The Dog Who Changed the A.R.C. Forever
In August 2007, then five-year-old Fipper was turned over to Machray Animal Hospital by two children who lived in the Maples with their family. She came to us as a fragile victim of abuse. Fipper was 25 pounds underweight and suffering from second-degree burns to almost 80 per cent of her head. The veterinarian chose to transfer the Fipper to D'Arcy's A.R.C. instead of putting her down. It is believed Fipper was left outside in agony with the chemical burns for three days before she received medical attention. Fipper's wounds were infected and covered in bugs and filth.
The staff at D'Arcy's A.R.C. changed Fipper's dressings three times a day, applying an antibiotic cream and gel netting to the burned area. Throughout her three months of burn therapy, she wagged her tail and smiled at us everyday as if to say "thank you for the second chance". The A.R.C. staff quickly fell in love and the decision to have her as our shelter dog and mascot was the best decision that we ever made.
That was Fipper then. This is who she became:
- An Inspiration to us at the shelter.
- A Teacher, educating children and the public about animal abuse.
- A Cuddler, she loved her cuddles and tummy rubs.
- A Snacker, she could smell a doughnut or your lunch a mile away.
- A Greeter, always there wagging her tail hoping you had brought a treat for her.
- She is our Star.
Over the course of her life at the A.R.C., Fipper became a great ambassador for our shelter and our mission to save homeless animals. She grew into a beautiful soul; became a symbol for why we work hard everyday to end animal abuse and homelessness in Manitoba. She defined and re-defined the shelter.
She visited countless schools promoting both animal awareness and how to help out at the shelter. She sold thousands of calendars with her picture and story, had photo shoots with the Blue Bombers, has her own water bottle label and has been touched by some of Hollywood's famous movie stars.
Fipper was great with everyone who came into the shelter. She enjoyed being patted and scratched behind her ears. Although she would challenge us with eating the best dog foods available, pizza was her favourite food. Those of you who knew her, her quirkiness and her many stubborn Shepherd traits, understood what a special dog indeed she was.
Fipper, everyone at the A.R.C. family wants to thank you for touching our hearts, making us smile and keeping us in tune with what it means to rescue stray animals.
Your footprints will always be welcomed and you will be missed.