Added: Jospeh Gavin - Date: 16.12.2021 17:57 - Views: 16470 - Clicks: 9319
Driving south through the dark of the Central Valley on 99 I look in the rear view. My artist and his musicians are asleep like little 4-year-old boys on a car ride. They had been working day and night, performing at radio stations, doing live on-air interviews and ending the days with shows. We are headed to Bakersfield and I realize we need gas. We are nowhere near a real gas station like a Shell or a 76 because, well, we are in the middle of nowhere. I see a gas station ahead and I know I would never venture to that sort of old, run down stand alone at night.
It is in the middle of the fields with transient broken down housing dotting the side road. But I feel safe with the guys. I take the exit and the guys wake up. One begins to pump gas while the others shuffle inside to grab a water.
I see 2 small brown dogs milling around. One approaches me with caution as I call out to her, a little female.
The male is obviously more feral and keeps a far distance. I can pet the female, and she wags her tail and looks up at me. It is obvious that her eye is badly, painfully ulcerated. I go into the gas station to ask about the dogs, but no one understands me or cares. I buy a bag of dog food, get a bottle of water and a paper cup and set them out on the side of the building away from traffic.
We leave. We have interviews in the morning and a show to do after that. This is a business, not a rescue mission. We drive off and as I glance back the female is standing in the middle of the road. Tail down. We hit Bakersfield a few hours later, where I check the guys into their rooms, help unload the van and give them an lobby call for a 12 noon radio interview. We head off to our rooms looking forward to just a few hours rest before we hit it again. So I pray, hard. I knew we were headed south. A church steeple. I rush off the exit and there in front of the store door are the 2 dogs.
Again I go inside and try to ask about the dogs and finally at least get them to give me a cardboard box. The female is not easy to get, but with the power of beef jerky, prayer and soft words, I grab her. I set a drum set on top of the box to keep it closed but she seems to know this is not a bad thing.
She seems to have more faith in me than I do. I go to work on getting the male. Time is slipping by. I do the only thing I can think of which is to call Shirley. She tells me to call the local ACC and give them all the info I can on the location. I do that and they promise to come for the male. I leave more food and water and drive away in prayers and tears while the female stays quietly in a box under a drum set weight.
I realize I need a plan, so I call the emergency vet in Bakersfield and after promising them my car, my house, my cd collection and all my credit cards they agree to see her and keep her until the afternoon when I can pick her up. I make it to the hotel lobby on time…. The Bakersfield Vet office was amazing! When I finally put the guys on a plane back to Nashville and pulled into my Sebastopol home, Shirley had already lined up vets to look at her eye and determine the course of action, which was what we already knew-ultimately to remove it.
Thank you Shirley Zindler for being the voice of reason in an unreasonable situation and for helping in all the ways you do…. What a wonderful story Keeps my faith in the human race Animals are so special They are a gift from God I have had some bad days and my animals always cheered me up Always a smile Thank you for your story.
Such a wonderful, gripping story. Such a heart warning story of love and determination. You gave this girl a new lease on life. Thank you for your kind heartless towards these critters. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by. Notify me of new posts by. Exhausted, I toss for a while and know what I am going to do. Kern County ACC promised me they had impounded the male. I pray they did.Bakersfield male lonely in hotel room
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