Violet’s Treatment Continues
A few weeks ago, Violet arrived into the care of Janet and her team at the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre. It was immediately clear that here was a dog who had suffered in her life and who was continuing to suffer, despite finding sanctuary with the experienced and dedicated carers of DBARC. Her medical needs were many, her emotional ones, deep-seated.
Violet’s life has been spent as a breeding dog in a puppy farm. Her life there was valued in terms of the puppies she produced. She was alive solely because she made money for the person who confined her. A human who gave her nothing beyond a minimum to keep her fertile and breathing. Love was unknown, deprivation was everywhere. Years of neglect shows starkly on Violet’s fragile body and traumatised mind. Violet is blinded by cataracts which have been there for a long while according to the eye specialist she visited this week. This means that while they can, and will be treated, the operation will be more difficult than some.
Before her eyes can be treated, her other multiple health problems will continue to be worked through. She has had one nasty tumour on her foot removed and will be in surgery early next week for further tumour removals. A cautious approach has been taken, as Violet has also been suffering from anaemia, but thankfully since her first operation, this has shown improvement and the decision has been made that she can undergo further work. So, Monday will see Violet head back to the excellent veterinary team at Bracken Veterinary Centre for a long-overdue dental (her mouth is dreadful, another sign of wilful, total neglect) and removal of her tumours.
She’ll be accompanying her friend Rose who is also in for important veterinary care next week. The girls have apparently formed a loving bond, as dogs from puppy farm backgrounds frequently do. They take most comfort from their canine friends, it’s humans that are a threat and unknown presence to dogs who have survived the breeding industry.
Janet tells me that despite all Violet’s many problems, all the unkindness and cruelty she has experienced in her life at the hands of humans, Violet’s spirit is far from shattered. She shows a willingness to learn to trust humans, to accept, and moreover to give love. One day, there’s little doubt that she will be ready to embrace the new world into which she’ll enter, with her past behind her, her health restored and her mind peaceful.
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