Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Crispin appears to be a purebred Landseer Newfoundland. She is a young dog with great courage. SCARS received a call on a Saturday night from a woman who was on her way home and saw a large black and white dog lying in a ditch. She pulled over and discovered Crispin, literally covered with quills. She tried to get Crispin into her car, but because she was scared, Crispin ran up the ditch and hid in the nearby trees. The kind stranger waited with Crispin's giant head on her lap for over 45 minutes until we could get there. It was a very cold and dark night, and the wind made it worse. We tried to work quickly, but because she was in so much pain and scared, she was very reluctant to cooperate. Finally, Crispin gave up and allowed us to put her in our kennel. Once at the vets, we opened her mouth and discovered the roof of her mouth and the bottom of her tongue were pure white from many more quills. The vet worked on her for over an hour to remove the quills from her mouth, face and body. It was very obvious that she had the quills for a long time, as she was suffering from starvation and infection.
Crispin has been adopted. See Crispin's Look At Us Now Story