July 15th, 2010
Submitted by EARS volunteer Kim Diloreto of Neenah, Wisconsin
Among the 62 dogs rescued Tuesday from the Eastern Montana Humane Society was a thin, gray, matted dog found in a dirty broken crate in a dark room. Her fur was so long and tangled, when it came to filling out her intake paperwork, no one could hazard a guess as to what breed she truly was. In the end, they put down “mutt-mix.”
As they cleaned crates and filled water bowls, the UAN and HSUS volunteers at the Fallon County fairgrounds temporary shelter had something special on their minds: “Did they take the gray dog yet?”
“Is she next?” “Which one are they clipping now?”
Finally, around 10 a.m., it was her turn. As she was lifted onto the grooming table, the volunteers gathered to watch and smile. The clippers buzzed as clumps of soiled fur fell from the skinny dog’s back and legs.
“What breed do you think she is?” “She could be a sheep dog cross.” “On the intake papers they just put ‘mutt.’”
As the last of the filthy, matted fur fell away, the volunteers smiled and clapped.
“Oh, my gosh” someone said, “She’s a SCHNAUZER!”
Photos: Sugar in her kennel at the temporary shelter; Sugar gets seen by the vet; Sugar, reborn.
Photos courtesy EARS volunteer Kim Diloreto.