On our first visit to the Devore Hoarding dogs, we bypassed overwhelm and quickly sussed out the dogs in worst shape, and the oldest we could find. These translated as ‘most vulnerable’ in our minds and also, naively, we thought we would pull two to three of these kids, because we were certain many others would be doing the same – and that as a collective – we could save them all.
Where many of these kids were retrieved with a catch-pole (not our choice), Ethel walked out on a leash…with dignity & charm aplenty.
We had her in a doctor’s office – to chart the course on her recovery.
Quick and rough news on Ethel: She had two tumors, anal and vaginal, and due to her shape and age, it was recommended she be euthanized.
And in return, we recommended a flea dip and a nail trim….and any pain prevention if needed.
There was no way in hell we were going to let the lady leave this planet without first knowing warmth, affection, good food, a bed with her name on it, and what it means to be wanted.
We have had the good fortune to work with the awesome staff @ Echo Park Animal Hospital. They have boarding capacity – which became the first temp home for Ethel – and the other 12. They allow our Scouts (our golden tribe) to take over the back area, working intense therapy on Ethel & the others. But we knew instantly with this news, that Ethel needed out. On borrowed time, there is no pause button.
Enter hospice care and earth-bound saints, JP and Marc.
After we put out the plea: These two gentlemen, stepped up without hesitation, and decided they wanted to be Ethel’s hosts.
If love, attention & joy was to be experienced by the sweet old gal, they wanted it to happen with them, and their two other beautiful pups.
Ethel Mertz – for certain happier than she has ever been, treated as an individual, and with a dignity and compassion sorely missing for the bulk of her life.
JP and Marc: We so appreciate you.
None of us have any idea how long Ethyl will be able to enjoy her days, but for right now – damn all else – she is on top of the world.
Maybe that is what she was smiling about.
Life Wants to Live.
The notion that these dogs should all be destroyed because they could NEVER be with a family, or adoptable, or loving, or trainable was pure fallacy & ignorance.
Show ’em Ethel. Show ’em what you are made of. And show ’em what Forgiveness & Tenacity & Joy look like.
Please consider being a healing part of their journey forward.