Calypso’s story cuts us to the core. This absolutely sweet and gentle 3-4 year old male came to us with multiple wounds. He was found literally dumped on a rural road, and fortunately, a good Samaritan took him to a shelter, who in turn, reached out to CLR. He is also extremely malnourished and even a vivid imagination cannot completely answer his past. All we can do is change is future. He is being treated for his wounds, being given high quality food, medical care, and a lot of love. As if he didn’t already have enough challenges, he is also going to begin Heart-worm treatment very soon. We are very confident we can restore his health and spirit, and once he is mended, he will be ready to find a family to keep him safe, warm, and loved. We wanted to post him to help you understand and learn more about the heart and commitment of the Pack at CLR.
5-29-16. After several weeks in the hospital, Calyso was finally able to be moved to his foster home. Below is an unabridged version of his update. Frankly, we could not remotely consider changing one word. This is not only a tribute to Calypso, but to his wonderful foster mom. Please read on:
“Wow, what a difference a week makes! I’ve had him now only a week and he has done exceptionally well. He is a calm, quiet dog. It took a few days for the nervousness of a new place to subside, but he knows my house now and I believe he likes it.
Calypso had a few accidents in the beginning, but he is learning to listen to commands and easily complies. He follows me around wherever I go. He is learning sit and down.
He demonstrated some food aggression initially too. What dog wouldn’t when you are skin and bones, not sure when or if you will get a next meal? I still separate him and my other male Tucker when feeding, but I can see improvements. They can now stay together in the kitchen while I prepare the bowls without him growling at Tucker.
He is eager to play. He is discovering all my stuffed animal toys and tennis balls in the house. He has watched my Sophie retrieve balls endlessly while outside, and he has begun to pick up a ball and bring it to me. I drop it at his feet and he picks it up and puts it in my lap for more. It is absolutely heartwarming to see him show some play drive. I’m certain it is all completely new to him. I’m sure when his heartworm treatment is complete and he is given the all clear to play and resume normal activity, he will be running and hopping around outside with a big grin on his face, able to play like a normal dog.
There is a calm and a peace over Calypso’s face and in his eyes. I think he realizes he is now safe. He lays down, and with a big sigh, he sleeps as quiet as a mouse and I have yet to hear him bark. He is truly content.
He has lived a life of hell previously that none of us can fathom. His body still shows the scars and marks of being thrown out of a car left to die on side of the road. The dry, brittle hair and skin, draped over a frame of bones that can be seen and felt. The weak legs and muscles, that give way with the smallest turn.
Never again. Everyday he shows improvement and everyday we are one more day putting his past behind him. He is getting stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally.
He was living in hell and destined to die, where most could only sympathetically say “rest in peace” poor boy.
Well now Calypso will live in peace. He will always have food and shelter, and love and affection. He will now know what its really like to be a dog.
Though the incredible help of some wonderful humans, Calypso has been saved. He can count on a meal twice a day, clean water to drink whenever he wants it, a yard to play in, two companion dogs, and a cool, air conditioned home on a soft bed to lay his head. He will be treated like royalty. His precious life will be respected from now on.
This is why I rescue. Calypso is only one of hundreds of thousands of dogs that needs our help. These dogs come from deplorable conditions. And with only a little, dedicated effort, they turn into the most amazingly loyal dog you will ever know. They know their life has been spared and they are incredibly grateful. They show it in the love they give back to you. In the face that he looks up to me and says “Thank You” with each pat on the head, belly rub, or scratch behind the ears.
It is an awesome feeling, for him and me. Thank You CLR for saving his life, and the thousands of other dogs, and bringing him into mine.”
Rescue on, Jodi