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October 1, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 8 Faves: 1

The Story of Dunkin - Is There Ever a Happy Ending?

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

Abuse is no minor problem in the dog world - 64.5% animal cruelty cases involve dogs (according to The Human Society of The United States). For Dunkin (a Rhodesian Ridgeback), the story has a dark beginning, but an ending overflowing with love.

Dunkin, like many bait dogs, was chosen for a violent life because of his disabilities, his age, and his sweet temperament - all traits making for an obvious bait dog candidate for illegal dog-fighting. He was found wandering in a secluded area in Alabama, abused beyond recognition. Dunkin was blind and deaf, he had a neurological issue, and nails were embedded in his stomach and intestines. 

When he was found, he was immediately rushed to surgery after a medical evaluation found nails embedded in his stomach and intestines (which were believed to have been fed to him). After that surgery, Dunkin had to have Entropion (eyelid) surgery to prevent any further damage to his eyes. Adding insult to injury, Dunkin was later diagnosed with Megaesophagus (a serious condition that affects diet and can cause aspiration pneumonia). Lastly, Dunkin was diagnosed with neuronal vacuolation and spinocerebellar degeneration (a fancy term for Lou Gehrig's disease in the dog world).

In this dark horror, blind and deaf, forcefully and repeatedly attacked, Dunkin most likely endured gruesome torture for his first 7 months of life, until he was finally dumped. Thankfully, he emerged in the arms of a wonderful woman, Lisa, who adopted him and offered him the gentle, loving, and kind world he so deserved.

With around-the-clock medical care and the LOVE that Lisa provided (did I mention LOVE), Dunkin was able to enjoy his delicate life for almost two years, as well as share, inspire, and encourage so many followers.

Sadly, on September 19th, Dunkin could no longer fight the fight. The aspiration pneumonia was too hard on him and his body, and the difficult decision was made to let him go.

There are so many shocking stories about dogs used as bait dogs, but Dunkin's was extremely emotional for me to follow. After his passing, I asked myself, "Is there ever a Happy Ending?"

I can answer it this way, yes: Dunkin's Happy Ending was Lisa! A person that showed him what human kindness was, gave her heart to him, and made sure his last hours were in the loving arms of individuals that cared for him more then anything else!

Are you inspired? Follow Lisa here and learn how she is making sure Dunkin will Never Be Forgotten!

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8 Comments

  • Victoria this is a VERY touching story i hope dunkin's last life was memorable and never forgotten

  • Awww, thank you for the nice comment. I follow his Facebook page still, and his momma is still posting pics and little stories about him, so I don't think he will be forgotten. :-)

  • thats o good i think i ill follow him too :-0

  • so

  • The link is in my blog for easy connection :-)

  • kk thnks your awesome you know

  • kk thnks your awesome you know

  • Thank you! P.S. I love your photo of the white kitty, I am assuming that is your cat?

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