Friday, September 11, 2009

Our Little House Guest

Meet Lita, she's my oldest daughter's dog, but she's staying with us right now. I don't know how much she weighs but it can't be more than four pounds. She's just brought this rock into the house, and she won't let my dogs (I have three) touch it. This is her rock now, to go with the twigs, bark, and leaves that she keeps dragging in from outside.

A couple of years ago, my son and I were driving and I spotted a small critter running down the middle of the road, upon closer inspection I saw that it was a tiny (and I mean tiny) puppy. He got out to save the puppy from certain death, as it was headed towards the main highway, when it saw him it made a quick detour, tumbling into the gutter and trying in vain to scale the curb. He caught her. She fit in the palm of his hand. "Knock on that door, see if she belongs to them." My son knocked on the door of the closest house. Nobody answered. We drove back home.

My oldest daughter already had a chihuahua, Salsa, and she had been making noise about getting another. When we got a good look at the little puppy we could see that it was very young, probably too young to be taken away from her mama, and it was a girl. She was filthy and splattered with orange paint, and literally starving, you could make out her tiny vertebrae and ribs distictly. I called my daughter and asked her if she wanted the puppy, if she didn't I would have to take it to the animal shelter. We were living in the country at the time and our huge yard would have been a hazardous environment for such a tiny creature. My daughter said yes, she wanted the puppy.

We immediately took her into the vet. He said that she was not yet six weeks old. He cleaned her up, and gave us special food to feed her and instructions on how to feed her, as she was starving. My daughter drove out to pick her up and her husband named the puppy Lolita, Lita for short. Salsa and Lita are quite a team. Salsa is black, (see picture above), she's what they call a deer-head, and as you can see, Lita is brown and white and has an apple-head.

I won't go into why Lita is with us in this post, I'll tell you later. I intend to post the story about Oliver and Lita later. That, as they say, is another story.

All Rights Reserved. © 2009 by Elizabeth Bradley.


Maggie May said...

I just love that story and so pleased it had a happy ending.
I love the second picture of the chihuahua. Love those little dogs but I guess they are too frail to cope with my grandchildren.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

The beginning of your post made me cry. I am an avid animal lover and abhor anyone that tosses animals out to die or abuses them in any way. Anyone who takes one or more of those in and gives them a home full of love and caring is a saint in my book. Thank you for a happy ending to the story!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

People who abandon pets deserve undreamt of punishments. Bless you for having a warm heart. I can't go near animal shelters because I know I would bring every creature there home.


Galen Kindley--Author said...

I agree with your other posters. This was a sweet, sweet story. Bless you and your family for taking care of the little dog that couldn't take care of itself. There's a special place in heaven for you. Great Job.

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Kim said...

Animal rescue is one of my favourite things. I'm so glad that your daughter kept Lita. I always automatically like dog people.

The Victorian Parlor said...

They're adorable!!! How wonderful that you saved Lita and she has such a loving home:).



Cloudia said...

When you get to the next world,
a small paw will go up and a small bark will aclaim you welcome there!


Comfort Spiral

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic story !! Great..Unseen Rajasthan

TechnoBabe said...

I love rescue stories. Especially to hear how a little dog was out wandering alone and hungry and ended up getting a good home. I always wished someone would come along and rescue me when I was a kid. Reaching out a helping hand to animals in need is showing a love and kindness some people can't even show each other. This is a wonderful post. You hooked me, I can't wait for the story off Oliver and Lita.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Hi, there!!! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving me such a lovely warm welcome!!!! You're the best! I love Lita!!!! I have a very big soft spot for dogs!!! And reading your post about your book, I'm wondering when it hits Amazon??? Looking forward to it!! I'm sure you are, too! Cheers, my friend!!! Janine XO

Anne Spollen said...

What a cute little being! We have five cats and a big, dopey German shepherd -- all rescues, right on death's door at the shelter.

And I loved the way you wrote this -- I couldn't stop reading it.

Nancy said...

Oh, I am so glad you were the ones to find little Lita. What a sweet story - with a happy ending. My favorite kind.

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