“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

By Guest Contributor November 7, 2016 15:52

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Baby running with a food can

Baby running with a food can

Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog

By Linda Butler-Baker

The story of survival of an abandoned dog in the middle of the wilderness destined for death.  She was strong, determined and refused to give up alone in the cruel and dangerous situations on the mountainside. She was a trooper in spite of her adversities. She had to survive wildlife, rogue hunters and the elements. Found out she was dumped up there 10 days prior.

On February 12th husband Wayne was metal detecting up in the mountains about 17 miles from home up Buchannan Road by Fahey Meadows. He encountered a dog above the stream barking at him. She was about eight miles from any type of residences and she appeared very thin (ribs were showing). Wayne had only a box of Triscuits in the car and threw them to her. She consumed them rapidly and ran back into the woods. We decided we needed to go up there every day and feed her until we could bring her down.

There was snow up there and she had no shelter. We erected a shelter with a blanket inside and a bowl of dry food. We showed up every day to feed her. Wet food, dog biscuits and dry food. She had the stream for water. We established a feeding spot on the hillside and sat on a log and yelled and clapped for her. We could hear traversing through the woods with crackling twigs and she would appear. She cautiously approached tail between legs and continued to look behind her. After four weeks we brought cheese sticks and would hold them out to her. She approached and took them from our hands and retreated. On one occasion I had cheese sticks in my vest pocket. I held one out to her and she approached and took it from my hand. She then proceeded to sniff my pocket and found the others and helped herself.

On one particular day we could not get through because of the snow. We could see her running down the middle of the road and we called to her. She disappeared into the woods. I cried all the way home knowing she was hungry.

Linda and Baby

Linda and Baby

The sixth week we showed up and called to her. We spent about 30 minutes with her petting her and feeding her dog cookies. We decided to leave and had to hike down the hill in the snow (our car would not make it). I said, “Come on girl you want to go with us?” when I got into the car. She leapt into my lap and we brought her home. This was April 17,2016. We couldn’t keep her; our HOA only allows two dogs (which we have) so we had to surrender her to Animal Control. She knew commands such as sit, stay and was housebroken. So we spent a couple of hours with her and she played with our dogs in the yard. FOAC (Friends of the Animal Community, 533-3622) came in and rescued her. They fixed her, got her shots and chipped her. We found out the owners came forward and took her home. She had been missing for over seven to eight weeks and they now claimed her? Well about two weeks later they returned her to FOAC and surrendered her. I feel it is better for her but all the shifting around and she’s about 7 years old this poor dog is going through hell. She has a beautiful personality and temperament and I’m so happy to have met her.

She currently resides in foster care and hopefully will be adopted. Poor Baby “Vinnie” I’m praying will get a forever home she has earned it with her willingness of survival.

By Guest Contributor November 7, 2016 15:52
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