One year ago today, our Aniken and Tansy (fka Tesa) were rescued. <3
I had gone out the night before to find Aniken after getting tagged on a FB post. I literally had a pin on a google map as a guide. When I got to the area, it was 10x sketchier than it had looked on google maps 😂 but I was determined to find this sad, skinny boy. I looked for a couple of hours, circling the neighborhood, thinking of all the places a street dog may hole up for the night. I thought I knew where he probably was, but by then it was dark and 100% not safe to be out there solo. After almost getting the jeep stuck, and thinking to myself there is a 0% chance AAA is going to come for you here, I decided to stop for the night. I felt horrible and defeated, a feeling that was amplified by the 15 keyboard warriors on the FB thread lecturing me for "giving up" when I told them I decided it was getting unsafe and needed to pack it in for the night.
I had a bunch of dogs flying out the next morning, so I couldn't go back out first thing. But two amazing ladies went back out in search of this boy. They had a hard time finding him as well until his angel, Tansy, popped up and was determined to lead them to our boy. They found him curled up in a trash pile on a filthy car seat - his condition far worse than what we originally thought from the original FB thread. They sent me a video of them carrying him to safety and in the video you can hear them talking about Tansy...do we take her too? what if she belongs to someone? and you hear one of them say "I don't give a f*ck, she's coming home too." I will be forever grateful that these ladies and I were put both in each other's and Aniken's and Tansy's paths that day and to the literally thousands of people who donated to their care so we could save their lives. Tansy has been fighting for her life the last few months as a result of the tick-borne illness she contracted while surviving in the streets and I am so thankful that she has an amazing family who have worked very hard to get her back to health so she can have a quality life. I'm also grateful to Aniken's family for sending me photos and letting me be a part of his life.
January 27, 2019