My name is Sugarbell, I was born in 2000 and was surrendered to DunRoamin' by a breeder in the Centreville area on December 4th, 2014. I came to them dirty, smelling of urine, had fleas, lice, over-grown toenails, inflamed ears, major dental disease, bladder stones and mammary tumours. I came to them with a broken spirit. I underwent surgery to remove the tumours, had complete tooth extractions and my recovery at Florenceville Veterinary Clinic (FVC) went very well. On December 14, 2014 I was introduced to a couple who heard my story and they made arrangements with DunRoamin' to bring me into their home. They admitted openly that they never had a dog before and knew absolutely nothing about caring for one - they would need a lot of help and advice.
Wow...my thoughts: "What in heaven's name are you guys thinking, you're sending me home with these people!" But then again, I knew nothing about being a dog either, other than having litter after litter of pups, year after year. Maybe they were right, it was a perfect match after all and a huge learning curve for everyone involved, myself included. With the help of DunRoamin' and the staff at FVC I thrived. My doctor said that I would likely be gone in six months, boy oh boy... did I prove them wrong!
In 22 months I learned what it was like to be a dog. My journey began with housetraining and the 3 P's (patience, perseverance and praise). That process took 6 weeks, not too shabby for a 14-year-old dog - most pups don't get it that quick! I learned what it was like to be held and patted without fear, what it was like not to be hungry, to have a full belly, I gratefully accepted treats and I learned to wag my tail in happiness. I learned to accept kindness and affection and I learned to give it back. I learned to act as playfully as a puppy. I was, for the first time in my life, being treated as a member of a family, in a home, not being used for the money I could bring someone. I was being treated like a princess. I became happy and unbroken.
On July 5, 2015 I was placed in the permanent care of these humans, so I guess they must have learned something about dogs after all. Go figure, Doc! I couldn't overcome that grooming stuff though, didn't like it one bit, but my friend Carol Anne did wonders with me and although I didn't appreciate it at the time, I would come home feeling better, prettier and more energetic. Although my life as a dog came late in life, I was so thankful for the care I received from everyone involved to make sure I had the best life ever. From the staff at FVC to the DunRoamin supporters who work so hard to help each and every animal that comes through their doors, my gratitude and thanks to you all.
I brought joy and laughter to two homes. Thank you Mumma Marian for the care and love you gave me when my other family traveled. I may have come into your lives broken, but I left you with a happy heart, exceeding all of your expectations. And most importantly, I learned in my short life as a dog what it was like to be loved by you all. Until we meet again. - Sugarbell
20 Oct 16