I’ve been keeping a secret and it’s time to let the puppy out of the bag. Meet Piper, an adorable 5 month old Boxer mix puppy. She and her littermates joined Dogma Animal Rescue this past fall when they were just tiny pups. Piper is an active, playful, loving puppy whose favorite activity is playing with other dogs, people and toys. Looking at her one would assume she is the picture of health. The reality is her kidneys didn’t develop properly and she will pass away from kidney failure in 2017.
At first I didn’t know what to do with this girl. Her kidney issues cause her to urinate a lot and she drinks a ton of water, other than that she’s a normal dog. We inquired about a possible kidney transplant at UC Davis but our veterinarian told us that wasn’t really an option. During the month of December I kept Piper’s story quiet and only told people close to me. Sick puppies are not really a festive subject. Now that January is here I’ll share my secret…I have a new puppy and her name is Piper!
Piper started attending day care at K9 Activity Club and Lodge this past week and had a marvelous time. The staff are all aware of her special needs and dote on her like she’s a princess. Next up we start training classes. I know our time is short, but I can’t spend that time worrying about when her story might end. My priority is filling up the space between her beginning and ending. Piper’s story still needs to be written.
For now we get to enjoy all the fun experiences of having a puppy. First name tag, car rides, trips to visit friends, walks at the ocean and along our amazing county walking trails. Normal things that form bonds between human and pet.
I promised her that she was going to have an amazing life with me. Let the journey begin.
Our founder, Dogma Duane, is a passionate animal rescuer. He is now in his seventh year rescuing animals and his fourth year running Dogma Animal Rescue. Duane is a graduate of Sonoma State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in Latin America studies; and is a graduate of the American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies program at San Francisco State University.