The Story of A Rescue Dog

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Elsie The Story of A Rescue Dog

Elsie was rescued from a horrible death.


Elsie The Day She Was Found.Source: Photo: Elsie courtesy of Lisa Mauldin.

This is the story of Elsie, a rescue dog. No, she wasn’t rescued from a shelter or any organization. She was rescued from under my daughter Lisa’s camper in her yard in Oklahoma. Lisa caught a glimpse of something moving beneath the camper and her first thought was that it was a cat.

Upon further examination, she realized it was a tiny, listless, stick-thin puppy, covered with ticks. Her face alone had three big ones, and the rest of her body was worse. Gingerly picking the puppy up, she held it as far away from herself as possible, and went to see if she could find the owner in the neighborhood. Not one person claimed the sick little dog.

Meanwhile, the puppy was looking at her with sad, pleading eyes, and Lisa just couldn’t let her go to a sure, horrible death.

She Didn’t Need Another Dog


Elsie’s Face Full of Ticks When She Was Found. Source: Photo Courtesy of Lisa Mauldin

Lisa already had a dog, and didn’t need another, but decided she had to give this little foundling some relief from the ticks that were eating her alive. She took her into her bathroom and gave her a bath with tick shampoo, not once, but twice in order to kill them all. Meanwhile, she realized that the hair was matted down so badly there were hard spots against the dog’s skin that had to be painful. She started carefully cutting away the mats of hair.

Finally, when she was through, she got down to the tiniest, skinniest little dog she’d ever seen. Lisa also noticed the dogs dew claws on its hind feet were curved and piercing the skin of its leg. When the right hind leg was touched, the dog yelped. Lisa and her husband Kyle decided to take the dog to their veterinarian. Through tests it was discovered the dog was suffering from tapeworms and slowly dying from starvation.

Lisa spent the money to rid the dog of the parasites, got the medicine and took her home. What to do now? She didn’t need another dog, she thought, one was enough.

Elsie gets her name….and maybe a home?

The photo included here is the face of sadness and neglect. How could anyone in their right mind allow a little creature like this to brutally die under such cruel circumstances? Better to be euthanized humanely, than to suffer. But the survival instinct was strong in this little girl, and she found her way to someone who cared that she was sick, starving and alone.

The two, woman and dog, began to fight for her life together. Days after her veterinarian visit, she began to eat and drink regularly, and each day her spirits seemed to brighten. Lisa and Kyle decided they would bring the little one with them on their upcoming trip home to Las Vegas. Lisa said she did not need another dog, one was enough. The thought was that maybe I would adopt the puppy, even though I already owned another dog too.

In the meantime, they called the little one LC, thinking maybe she was part little Chihuahua. She was definitely a mixed breed. Finally the name took hold, and she became Elsie. The visit home over Labor Day was good, but every time Elsie was put into my lap, she was fine for a few minutes, but when Lisa walked away, Elsie jumped down to follow her. She never let Lisa out of her sight. They had not bargained on the bonding that had occurred between woman and dog, during the process of ridding her of parasites, and feeding and watering her. Yes, Elsie knew she had found her home….but did Lisa know it yet?

Your Dog Is Only As Healthy As You Help It To Be

There’s more to owning a dog than just feeding and watering it. They need to be bathed regularly, coat brushed, teeth brushed, and prevention of parasites and other critters, are all most important to the welfare of your pet. Tape worms, heartworms, and other ailments can only be diagnosed by a veterinarian. If your dog shows these signs: pale tongue and gums, short of breath after small amounts of exercise, listless, spiritless, get them to an animal doctor right away. Tape worms can be eliminated and heartworms, if caught early enough, can be cured. Without a medical intervention, both conditions may result in the early death of your pet.

And here she is…Elsie! Shown with owner Lisa a few weeks later….

…as a winner in the Pioche Dog Show.

3Elsie is shown here with her owner, my daughter Lisa, just after winning the Favorite Tail trophy in the 2011 Pioche, Nevada dog show. Elsie’s tail is longer than her body, and when she wags it, it stands in the air and swings back and forth like a metronome.

On such a tiny dog this really looks funny! Her hair was still growing out and would become long eventually. She’s wearing the little ribbon clip on her head that she wore in the contest.

By the time my daughter and son-in-law left Las Vegas, they realized that this little girl was going back home with them.

Lisa said “I don’t need another dog, but I think she needs me.”

However, I suspect they each needed each other, and Lisa just didn’t know it! Elsie is now happily ensconced at home with Lisa, Kyle and their other dog Farrah, and takes full advantage of being Queen of the House.

Rescue a dog! They need you, and sometimes you need them more.

Useful Links for Rescuing Dogs – Click on link to go to that website….don’t forget to come back!

Adopt Me Dog Vest Pattern
Patterns to make Adopt Me Dog Vests.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Link for the ASPCA.
ASPCA Find A Shelter
Find an ASPCA shelter near you.

Thinking of adopting a pet?

Adoption of a pet is no small thing. A pet can change your life and enrich it, but it can also be a responsibility that can’t be “put away somewhere,” when it isn’t convenient for you. Pets require love and care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are not ready for that responsibility, please do not adopt. However, if you ARE ready to invite a pet companion into your life, please consider visiting one of your local shelters and perhaps save the life of a shelter dog.



Flea And Tick Shampoo And Medication For Dogs

Flea and tick shampoo is a necessity for dogs, especially those that are outdoors a lot. Regular bathing with a shampoo that will kill fleas and ticks can keep a dog comfortably clean from the critters that roam in the grass. Be careful around a dog’s eyes as some of these shampoos could cause damage to them.






Nancy Hardin is a highly experienced writer and author. A retired journalist, she is also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a wealth of experience in many fields. In addition, she is a retiree veteran, having spent many years in the Women’s Army Corps. She is also an experienced ghostwriter and you can see more about her skills at the The Writers’Door. You can visit Nancy’s website here and discover more of her work at this site.

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  1. What a heartbreaking beginning to Elsie’s story. Bless Lisa for caring and for loving little Elsie into the gorgeous dog that she is now. Lisa deserves a big crown like Elsie’s little one, as do all people who rescue animals.

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