A Food Samaritan was walking nearby dumpster in a wintery morning in November, at the meantime, they heard a tiny cry from the trash.
While peeking in the thrash, they couldn’t believe that a little puppy was lying inside it. She was rushed to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) as the 5-week-old puppy was cold, terrified and covered in wounds.
Dana Hersl, the manager of BARCS emergency medical department said, “Her entire head and face were swollen, and she was only able to open her eyes about 3 millimetres. She also had wounds to her front left leg.”
Hersl told that the puppy had likely been bitten by another animal and then someone tossed her away without any concern for her injuries. Hersl decided to foster her as she required around-the-clock care until she was healthy enough to be adopted.
“My boyfriend and I picked her up from the ER and instantly fell in love with this itty bitty being that was so swollen,” Hersl told. “I couldn’t even make out her face. Once I looked her up and read the memos on how and where she was found, it made us want to love her even more, she added.”
Hersl cradled the puppy in her lap on the way to home. The song “I Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish was playing on the radio and the couple decided to name the little pooch as Hootie.
Overall, before being left in the dumpster, she had been attacked which made her eye, skull and jaw fractured. Though she was not feeling well, Thankfully! She was in a perfect place where she could be healed. Hersl cared for Hootie day and night, administering medication and giving her cuddles as she took nap most of the day.
Hersl fed her pureed and moistened food frequently as she could barely open her mouth. Luckily, she could slip water on her own.
Within a few weeks, she started to recover, and she was able to play with toys and chase her foster siblings around the house. Overall, she had started to experience what being a puppy was all about. She was also able to eat the whole meal and treats all by herself for the first time.
“It didn’t take long for her personality to take over the wounds,” Hersl told. “Hootie wanted to chew on everything, play with the other animals (we have three dogs and a cat) and run zoomies around the house.”
As the days have passed, 3 months old Hootie is becoming stronger and spunkier and spends her days romping around with her foster family’s dog. Sweetly! She is also trying to make friends with their cart. At the same time, she is also being close to Hersl’s son, who is 6 years old.
Hootie is friendly to everyone. Hersl hopes that she would find a family to Hootie who will be able to look after her and will give her all the love and attention she deserves. She expects that the family would have other animals and children too.
Within a few weeks, Hootie will be put on adoption as soon her wounds are cleared.
“A dog sibling that can show her how to grow up being a playful, yet respectful dog would be best,” Hersl said. “A motherly K9 would be great. She lost [having that bond] as a puppy, so she would benefit from that in her new home.”
Until then, Hootie is having a blast making the most of her second chance at life — and just being the wild little puppy, she is.
“She rules the household,” Hersl told. “You would never know that this little bundle of craziness experienced something so traumatic.”
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