Rescue dog

Abused, rescued dog repays his new owner

2012-12-06T06:28:00Z 2013-12-17T11:43:18Z Abused, rescued dog repays his new ownerMICHAEL BURKE mburke@journaltimes.com Journal Times

MOUNT PLEASANT — In August Linda Hermann rescued Taylor, her little shih tzu mix dog.

It was only fair, then, that he should return the favor. You might call it a rescue dog rescue.

Racine-based Northcentral Maltese Rescue took the little dog in from Milwaukee Animal Control in mid-February, said the group’s president, Mary Palmer. He was in miserable shape.

“He was emaciated and covered with burs,” Palmer said. “He couldn’t open his mouth, and one leg was stuck up to his body.”

And, incredibly, some brute had dropped the tiny dog into a portable toilet. Milwaukee Animal Control cleaned him up a bit, but Palmer said, “I had to bathe him over and over again, and blue (chemical) was running out, and his skin was irritated. He was a mess.”

The young dog, estimated to be 3 years old, spent about nine days in rehab at Belle City Veterinary Hospital, 4701 Spring St.

He went to a foster home until Hermann, 61, of Mount Pleasant, adopted him in August. Even then, she said, the pads of his paws were still sensitive from chemical burns.

But the dog that weighed only 6 pounds when found is now up to about 10 pounds, she said, and happy resident of her home.

“He’s so smart,” said Hermann, who works in sales at Ruud Lighting. Among Taylor’s tricks is that when she says, “Bang!” he plays dead.

One Sunday evening last month, while Hermann had company, she went to her bathroom, and Taylor came along. “Taylor follows me wherever I go,” she remarked.

Suddenly, Hermann said, “The roof started to spin, and then I passed out. When I came to, I couldn’t even talk.”

But she’d left the bathroom door in her master bedroom ajar, and Taylor ran out to the guests, stopped and ran back to the bathroom. When they didn’t respond, he did it again and again.

“About the fifth time, he gave a little bark,” she said. “One of my guests said, ‘What’s wrong with Taylor — and where’s Linda?’ ” They went looking, found her and called for a rescue squad.

Hermann spent the next 24 hours in the hospital. She learned she’d had an attack of hypoglycemia resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain.

She knows her guests would have come looking for her eventually, with or without Taylor’s prompting. But Hermann, who’s fine now, still appreciates his heroism.

“He was playing Lassie,” she said. “He was trying to tell them, ‘My mom is sick; she needs help.’ ”

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  1. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - December 06, 2012 11:20 pm
    Anyone who treats animals badly shouldn't be trusted by humans.

    Hail to the hero doggy!
  2. CampsieNP
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    CampsieNP - December 06, 2012 8:02 pm
    I am so glad Linda is well and how about Taylor! What an amazing dog. He has so much love to give and although he had been through so much, he still finds it in his little heart to forgive and trust people again. We can learn so much from him, can't we?
    Thank you to North Central Maltese Rescue for all you do--from the transporters, the foster families, the Belle Clinic staff and the generous donations of your members. But especially thank you to the adopting families that give these abused dogs good homes. All they want is a second chance to be your loyal companion forever. The little rescue dog becomes the rescuer himself. Such a beautiful story.
  3. Ramjet
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    Ramjet - December 06, 2012 3:33 pm
    This rescue does some wonderful things, rescuing over 150 dogs a year. Check out available dogs at malteserescue.homestead.com/
    Volunteer to be a foster caregiver yourself. Love and care for a rescue dog until they can find a new home. And maybe you will just fall in love with one of them, or they will fall in love with you, and find a forever home.
  4. willcsaintenay
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    willcsaintenay - December 06, 2012 11:37 am
    What a little hero, , it would be be wonderful if those who treat these dear little souls with such cruelty only realised that the little dog would not only be his best friend, but his only friend. Thank you North Central Maltese Rescue for saving this little dogs life and many hundreds of other lives.
    Marie Willcox France
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