Newsletter - Animal Writes sm
9 December 1999 Issue

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Blazer is an 11 month old black lab. A most beautiful animal. Blazer was purchased by someone then tied to a tree where he spent his life. This summer with our excessive drought and heat Blazer was left tied to a tree while his "family" went on a week long vacation. His food and water ran out and he wrapped himself around the tree.

Fortunately, a neighbor had her eye on Blazer and called the center. When we investigated we offered Blazer water and he literally climbed in the bucket!! We intervened and brought Blazer to the center for care. He was dehydrated and very hungry and hot. We gave water and a cool place to rest. We started him on a light diet. Within two days he was eating and drinking normally.

His owners returned and, of course, wanted him back. We convinced him that we may have a better home for Blazer. He agreed, the dog was just "too much trouble" anyway.

Blazer is a very intelligent and loving animal that loves attention....and playing in the garden hose. He "helped" me clean the 'coon quarters. His presence kept the 'coons at bay in the top of the 10 ft. high cage while I did the daily cleaning. This beat having the 'coons rummage through my pockets and shoes while I worked. He followed behind me as I mowed the lawn. And had to have his face or body in the water anytime I used the garden hose.

He was tested for and accepted to the US Army's program to train animals for handicapped persons. He will have 4-8 months of training after which he will be adopted to someone who will truly love and bond with Blazer. Someone to really be his friend. We are glad we could do this for him, he is so happy not to be tied to that tree anymore.

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