Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Words of the Weim 10/19/2010 – Why We Do Rescue…

This was our first picture of Truman - how could we not help?

Today started like any other day… I got up at 6:00 a.m. , looked over at Daisy Mae, Fergie and Hannah - ”my girls” –  laying on opposite side of the bed.  As I turn on my bedside lamp, Daisy is on a pillow near the headboard and barely lifts her head to see what’s going on… Fergie – who’s in the middle –  begins her morning stretch routine  and Hannah – at the food of the bed – begins her morning “lion roars” and rolls onto her back for her morning tummy rub… then we go outside to investigate and hunt down any critters that have taken residence in the yard during the night and, finally – it’s time for them to eat – at which point, Daisy Mae stumbles out of bed into the kitchen making sure to not miss her morning chow… and this is all before I’ve had my morning coffee!  That was how today started… 

Then Debbie got the call…. and our Rescue Committee received the pictures around 10:00 a.m…. and by 10:30 a.m., Amy was on her way to Summerville/Chattooga County to pick up the young weimie in the pictures.  We were told that the “owner” found the dog about 4 months ago and surrendered him to Animal Control late yesterday.  So I’m guessing you’re thinking exactly what we thought, “What was this guy doing with this dog for him to be in such bad shape?” 

Once Amy arrived at the shelter, she realized that the pictures did not adequately show the extent of his injuries and that we were dealing with much more than simple (if there is such a thing) neglect.  We named him Truman.  Amy counted over 12 puncture wounds – 4 of which are severe… all are infected…  Truman has extensive damage to his left hind foot which was swollen to 5 times it’s normal size and had a large open wound.  Additionally, his right ear has a severe tear several inche long… All of these are injuries consistent with those of a dog that is used to entice “fighting dogs”, known as a “bait dog”… Now you’re asking, “A weim?  REALLY?”…. and the answer is “YES!” 

The next question that comes to mind is, “How does this happen?”  Well, thanks to Atlanta’s own, Michael Vick, we learned that dog fighting isn’t something that happens in other cities, states and  countries… it happens HERE and it’s happening now!  In training dogs to fight, it’s common for “bait dogs” to be used to as a “sparring partner”.  I won’t go into details, but the ASPCA is a good resource for more information.  

Bait dogs are often “adopted” from shelters and more concerning, they are obtained through Craigslist postings from unsuspecting owners offering their pup as “free, to a loving home” – which is why we often reach out to the weim listings on Craigslist to offer a courtesy listing on our site.  If they decide to continue to use Craigslist we talk to the owner about “scams” and folks looking for bait dogs and encourage them to request a rehoming fee that is substantial  enough to “weed out” the the inappropriate inquiries.  

Do we know for sure that Truman was a bait dog for dog fighting?  No, and we’ll probably never know.  What we do know is that the rural and mountainous Northwest corner of Georgia is known to be a place where dog fighting takes place.  We do know that Truman’s injuries are, most likely, not the result of him jumping over a fence or digging under.  We do know that he has scarring from previous injuries…. and finally, we do know that Truman began his happy ending early this afternoon… 

Amy brought Truman to our vet where he received a thorough examination.  Amazingly enough, he is HEARTWORM NEGATIVE!  However, as suspected, the puncture wounds are severe and may require drains to properly heal. He is on IV fluids and 3 different types of IV antibiotics to encourage his wounds to heal.   His left, hind leg is severely infected and xrays show that the infection has reached to the bone.  He will be starting another antibiotic specifically to address this infection.  Dr. Taylor indicated that we will need to continue antibiotics for 2 months to address the infection on his leg – and may need to consider amputation if the infection does not respond to the medication.  He was also in a lot of pain due to his injuries… Thankfully, he’s resting peacefully with the help of pain medicine and he’s probably getting a good night’s sleep for the first time – maybe ever! 

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If you are interested in helping Truman, please consider a monthly, recurring donation of $25/month – equal to 5 lattes, 2 movie tickets, 5 Happy Meals… get the idea?  Click Here to learn more!

So as I sit her on the couch and begin to shut down for the night, I reflect on the day – and as emotional as it gets – THIS IS WHY WE DO RESCUE. I look around the room, and I simply say “go to bed” and “my girls” assume their positions on the bed, dreaming of another ordinary day beginning tomorrow… We will do everything we can to ensure that Truman will be able to enjoy “ordinary” days ahead….

Stay tuned to this blog for updates on his progress and what you can do to help!

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Of course, financial assistance is typically our greatest need because of the costs encountered with rescuing our beautiful gray & blue friends ($300 per dog on average). But, there are several other ways for you to contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Atlanta Weimaraner Club Rescue.


4 Responses to “Words of the Weim 10/19/2010 – Why We Do Rescue…”
  1. Debbie says:

    Truman’s situation is so heartbreaking. Please help us help Truman by buying a $12 ticket to the benefit performance of “Leading Ladies” at the CenterStage North theatre for tomorrow evening (10/21) at 8:00 pm. You can buy your tickets on-line by visiting their website:
    OR by calling and making a reservation.

    The Art Place Mountainview
    3330 Sandy Plains Road
    Marietta, GA 30060
    (770) 516-3330

  2. Ashley says:

    Thank God you found him when you did! What a sweet, sad face he has! He, like so many others, deserves so much more than this! Good luck to Truman on his road to recovery, and thank You Atlanta Weimaraner Club!

  3. Maureen says:

    I visited Truman several times at the vet while he recovered from surgery on his various wounds, and was relieved to see him making such excellent progress, and more — that his pain was abating. Despite his harsh experiences, Truman is a very gentle dog who welcomes human attention. I am very thankful to the wonderful foster family who opened their door to Truman this past week, and for the kindness and care they have offered him.

  4. pat says:

    Hi. I am so glad you saved Truman. The ACO of my area called me about a weim looking JUST like this but many many more bite marks and his ears were fine, praise God.

    However, he is HW positive. He has now recovered from his injuries, and been neutered, and up to date on his shots.. and we are doing the slow kill for the HW.

    My problem is now that he feels so good, he has become aggressive to other dogs and some people.
    I don’t want to murder him, so, we are going to try a behavioralist to help with this.

    His injuries were consistent to your fella with the swelling, etc. He was a stray and he was even shot. A bb still remains near his left elbow.

    Any comments or suggestions are welcomed. His name is Barney. Thanks


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