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Pinky needs urgent help
By Kim Aranha
Mar 28, 2011 - 6:05:43 PM

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A face that is asking for a chance to stay alive

Picture this….


You are old, you are handicapped, you are frail, you are alone and you are never sure where the next meal is coming from.


Your only shelter is under a car in a parking lot, when it rains the water comes under the car…when you were younger and a bit stronger you could cope…but now you are old….and sick.!




How the heck can you cope with all those negatives against you?


Yet little Pinky still manages to wag her tail and lick the hand that feeds her.


Scooped up to safety by well meaning and animal loving Cella Melnacheck Pinky was carried off to the loving hands of Dr. Val Grant at the Palmdale Vet Clinic….No,  they cant amputate the dragging food…she has cancer and heartworm…Pinky wags her tail, the sweet gentle tones of voice, the strokes and pats…She does not realize that in many ways her death sentence has just been read….?




This grass feels so much better than the parking lot!

Pinky is now in the Palmdale Clinic until Thursday having started her medical treatment but…and oh Lord! There is the most HUGE of buts…She has nowhere to go when she comes out of the Clinic on Thursday…Dr. Grant says that she must go to a home environment in order to make her treatment successful…She cannot reside at the Bahamas Humane Society Shelter yet, it would be too stressful for her and then the treatment would not work…she needs quiet, where she can curl up in a corner and sleep.


Picture this:

You have never really known kindness and now suddenly there are soft voices, dry towels to lie on, food in a bowl, clean water, even a bath!!! And perhaps, just perhaps, the next act of kindness will be to kill you because nobody can take care of you, and help you through these few tough months of treatment…


Just picture that !


When finally you have a shot at life, a shot at having a human who is nice to you, a shot of having a hand to lick…and because of your homelessness that same hand to lick may just be the hand that will have to end your life.


Just close your eyes and picture that!


Cella owns a dog that will not be kind to Pinky she is aggressive and will not allow Pinky to move in with them…So Pinky cannot go and live with the pretty woman who reached out to help her…but Cella will always be there for Pinky.   She will provide the medication for her, she can take her to her doctors appointments, there are people who will pay for Pinky’s food…she just needs a spot to rest her battle weary old body, and quiet refuge far from parking lots, screeching brakes, wet tarmac and fear…


A kiss from a person who cares....

Pinky’s handicap does not stop her getting around, and she is a friendly little sprite…she gets on well with other dogs.

She is a peaceful elderly lady who enjoys a quiet nap in the corner out of the way…a snooze and a dream,.


Picture this:

Before Christmas a bright eyed, Pinky, can run across the Bahamas Humane Society garden with the other senior citizens in “hot persuit’ (slow step, senior style) , she lies down in the shade and rolls over, all the time wagging her tail at her new friends.   All because YOU gave her that chance she needed….




p.s.: I read about Pinky’s plight on Facebook and decided to throw my hat into the ring and try to help find Pinky a home to live in during her treatment. I just cannot accept that she may have to be put to sleep ONLY because she has no safe haven to stay during her medical treatment…Please, please, out there, there must be someone who can give her a foster home.!


Chella says we can publish her phone number.

It is 363 2258, people should contact her direct if they can help her foster Pinky! Or email me!

Pinky with her best friend Cella

About the author: Kim Aranha grew up in the Berry Islands with her first dog, a beloved potcake named “Friendly” (who was anything but!). First educated at home, and then in boarding school in Switzerland, Kim moved to Rome, Italy in 1974 to pursue a career in the dramatic arts and ended up working as an interpreter. She moved back to The Bahamas in 1980, and now lives in Nassau with her husband Paul, and their two grown sons. Kim has 5 dogs, 2 goldfish, 12 fresh water  turtles, 1 Asian box turtle and 3 Budgerigars. Her idea of relaxing is being home to take care of all her pets. Kim is President of the Bahamas Humane Society, and serves on the board of BREEF, and is co-chairman of the Bahamas Sea Turtle Conservation Group. Kim can be contacted at berryislandgirl@gmail.com

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