Update From Cactus Dog

In my last post I shared a picture of what can and does happen when people go hiking with their dogs and let them off their leash in our desert environment. Everyone thinks their dog won’t run off, and we hear it all the time that “my dog will stay right with me and won’t run off…” Well, guess what? Just like kids, they don’t always “obey” especially when they see a rabbit, or other desert resident, dash across the desert floor.

Below is the picture I shared in my last post to remind you what can and does happen when people fail to ensure their dogs are safe by keeping them on a leash at all times when hiking the trails here at San Tan.

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It took two vets, working together for several hours, to remove all the cactus needles from this little dog. The owner was VERY lucky that he found the vets he did and they gave this little dog a chance to survive the ordeal. In fact, the owner told the vet that perhaps it would be better to just put the dog down. But the vet said he felt the dog could be saved if they put the dog under sedation and at least tried to remove the cactus needles that covered his entire body, eyes, and were even in his mouth… When the vet told the owner there was a chance to save his dog, the owner told the vet if it was going to cost more than $5k, to just put the dog down because he couldn’t afford to spend anymore than that.

Today the owner stopped by San Tan to show us what the little dog looks like now.

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Yes, the owner, who really is a very nice man who just made a very common mistake, actually came back to San Tan today with his little dog, and two little boys, to show us the little dogs’ recovery, and to thank our staff for all they did to rescue his little dog on the day it happened. As you can see, his dog is on a leash, and he said he will NEVER go hiking again and let his dog off the leash. I think he is a changed man/pet owner… at least I hope so…Oh, and the vet bill was only $700.00. That man is counting his blessings for sure…

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Feb 26, 2016 @ 21:44:38

    Such a great ending to a horrible story that cause a lot of worry and problems. We always think we are in control with our little ones and our animals but it only takes one time to find out you are not in voice command in this case . It is much better to be safe then sorry and not try to bend the rules . Glad it all workout with the owner and his little family. Kuddos to you and the staff for all your efforts and guidances.


    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 27, 2016 @ 12:34:41

      It was very exciting to find out that little dog made a full recovery, and that the owner made a full commitment to never let that happen again. We do have a great staff to work with here at San Tan! XoXo


  2. gotham girl
    Feb 27, 2016 @ 02:36:41

    I have to admit…it is sooooo hard for me to even glance at those images of that poor little doggie…but so happy to read that all is well! Good on everyone there for helping!


    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 27, 2016 @ 12:37:19

      Yes, GG, the before photo is very hard to look at, but very necessary because as we all know “a picture is worth a thousand words” and sometimes it takes a picture like that to bring it home to some people that it is up to them to ensure their pets are safe on the hiking trails. Our staff is amazing at mountain rescues and educating the public on trail safety for everyone… Love and hugs and can’t wait to see you again soon! XoXo


  3. gotham girl
    Feb 27, 2016 @ 02:37:40

    Oops…meant to add…LOVE YOU!


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