Doug Bittinger

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What we know about Callie

A good deal of info has been posted to Facebook about Callie and her history by the people involved in her rescue.  The following is my distillation of those accounts.

Callie was originally the family dog of a couple with kids.  It appears Callie was kept pregnant much of the time and they sold the puppies.  The couple split up and he left, leaving Callie and the kids with her.  She claims Callie was his dog, and it seems she took out her feelings about this break-up on Callie, exiling her to existence outside the home.

The Mom and kids went away for 3 weeks, leaving Callie outside with no shelter, food or water.  A gentleman who lives nearby took pity on Callie and started leaving food, water, and a blanket for her to lie on outside his door.  When he passed away, his son came to clear out the house, found Callie and took her home with him.  They fell in love with her.

Callie was pregnant and close to delivering.  While Callie seemed gentle and calm, she did snap at the family’s Boston Terrier when he got too close once.  The husband feared that their kids might get in the middle of a dog fight if they let her stay and took Callie to the Humane Society of Jefferson County.

H.S.J.C. placed Callie with one of their long-time foster homes until Callie’s puppies were delivered and weaned.  They had no incidents, indeed they loved her.

Once Callie came back to H.S.J.C. to seek adoption, she tested positive for heartworms.  Being a “pit bull”, being seven years old, and now being H.W. positive could have been her “three strikes: you’re out” that would send her to the euthanasia room.  But because everyone loved her so much, members of the shelter staff determined to save her.  Donors were contacted for the funds needed to pay for her H.W. treatment and Marie and I agreed to foster her through treatment and recovery.

This is what rescue is about: people working together, each doing what we can, to save the lives of abandoned or abused furbabies like Callie.

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