Part One of Trooper’s story is thankfully behind him. This is a dark and painful place for him before he came to Must Luv Dogs Rescue. Although I doubt he ever forgets it, my deep hope is that, in time, Part 1 becomes a dull, distant memory for him. Although I don’t know exactly what happened in that part of his life, my guess is that it wasn’t good. Trooper is a prime example of why I founded this rescue. To be the voice for the poor pups who have the misfortune to end up in the hands of damaged humans. Humans who neglect, abandon, or abuse them. Dogs cannot simply walk up to a home, knock on the door and ask for help. They cannot tell someone if they are in pain, hungry or afraid. Based on Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” is the official Mission Statement of Must Luv Dogs Rescue. I’ve been involved in rescue for many years and I learned early-on that I have nowhere to “put” the anger and sadness that springs up inside of me when I encounter a situation like Troopers. Sadly, abandoned, abused and neglected pups are a way of life in our rural area. Like many others, Troopers life was no longer of use to those involved in the barbaric practice of dog fighting. We’ve long suspected active dog fighting groups in the rural parishes North of Baton Rouge, based on the number of dogs tossed aside to die in similar situations. Trooper was one of the lucky ones. He survived. I don’t have the luxury to dwell on thoughts of revenge. Those feelings will eat you alive and leave you too bitter to make a difference. So I leave that to others. My one goal is to simply focus on how to make life better for THIS pup at THIS time.
Part 2: SO THIS IS LOVE?
Part Two of Trooper’s life begins with his rescue. Life will forever be changed for him from that date forward. Trooper was rescued by a local couple, Renee’ & Brenda Watson Uzee’ of Ethel, LA. Renee’ says Trooper was as much his savior, as the other way around. Renee’, recently in remission from leukemia, was still suffering as a result of the medications his body endured to fight the life-threatening disease. Feeling weak that day, Renee’, a talented hair stylist, was being driven by his wife Brenda into Forum Salon, the always bustling business he owns in Baton Rouge. Traveling along a rural highway in East Feliciana, Renee’ was looking out of the car window when he spotted movement in the ditch. He asked Brenda to slow down. Once he realized the movement was an animal, he shouted for Brenda to pull over. Picking up an almost lifeless Trooper, they rushed him to Veterinarian Dr. Liz Ezelle, at Plains Animal Hospital in Zachary, LA. Dr. Liz & staff quickly went to work on Trooper. He was in shock, undernourished, dehydrated and covered in blood and debris. Dr. Liz sedated Trooper and stopped counting at over 50 wounds and lacerations to his face, neck and legs, including one that almost severed his tongue, and a hole ripped through his sinus cavity. They flushed out his wounds and started him on IV fluids, pain meds and antibiotics. This was the first of daily wound flushing he endured for two solid weeks, in addition to sinus cavity flushing that continued for a solid 6-weeks. During his initial treatment, a very weak Trooper somehow managed to made quiet sounds, as though to say “thank you”. It speaks volumes that this precious boy wagged his tail before he could lift his head. It was two days before Trooper was strong enough to stand for short periods. Weeks turned into months and slowly Trooper started coming back to life. During this time, Troopers bright & cheerful personality began to shine. Despite his horrible past, he still NEVER meets a HUMAN that he doesn’t immediately love and want to say “hello” to. Slowly recuperating, the sweet little 2 yr old pittie was soon dubbed “Trooper”. His happy personality, determination to live, and his persistent tail-wagging, no matter the pain, makes him the very definition of a “trooper”!