Neither of them knew what was happening. They had never been
in a car before, but as far as they were concerned, it couldn't drive fast
enough to get them away from Anguish Acres.
The uprights who rescued them from a fast approaching death were
kind and caring. They were not sure that the puppies would live through
the rescue trip. The little ones looked at each other with surprise,
too sick and tired to say anything at all.
The little shaggy dog could only cough and shiver. Without
medical care, his pneumonia was worse than ever. His cough was painful
and shook his whole body. It even hurt to breathe.
When their baths were finished, the dogs were lovingly dried with
soft towels and a nice warm dryer.
"There now," said a groomer named Polly, "you can go to the Sanctuary
feeling clean and pretty."
The next part of their journey took them to Seven Bells where the
head rescue angel Judy greeted them. She gave them a proper puppy
meal, and some medicine to keep them comfortable. The puppies tried
to play, but they were too sick and weak to have much fun and so they cuddled
up and held each other close.
Judy was very sad to see how sick they were, but she told them to
try their very best to be brave.
"Such a crime, these puppy mills..." she said quietly. "How
can we warn people about them?"
"If either of us survive," whispered the little cocker spaniel girl
to the little shaggy pup, "we'll tell the world the truth."
"Tomorrow you will meet your Foster Moms, Connie and Michelle," said
Judy. "They are very special rescue angels and they will take
you to a vet to see if anything else can be done for you."
"Will we ever see you again?" asked the pretty cocker spaniel.
"I will always call to find out how you are," said Judy. "Someday
I will meet you again in heaven, over the Rainbow Bridge."
"My mother lives there!" said the shaggy puppy.
The next day, she kissed the puppies and wished them well.
She gave Connie and Michelle all their information, and fought back a tear
as she said good-bye.
"Love, and Let go," she smiled. She knew it was the only way they
could give these special needs dogs a chance at love and comfort before
they crossed the Rainbow Bridge. "No matter how long you have on this earth,"
said the rescue angel, "the important thing is that you know love."
"I will send updates whenever I can for the internet," she said,
hugging Judy goodbye.
"We have names!" exclaimed Lady Di.
The puppies slept from exhaustion on the long ride with Connie and
Michelle. When they finally arrived home, they met new friends, including
two Doxies named DooBoo and Rudy.
"Everyone here has names!" said Sir Scruffy, "We are not numbers
That night Scruffy and Lady Di snuggled up closer than ever.
"Did you hear what they said about me?" he asked. "They said I am
dying. I could die at any minute, and you are very sick too."
Lady Di's eyes watered up with a tear. "No matter what," she
said, "we definitely will leave this earth knowing love."
Sir Scruffy McDuff insisted it was not time for him to die.
"I pawmised my mother," he said, but he started coughing before he could
say anything more.