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Vol. XXXII, No.2 March 2010 Editor: Lois Gadek

Larry - We Love You

When Larry arrived at our sanctuary in the back of an open pickup truck, along with another dog, he was a sight to see. Very thin, dirty, full of sores, he looked like he had been neglected for a long time. He and the other dog had been seen running around aimlessly near a country road, obviously having been dumped there. They had no clue what to do, or where to go.

An elderly lady nearby had insisted that her sons go get them before they got hit by cars, but that is where their rescue ended. We admitted both dogs since we knew that they would not be very adoptable in their condition.

LarryWith lots of love and kindness, both dogs improved dramatically. Larry put on weight, and his handsome coat finally had a shine to it. He was so proud to look good again. Such a sweet dog - he enjoyed the attention and even attracted some people interested in adopting him, despite his age.

Time passed, and Larry developed a limp. X-rays and other medical diagnostic tools revealed that he has bone cancer, and that he also has several growths in his chest. This form of cancer is very aggressive and does not respond well to treatments.

The prognosis for Larry was very poor: three months to live. We were devastated, of course. Larry had done so well, and no one saw this coming.

However, Larry will spend his remaining weeks with us. His body rests on a mountain of soft and comfortable beds.

Kind staff and volunteers can often be seen sitting quietly with him, stroking his head and letting him know that he is not alone.

One thing for sure is that we will not let him suffer. We will let him go when it is time, and we will stay with him so that the last thing he sees are the faces of the people who loved and cared for him. The last sounds he will hear will be the voices of those who spoke lovingly to him about what a good, brave dog he was.

We will weep for Larry, but we know that he is going to a better place, where all his pain is gone, and where he can join so many other pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Some may question how we can care so much about such needy pets as Larry, especially when they are facing death. After all, they are not adoptable. They are old. They aren't as marketable as puppies who are cute and playful. Why care?

Our response is that it is precisely at such sad times that unconditional love is needed the most. It is not kind to back away from such challenges, for we all will be in that kind of situation eventually.

We pray that everyone, human and otherwise, is loved as much as Larry is. We hope that there will be kind hands, kind faces, and kind voices for all of us, when the time comes. We pray that all creatures great and small will have someone to weep for them, right up to the last possible breath as they cross the Rainbow Bridge to a kinder place.

Pets and Popcorn Movie Night

Come to Animals In Distress and enjoy Pets and Popcorn Movie NightRemember that Pets and Popcorn Movie Nights are held the last Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:48 pm at our shelter. Only happy animal movies are shown (no Old Yeller for us).

Pets are welcome to come. Also, volunteers can share the movie with a pet from our shelter. In fact, on some movie nights, over a dozen shelter pets have watched the movie along with their human companions - plus people's pets, of course.

Popcorn and beverages are served, and a great time is had by all. There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted (of course!). Join a great group of people and pets for a nice evening.

Check our web site at for the name of the movie being shown that month.

We hope to see you at movie night. It's great fun!