August 11, 2011
UPDATE ON SASHA:
We are sorry to post the news that Sasha passed away yesterday evening. We had no idea that her prognosis would go from so optimistic to so bleak in one afternoon. The blog post below would not have been created for her, nor would we have gotten anyone's hopes up if there was any clue that Sasha would not respond to treatment and deteriorate so rapidly. We post what's real and sometimes reality ends up taking a turn for the worse.
All of us at NMDR are completely heartbroken. Sasha's little body simply ran out of fight, her strength was gone, and she let go. This beautiful furry soul died in loving arms and without pain.
August 10, 2011
Hi everyone! My name is Sasha. I'm a Pomeranian girl who came from a Missouri puppy mill and arrived on the last rescue. I'm 7 years old and have decided to create my very first public service announcement (PSA). I asked one of the kind volunteers at NMDR to help me. So she grabbed her camera and met me out in the kennel yard. You'll have to forgive my wobbliness in the video. Both of my ears are severely infected. My teeth are rotten and abscessing through my gums. The swelling between the two has horribly affected my equilibrium. I did the best I could to get around.
The neglect of my past has been unimaginably awful. But I don't want to talk about that. This is not an "oh poor me" PSA. This is about the future. I am receiving antibiotics for my ears, pain medication, and will have every single one of my teeth pulled this week. Having my teeth removed should help with the swelling in my head. Hopefully, the infection will clear up with time. I hope it does soon. I'm already tired of the way people look at me. I don't understand.... it's like I'm breaking their heart. I don't mean to. I've never had anything in my heart but love and forgiveness. The minute I see that look in the volunteer's eyes, I just want to do everything I can to get near them so I can make their sadness go away. I try with everything I am to put on a happy face simply so I can make others happy too. That is my greatest joy.
This PSA is not just about my future. It's about the future of all little breeding dogs like me. I'm not a selfish Pomeranian and wouldn't go through effort to make a video only for myself. All I can think about is the ones who are not rescued. Purchasing puppies from pet stores and disreputable online puppy sellers directly support puppy mills. Please spread the word. Share this post, do whatever you can. What has happened to me will just keep happening until the world realizes that paying for puppies from pet stores and disreputable breeders supports animal cruelty.