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Pup safe from abuse, but needs a lot of care

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Updated: September 27, 2012 11:07AM



D ear readers: Last week I wrote about two communities troubled by three boys who were abusing a small dog.

This poor baby was brought into the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana by an anonymous Good Samaritan from Gary. Another animal lover, who resides in Valparaiso, is spearheading a fundraiser to help with the costs of repairing the damage done to the dog by the boys when they threw him against a train car.

Here’s an update from Valparaiso where the little Chihuahua mix is being fostered:

“The dog had his surgeon appointment today and his broken jaw is a lot more severe than they thought. His back teeth are actually dislocated from his jaw as well. So they wanted to get a second opinion from an animal dentist. If the surgeon does just his surgery it will cost around $4,000 to 4,500. So I’ll be calling in the morning to make an appointment for that.

“We want to do everything we can to help him. Everyone loves him, and he’s become quite the popular dog here.

“But please keep him in your prayers and hope this dentist says it’ll be easier than they originally thought. No matter what, if it’s fixable, we want to do it the right way.

“Hopefully I’ll be by this weekend to drop off his adoption papers!

“He’s still the sweetest, happiest little boy ever!”

Dear readers: I discovered while on my walk near a marsh at Taltree Aboretum recently that baby salamanders don’t taste very good.

When I was walking, I glimpsed this green thing fly up from the marsh so I caught it in my mouth. Pretty cool, huh?

The green thing tasted so bad that I foamed at the mouth, slobbered, spit, drooled and shook my head repeatedly. I was real attractive.

My woman human thought I had been poisoned and sprung into action by flushing my mouth out with her bottled water over and over again. I don’t know what was worse, the bitter salamander taste or that awful drenching.

Clearly, she overreacted. I believe the television show “The Borgias” was an influence. In that series, about 14th-century life in Rome, someone gets poisoned and dies a horrible death at least once every few episodes.

But I wasn’t poisoned. I am just fine because there are only two species of poisonous toads in the United States — the Colorado River toad and the marine toad in Florida. There is only one species of poisonous salamander — the California newt. So I lucked out living in Indiana and learned that not everything that tastes bad is poisonous.

If you think your pet is poisoned phone the ASPCA poison hot line at (888) 426-4435 or call your local veterinarian.



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