Friday, August 8, 2008

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

Well, if you are reading this blog for the first time, I suggest that you scroll down to the beginning of Pooh's (Annie's) story. You find that first post under Annie's Saviors. It is interesting and has a great conclusion. It would not have been so great if not for the efforts of a number of people.

Lindy Terry, who started the rescue effort by risking her safety while trying to latch on to a dog she had never met and one that was seriously injured as well. That is dedication to other living things.

The anonymous people from the two mystery cars that got out and helped catch Pooh before she could enter a busy roadway.

The wonderful staff at the Wandermere Animal Hospital who performed as a team to save Pooh's life. Should I come back as a dog or heaven forbid, a cat, please let them be the ones to neuter me. They are good and I trust them.

The lady that drug Tess into her home to see the news report, thank you!

Tess, Poohs owner, You demonstrated a great love for this dog through your neighborhood door to door searches and the dog knows it as well as the ones that were there to witness the reunion. They say that Pooh was on the verge of speech.
This is an example of how your good thoughts and prayers can be answered.

Do not be afraid to stop and help another living animal. Two legs or four. At some point in time you will be rewarded.

I received an e-mail from Tesses sister Melodie. She had some well deserved concerns about my first post about Pooh, (Annie.)I asked for her permission to post her comments and she agreed. I will also post my response.


Dear Randy,

I just read your blog entries about Pooh and felt I needed to respond. First of all, I would like to thank your niece Lindy, for pulling over to resue Pooh, my sister's baby. Not everyone would do that, not knowing how an injured dog will react. It upset me to read some of your comments, however, and I would like to set the record straight. If you knew Tess and Pooh you would know that many of your descriptions are way off base:

I look at my unkempt fur and feel this thing around my neck that once held my identity. The tags long since gone as are the praising words of the child who once fed me.
Could her fur have been unkempt due to escaping from an attacking coyote? She had been attacked at the house and was found approximately a half-mile away.

I, once loved, now encouraged to keep my distance from humans. Tormented by thrown rocks and stinging words.
Pooh has never experienced thrown rocks or stinging words. She is naturally shy around everyone except Tess, even family.

I cannot help but to lay on my side preparing to be struck,... Pooh had been on the run from a coyote for who knows how long. She may have lain on her side from exhaustion, not waiting to be struck. Maybe she was relieved someone saw her and was helping her . Maybe she could not fight any more.

The little girl that had looked as though she been on the streets for sometime ... Pooh stayed outside on guard-duty during the day while Tess was at work. After Tess got home Pooh was in the house, lying on the end of the couch. She was not a street dog.

It makes you wonder if maybe she was left behind by her owners by accident or maybe on purpose. If Pooh were truly the unloved, abused dog your blog seems to portray she would not have been looking for her owner. Pooh is very attached to Tess and would not have left her willingly.

I will miss "Annie" very much but deep down I knew that she would not be ours for long.Once Annie saw her owner she transformed into a completely different dog!! Once they made contact Annie jumped into her owner, Tess's lap and kissed her on the face and cuddled as close as she could to her.
I think this says it all. This reaction lets you know that Pooh is loved. I call every night and know how many places Tess went and how many people she talked to. She never gave up on her and always talked about when Pooh came home, not if she came home. Again, thank you to Lindy for rescuing Pooh and to you for contacting KREM2 and getting her on tv so Tess could find her. The two you put events in motion so Pooh could return home where she belongs. We need more people willing to do this. Melodie(Tess's sister)

Thank you for your response Melodie, I hope I cleared up any doubt that Pooh is loved by your wonderful sister with the final post. You have to understand that when I was told about the events on the phone I was and still am in the Arctic. I am a writer but not always of facts. I had not seen any photos of Pooh when the initial post was written. I without a doubt took a great deal of creative liberties while writing the story. It is clear that Pooh is well cared for because she is 15 years old. At the time the vet thought she was about 8 years old. this is a testament to the care she received from Tess. It is very impressive.If you like I can post your comment on the blog site but only with your permission.

Randy J. Cole

Melodie, I should also mention that when I wrote the first entry, it was really a depiction of the plight of all dogs in general that find them selves alone and almost reads like a poem. Most of the stuff I write for my blog and other projects are from first hand experience except my historical references such as Lincolns Rain. I really had no idea at that moment that I would contact KREM News but it was something that occurred to me after the fact. Anyway I am glad that it turned out the way it did.

Randy J. Cole

2 comments:

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Again, best wishes to everyone who participated in Pooh's rescue and care. I'm thrilled that Pooh and her owner were reunited.

Randy - we all know you as a teller of stories. What your original post did was personify a terrifying situation that many dogs and cats and other animals suffer and was clearly fiction. Now that we know the "rest of the story" it's understood that Pooh was lost and thankfully found. However, your story will remain with those of us who read it and will come back to us should we come across an animal in need. Thank you for bringing Pooh's story to the front of our consciousness, Randy.

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