March 1, 2012
Ms. Amy Kinne, Director of Business Development
Especially for Pets
1185 Chestnut St
Newton, MA 02464
My name is Ann Fratesi and I work with Animal Relief and Rescue Fellowship (ARRF) in Leland, Mississippi. Highway is being cared for by our group. I wanted to thank you sooooooooooooooo very, very much for the wonderful CARE PACKAGE that you sent him. We helped him open it day before yesterday and he was absolutely beside himself!!! I got pictures but cannot send them due to a computer problem. Just as soon as it is fixed, I will be sending them on to you. He was so amazed by everything. He has probably never had a toy in his life. He immediately grabbed the big fuzzy bone and started jumping around with it. We had to take it away from him so he would see the rest of his surprises.
He got right on his bed and chewed his red Kong madly. The harness and leash are fabulous!! He has already been for a walk with them and the fit couldn't be more perfect. As of course you know, treats and food are always a huge hit.
I cannot tell you how much your kindness means to Highway, to ARRF, and to me, personally. This boy grabbed my heart from the beginning when he was so badly injured and literally covered with dog bites. When the vet tried to irrigate the puncture wounds, because there were so many and all connected, the solution would go in one wound and run out of several others. He was a mess. It was at that point that I decided I was going to make sure he got the medical attention that he needed and then was placed in a loving forever home where he could know what it is like to be loved and cared for. I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I knew that it would happen. No more pain; no more fear!!! Well, I am pleased to tell you that we have a WONDERFUL home waiting for him with a very special guy in New Jersey. I believe that this will be a match made in Heaven.
Highway, in addition to his many wounds, has heartworms, for which he is on the alternative Doxycycline treatment and, also, had entropion in both eyes where his bottom eyelashes were inverted into his eyes. We weren't aware of the eye situation until he began healing and the swelling and pain from the bites subsided. Thanks to the many generous people who donated to his cause, the eye surgery was performed yesterday very successfully. I saw him after surgery and, even with stitches around both eyes, he is no longer feeling the discomfort of the inverted lashes, thank God. Once the stitches come out and the eyes look good, arrangements will be made to transport him to his new dad. This will be one happy day for Highway.............and for me. While there will always be another dog, and another, and another, since we work with a local dog pound where dogs are brought in by the ACO on an almost daily basis, Highway will always have a special place in my heart. Because of your kindness, Amy, you will also have a place in my heart.
I will be happy to keep you updated on his progress since you are a part of his story. I think you are wonderful!
Animal Relief & Rescue Fellowship