Rainy Days Mastiffs

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A Family Kennel of the
AKC Mastiff Breed

 

Rainy Days Ms Pretty
"April"
Nov 28, 2008

"Home at Last" April 2008 GSMF Calendar girl

 

 

In April 2003, I heard on the English Mastiff list about a poor girl from a MO puppymill that had got "stuck" in NE with no place to go.
She was considered unadoptable because of the horrible condition she was in and my heart went out to her. I commented on the list
that I wish I were closer because I would have liked to help her. Steph Stollings replied back and asked if I were serious. I said yes, I was.
This was my first time of "meeting" Steph and ultimately, turned out to be my very first interstate rescue transport coordinating . When
Steph was having difficulty finding time to try to put together a transport, I asked her if I could give it a try. She said "sure" with some
disbelief in her voice, but a week later with most of the legs filled she exclaimed "I think you're going to do it!". I did do it and within two weeks
of initial contact, I had filled all of the legs and met all sorts of people in many states that were willing to take on the transport of April,
the unadoptable girl from MO. With the help of MCOA volunteers from RMMF and volunteers from other breeds I met through the net,
we brought this 80# skinny little girl to WA. I picked her up for her last leg in Kellogg ID and when I stopped at a rest stop for her potty break
I watched her try to warm up to children who shrunk back from her in horror. I gently explained what happened to her and they came forward
to gingerly to pet her head. She had had untreated mastitis that left her back teats so badly swollen she looked like she had an udder that was
literally 1" from the ground. Every time she went potty, it would slide down the back of her "udder" and leave her a mess. Her tail was only 3/4 of
its normal length due to happy tail. Her ribs were prominent as was her backbone and she was small by being bred before she was full grown herself.

The day after she made it to my house, I took her straight to my vet and she assessed her for much needed surgery. She had a double mastectomy the
next day and the vet said she could not do any more until a later date because of the risk of her circulatory system being too compromised and not
healing properly. I told her we're not doing this for aesthetics, but to prevent further problems since she was not able to even walk without kicking
mammary tissue. She came home to heal and put on weight and the biggest issue we had was with her hatred of being crated. We worked through it,
though, and we got her healed and she started learning life as its supposed to be.On 4th of July weekend, my best friend and her family came camping
at our park and I witnessed a miracle. As soon as my friend's hubby walked in the door, April came alive for the first time. She went to his side, looked at
him like she'd been waiting her entire life for him, and never left it again. I asked Steph if I could rehome her when it was obvious that he is where she
wanted to be and that was the start of Ms Pretty's forever home life. She was reported to be 5 yr old although she probably was a little older.


Randy and Ms Pretty

April was a funny girl that LOVED to be outside. She would stay outside sunbathing while all the other dogs would be inside in the A/C. She
would hold off winter as long as possible just wanting to have the freedom to be outdoors and her parents allowed her until the temperature
would drop and then coax her in. She always slept indoors, but for a dog that had come from cages too small into a yard of her own, that
freedom was just too sweet to leave for a house. She always had the choice --they felt she needed that. When PRA made her night blind, they
installed flood lights in the front yard so she could do her business and find her way back to the door. They rearranged their home
and their lives to make it easier for her to live as a blind dog for the time she had left. She walked proudly in the town parades with her girl,
Chyanne, and she was known throughout the town and she LOVED going camping with the family where she'd think she was the watchdog.

Well, after 5.5 years of moving to her real home, Ms Pretty said her final goodbye. She is now at rest on a knoll in our park
where she began her journey to happiness. The years of abuse had not robbed her enthusiasm or her love, but her legs could
not support her anymore and her body was just giving out. Through gentle coaxing and support, Regina and Randy made the
most loving decision to let her go with dignity. She went back to Jacqueline who helped her when she arrived here and
Jacqueline helped her once again --this time with her family all around her surrounding her with love and tears. She was
a wonderful
Mastiff with a heart of pure gold that never saw the show ring and never earned a title other than Ms Pretty.


Godspeed April, our Ms Pretty. You will be sorely missed.

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Breeding News:
We have retired from breeding litters here at Rainy Days. However, Pierce, Micah, and Cowboy all sired litters in 2013 and are standing at stud in 2014.


Show News:
We have 2 new Champions! Pierce & Keiko finished in 2o13.

Cowboy & Keiko both earned national rankings in 2013
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