Yelps of Distress Turn Into Love and Safety
The puppy has gladly welcomed his new friends. As it happens, Kenyon had his camper trailer at Cherryville and, as a dog owner, had emergency dog rations on hand. The puppy ate a bit but with no huge appetite. His appetite has been improving since yesterday. In the absence of nearby homes, there was no real way to check with anyone as to whether or not the puppy had simply gotten lost. There was a home a quarter of a mile a way, but this home was guarded by a large farm dog that was not allowing visitors. Inquiries are being made in the area, but for now, the assumption is that the puppy is either a stray or abandoned. He has been introduced into Rocela Ginther's home and she and her toddler son, Aiden, have taken on his care.
The Puppy, tentatively called "Bubba" pending the selection of a permanent name, attended his first day of classes at HAC on December 10. He paid a visit to Anatomy and Physiology class and was a big hit. His behavior, however, has HAC staffers concerned in that he seems to be psychologically traumatized and gets upset at being left alone. He has taken a liking to a spot under Michelle Gaeu's desk and the Core staff have been taking turns managing potty breaks and holding him when he gets nervous. Because of the risk of allergies among students and employees, however, Bubba is going to have to be cared for off-campus. The therapeutic environment at HAC is not conducive to animal care due to the risks posed by dander and shedding. His first visit to the veterinarian is this afternoon.
It appears that Bubba's karma has radically improved since being stranded in the Ozarks amongst the coyotes, bobcats and birds of prey to a life of being smothered with love and attention. The Core group was only at the top of the ridge within ear-shot of the road for less than an hour, so Bubba's cries for help were well-timed and undoubtedly saved his life. What better hands could he find himself in than those of The Healing Arts Center?
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