope.
"We welcomed Brandi into our Husky Hospice Program and were told she needed a warm and quiet home to spend her final days. That was over a year ago and every day is a wonderful gift for both Brandi and for us.
"Brandi is now seventeen and is respected and loved. She is being spoiled and enjoys going to work with her foster mom every day. She has gained weight and enjoys many goodies and privileges to make up for her prior life. She has become partially deaf and we've supplemented our kind words with lots of hugs and kisses. She is starting to slow down but she is comfortable and happy. Most importantly, she knows she is loved very, very much."
Here's some pictures of Brandi. The first is of our little (baby) biped on the left and another Mapaw junior volunteer.
Woo woo, Kelsey Ann