By Susan Jansen
The brave rescue of a Chinese Crested puppy
On a sunny day in a busy part of Johannesburg, lots of people were spending a casual afternoon shopping and relaxing. A close friend of mine strolled past a crowd of men sitting in a circle around a makeshift braai. In the corner of her eye she caught sight of a small cage which looked out of place. On closer inspection, and to her horror, she saw it contained a tiny Chinese Crested puppy of about seven weeks old. She asked the men a few questions regarding the puppy and was mortified when she realised that they were planning to have the puppy for lunch! Without a thought for her own safety, this brave lady grabbed the puppy out of the cage, ran as fast as her legs would take her, jumped into her car and sped away. She immediately delivered this traumatised little pup to me. I immediately fell in love with this petrified, pathetic looking little boy. It took me a few days to gain his trust; at first I couldn’t get near him and he spent his first day huddled in a corner of the room. I spent lots of time just sitting and reassuring him that he was safe.
The healing begins
This sweet little puppy slowly started trusting me and we began bonding. It took a few days to get him eating proper puppy pellets as the only thing he would eat at first was raw meat. He has made a total recovery and now just loves hugs and kisses, and is developing into a confident, happy little boy. He has fully integrated with my other dogs and has become a fully participating member of our family. I would like to thank CLAW, who sponsored his neuter, and my fantastic vet, Dr Hennie Booizaaier, who always goes above and beyond the call of duty for my rescue dogs. He is now Mamma’s Babbalella and he most certainly will not be anybody’s next meal.