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Where Angels Tread...Saving Gus...

Gus arrived with us yesterday from Spain, aided by a chain of angels. He is around 20 months old so no more than a pup really, his story is horrible and we will tell it just once here because from now on his life will be very different and he will never be scared or in pain again. Gus is a Mastin, he was found at the side of a road by a Spanish lady, his first angel, Rocio Hughes; he had been severely beaten around the head. She took him home and straight to the vet. His head was a mass of deep wounds which were crawling with maggots.

Rocio contacted Angie Allen at Save A Mastin for help, his second angel and her and her partner, Brigitte Jaquillard immediately agreed and started fundraising to get his costs covered. He was emaciated, riddled with worms and eggs and had cuts over his neck, back and legs and multiple old fractures from previous abuse. He was admitted to the vet with large open wounds on the top of his head, he was severely dehydrated, weak and anaemic. He was immediately attached to a glucose drip, sedated and blood tested. They x-rayed his head which revealed he had a fractured skull and evidence of a previous fracture which had been left untreated. The wounds on his back and legs were cleaned and ointments applied. The wounds on his head were cleaned and dressed but left open at this stage. He returned to the vet on 3 more occasions for his wounds to be treated. He was prescribed antibiotics, anti inflammatories and painkillers. At that point they thought that Gus might lose an eye or be blind but the vet managed to save his sight and Rocio put him in an outbuilding, secured so that he couldn't walk around as he needed to be kept relatively still to heal. Angie found him a foster, Melinda Gibson, his third angel and Rocio drove him there herself. With Melinda he continued his treatment and began to put on weight. Although his external wounds continued to heal he was so scared and left with so many internal scars that affected his behaviour that the vet recommended that he be put to sleep. This was something that Angie would not countenance and having met him she knew he was terrified but she also knew he could be saved and she knew someone he would have...

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Baby Steps For Vivi...

And Quiet Celebrations from us! Vivi has been out and about again this morning! This has been going on for a week or so now *grins* To those that don't know Vivi's story it may not seem much so lets give you a little painful potted history.. Vivi arrived at the sanctuary in June this year for some major rehabilitation and a permanent home with us. Vivi was very sadly the victim of horrific sexual abuse and sustained violence; the hell she came from is too disturbing to even recount and for her safety and the safety of her rescuers, her past will remain in the past. Suffice to say it is a miracle she survived but survive she did and she was saved by a dedicated group of angels who can never be thanked enough. Her physical injuries were repaired but her mental scars are deep and unbelievably painful, she was completely shut down and traumatised to the point that all she wanted to do was hide away from the world. She is terrified of everything, the outdoors, cars, people, being touched and defecates and urinates when approached especially by men understandably. Before she arrived, Joy and Dave worked quickly to create a special area for her in the house under the stairs where she could be quiet and alone whilst still being close to Joy and where there would be no danger of her even hearing a male voice. She immmediately went into hiding in her new den on arrival and she is one of the worst behaviourally effected dogs we have ever seen. Just watching her and imagining the hell she had suffered turned our insides out but Joy knew she could help her... You can read her full story here Vivi's Story And so here we are today...back to the baby steps and Vivi's brave first steps out and about during the day just to investigate, at her own pace and in her own time. Joy pretends that she is invisible (hence the quality of the pictures) and as long as Vivi thinks she is unnoticed she is gradually becoming braver with the help of the pack who all sense that she needs them.  She has had different helpers on her journey to come out from under the stairs from little Gordon initially, then Alfred and Neggie and now Hock who is a very confident boy and helps her move about in front of...

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