This is a real hope for paws story from WA2S Films!
On Saturday morning we were to meet up with prolific Detroit dog rescuer Lori Briggs at the corner of Grover and Mayfield in NE Detroit where a puppy of only a few months has been living. Lori had a live humane trap with which she would collect the puppy and transport to safety with DAWG (Detroit Animal Welfare Group), however the puppy had other ideas. But before the puppy story is told, there is the story of a girl dog that was devoted to her male companion.
On her way down Mayfield, Lori came upon 2 dogs, one of which was in rough condition and definitely needed help. He was white with some black marking, rather beat up, and had mange. She was able to contain this male dog quickly, but wanted to take the female as well; she was dark tan in color and was less beat up than her friend. This is when WA2S learned of Lori’s situation right down the street.
I walked down Mayfield to her location, another stray dog crossing in front of me on the way, disappearing into an abandoned house. Lori had secured the male in her van, but the female was pretty quick on the draw and while she wasn’t willing to let Lori get too close, she clearly was not leaving the space.
The female was not going to walk into the trap, so Lori decided to bring the male dog back out in an effort to lure the female close enough to snare her.
The female complied!
She was quite happy to follow her pal and Lori around; she sat next to him in the underbrush but proved quite cunning when Lori tried to snare her. She ran in the bushes but circled back around to have a rest with her pal again. After a few unsuccessful tries, Lori tried having her follow them into a fenced yard however this female dog said no way!
Right next door there was an abandoned house that gave Lori another idea. She carefully led the male dog up the broken down steps of the front porch and into the house. Our female friend watched closely and determined that she needed to find her pal in the house. She bounded up the steps and into the living room. Lori was headed toward the living room from the back of the house and was able to snare the female!
Kelley Labonte of DAWG was meeting us in order to pick up the puppy that was going to be trapped however the first stop now turned out to be this pair. The dogs were transferred to 2 kennels in the DAWG vehicle to the DAWG House. To adopt from DAWG: http://dawghous.com/animal-up-for-adoption/
Later that afternoon Tom and I paid them a visit. They were given the names Gabriella & Troy.
Gabriella & Troy appear to be truly feral as they were not used to human contact and were skeptical. When we arrived Kelley opened their crates to see if they would come out.
Then Kelley brought treats in which she could hide a pill to help their mange. While cautious Gabriella would not take the treat from Kelley’s hand, Troy would. This began the trust building process.
After a short time Troy poked his head out his crate in order to drink water from the bowl that was set just outside.
Though Gabriella had touched her toes outside her crate earlier then retreated, water that her friend was drinking was much too tempting to pass up. She exited her crate and happily lapped up a lot of water. She went back to her crate, but very shortly after that came back out and climbed into the crate with her friend Troy!
This moment touched my heart and confirmed what I’d watched in the field where she would not leave him. She trusts and dare I say, loves, her boyfriend Troy. I’m sure snuggling up with him made her feel safe.
These two have a long road ahead of them with vetting and socializing and preparing for life, but they are in great hands and I have high hopes for a wonderful life for them.
For the record, the puppy the WA2S team had been watching over for a week never had a visit by Detroit Animal Care and Control although they had been called twice. Puppy since rescued - video soon!
There have been more than 25 incidents called into Detroit Animal Care and Control by the World Animal Awareness Society since Director Miller took control in late 2015. Not a single report has been acted on by DACC or Director Miller, and the WA2S has not received a single return call or email providing any details of what they did do.
Blog Written by Deanna McPhee
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