Leylah's Story

Leylah came to us at the same time as Tripp did in 2009, just a few days later. Tripp had been rescued from a high kill shelter in Morehead City. We found out about him from a friend that was about to dog sit for us. She had given us a picture of two dogs. At the time, we had eight dogs and we didn’t have any plans to add any more. We wanted to go on vacation and this friend said that she would dog sit for us at an inexpensive price if we rescued one of the two dogs. That dog was Tripp. Less than one week after rescuing Tripp I happened to come across the pictures of the two dogs and a feeling of remorse came over me. How can I rescue one knowing that the other would more than likely be put down. I couldn’t let that happen, so I asked Kristy to call about the other dog.

That dog was a very interesting looking dog. She was in the mountains of Tennessee at another shelter. Kristy let them know that she wanted her and they were willing to meet us ½ way. It was still a two hour drive each way. When Kristy met them, the first thing they asked her was how important looks was to her. Kristy just told them that it didn’t matter what she looked like, she still wanted her. Well, Leylah does look different. The best dog to compare her to is an Australian Dingo mixed with the ears of a German Shepherd. The ears are bigger than her head, but she is beautiful to us.

My first concern about Vets. At this time, we hadn’t opened our store yet, but we were feeding a good quality food and could see how it was positively affecting our dogs. When we first got Leylah we noticed a problem with her leg. Our veterinarian determined it was a flesh eating bacteria and prescribed antibiotics for her. After two months of antibiotics her leg was finally healing up, but she got a secondary infection. The same veterinarian said that she needed to see a specialized dermatologist in Charleston, SC. Kristy asked if we should first try a different antibiotic because she knew from her assisted living days that taking an antibiotic for a long time could cause a secondary infection. Our vet said “no” and she wasn’t going to prescribe another antibiotic and our only choice was to see the specialist in Charleston. Kristy had another antibiotic from another dog situation (when you have eight dogs, things happen.) and decided to try it first. Sure enough, the secondary infection cleared up and we were fine.

Always remember, Veterinarians make their money when your dog is sick not when it’s healthy. They don’t make any money when you feed them good food that keeps your dog out of their business. At one time, you only had to take your dog to the vet every two years and you would be able to keep getting supplies of heart worm pills. That has changed. You now must go every year to get your dog tested to make sure they don’t have heart worms before you can get more heart worm pills. Why do you think they do that? I was told that it was a requirement by the heart worm suppliers. I think not. Follow the money and you’ll see who’s making more from this change and who has to pay it.

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