The many years of rescuing dogs from Attawapiskat as well as the three Spay/Neuter Clinics we have hosted there have made an impressive dent on the number of dogs needing to come out. We all thought a summer break was in sight so Floyd went back to his scrap metal business, one rescue worker retired and Paul and I thought we would take the summer off. It was a giddy few moments. We of course would miss the dogs but we would have enjoyed filling the holes in the drywall made by scratching dogs and the securing of baby gates and a fresh coat of paint would have made all the difference in restoring some semblance of beauty to our house. Organizing dog food, crates, toys, leashes shampoo and dog beds would have been satisfying as we would have known just what we had and where it was located. The “to do” list went on and on.
Then the call came from Floyd. There were four adult male dogs, still living at their owner’s homes that were being surrendered to us. I began working on transportation and foster homes. The second call came. Two seven week old pups had been found and an adult female was hanging out at Floyds and causing some issues with his dogs so the owners agreed to send her out. Couple the two pups with the female and add one surrendered male to the mix and we had the first of the summer dogs come out. The third call came and two more pups arrived. The fourth call told us about an injured female that needed vet attention and we were back into the rescue routine without pausing to feel the summer breeze or enjoying a slow sip of chilled lemonade.
Never is there disappointment though. Once we have looked into the eyes of the adults and held the pups close we know all is right with our world.
Gerald and Geraldine are the first two pups to come out and they each have one blue eye. He is content to simply snuggle while she enjoys an initial cuddle then the scent of the bush calls her to explore.
Pace is the female who wandered to Floyds and she is one of the sweetest, most gentle dogs we have known. Her darling face expresses her desire to be loved and to belong. She was spayed at one of our clinics so an unknown relationship began with her at that time.
Ranger is the first of the surrendered males to arrive and he simply lifts our hearts. He too was neutered at one of our northern clinics and it seems to have been in preparation for the new life he is eager to begin. His gentle and adoring ways make him absolutely irresistible.
Peony and Pansy are sisters and were the last to arrive. Two more darling girls cannot be found and their sweet manners make them seem almost southern belles.
The injured girl did not make the plane out on Thursday so we have yet to meet. She will tell me who she is when she arrives though and we will feel blessed, once again, to know these northern dogs.