There are two kinds of animal abuse and it would appear that Skipper, a Giant Schnauzer mix, has unfortunately been a victim of both. When Skipper’s former owners left town for Louisiana, they left him chained to a tree, exposed to the elements, and without food and water. For two long painful and terrifying weeks Skipper suffered at the end of that cruel chain without any hope of reprieve. We call this type of abuse, “passive cruelty” or, technically, an act of omission. Call it what you may, abuse of this magnitude can only be characterized as severe, and an act of neglect so cruel, malicious, and brutally heartless that it defies explanation.
As the days and nights slowly and painfully passed, Skipper began to suffer incredible pain as a result of starvation, dehydration, parasites like fleas and ticks, fear, and exhaustion from the relentless heat. The neighbors began to notice Skipper at the end of his tether of death, and slowly it dawned on them that he was dying. By now it was clear that Skipper was in grave danger, and as they watched his soul slowly drain from his pitiful eyes, only one neighbor had the compassion and the courage to act. Skipper was cut free from the chain, and allowed to escape. To learn what is being done and how you can help when a dog is sentenced to life on the end of a chain please visit www.unchainyourdog.org.
The neighbors watched from behind their windows as Skipper, exhausted, hungry and dehydrated, dragged his paws from house to house, hoping that someone would help him, but no one would open their door. Just as Skipper must have been feeling like all hope was lost, a compassionate person traveling through the neighborhood saw Skipper begging for help and realized his predicament. For the first time in Skipper’s life he was about to learn what it means to know love and kindness. Skipper’s kind Samaritan gently coaxed him into her car, and took him to her home.
As it turns out, Skipper was not the first canine companion that had been saved by his rescuers. Skipper found himself among a small pack of dogs that had all been rescued and taken into foster care. Without delay, work began in earnest on Skipper’s recovery. Sadly, it was immediately discovered that Skipper had been a victim of a second type of animal abuse, active cruelty with malicious intent. Skipper had been beaten with sticks or brooms. This type of intentional cruelty is often one of the most disturbing and should be considered a sign of serious psychological problems, often associated with sociopathic behavior and should be taken very seriously. For Skipper to have survived five years in the custody of his former owner, and then to have escaped into the custody of these particular rescuers is nothing short of a miracle. To learn more about animal abuse and what is being done to combat this curse, please visit www.pet-abuse.com.
Skipper still runs when he sees anyone with a broom in their hand, and at first he didn’t want to be touched on his ears or tail. He is better with this now, but he started to suffer from seizures about every two months. Skipper is now on medication and he has not had any more seizures. It stands as a powerful tribute to Skipper that after all of the callous and vicious attacks he suffered at the hands of his former owners, he remains a sweet and gentle companion. His peace loving nature and formidable resilience is an undeniable example to us all.
Although he is fine with little dogs and cats, Skipper would do best as the only big dog in his new home. He is already housebroken and shakes hands. Skipper is now five years old, has been neutered, and has received all of his shots. All he needs to make his dream come true is a family to love and a home to call his own. Skipper is truly the quintessential gentle giant.
Skipper is an independent rescue wholeheartedly supported by DogsOnly. Since he is in independent foster some distance from Little Rock he may not be attending every DogsOnly adoption showing at Petco in west Little Rock, so you should email before coming down to see him to make sure he will be there for you to meet. If you would like to learn more or even meet him in person you can send an email to his friends and rescuers, Bob and Ursula, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also complete an online adoption application by clicking the links at the top or bottom of this page or send an email to email@example.com. You application or emails will be sent to Skipper's guardians without delay.
If you don’t find that special companion you are looking for in the DogsOnly rescue, rehabilitation, and re-home program then please visit Last Chance Arkansas or one of the many other central Arkansas rescue organizations to save a rescued canine companion.