A traumatized kitten from a trash can coffee cup finds a home, health, and happiness.
What Was That?
It’s 3:00 am, and five-pound Dora is tearing around the living room, attempting to climb the blinds and curtains and everything else she knows is off-limits during the day. All that can be seen is one little eye glowing with glee as she speeds by. “Having one eye doesn’t slow her down a bit,” says Ben, who found her on the side of a busy road almost six years ago when she was only five weeks old.
A Rough Start
“She was hiding in an empty cup by some trash,” Ben remembers. He noticed her little head poking out and pulled over. “She ran right to me, meeping and crying.” Dora was in a rough shape, weighing only nine ounces and covered in fleas and scratches. She also had significant trauma to her left eye, which couldn’t be saved.
Happily Ever After
Sweet Dora never seemed to mind the loss of her eye. She even tried to play with her stitches as soon as she came home from the vet after surgery. More recently, Dora’s job has been class mascot as Ben’s wife, Rachel, taught elementary school online. “Dora Zoomed with me every day. She’d walk all over the keyboard, sniff the camera, and twitch her tail when she heard my students talk. The kids loved it. She’d take a nap by the window to supervise.”
Hobbies & Habits
Dora’s hobbies include tackling her 17-pound older cat brother, Fluffy Ed, and napping with her more patient older brother, the Magical Mr. Mistoffolees. She also enjoys listening for the sound of a lid being removed from a rotisserie chicken container so she can roll on her back and beg by showing her fluffy belly.
~ Written by Rachel Donnelly
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Early this summer I received a call from Polly, a worried pet owner with a specific concern. Her little beagle, Piper, needed to have surgery on her leg and Polly needed help with post-surgical care. This care included bringing Piper in from the car on their trip home from the hospital and helping Piper go outside three times a day until she was able to walk on her own.
Piper had had surgery on the other leg two years before so Polly already knew what to expect and how to plan for Piper’s comfort. After discussing the details, I said, “Sure, we will be happy to help.” Polly was so relieved that she scheduled the surgery after our phone call and called me back with the dates.
Fortunately, Piper proved to be a cooperative patient. She was always happy to see us and did her business right on schedule. The Crockett’s Critter Care team gently moved her from her resting area to the yard and back on each visit. Initially, we carried Piper up and down the long ramp off of the deck and placed her gingerly on the ground. She remained leashed to protect her from doing anything that might jeopardize her recovery. As she healed, she was able to maneuver the distance from the house to the yard and back on her own.
We checked Piper’s incision regularly to make sure it was healing well. When it was time for the bandage to be removed, we were able to do so without any fuss. Piper’s progress was steady and uneventful – just what the doctor ordered! It was gratifying and rewarding for us to be a part of Piper’s recovery and to see her walking on all fours. We love getting calls that are out of the ordinary.
Happy pet, happy home.
Polly was appreciative of our help saying, “Cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Jeanne and her staff for the help they are to Piper and me. Wonderful.”
We believe that Piper will have a full recovery so she can return to the Beagle lifestyle that she was born into – sniff, stop, smell, roll, wag her tail, enjoy some treats, and gaze adoringly at her doting master.
Despite his small stature, Duffy, a Yorkshire Terrier has a big personality and an abundance of love for all things human! Duffy has become a beloved staple within a New Bern retirement-home. As the pet of a resident, he puts a smile on the faces of many in the community.
The positivity garnered by keeping seniors and their beloved animals together is more than tangible in Duffy’s case. He provides heightened social activity and a loyal, familiar companionship for his owner. When he’s not on an adventure with Crockett’s Critter Care, he can be found practicing the arts of bone burying & lap sitting.
This furry friend overflows with enthusiasm while exploring the retirement-home grounds. He sniffs until his heart is content and hones in on anything we may encounter. Though Duffy is a passionate outdoors-man, he always leads the way back to his room & best friend – A strong reminder of the bond between pet and owner. Duffy exemplifies the bold, courageous, and affectionate traits of a Yorkie. By Nicholas Bailey.
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As a kid I dreamed of owning a horse. In high school and college I was able to take weekly riding lessons but it wasn’t until well after graduation when I moved to California as an adult, my dream came true and I found my first horse!
His name was Clark Kent- a retired racehorse with knobby knees, a shaggy coat, and a tongue that hung over the bit. He was being used as a school horse but he wasn’t anyone’s favorite mount because he was hard to ride.
I turned him into an athlete again. We rode the hills every day and his condition improved, we took lessons, entered shows – even got some ribbons. His coat gleamed from all the carrots I fed him and his daily brushing. From the day that I got him, he was never “just a school horse” again. We continued training and competing in hunter/jumper shows and then on to dressage.
We were best buddies. After riding for hours, my dog and I would visit him again at supper time to give him some attention and a few treats. Clark brought me so many wonderful experiences, friendships and memories. It was a happy time in my life. I will always be grateful that I took my passion as far as I could. When I had to leave Clark behind, I found him the perfect place to live out the rest of his life.
I donated him to the Elk’s Rehabilitation Clinic where he was able to be the mount in a therapeutic riding program. True to his name, his mild manners made him a top choice among many other riders for years to come. As for me, I am still a crazy horse lady.