The Raising of Shine

October 1st, 2006
by Thomas Tomczyk

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BEFORE

BEFORE

Past:

Shine is a Cinderella story of a dog that from rags and famine ends up in plentiful bliss of carelessness; the heaven of any proper island dog.

Picked up wandering on the road in Brick Bay, he was put up to limbo circumstance of living underneath a house. He was starved, ridden with skin diseases and bleeding from wounds elicited on him by machetes. After diving dumpsters for three weeks, he was holding on to life despite the odds being against him.

His chances at a happier life were even made worse by the fact that he lacked a passport into the life of humans: a name. Most people in the neighborhood were afraid to give the dog a name as giving a name would signal the growth of a bond between them and the barely living creature. A name defines and cements a relationship between a dog and human.

Enter Lloyd Davidson. Owner of Flying Fish, Lloyd first saw the dog at a dinner party, just a dozen meters from the dog’s corner of refuge. Between salad and the main course, Lloyd already made up his mind about attempting a rescue operation for the nameless dog.

Unlike most of us who can only fall in love with cuddly, healthy and overfed puppies, Lloyd has the great ability of seeing past the current condition and envision the true potential of an animal.

AFTER

AFTER

Present:

On February 18 Shine walked into the life of people at Flying Fish. Shivering and unresponsive for several days, Shine is lucky to have survived the medicine that meant to fight his skin affliction and open wounds. “He had a few close days in the beginning where we thought he might die, but he pulled through,” said Russ, manager of Flying Fish. Over the course of four months, Shine’s weight has more than doubled, his coat shines and the last of the machete lesions are scarring.

After around Lps. 450 in shots and medications, Shine’s life was turned around. Most importantly he received a name, Shine. He is named after a rough, eccentric, survivor of a boat captain who worked at the Flying Fish plant a decade earlier.

At three times a day, Purina and a wet food diet have done the trick, and now Shine is a recovering “trashaholic.” With the best dog food money can buy, Shine has found a way to kick the trash habit and just kick back. He spends most of his days looking for the best place to take a nap. “He’s just catching-up with the bad times he had,” explains Lloyd.

Lloyd and Jose, the Flying Fish watchman, are the two people Shine trusts. Jose, a guard, bathes Shine every other day, feeds him and built him a wood house. There is even talk of putting a light inside, that would reduce the number of mosquitoes bothering Shine.

Future:

A “perpetual urinator” trying to mark off his heavenly posting at a fish plant, Shine guards his territory by urinating on all car tires that are not in motion. Shine is a survivor and well on his way to joining the elite of content island dogs. Shine still has to find a way of dealing with the first part of his life, abuse and hardship. Some bad memories occasionally will sneak-up on Shine, who will wake-up from a nightmare shivering and barking in his own wooden house. When he is happy he will howl and as time goes by, Shine’s howls should outnumber the barks. [/private]

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