dont know Pattis story before she arrived at Spokane
Animal Control, but she had clearly been through a lot. One
eye was missing, the eye socket open and exposed. The other
eye was solid white and extremely painful. A thick scar ran
smack across her forehead from one eye to the other. Whatever
it was a hatchet? a shovel blade? the blow had
been fierce and destroyed her eyesight. She was thin and her
coat was raggedy.
Patti was scheduled to be euthanized on the Friday of her second
week in the facility. A sympathetic animal control employee
felt so sorry for this sweet Shepherd mix that she checked the
dog out of the shelter the day before. A local rescue group
then arranged transportation to get Patti to us.
The first thing we did was take her to our vets in Helena.
It was plain that Patti had not seen any medical care for
her injuries, because our vets found the remnants of the eyeball
deep inside the open eye socket. They cleaned that out and
sewed up the socket. They couldnt restore any vision
to the remaining eye, and the only way to ease the pain was
to remove it.
So this big, gentle girl left the hospital with no eyes in
her head. Yet she was pain-free for the first time in months,
if not longer.
Safely at the ranch, Patti has blossomed. Even though she
cant see, she still thinks of herself as a guard dog
of sorts. She stands at the fence and barks if she thinks
anything, or anyone, is out there and we ought to know about
it. Now plump, her coat shines. (At 80 pounds, shes
on a diet!) She loves to mix it up with Steve
woofing and wrestling and showing him just how tough
Her favorite activity is to climb on to Steves lap
while he tries to read the paper. Not content to merely lay
on his lap, Patti insists on rolling over upside down, feet
up in the air, tummy ready to be scratched. And if she doesnt
get the attention Patti thinks she deserves, she begins squirming.
Inevitably, the score is Patti 1, newspaper reading 0.
Photo Credits: Lincoln Anderson and Niki Payton