Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cissy Arrives at Golden Pines

There is an Albert Einsten quote that I read several days ago that goes:   

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, 
but because of those who look on and do nothing." 

For several reasons that quote stuck with me and it ran through my mind when I was contacted by the rescue on Friday afternoon about taking a senior girl that was in a Virginia shelter.  
The timing could not be worse with Carl still recovering, my feeling so worn out, and other things that life is demanding of me. But when I heard Cissy's story and saw her pictures like the one above, I could not "look on and do nothing," and so without any hesitation whatsoever, I agreed.  

So after a very, very long day on Saturday, we welcomed Cissy to Golden Pines. As you can see in her photos, she has been very severely neglected. She was turned into the shelter by her 'owner' and I will only say that I have counted yesterday among the days that I marveled at how incredibly undeserving of the label “human” some people can be. 
And with that I will also spare you the details of was matted within her coat, and just say that a friend met me at a 'dog-wash' where Cissy was cheered on by everyone in the shop that kindly donated everything that we needed to give her a really, really good bath.  
I do not know what Cissy's story will be. Of course I am worried about her.  All the dogs, including Todd, are very subdued around her.  I know she is really not feeling well, and has many medical problems that will hamper a quick recovery, if one is meant to be. But as I sit here and look at her sleeping soundly, I am taken by her sweet old face and I'm grateful because I know that she is safe and has a warm bed to sleep on.  And because I have no doubt that for however long she is with us, her story will end with someone who cares about what happens to her. And to me, that's what's most important.   

82 comments:

  1. my god kim. my god.
    the pictures BREATHE sorrow. and pain. and futility.
    i cannot wait for her to come back to the joy that is innately DOG.
    she needs your love like none other. it is written all over her face. oh kim. i thought i respected and loved you before.
    it was a drop in the bucket.
    dear heart.
    thank you for being you.
    writing this through tears.

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  2. Oh my goodness, how can poor sweet Cissy have got into this state?! It makes me feel sick just looking at her photos. THANK GOODNESS she is now with you, for however long she has left. She knows now that she is cared for, she is loved, she matters.

    Bless your heart, Kim.

    xxxxxxxxxx

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  3. How sad, I am so glad you were able to help rescue Cissy. I believe some people should not be allowed to have dogs. I hope she can recover from the abuse.

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  4. I have no words. My heart hurts for her and swells with appreciation , gratitude and respect for you and Carl. May you be blessed beyond measure. I pray Carl has a quick recovery and that you can have some rest and be filled with peace. Prayers also that your new member will be comfortable and feel your love.

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  5. That is so sad. Glad she has gotten a clean up and will get the love she obviously needs from you.

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  6. Woof! Woof! Mom is at awww seeing the 2nd photo. You have a kind loving heart. Sending Lots of Golden LOVE and Healing thoughts to Carl. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  7. Have lurked for a long time but with this last post I just want to say thank you for doing what you do.

    Whatever difficulties Cissy may face she will do so knowing she is loved and cared for by you and your husband (who I trust is feeling better each day).

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  8. God bless you Kim for your generous and open heart. Paws crossed for Cissy - poor doggie - what she must have gone through - but she's home now and safe.

    Best wishes to Carl too - strength to you Kim during these days.

    Woofs
    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

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  9. Bless you bless you for not looking the other way. I see so much sweetness in her face. And I know that from here on out she WILL be well cared for and loved beyond measure. May blessing shower down upon you as you travel this journey with her.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  10. Once again you are a Angel, OMG!!! I do not or will not understand how cruel people can be to be of the most beloved animals such as a dog, and all they want in life is to be loved.......Shame on them....You Kim have such a big heart towards dogs and for that I love you..... Bless you for taking in yet another old girl, at least Cissy can feel warmth and love for ever how long she is with you.......Blessings Francine.

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  11. Thank you for bringing Cissy home.

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  12. She will spend her days in comfort now, being loved and fed and cared for the way she deserves. Thank you for giving her that.

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  13. Kim, you have created yet another tear in my eyes...Cissy is blessed and for her time remaining she will be yours forever!...:)JP

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  14. I ca't wait to see how Cissy is doing in a couple of weeks with the love of the other dogs and you and Carl. If any pack can create a miracle, it's yours.

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  15. Sure glad that someboby cares about one of our fur pals. Take good care of Cissy for us!!!

    Your Plas
    The Mad Scots

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  16. I have happy tears running down my face right now ... happy that Cissy, whatever her future, has a warm bed, a kind touch, and a family to love her. Bless you.

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  17. oh, bless you, once again. she needed safety and care and you opened your heart and home, once again.

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  18. I have said it before, and will say it again, God will bless you for all of your goodness someday, and this cruel world definately needs more animal lovers like you! Give Todd a big sloppy kiss from Soph and me.

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  19. wow Kim,
    My heart breaks for what Cissy has endured--as someone mentioned above 'futility' just sums up her look. My heart also swells, because of what you are doing. I help when I can, but usually it is just a brief stay and I know how much time and effort that takes--but you--you are constantly going the extra mile and putting into action the things that make a difference in a huge way for these dogs.

    Sorry for the long sentence. ha. I pray Cissy will rebound and have some quality time being loved on. She needs it and deserves it.

    Take care,
    Tammy

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  20. Kim, I'm so thankful for you and humbled by you. This is a heartbreaking story and Cissy is so fortunate to be in your home.

    xo
    Lynn

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  21. I could echo this situation a thousand times over, after seeing the amount of neglect humans inflict on their so called 'beloved pets', I have seen it all.
    Thankfully there are angels like you and Carl with huge hearts, and an undying dedication to nuture these sweet animals back to health, and give them all the love and attention they truly deserve.
    You are special people who walk amongst us, and Cissy is one of the most fortunate ones.
    Thank you.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  22. It must be the weekend for hard luck stories. A blog friend in England is trying to help raise funds for a Greyhound returned to them who was hit in the head so hard his skull was fractured. Really, what is wrong with people?

    I am glad Cissy has a place with you, at least for now, and that her final days will be in a soft place, whether that's at your house or years later at someone else's!

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  23. I really do not understand how some one can do this . Animals are so loving and innocent . It makes me furious . She is such a sweet looking thing , she now has a chance now that she is with you and your clan and that makes me happy ! I know she will be happy , well looked after and loved ! Give her a hug from Miggs and I !

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  24. I think that last photo says a lot...Poor Cissy is finally safe, warm and loved. Thank you Kim and family--you have hearts bigger than the moon.

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  25. Does my head.... The poor old girl.
    Blessings to you!

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  26. Oh my goodness! Words literally escape me. I can't believe a dog can end up in this condition...ugh! Sending good vibes to Cissy....

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  27. You can see that she is a beautiful dog, how can anyone hurt her. It breaks my heart.
    What gladdens my heart is that she found you, and you will care for her, and love her, that you did not say "no" to her. Its hard to type through tears, but I know she has a future and it will be good.

    Cheers and hugs,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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  28. Hi Kim,
    Thank you to both you and Carl for opening your hearts and home for those who need it the most.

    Many, many good healing thoughts are being sent to you, Carl, Cissy and all of the pups as you embark on this new journey together as a family.

    Take care

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  29. I am cheering you on, and Cissie too. You have earned a gold star here on earth, and surely in heaven too for adopting this dear gal.

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  30. thank you for taking Cissie in....finally she will know love...
    xoxo
    so sad...

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  31. I am so glad rescue groups and people like you exist so dogs get to have a better life. Thank you for what you do.

    Give Cissy a hug from us. We wish her all the best.

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  32. Kim,
    You are exactly right when you say her story will end with someone who cares about what happens to her.
    Sometimes I really lose all faith in how people can be so cruel to animals and get away with it.
    I thank-you for taking Cissy in and giving her a last chance of being loved and cared for.
    I've said it before and I'll say it again you are the sweetest angel I've ever known because I really feel I do know you.
    Take care and give Carl a big hug to boost his spirits on a speedy recovery.

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  33. You never cease to amaze me Kim. I'm so grateful the Cissy's of the world are rescued by the Kim's of the world.

    xoxox

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  34. I thank God for you Kim. Cissy needed you and you were there. That last picture says it all. She knows that you love her. Thank you so much for all you do. Through tears...

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  35. Thank you again for being there. What a sweet looking girl. There is no better place for her to be...you offer her the best chance to have a decent life full of quality and love.
    I'm so glad you have such a gigantic heart.

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  36. The photos made me cry. I'm not sure how anyone can be so cruel. She is so lucky to have found you & Carl and all the wonderful critters at Golden Pines.

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  37. It is the most important thing. We're glad she's home and look forward to her learning what a dog's life can be.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  38. Kim you and Carl go above and beyond for the dogs in your area. I wish I lived closer so I could help out too. Cissy is one lucky dog to have found your home.

    Cindy

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  39. Her sad resignation has me in tears. I so hope that you and the pack can bring a happy look back to her sweet face. Please let us know how she's doing. She looks as if she's given up.
    Sue

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  40. Welcome Cissy. I hope you will feel better soon.

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  41. Cissy maybe can keep Carl company as she regains health and has ensured happiness with you both, I too would have had tears,hope she progresses well, with all your care and love, just meant to be with you for now. Greetings from Jean

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  42. Thank YOU, Kim for your unending love of these precious, beautiful creatures. I could be so angry but am also focusing on that lovely sleeping girl. Bless you!

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  43. Oh Kim
    It was ment to be that you and Carl have this poor little girl- for however long. It was ment to be that she knows what love feels like.
    You and Carl are both angels....
    there is no doubt about it.
    love
    tweedles

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  44. Cissy is precious. Give her hug for me and Tugie the Toy P!

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  45. Hello Kim
    Have read each post, shared your highs and lows but haven't commented for quite a while.
    Today is one day when I just want to say 'Thank You'.
    Especially to you Kim but also to all the other carers who have it in their heart to give love and protection to each and everyone of the neglected dogs that come your way.
    Take care
    Cathy

    Cathy @ Still Waters

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  46. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kim for what you do. Your heart is as big as an ocean, and I am so grateful Cissy has found her way to sanctuary with you.

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  47. Oh Kim. It truly breaks the heart to see such a thing happen to an innocent pup. It's hard to understand how humans can do such a thing. I am sure this sweet dog knows that she is safe and warm and loved in your home. Sending big hugs and best wishes!
    xo Catherine

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  48. OMg, I am speechless. When I saw the pictures I and read alittle about what you posted I wanted to just go to the owner and treat her like she has treated poor Cissy. Thank God Cissy now will have a beautiful loving family and home with you and Carl. The world needs more people like you. Ana

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  49. *hugs* and God Bless, Kim. ♥

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  50. OH, I dont even know what to say!! Thats horrible and poor Cissy but yes, thankfully she will be happy and loved with you!!
    God bless you Kim!!

    wags
    JAzzi and Addi

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  51. Kim, I have no words, just a greatful heart that Cissy found her way to you.

    Love
    Bert's My Vickie

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  52. Wow. So thankful for y'all, that you took her in. She's gorgeous. You can see her kind spirit.

    Makes me sad…but I'm glad y'all have her.

    Beautiful. On you, and on her.

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  53. I am so thankful there are people like you in the world.

    Thank you for taking care of her, for cleaning her and feeding her and giving her a nice warm place where she can lay her head and rest knowing she is safe.

    Bless you.

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  54. You are an angel, and that is all that needs to be said. Hugs.

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  55. I'm honestly not sure what to say, that hasn't already been said. Cissy is such a lucky dog to have met you guys. I know you will do all you can to make her final days, weeks or hopefully years amazing.

    brooke, Cessna, Canyon & rogue
    http://www.ruledbypaws.ca

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  56. Sweet old girl. And I say that with the upmost respect. I love knowing as you wrote your blog that she was sleeping, probably the most restful, worry free sleep she had had in along time. She truly looked peaceful. I agree and am so grateful that she has golden pines to give her some love and peace. She may well sleep for days. I know she is mentally and physically worn out.
    Sweet Golden Pines.
    Gus' Mom

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  57. This just breaks my heart. Thank you for opening up you home to this poor girl. Its just frightening how mean some people become.

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  58. Oh my goodness! I just want to give her so many comforting hugs and so much love. I'm so glad she has you. You have an enormous heart and so much love in you. I'm grateful every day for humans like you who give so much to animals in need. It's hard to type through my tears at these pictures. I just don't understand how there are people in the world capable of treating a creature in such a horrible way. Why?? She is safe with you, and that's what matters.. Sending you peace and love..

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  59. What all terrible that poor Cissy might have experienced! I have tears in my eyes when I look at those pictures. I feel so sorry for her suffering and I'm happy there are people like you in this world! You're precious! Cissy is happy to have you now. Let's hope she'll recover and will get her joy back.

    Hugs from Finland

    Satu

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  60. Clearly Cissy has found a tender, loving family.
    Sending hugs of strength and healing your way.
    Ever warmly,
    Judy xx

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  61. She's come to the right place to mend. Give her hugs from us.

    Sam

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  62. Oh this brings tears to my eyes. Tears of sadness, tears of longing, tears of rage, and miraculously tears of joy. How truly wonderful and amazing that she found you. Love to her.

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  63. She looks so peaceful sleeping. It looks as if she knows she has found safe place and knows she can have a nice long peaceful sleep.

    Thank you for the amazing work you do. You are so strong and amazing. You gives these dogs a voice and love and the caring they deserve.

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  64. Some bipedal, largely hairless, mammalian life forms should not be allowed to own a pet rock much less anything living be it dog, cat, bird, fish, nightcrawler or gerbil. With any luck Cissy will meet this "person" at the bridge; lead and leave him/her in a briar patch then come back and wait for you.

    Last fall my "we're almost ready to head for the Ducks game" sister called in a semi panic. In background someone or something was howling like a banshee. Within a half hour we were looking at a furball about the size of my fist, still yowling with outrage and overflowing with cattitude. And I was heading for the local Fred's for kitty formula. she's a lot quieter now but that scrap of fur is still hanging on with all four paws and that cattitude. Like I said; some folks shouldn't be let anywhere near anything living.

    In fairness, we got the kitten because sis has three boxers and the nephews live in apartments.

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  65. Oh, I left out the fact my BIL found her in the recycling dumpster at his son's apartment complex. She was left in the dark, in a box...SOME PEOPLE!!!!!!!

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  66. She looks adorable AND a challenge xxxx

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  67. Hi Y'all!

    First, how's Cissy doing today?

    Y'all come by tomorrow, Tuesday. I have an Award for you.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  68. Oh my, those toenails and her tail...
    Poor old soul! God bless you for taking her in inspite of all your responsibilities. Karma is a wonderful thing so don't you worry, good things are headed your way!

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  69. Welcome Cissy and kudos to you for giving her a loving place to rest her head

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

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  70. Read your post yesterday and could hardly get though it. Breaks my heart. Can't even think of what to say between the tears; inhuman beings is right. I woke up this morning thinking about her. You are making the life she has left like heaven on earth. I know she'll improve and she will forget whatever her past life was. She'll only know you. hugs...

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  71. Kim, Cissy I am sure feels like she has died and gone to heaven, being with you and the others. In time she will settle in, as you are hoping.
    I can only imagine how tiered she must be.

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  72. I am sure that your tender loving care will work wonders for this special girl.

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  73. Oh, Kim what a face. I am so glad you found the strength to help this old girl. Whatever happens, just being clean, having food, and getting that good and sound sleep already has made a world of difference to this dog. She will know it. She will know something good has come her way.

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  74. We can only hope Cissy lives long enough to know that humans have a loving side also. God bless you for loving and take action for these beautiful animals. You are blessing us all with your stories of love and kindness.

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  75. I get so tired and so angry when I see dogs arrive at the shelter I volunteer at who have been left behind because of their age or simply because they are an inconvenience. All pets deserve to be treated as if they are a lifetime commitment and in my opinion there has to be a really, really good reason why pets have to be surrendered. So glad you rescued that poor girl!

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  76. I wish the 'humans' who did this to Cissy could be treated the same way they treated this dog.. no reason for this to happen.. gets me angry.. all pets want to do is love us.. why can't people do the same in return??

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  77. I love your quote. Thank you for your work and for caring about Cissy and all the others.

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