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Sheba in her
The incredible story of
September 12, 2000.
It was noon and Brandy had taken time during her
lunch break from work to walk Ramses, another of our orphans when a stranger approached,
interested in the afghan hound. As the conversation progressed, this stranger shared
information on his long lost Afghan hound, Sheba who had opened the gate, and taken
herself for a walk 2 years ago (October 1998)
went off in Brandys head, and she asked the stranger for more information, which he
happily provided. Overwhelmed by the similarity between this stranger's story, and that of
our old orphan, Sheba, Brandy asked the stranger to accompany her back to her office and
started making phone calls to the head of AHRCO. At our request, the stranger, now known
as Robert brought us the family photo album showing a young, much loved puppy growing into
adult hood. Praying our Sheba was his Sheba, we arranged a meeting advising Robert not to
inform his wife or family yet to avoid disappointment.
Sheba puppy with mom
We had a
wonderful reunion today. It brought tears to my eyes to watch as Robert led his wife into
the room where we waited with Sheba. Afatamahís face revealed shock, as she
immediately recognized her Sheba, whose tail started wagging with recognition. Sitting on
the floor hugging Sheba, Afatamah repeated "my baby" over and over as she
hugged, kissed and cuddled her long lost dog.
emotions settled, we learned more of Sheba's story. She had escaped their
yard 2 years ago wearing a collar with current identity tag.
Someone found her and
called, and Robert rushed to get her, but by the time they got there,
Sheba had escaped that person. They were never able to locate Sheba after
that. Sheba had vanished.
They didn't know what we knew.............
....that in November of 1998 Sheba had
been captured and locked in a garage by a good Samaritan who had then given her to friend
where she was taken to another community on the opposite side of town. Although Sheba had
ID, we can only theorize that neither of these Samaritans chose to contact the owners,
thinking that Sheba had been abused due to her terrible condition. (It doesn't take
long for the best-groomed dog to become a dirty matted mess when they escape. It would be
easy for an inexperienced sight hound person to think a thin Afghan hound was starved.)
Removing and destroying her collar with identity information, the
second Samaritan had Sheba treated by her veterinarian then placed her
in what was thought was a good home. A year passed, when the Samaritan
went to check on Sheba only to find Sheba chained outside, coat
matted and malnourished, she immediately reclaimed Sheba, taking her
home to care for her. Sheba did not adjust well and after 2
weeks, was surrendered to AHRCO in January 2000 where she remained in
Back where she belonged,
spent her final days with surrounded with her puppy