Squish the pit bull had a hard life. So much so, that her previous owner is going on trial this fall.
Leah Wesley, who fostered Squish through the Madison Animal Rescue Kennel in Louisiana, spent a few weeks this summer trying to make up for what had been done to the dog — whose skin is red and raw from infection, who is malnourished, who has heartworm.
She gave Squish daily baths, and rubbed her belly with coconut oil, and provided “lots of medications, and lots of love,” Wesley says.
In the course of providing this care, Wesley fell hard for Squish. Her sweet, funny, cute, universally affectionate personality.
The way “she dances when she hears her name, howls when she wants to play, and will do anything she has to just to snuggle with her people,” says Wesley.
“She loves all people, other dogs, and even cats!”
And she grew angrier and angrier at the person who had allowed this loving, special dog, to become so desperately sick. Who kept her tied up outside in this state, with just a tarp and some plywood as shelter.
Wesley finally put her thoughts together, in a powerful note to that person — which she posted to Instagram, along with a photo of Squish being hugged, and loved:
Dear Squish’s former owner. Do you remember her? I think you use to call her “color” and said she disgusted you. You probably don’t care, but I have her.
We went to the vet today (they said it would take at least 6 months for her skin to heal), we went to the pet store and got her some new clothes (to protect her skin from the sun), and we played with her new foster siblings until she couldn’t play anymore.
For an hour this morning, I covered her body in coconut oil and prayed that her sores wouldn’t get any worse. She has her own bed, she has her own crate, and she has absolutely stolen our hearts.
Your “disgusting” dog has changed my world and I want you to know that when you go to court, I will be there. I will be there with pictures of her progress and stories of our time together. I will be there with tears as I hear exactly what you did to her. I will be there to make sure you never get to harm another precious soul again.
Oh yeah, and right now, we are doing this. We are on the couch snuggling and she loves it
As Squish’s former owner comes closer to punishment, Squish’s own life keeps getting better.
She recently got adopted, into a permanent home, where she has a swimming pool to play in and a dog sister of her own to enjoy it with.
Wesley talks to Squish’s new family “almost every day,” she says. She’s doing great, which is both wonderful and bittersweet.
Bittersweet, because Wesley’s heart breaks when she remembers where this friendly, good, loving dog came from. Chained up outside, sick and alone.
And wonderful, because while Squish may not be completely healthy yet, she is definitely no longer alone.
“I love seeing her in her new home,” says Wesley. “Because she is so so loved.”