December 30, 2015


Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , , at 2:32 pm by havenoftheheart

A while back, I had dropped in at the vet quite serendipitously to pay a bill. While waiting at reception, in walked a chap with this beautiful 15 yr old lab boxer mix. The dog hurried towards me all licks and wags and I commented on his great condition.  The owner and the dog walked into the examination room.  A few minutes later while I was still waiting, I overheard the vet speak of euthanasia.  I was shocked to think that this lively sweetie should meet an untimely death, later to find out that the dog could no longer hold his urine while the owner was away at work and euthanasia was to be the solution.

I asked the vet if she thought the owner would consider allowing me to take the dog home.  A few seconds later an elated owner with happy dog emerged from the room thanking me profusely for helping out.  I shouldn’t even have been at the vet that day but I think fate guided me to a dog who had a very strong desire to remain alive.

Gizmo is an easy dog to care for.  He loves his food, his walks and gets on well with both dogs and cats. I let him out several times throughout the day and have had no accidents.  He would make a fine companion dog for a senior, who enjoyed long walks.

If you are reading this, then perhaps Gizmo is your serendipity too.




December 20, 2015

Saving Kingston

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , at 2:37 pm by havenoftheheart

Meet Kingston, a young shepherd who was found injured three or four weeks ago and was taken to an area pound. He was not doing well and I agreed to take care of him.

I had x-rays done which indicated spinal compression possibly from injury. He is a bit too young for spinal myelopathy. Our next step will be to arrange for MRI, hopefully he will be a candidate for decompression surgery.

He walks very wobbly like with myelopathy but feels pain in critical area. He is on analgesic and anti-inflammatory meds and doing very well, but will need further treatments once all the tests are done and we know more. We just can’t keep a young dog on meds forever.

He has the sweetest disposition, he loves everyone and everything, even the squirrels.



December 13, 2015

Hector 2005 – 2015

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , at 1:33 pm by havenoftheheart

“Softly he left my embrace and walked across the room. Without making a sound, he lowered his body ever so gently onto the doggy bed.  There he drifted away with grace and nobility into a greater realm.”

This was truly what happened when Hector left me, as if an angel had descended upon him and led him away. Strangely, instead of grief, I felt peace… and pride. Yes, I am proud of my handsome Hector, for being majestic, brave and dignified.

Hector was adopted out as a puppy 10 years ago, but sadly, he was returned to the Haven when his owner passed away.  Hector, who lived in a country property all his life with his elderly owner, was rather shy and did not easily interact with strangers or other animals.

Dogs are resilient creatures. They bear heartaches, abuse and neglect but always seem to get through hardship with unbridled optimism and high spirit, given that we provide them with love, care, support and plenty of treats.  Hector was a fine example. Through playtime with both human and other dogs, he slowly gained confidence and trust.

In late November, Hector was rushed to the hospital for surgery after discovering that there was a tumour in his spleen and it had ruptured.  Surgery went extremely well and it was a joy for me to see that he recovered quickly and mightily to his own noble self.  Alas, all good things must come to an end, even with his spleen incised, the cancer had metastasized and his prognosis was poor.  On December 8, three weeks after his surgery, Hector passed away with grace and nobility.

He will always be in my heart.



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