Both suffered health problems with mite infestations that caused fur loss, and Ernie in particular looked bad with nearly bare skin and many sores. The mite problem is not contagious, so full recovery was possible.
However, the real problem is the time contraints for keeping dogs in public shelters. An online social media blitz brought their plight to the attention of Lifeline Dog Rescue through Facebook. We stepped in and with the help of volunteers near the shelter, both were pulled and transferred to our rescue facility for rehabilitation.
The ebook is dedicated to all those wonderful volunteers. Rather than individually thank each volunteer who donated time, energy, or money to save Bert and Ernie, we thought it would be faster and more rewarding to show them that they DID make a difference.
Readers may want to adopt Bert the Boxer Mix who is already listed for adoption after a full recovery. Ernie was in much worse shape and will require another 30-60 days. Read the ebook. See the before and after pictures. You may tear up with sadness near the beginning, or tears of joy towards the end.
Please read and download a copy, and then email, print, or share the Photo Story of Rescue Dogs Bert and Ernie with your family and friends. Post the link on Facebook or Twitter. Write about or promote it on your blog.
This is just one example of dogs that some would describe as pathetic being transformed just like the frog to a prince in fairy tales.
Update of the Status of Ernie: Ernie is listed as available for adoption. Please view and share the adoption profile for Pitbull Mix Ernie. He’s practically famous, and deserves a forever family and home!
Note: If adopted, the link to his profile goes to his Happy Tails forever home story.