The dog that lived one thousand days in chains
For three years, Gordi, the little sweet old lady greeted visitors to the shelter wagging her tail so hard that you would think it would come out loose. For three years, over a thousand days, this tiny little wonder of a dog reached out to everyone that passed, her eyes met theirs, pleading, while everyone looked away.
Looking at the hand scribbled notes on her admission file we learn about Gordi’s history. She was dumped in the shelter three years ago, a couple of days after her owner’s death, and she has been there every since, in precisely the same position where I found her. Two other dogs were surrendered but noone seemed to remember what happened to them. Maybe they were adopted, maybe they died. Noone really knows.
Why was Gordi ignored for so long?
Was it because of her massive size that would make her unsuitable for apartment living? No, we don’t think so. She’s little over three kilos.
She was ignored because, sadly for her, she is BLACK, and OLD. No other reason.
Gordi’s desperate attempts to call my attention could very well have been her last. She wouldn’t have lasted for much longer.
She has anaemia, mange and she was covered in flies from head to toe. Her life must have been an endless scratching inferno. Her mouth is putrid. We are going to have to extract half of the pieces in it, many of them are moving freely and they hurt.
When a tooth hurts we go to the dentist. She had nowhere to go. Noone heard her cries.
Gordi also has a heart condition, an enlargement of one of the ventricular valves which will require treatment for life.
Here we have an incredible dog. She was 11 years old when surrendered, 14 today and she has absolutely no psychological damage. 3 years in chains would break a man… but here she is, she just wants to be held…
And being held she is… she is at our clinic right now where she is the absolute centre of attention!!!
She is 14, with a very weakened immune system, to say Gordi is delicate would have an understatement.
Update November 19
Gordi continue responding amazingly well to her treatment against mange. She has recovered from anemia near totally and she is on a full RAW diet. Her teeth, destroyed by years of horrible food have been treated, she has lost a few pieces but she is doing great.
Most importantly… For the first time in years Gordi is happy and loved…
Please, if you can, help us towards making Gordi whole again. Help us restore this little firecracker of a dog to health so that she can finally find the home and the happiness that eluded her for so long..
Update 9 of February..
How much a life can change..
Behind stay the days chained in the shelter… being ignored by everyone while she did her dance trying to attract their attention.
Gordi lives now in Switzerland, in a wonderful family, with friends, love, attention, companionship, everything that she ever needed but never had.
Have a look at this… Gordi´s new life..
Thank you for helping us save Gordi… Donate to save her, and donate so that we can continue rescuing dogs like her, the rejected, the invisible, the old, black, mangy, sick, the ones that nobody wants. That’s our mission, and we can’t do it without you.
For the animals. For Gordi.
P.S. Finally, you may not be able to help Gordi right now, but there is a simple way to help.. SHARE.. Share her post on FB and Twitter, help her reach out to the million animal lovers out there that she never go to meet at the shelter. Help her make eye contact with the world. Could you?