gracie, simon and maggie may
Mountain Man dogs: dogs who have lived their lives in the middle of nowhere with a man who, although he loves his dogs, doesn't have access to resources to spay/neuter or provide vet care.
It's easy to judge, but it's a sad reality that won't get any better by judging. Thankfully there are people who are reaching out to help. Crooked Leg Ranch, with the incomparable Willow who will go out on snowmobile to reach out to the people and help, and the Victoria Humane Society who will help find homes and provide spay/neuter services and vet care.
Some of the Mountain Man dogs have been adopted, but some dogs of these dogs who come in to care so incredibly fearful, they seem broken.
This is the case with (above l-r) Gracie, Simon and Maggie May (a.k.a. Mama). They are petrified. But slowly, they are getting used to close human presence after spending their lives living outside and building dens within the rubble that surrounded the trailer their human lived in.
They have their own basement suite and have calm music playing the background. They get up and go outside to sniff a bit and do their business and they are learning to not be afraid of other dogs. Every night they get story time.
It doesn't matter who exactly the man is who had these dogs, or where he lives, because he's not the only "Mountain Man".
This is not an isolated case.
But these three dogs are now safe and warm. Where they are sleeping is where they have chosen to curl up - the warm spots by the heater and fridge. They have been provided veterinary care. So for now we will wait.
For some people it's about what dogs can do for us, but for these folks, it's about what they can do for them.
For the full story on the Mountain Man dogs, please visit Crooked Leg Ranch's facebook post.