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Remembering Lily Perez... Ark Naturals Official Bark Person

Remembering Lily Perez.. Ark Naturals Official Bark Person

Written by: Susan Weiss

Somewhere in 2002 a severely abused rescue dog came into our life.  She came into our life via Pet Finder who connected us with Pekes and Pals Rescue, Fort Myers FL - They really didn’t know too much about her.  We decided to build her a ‘biography’.   They called her Sara but we changed her name to Lily Perez… as Perez in Cuba is like Smith in the USA –We decided to give her a first name and a last name.  We also gave her a birthday .

When we filled out the application to adopt her, Pekes and Pals shared some info about his dog.  She was abused. She was a fear biter.  She could be aggressive if frightened.  She had a low threshold for anxiety….. and she was extremely pretty,  a Havanese (maybe  Havanese with a little something else) and would we be interested in meeting her.

A few years earlier I had fallen in love with the Havanese breed – and even with all the problematic information I was given,  I was off and running to Pekes and Pals to meet her. 

The rescue organization carefully told me – she was a handful…. beginning with the simplest task of putting a collar on her and attaching a leash.  Lily and I went home that night, I introduced her to her dad (Jay) and we became a family of 3.

Lily was never the perfect dog.   But with patience and a real understanding of what she must have gone through we were able to love her, respect her boundaries and have a great life.

About 2 years ago her kidneys began to fail.  Additionally she had symptoms of hypertension.  With excellent veterinary care (Dr Victor Brown, DVM Brown Veterinary Clinic,  Naples, FL) and following his instructions to the letter we were able to get her into a holding pattern.   Life with Lily was pretty OK until about a month ago – Dr Brown did some more tests and told us her kidneys were in very bad shape.  We were prepared to do whatever it took to help her.  We did acupuncture, aquapuncture, IV fluids daily, Chinese herbs and a new special diet.

Despite all our efforts we were not able to stabilize her and she continued to go downhill. At the end Lily was not Lily- She didn’t care who held her (BTW she also hated being touched by strangers). We realized we had to think of her and let her cross the Rainbow Bridge.

With us at her side till the last minute, Lily Perez crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday January 28th 2014.

Our home is weird without her. I’ve washed her bed and bowls.  I went through her toys and decided which ones to keep and together Jayand I made a decision that the best way to honor Lily is to rescue another dog – so we are now focused on bringing another Havanese rescue into our life.

Why am I writing all this?  Part of this is to honor Lily and part of this is to let you know that rescuing an abused dog is not an easy trick.  However, if you have patience, an open heart and financial resources it is very doable.  Would I adopt Lily again knowing that Lily was a difficult dog with very special needs?  Definitely!

I hope when you consider adding a dog or a cat to your life you will always think RESCUE! 

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Created on: 2/10/2014 8:57 PM
We found Violet thru Peggy I don't know how many years ago. She had been violently abused -- beaten w/ a baseball bat. We couldn't allow her to be euthanized, so she became the 4th fur person in our family. We have adored every minute with her, have no idea how old she is & can't imagine life without her. One of our other dogs is also a rescue.  They are wonderful and appreciative & the best thing we ever did was adopt these 2 who were abused. The other 2 have never had an unhappy day & we adore them as well.We have a perfect family
Created on: 2/18/2014 8:38 AM
I volunteer at the Humane Society Naples and have my own rescue pup.  Her name is Emma.  She was never abused, as we got her when she was just shy of 8 weeks old.  Her Mom, Chubby, was abused and rescued by Pilots N Paws.  They donate their time when they are getting their flight time and go to kill shelters all over this great country.  Emma was born after arrival at our shelter and went into foster care.  However, Emma still cowers when you put your hand out sometimes, which makes me wonder if the pups feel the fear when the mom is being kicked or hit by the abusers.  It is said to see this.  I see this every day at the shelter, but I also see the happiness when they find a kind and loving new family.  Thank you for sharing your story and promoting rescuing.  Our condolences for your loss of Lily.  Emma is my 3rd rescue dog and is the missing piece of our hearts when we lost our companions Timmy and Que in 2012.  Nancy Peterson
Created on: 2/19/2014 10:55 AM
Thanks for this story - it's a beautiful tribute to Lily Perez.
Created on: 2/22/2014 4:20 PM
Sweet Lily looks like a perfect dog to me, fly so very high with the angels now. You were a gorgeous baby !!  I also have lost to yorkies to kidney failure, I know the pain she and you experienced. (((HUGS)))...
Created on: 3/11/2014 4:42 PM
Such a sad beginning to Lily Perez's life, until you became a part of it. We have rescued Westie's, from WRNT, one of which came from a puppy mill, and to this day, suffers fear and anxiety because of thunderstorms, loud noises, etc., but she is sweet and loving, despite that issue. What so many of these rescue pups have gone thru, is heartbreaking, but it's a great feeling to be a part of giving them love and care for the rest of their lives.
Created on: 3/22/2014 9:39 PM
Our rescue" Lady "is mostly Samoyed with some Chow.  She came to us after being left outside at night  at a shelter in the hills of Virginia.  Although she can be a handful -- very territorial and came to us with many medical problems which 6 1/2 years later we are still treating, she is the best family member and can't image life without  her .  Her love for us is  so unconditional and trust us totally.   "Rescues" are the best!