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Memorial for DELTA Rescue Dog Callie

It is always difficult to lose one of my patients. Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to help Callie, an agreeable, elderly, mixed breed canine, with her pain management through acupuncture treatments. Recently, she took a drastic turn for the worse and she was humanely put to sleep. The director of the D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, Leo Grillo, had the following recollection of Callie: I have rescued each of the animals there (at D.E.L.T.A Rescue) with a few exceptions. Callie and Penny and three cats belonged to a donor who left us her house. We wanted her animal family to live together in her house to the end, but the donor’s sister sold it instead. So we took them in and they lived at McCurdy's cottage for months. We noticed that Callie and Penny really like to be around people, so we moved them to the cattery during the day and returned them to their cats at night. Penny was diagnosed with cancer, so from that point we let the two of them come into the hospital at night. When Penny died, Callie became our hospital mascot. She was always coming up for treats and pats on the head, possibly to thank us for her new life. She was a very sweet girl and loved by all. She went down fast and died within two days. The staff was shocked that they lost their beloved Callie. We were shocked that we lost our youngest-looking geriatric dog. Callie will be missed, but the memory of her positive energy will remain with us forever. Please make a donation to the D.E.L.T.A Rescue to help fund food, housing, and medical care for animals in need. D.E.L.T.A. (Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals) Rescue is the largest “No Kill, Care-for-Life,” sanctuary of its kind in the world. The Los Angeles area site houses and provides medical care to more than 1500 animals, including dogs, cats, horses, goats, and birds. Founded by Leo Grillo in 1979, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue incorporated as a non-profit animal rescue and tax-exempt 501 [c] 3 organization in 1982. Thank you for reading Callie’s memorial. To receive my next article via email, please press the “Don’t Miss a Blog Post” button on the right upper corner of this page. Dr. Patrick Mahaney
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