A Little Dog Named Tinki
She showed up on the front porch one hot day in July five years ago. A filthy, skinny, sad looking little dog with floppy ears, a few ticks and several fleas. It had been several months since I had last seen her down the road at the neighbor's house barking at us as we walked by. Several times she had even followed us home and had to be walked or driven back to her place and the man who had taken her in. He said she had shown up one day and no one had claimed her so he had been taking care of her, feeding her and letting her stay in the house. I had hoped she had found a new home where she would be loved and cared for.
When I saw her condition, I knew this little girl had been out on her own for awhile. She was so thin and hungry, it had to have been a long time since she had a decent meal and she had obviously been sleeping outside. The first thing I did was give her bowls of food and water . She was so excited she ate as fast as she could. The next thing I did was grab the flea and tick spray and rid her of these biting pests all over her body.
I found an old blanket and little box and made her a bed for the front porch, hoping she would stick around until morning. I planned on giving her a bath the next day and finding out if the man who had taken her in still wanted her. She curled up in that box and slept all night snuggled up in that blanket like a baby. I even left the window open so I could hear her during the night.
The next morning she got a hot bath and I could see her relief that all the itching had stopped. She seemed so serene and grateful, she curled up and went back to sleep. Later that afternoon, we found out that no one was living in the house where we had first seen her. He had moved out! We talked to another neighbor across the street who said they had been throwing food out the back door to her whenever she came around but hadn't seen her in awhile.
It broke my heart to think that she had been depending on someone who had never come back to feed her or let her in the house again. I found out she had been out in the woods fending for herself for quite some time.
Two years earlier I had adopted Anni from the Humane Society and I had never thought about having two dogs. I had no idea how these two would get along. Two female Jack Russell Terrrier mixes. I couldn't turn her back out on the street so I decided she had to stay with us until I could find her a home. I quickly realized that with the number of pets needing homes at the local shelters that finding someone to take her in would be a very hard thing to do.
Then there was the fact that Tinki had not been properly trained and her social skills were a little rough if not hilarious! She liked to bark and Anni was very quiet. She wasn't totally reliable to make it outside all the time when the need arose and she was missing several teeth. She would get happy and run and jump on and off the furniture, flying through the air and landing wherever. She was terribly afraid of riding in the car and would shake and shake anytime there was a loud noise. When a storm came through and it would thunder outside she ran around the house trying to get into closed rooms or closets to hide. I had to make tents out of blankets for her to hide in. What entertainment! So many times Anni would just sit and stare at her as if she were rolling her eyes and saying "What a nut!". I was falling in love with her everyday. My heart could not forget the condition she was in when I found her and she had grown on me as I watched her heal from the past. Her behavior improved with a little time but you never knew what silly thing she might do next.
Six years later I watch her as she sleeps on the couch. The vet says she's now around 17 years old which I find hard to believe, although she does have cataracts and has lost a couple more teeth. I think she's just beautiful and even though Anni is much more reserved and refined, I think she would agree with me. Tinki was meant to join us and add a little sparkle to our lives. She is a great example of what a little love and kindness can do to heal a little lost soul who had no home and no one to love her unconditionally. I am so grateful to have the experience and the opportunity to have her in my life. I don't know exactly how Tinki found her way to our street, but I do know why and that she came from Heaven!
If at all possible, consider adopting an animal, give to your local shelter, insist on no-kill shelters, help close down the puppy mills and report abuse if you see it. These little blessed souls are God's creatures and the love and joy that is created in their rescue is amazing to experience for every soul involved.