Tubman showed up on our shelter grounds last fall dragging a large chain that was clipped around his neck. He was under-weight with bite marks all over his face and legs, and he tested positive for heartworm and ehrlichia diseases. What surprised us most of all was that he was extremely sweet and went right up to one of our veterinary assistants who was walking a dog from our clinic. It was as if he was saying. “I have had a tough life, but I know I have come to the right place. You will help me won’t you?”
In our state, his breed is often misjudged and banned from many of the cities in our surrounding area. Like profiling humans for race, religion and sexual identity, it does nothing but alienate many wonderful dogs that could be treated as valued pets. Instead, they often fall into the hands of the wrong kind of owners who neglect and abuse them. Escaping from the tyranny of a sad and unjust situation, Tubman was named after a great hero in American History, Harriet Tubman.
Weeks into his treatment and recovery, he had an unexplained allergic reaction which caused his trachea to collapse. Our amazing boy was struggling to breathe, so he was rushed to emergency care where he spent several days on oxygen until he was finally able to breathe on his own. Our financial investment was significant but well worth it. Now he waits patiently for a worthy owner to adopt him. He’s in no hurry as everyday he spends quality time with our staff and volunteers who love him for his sweet nature and admire him for his brave journey.