Not quite a year ago I got involved with JCCARE (Japanese Chin Care and Rescue Effort) when a plea came for help in fostering incoming Chin. Fostering proved to be a learning experience for both FD and me. We thought we would just be providing a home for these sweet “chindren” until someone chose to give them a home. Our first two foster boys were Tori and Niko. They were the pets of an elderly woman who had to go to an assisted living facility and could no longer care for them. An understandable situation. Chyann was our most recent foster. Her story wasn’t so pleasant.
Chyann was the product of a back yard breeder, BYB for short. She was actually rescued by another BYB who had gotten word that her owner’s husband was going to kill all of the dogs in a fit of rage. Looking over her “Welcome In Form” Chyann had clearly been neglected and used solely for the purpose of breeding.
If you ever wonder why adopting a pet from a rescue is a bit costly, one doesn’t have to look far to see that most of the time the rescue is simply trying to recoup a small portion of the cost they have in the pet. That does not count the expense and time a foster parent has put in. The cost of travel over hundreds of miles to rescue the dog, or to deliver an adopted dog is never recouped. It is lovingly donated.
Chyann’s new life began the day another BYB rescued her from certain death. She was picked up by a loving couple in Arkansas and transported over 300 miles to the Dallas, TX area. A dedicated foster couple there took care of her medical needs. This included: Spay, Dental, Umbilical Hernia Repair, Ear Mites, Worms, Rabies, Bordetella, and flea and tick treatment. The spay, dental and hernia repair could not take place until her gum problems had cleared up. Chyann lost all but a few teeth, which left her tongue hanging out.
Chyann was transported another 250 miles when she came to us. A resilient little girl, she was shy but investigated our house on arrival. She was still shedding hair quite a bit, finally getting some good, healthy nourishment. Her white hair was yellow on her belly and tail, even after a couple of baths. I am sure it was stained from laying in her own poo and pee in the limited area the BYB kept her in. Her luxated patellas (dislocated kneecaps) left her with a stiff gait, but that did not stop Chyann. In the weeks that followed her arrival, she proved she was still every bit the puppy she had been denied being as a breeding tool. She played with our Chin. She learned to be held and loved on. She learned to trust. She took freedom to run in the yard, doing chin spins and barking, rousting the other dogs to join her. House training was only half accomplished, and leash training was never achieved during her month stay with us. In just over a month we got word Chyann was to be “chin lifted” to the Pacific Northwest. With the glut of puppy mills in the Midwest, it is sometimes necessary to transport to areas where homes can be found more readily. Chyann is now with her new foster mom in Washington state. They are making great strides to achieve house training and leash training so that she can eventually find her “furever” family and home.
Chyann was a little marvel to us. How resilient she was and how she flourished with a little love. I am sure in part, that getting the medical attention she needed made a big difference. How miserable do we feel when we have just one tooth bothering us? Most of the teeth in her mouth had to be pulled and she suffered from gum disease as well. And boy, do we ever gripe if our knees bother us just one day when a little rain cloud pops up? What I admired most about her was her willingness to trust and love. With just a little encouragement she wasn’t so shy and she didn’t run off like she did when she first arrived here. How many of us are confronted with a negative situation and go around carrying a chip on our shoulders or avoid a new experience because of fear? Chyann came from the worst of situations, but was willing to trust humans again, and flourished as a result. How many of us could blossom by letting go of the past and focusing on the goodness of today?
I know Chyann will be discovered by a loving family who will cherish her and delight in her playfulness. And I know too, that wherever she lands, she will make the best of it. Resilience, grace and youth are on her side… but of course the greatest pull, is the desire to be loved. Isn’t that what we all desire?
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