Mabel's story is one that has touched our souls like no other. Imagining what she went through, and who caused her such suffering, led us to question the morality of our society and to wonder where the compassion has gone from the hearts of those that could allow such a beautiful creature to become so distressed. But her story also made us even more aware of the love and kindness in this world, since after we told the story, the outpouring of care and concern for this lovely lady has been overwhelming, humbling, and has touched our hearts deeply.
We can only hope that the person that made the decision to leave this elderly, blind, dying dog in the woods to starve and die alone will one day feel the hurt that she was made to feel. While we do not wish ill will upon another living creature, we do hope that one day, the individual that caused Mabel to become buried up to her neck in a swamp, alone and struggling, facing certain death by drowning in mud, should at the very least, feel a shred of guilt for the pain that he or she has caused this innocent animal.
All of us here at Associated Humane Societies consider ourselves very lucky that we were the organization to take Mabel in after her dreadful ordeal. We had the opportunity to show her love and compassion, to give her comfort and safety, and hopefully, to right some of the wrongs in her life. While we only knew Mabel for a short time, we knew a dog that showed such love and loyalty to those that treated her with kindness, regardless of the pain that she was feeling herself. Although Mabel was suffering terribly with debilitating illnesses, the light in her eyes when she looked at us showed genuine gratitude and appreciation for what we were doing for her. It matters not though, what we did for her, because she gave us much more. We were honored to have had the chance to get to know and love Mabel, if only for a short time.
The sight of this poor girl and her dreadful story had our staff in tears upon her arrival. We set her up in our Vinnie Van Gogh Recovery Suite and although Mabel has great difficulty walking, is visually impaired due to cataracts, and is so emaciated that the muscle mass has began deteriorating from her head, she has an excellent appetite and is so grateful to be clean, fed, comfortable, and most of all, she is grateful to have people caring for her. We honestly didn't think that Mabel would be very long for this world, given her age and condition, but with every day she shows more improvement and she gets a little stronger. Although she still may not be with us for very long, at least now she knows that she is with people that care for her, and she will not leave this world terrified, alone, and drowning in mud.
Mabel has left this world for a better place, a place where she will know only love and kindness, and be free of the pains that a long, hard life caused her to feel in this world. We cannot thank all of you enough, that followed her story, and were rooting for her. Your outpouring of support, love, gifts and prayers for Mabel are appreciated not only by us, but by Mabel herself. In her final days, she rested on warm blankets, she ate good food, she had medications to ease her intense pain, and she had comfort like she probably never experienced in her entire life. We can thank all of you for that. If only there were more kind and compassionate people like all of you in this world, there wouldn't be any sad stories, such as Mabel's. But although Mabel's story was sad, we are grateful that it had a peaceful ending. Thank you all for your care and support.
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