Dobby was rescued by Officer Becky Thompson of the Syracuse Police Department. She was found tied to a toilet in absolutely horrible conditions. She was dangerously emaciated and terrified of everything.
Her arrival at VMC sent shock waves through the staff, and through one of our veterinarians in particular. One of our emergency doctors, Dr. Annette Otis, offered to foster her personally during her delicate re-feeding and recovery period. And so Dobby’s life of horror, hunger, and uncertainty ended and her new life began. Physically she recovered very well with the loving and experienced care of Dr. Otis, but her psychological scars did not heal so easily. Dr. Otis kept everyone updated on her progress, Dobby visited VMC frequently, and so everyone was concerned when Dr. Otis reported that Dobby had acted aggressively toward her nephew. Most of us were of the opinion that Dobby would probably do best in a home with no children. Except, that is, Shannon, our Client Services Manager, who insisted that she be allowed to take Dobby on a trial basis, even though she had a young daughter at home. We’ll let Shannon tell Dobby’s story from here:
Dobby frequented the hospital and I would give her kisses and hugs and was in love with her. I talked Dr. Otis into giving my home a shot. I had a baby and a young boxer named Barley, so Dr. Otis warned me about her aggression towards kids, dogs, and food but I said “let’s just give it a go." Dr. Otis trusted me to keep everyone safe during the trial period and knew that I understood her issues, so Dobby came home with me.
In the beginning Dobby was very shy and hated Barley. She would lunge at him, even trying to bite him, and she would be very protective of me and her food. Barley had such a kind soul and didn’t take it personally. One day I decided to let them outside together and, at first, Dobby tried to attack Barley, but Barley (being the loving kid he was) wouldn’t give up until she played with him. Finally she gave in and they started playing and chasing each other. After that, they were the best of friends. They ate near each other, played with each other, and even slept next to each other.
Unfortunately a few months later, Barley passed away suddenly and unexpectedly and our family was crushed. Dobby definitely felt the loss, but also comforted us. She provided us with the light we needed in that dark time. That was more than a year ago and Dobby’s days are now filled with love. She is never alone and spends her days playing with my daughter who is now 3years old. My daughter will hand feed Dobby her kibble from her bowl. Her food and kid aggression is gone. Dobby still has issues with other dogs (mainly females), but every Friday she goes and visits her boyfriend Bruin (who is the cutest pit bull!).
Dobby had a horrible life before she came to us. I have made it my mission to make sure she never has a bad day and always knows we love her. Her guardian angels Dr. Otis and Officer Thompson not only saved her life, they saved ours too. I will be forever grateful to them and all the staff at the Veterinary Medical Center for loving my girl when no one else did.
This beautiful girl got caught in the safety net just in time. She had no more time to spare. Just look at how her life and her forever family’s lives have been enriched by having each other. Please report cruelty when you see it. Please don’t turn a blind eye. There are a number of excellent local organizations doing great work in combating cruelty in our area, but Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse and Cuse Pit Crew are standouts in this regard. Now would be a great time to donate if you are passionate about this topic!