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MaryBeth Rickel writes:

Meet a sweet eight- to ten-year-old male who came to us from a puppymill that is closing. He has spent his entire life as a stud dog. When he arrived, his hair was badly matted and it took numerous baths to remove some of his smell. With mill dogs it can sometimes take weeks or months for the smell to go away completely. His teeth were also a real mess. We decided to name him Donovan, which means Dark-Haired Chieftain; soon he was running whenever we called him.


Donovan was soon cleaned up and excited to move on to the next phase of his life . . .


. . . but first, he went to the vet for the dreaded "procedure" that he would rather not discuss. Donovan came out just fine, although he had to have six teeth pulled, which is very common in mill dogs.


His vet bill that day
was close to $400.


Isn't my new mommy the best?
I LOVE her so much already!

One very welcoming applicant decided she wanted to share her life with Donovan, so she became a foster-to-adopt parent.

"At the end of three weeks as my Foster Mom, she gets to be my Forever Mom."

Thanks, Dee, for welcoming him into your world.

Sadly, just one week after being in his new foster home, Donovan became quite ill and stopped eating & drinking. Dee contacted CRUSA and was told to take him to the Pet ER, as this was on the weekend. It was such a good thing she brought him in as he was gravely ill. They ran tests and found out he had a case of pancreatitis. He was so dehydrated & weak, they had to keep him overnight.

The next morning, Donovan was transferred to the vet who did his surgery. They felt he needed yet another two days of monitoring. Finally, after four days, he was given an improved bill of health. He will be on medication for the next two weeks and a special diet for the rest of his life. The vet bill for these visits came to $800.

However, it was sure worth it the minute he saw Dee; his tail hadn't wagged for days but the minute he saw her, he went crazy, squirming to get into her arms. Then he proceeded to cover her with kisses. Finally, he rested his head against Dee's chest and let out one big RELIEF sigh. He was HOME again. What a lucky pup!

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On 26 June 2007, MaryBeth Rickel writes:

Some of you may remember that last Fall, I was able to pull 15 Cairns from a puppy mill that was closing in Idaho. My first trip (which was shocking and so depressing), I was able to liberate two males. Donovan & Dermot. They were both quickly adopted.

This past Spring, Donovan's mom took in one of our dogs (Lucy) and I brought her some canned food. Lucy was having a lot of trouble eating because of her mouth, so I decided to treat her with a special food with gravy. It ended up being one of the foods that was recalled. Lucy wouldn't eat it but Donovan, who never met a food he didn't like, gobbled it up.

Donovan slowly began to act odd over the past few months, but we weren't overly concerned. Two weeks ago, his mom took him in for a dental and the blood work showed he was in kidney failure. He had had blood work done for another reason just prior to eating the food, so we have a record of his kidney levels.

Donovan died this a.m. due to his kidneys failing. It is so sad to think that he was fine. I was lucky enough to get to see him often. Nutro is going to pay all the vet bills which are over 3K at this point. But his mom would happily pay them if she could have her baby back.

I just wanted to share this with you as I know a lot of you were involved with that rescue.



I am so sorry to hear this . . . it is little comfort during this difficult time, but little Donovan was lucky to learn the feeling of a loving home during his short life.



Oh my, this is so sad. He gets a great chance at life with a Mom who loves him to bits and this happens. We have to take solace in the fact that he had a very short time of wonderful in his life! And I hope that memory helps his Mom (and everyone else who fell in love with him) as she copes with his loss.



Thank God he got to experience "Love" . . .



Little Donovan certainly looked like he was happy & comfortable with his new mommy. It is indeed sad that he only knew that love for such a short while. However, without CRUSA, without rescue, these little guys like Donovan would never get the opportunity to know love, to know shelter, to know the joy of a sunny day in the grass and to know a good life.



This is indeed sad news. Writing this with tears in my eyes. But you have to feel good that at least Donovan learned what love was all about.



I am sorry, MaryBeth.



I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Please express my condolences to his other Mommy. I remember the day you got him, you called me and we talked about how bad they smelled but how cute they were. You had to air out your car. Donovan knew love thanks to you driving to Idaho. You were his heroine and I know he loved his "families".

We have had some very sad moments in CRUSA lately and I have shed many tears. I'm ready for some "good news"!

I send you hugs.



Really sorry to hear about Donovan. I know you'll miss him a lot. Hope he's found lots of playmates on the other side of The Bridge.

Gr Gr


Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together . . .

Author Unknown



Marybeth, Lucy & Angel Donovon,

Donovon was so loved by you, his mom and others.



How tragic! But Donovan was lucky to experience a different kind of life where people do care. Thank God for CRUSA . . . .



How sad a little dog only got a short chance at a good life. But, it was the part at the end that was best . . . and they always say dogs don't remember all the bad stuff in the past - he was a lucky little guy that knew lots of love. And he was part of an unneeded tragedy. I'm so sorry for the loss of Donovan.



This tragedy just makes me want to scream and cry my eyeballs out at the same time. I feel so very sorry for Donovan and his mommy. Marybeth, please tell that beautiful lady that someone in Arkansas is sending her a big, comforting hug. I know this hurts so much. From my heart to hers, please let her know that others care and are deeply saddened by this loss.



I was so sorry to hear about Donovan, God bless him. So many losses over Menu Foods trying to get off cheaper by buying crap from China. Makes me furious.



I am new to CRUSA and don't know many of the dogs, or their families, but having been blessed with both . . . my heart goes out to you & yours.

I was once told by a friend that dogs live only for the "moment" they are in. So let's hope this was true for Donovan. Take care

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