Woman Steps in After Learning That Neighbor’s Dog Spends All Day in a Crate

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A neighbor asked my daughter if she knew of anyone who would dog-sit her recently adopted 7 year old female Miniature Pinscher while the family was out. My daughter volunteered me. The oldest son of this neighbor showed up with a small black and tan dog in a crate that reeked of urine and feces.


The neighbor had told us she got the dog because her kids asked her to and then found they were not home enough to spend time with her, so the dog, Lily, ended up living in her crate for up to 18 hours a day! When she started barking constantly, they put her, still in her crate, out in the garage.


Three days later, one of the sons came by to pick her up. I had discovered she needed a nail trim, dental cleaning and treatment for her infected eyes, so when they came to pick her up, I talked with the mom and told her of the dog’s needs. She immediately asked if I wanted her, otherwise she would be returned to the shelter.


I already had a dog, a cat and a limited budget, but I agreed to take Lily. With monetary assistance from the dog therapy group my puggle Georgie and I worked with, Lily got the veterinary care she needed and became a great friend to Georgie, although the cat was beneath her attention.

Within a year, Georgie was diagnosed with mast cell cancer and had to be euthanized just two months later. Lily became my constant companion, even sleeping under the covers with me and likes nothing better than to go everywhere with me.


Story submitted by Pat A. from Manchester, Maryland.

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