As a creative digital production house here in the Seattle Area, we talk a lot about video, web sites, corporate communications, etc. However, this article isn’t about any of that.
It’s about dogs.
Specifically, the rescued dogs of VMG.
What prompted this article is the remarkable story of Una (a puppy recently rescued from Bosnia by world traveler and newest VMG Team Member) Kevin. Turns out we had another rescued dog story in our team. Alysia, our indomitable Executive Assistant/ Marketing Maven, also has a great story to tell about her rescued pup, F.U. Tractor. (That really is his name…you will find out why in a few paragraphs.)
Una and Kevin at her first check up
UNA: The survivor from Bosnia
You need to understand the context to grasp Una’s story. She was found in an abandoned crematorium at a cemetery in Bosnia, a country still recovering from war.
There are a lot of stray dogs in Bosnia… and they travel in packs. To find a single puppy out on it’s own, probably means that it’s mother and siblings were dead or that some sort of trauma had separated them.
Kevin was visiting with his lady Hana. They were there because of the recent death of her grandfather. The final day of the visit included one last trip to the cemetery to see grandfather’s grave. But that little trip yielded an unexpected twist in their travels. As the group was getting out of the car to go to the grave site, out from the old crematorium wondered a puppy. It came over to them and sort of fell over/laid down. It was tan, nearly skeletal, very weak and filthy.
“It was like she had no alternative, she had given up and was casting her fate to the wind,” says Kevin. “ Feed her, pet her, beat her or kill her… that was it for this dog. We were her last shot. She was young…like less that two months old. She was also as cute as they come and had just about the sweetest personality I have ever seen in an animal.”
This last statement is telling. You see, Kevin really isn’t a dog person.
The decision was made to bring her back to America on the spot. So, the last day included an emergency trip to a Vet, who agreed to help them with an examination, shots and a doggy passport. (Yeah- they have to have one, just like you do.) A bath revealed that she wasn’t tan at all…she was white. Of course, they fed her, too. And also of course, since she was only used to what she could scavenge, she threw-up and had diarrhea all the way on the ride to the airport.
Then came the 12 hour flight with a wild puppy small enough to fly as ‘carry on’ and two completely anxious, inexperienced new dog owners. “It was pretty much awful,” says Kevin.
That was several months ago. How has it been going for Kevin, Hana and Una?
“The honest truth?” says Kevin, “I really just wanted to save her, I never really wanted a dog, and it was tough at first. Poop all over the house, things getting torn up. You know, just the sort of things that made me get a cat in the first place. But as she gains strength, get’s healthy and learns how to live with us, I am getting to love her. She really is a good dog…and she is doing really well, considering all she has been through.”
Una visited our office this last week…Kevin was right, she has just about the sweetest personality you have ever seen in an animal.
Trac after his first of many surgeries
F.U. Tractor (Trac for short)
The whole story of F.U. Tractor is summed up in his name.
Trac was an outdoor dog. The farm life for him! Until that fateful day with the tractor.
Tractor vs. dog…who do you think is going to come out on top? According to Alysia their good friend (who happens to be a soft-hearted Vet) gave them a call. She knew they were looking for a cute, smaller dog, potty trained with a good personality. Had to be a snuggler.
She thought she had the perfect dog.
There was only a small caveat. The owner of the dog had brought him into the vet to be put down. The expense of repairing him was too much for the farmer. The aforementioned softy of a vet couldn’t stand it. She asked the owner if he would surrender the dog to the vet and she would take it from there. The farmer agreed and left him in the hands of the vet.
The vet knew the dog would eventually be 100% fine, but it was going to take a lot of work on her part and lots of TLC afterwards. The vet would repair him, free of charge, if Alysia and her roommate agreed to take him as their dog when she was done with him.
“First time we saw him, he was pretty pathetic…but adorable,” says Alysia. “He was so drugged-up the first month we had him. We had to carry him pretty much everywhere, including down the stairs to take him outside.” How did they know he had to go, you know, outside? “Well, we just made sure we carried him down there on a very regular basis. The first month was sort of brutal.”
But from the looks of things, it all turned out well.
Una taking a nap
Trac cast free is the way to be!