Konnie Shows Us What Stoical Means
Konnie, currently with the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre, and named by friends Graeme and Peggy, demonstrates just how stoical dogs saved from puppy farms can be. Scarily so when we remember that while they’re in the breeding sheds they have nobody to rely on to notice their pain, nobody to care how much suffering they’re living with. If we stop and dwell on that reality for too long, our minds will unsettle, our focus blur and we risk feeling helpless in the waves of suffering that rescues like DBARC face day in day out.
I’ve supported DBARC since I brought Susie-Belle home in 2011 and realised just what puppy farm rescue dogs have gone through by the time we hear about them. Susie-Belle had no capacity of understanding I was there for her, to help her with any pain and problems she would face again in her life. She taught me what stoicism really means and since then, I have grown to understand deeper just how courageous dogs are that survive years in the puppy industry. Like Konnie, who Janet has told me about today as she is now, after being with DBARC for a few weeks, ready to find her first ever family and loving home.
When she arrived at DBARC, she was snappy and terribly fearful – this is common in dogs whose lives have been spent away from humans in barren, awful breeding facilities. They fear the kindest approach as they just cannot recognise let alone accept kindness, it’s an alien concept. It must be like us being dropped into the depths of the ocean and clinging to a piece of driftwood, buffetted by storms and threats we cannot escape. Our survival instincts would be all we had to rely on. Dogs just coming out of puppy farms are terrified and struggling to survive, it’s all they know how to do. But Konnie showed more than the usual level of terror and nipping. Janet knew there was more going on with her.
We had her checked by the vet who was concerned about one of her eyes. As she was so traumatised, we weren’t immediately able to get a close examination, but as soon as we felt both Konnie, and we, could manage it we had them take a closer look. It was discovered that she has glaucoma which must have been agony for her!
One of the most distressing things for Janet and her team is knowing that the dogs in their care coming from bad backgrounds have been suffering, in many cases, completely unnecessarily if only veterinary care was provided by their former owners. Thankfully, under the expert care of the DBARC team and veterinary professionals, Konnie immediately started painkillers and this improved her temperatment considerably.
So much of her behaviour was linked to the pain she was in. She has recently had the affected eye removed and Janet says she has blossomed into a cheeky, happy and perfectly noisy mini schnauzer.
Konnie is ready to find her new home, if you are interested in offering her the perfect home, please contact the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre directly.
If you would like to support the hard work that DBARC do all year round, you can make a donation to their Christmas Dinner Appeal HERE or donate at anytime to Schnauzerfest which raises money for dogs like Konnie.