All huddled in the corner of a box that served as their squalid little
home, these three scrawny, dirty and extremely frightened little dogs cowered
as their rescuers attempted to coax them out to safety and the hopes of a new
To the three little ragamuffins puppies these rather strange people
were probably only going to hurt them like everybody else did. After all one of
the favourite occupations of the neighbourhood kids was to throw rocks at them.
Did those children not know how much those stones sting when they hit a puppy
?…but, when the puppy cries out, the children laugh !….What is so terribly
wrong with this picture? Humans hurting for sport and laughing at pain…it is
little surprise that these three puppies had no trust left and were absolutely
When the spay and neuter volunteer Doris, asked the “owner” for
permission to have them spayed, the “owner” replied that he wanted the Mama dog
back, but the puppies could be killed. How cheap is life ?…three pretty little
pups, huddled in fear and their destiny to be killed…?
He just didn’t want them around any more and wanted them out of the
way…nothing so easy as to order a dog dead and then turn back to the outboard
engine you are repairing without EVER having another thought about those
animals you ordered killed…Something wrong with this picture too, isn’t there?
However the people at the clinic had hearts bigger than the sky and the
moon, as I have previously stated, they were all angels, caring, loving and
giving…and none more so than Doris, who carefully unloaded these three little
girls amid the odd snap and growl…
Eventually they were taken in to the clinic, spayed and de-wormed, and
sat in a kennel waiting for someone to take them home. Scared, not know what
would happen to then next!
It is not always easy to find fosters for all the puppies who need a
helping hand and a loving voice. These three little girls, originally named (for
about two hours) Dolores, Lisa and Bernadette in honour of the upcoming
elections, sat huddled in their cage. We were worried how they would cope at
the shelter because they were basically withdrawn and scared and would need one
on one care to allow them to trust humans again…There is just not the time to
dedicate at the shelter for that kind of individual attention.
Whilst everybody was looking at the pups and discussing…one particular
volunteer was half way up the hill deep in conversation with her long suffering
and understanding husband…”We normally only foster two at a time”, she told
me…shortly after she came down the hill with a big smile to tell us that she
would be fostering them all!
This was the best news ever as Candice Pinder has helped so many
animals find homes, and find themselves, gradually one paw at a time, one
sniff, one lick at a time, as they begin to understand that stones are not just
for throwing, but for chewing too!
We were all very happy to see Candice bundle them into a carry cage
with a towel to make them comfy as they started their long drive and then boat
ride to Spanish Wells…good bye little girls!
Here ends one chapter of your lives as you enter a new phase of your
That evening Candice settled them into their new home, a nice, large
airy shelter with a fenced in garden, lots of fresh water and food…and absolutely
nothing to fear…but the girls just could not get the idea right away. They
growled and tried to threaten Candice, just so sure that she had some nefarious
intentions! Kim, was the one who stood her ground, determined to protect
herself and her sisters… Kourtney was the first one to decide that perhaps the
tide had turned and the rules were different here, and may-be puppy dogs were
respected, and kindness WAS spoken…but the three girls had to learn that language…Every
day they became a little more trusting of Candice…Now Kim, who was the most
threatening, is the one who curls up in Candice’s lap the most, craving the
love and affection she missed as a small puppy…Kourtney and Khloe, await their
turn for attention on Candice’s lap.
They play together and roll over, and chew on things and wag their
lovely long tails…their little noses sniff the breeze proudly and without fear,
They have finally figured out that there are two types of humans…and they are
with the right type now…They face a future of kindness and love…but …THESE
THREE LITTLE GIRLS NEED HOMES !
They need love and affection, something they never had before....all
they ever knew from humans before they came to Candice’s yard was pain and
Please can you help them find the happiness that they so deserve and
that they have now come to expect? Are you the one to step up to the plate and
offer a secure life to chase away the nightmares that they lived in before
Authors note: Anybody able to offer a good home to one or all of these
girls please contact Candice Pinder on facebook or myself at the email address
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 2 Budgerigars.
Her idea of relaxing is being home to take care of all her pets. Kim is
President of the Bahamas Humane Society, and is co-chairman of the Bahamas Sea
Turtle Conservation Group. Kim can be contacted at