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Mo's Rescue Story

July 02, 2018 23 Comments

Our dog Moses (Mo) appears handsome, strong and majestic but, deep down, he’s a little broken and in need of repair.

Mo's first year of life was traumatic.   From what we know, he was training as a livestock guard dog at a farm in Ohio when, at about 8 months of age, Mo and his sister, Ava, were set free as strays by their farmer. The wonderful volunteers at The National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network (NASRN) discovered Mo and Ava and put them under their care. While being fostered at a NASRN volunteer's home, Mo experienced a house fire. Luckily, everyone escaped unharmed. Unfortunately, the house was not so lucky. Mo was boarded at a kennel for several months until we found him online.

Mo can’t tell us his story but we know that he suffered mentally and physically before his rescue. We have learned this from the way that he behaves. He is very wary of men and most women. He is afraid of yelling, loud noises or anything that sounds like guns or fireworks.

He also had physical damage to his legs from a dangle stick he was found wearing when rescued. This contraption is a chain with a steel pipe attached to keep dogs from chasing livestock. It is supposed to bang against the chest and legs to make it uncomfortable to run. Mo’s chain was so long that the steel pipe slammed against the front of his legs. When we got him, he still had large swollen lumps on his shins, even though he had not worn a dangle stick for months (the picture below is of Mo and Ava wearing dangle sticks when they were found as strays).

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Mo and Ava being rescued.

Mo came to us via transport on a rainy Saturday in April 2017. We vividly remember the moment we saw him. He looked right into our eyes with a look of “Do I know you?” This poor soul had been between so many people and places that it seemed like he was trying to recognize someone, anyone, familiar. Below is a video of that very first time.

 

We have had Mo for over a year now. It took months for him to get comfortable with his new family, to living in a house and even walking through doorways. He is still timid around people so we have him out and about as much as possible. We live in a wonderful seacoast town, so there is never a lack of vacationing dog lovers wanting to pet Mo. We have also learned that he is most comfortable with other dogs so we make it a point to take him to doggy daycare a few days a week. There, he can be his authentic doggie self.

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Mo and his best pal Papi

I remember hoping for the day when Mo's magnificent tail would wag at home - as a sign of his happiness and contentment. Now, a year later, it happens all of the time! At last, Mo is truly comfortable with us and he knows we are his, forever.

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Mo and his boy brother, Rory

                  



23 Responses

Kellie DiFilippo
Kellie DiFilippo

July 14, 2018

Hi! What a wonderful story! My pup is Papi. Just dropped him off at Frisky and Elizabeth told me his best bud Moses was there (she also shared your website). Papi loves Moses! At the mention of his name, it is big tail wags and jumps. Thanks for sharing your story and helping to heal such a beautiful dog!
Warmly- Kellie and Big Papi

Bernice Tessier
Bernice Tessier

July 10, 2018

Thank you for sharing this story. There is a special place in heaven for Mo’s rescuers and your family. I volunteer for a rescue in Florida (Labs) and love to see how happy these dogs look after a little bit of compassion, love and care.

Jeff Laylon
Jeff Laylon

July 09, 2018

You are saints! SAINTS, I tell you. Way to make man cry!

Marilee Brockbank
Marilee Brockbank

July 05, 2018

Thank you for sharing your story about Mo. I love happy endings! I adore your photographs! I need to buy a bigger house so that I can display them all! Send more stories please!

Marcy Clarke
Marcy Clarke

July 04, 2018

Aw, don’t you just love dogs?!! They are so forgiving and have alot to teach us about loving one another! Mo is lucky to have found his loving forever home and, I suspect you feel pretty lucky too! He’s absolutely beautiful! We really do end up with the dogs we need in this life journey. God bless you Amy, Ron & Family!

Janice Nystrom
Janice Nystrom

July 04, 2018

Ron, Amy & children. I wasn’t aware of Mo’s terrible beginnings. You are all extraordinary people with so much love. Mo is certainly lucky that you found him. Love to all! Aunt J

Andi Coyne
Andi Coyne

July 04, 2018

Thank you for being such an animal lover. There is too much abuse in this world. How anyone can hurt an animal is beyond me. Now that I have stopped crying I want to say how much I love your work and thanks for saving such a sweet animal like Mo. I wish everyone was as kind as you.

Paula Smith
Paula Smith

July 03, 2018

When I first became acquainted with your photography work, I KNEW that I was being drawn in to far more than just a talent and an eye for quality images that both entertain and delight. I realized that you, most of all, have HEART… and a very big one. This story about Mo only serves to validate what I have felt all along about you. Although I do not know you, I can guarantee if I lived there, we fast would become friends. I am so thankful that you have been and are a part of Mo’s rescue, recovery, and relaxation to the point of being able to have a more full and normal life. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this story. You have touched my heart.

Susan Nash
Susan Nash

July 03, 2018

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. I am happy that Moe found such a wonderful forever home. The story lifted my spirits to be reminded of the special humanity that is concerned about abused animals.

Eileen Altieri
Eileen Altieri

July 03, 2018

Incredibly sad start for such a joyful and wonderful dog. God Bless You and your family for turning this dog’s life around! I am so happy for Mo and he looks so happy now! Happy July 4th! <3

Denise Fonda
Denise Fonda

July 03, 2018

It just makes me so sad to see or hear of an animal being abused. Mo is such a beautiful boy and you are lucky to have found each other. I love your photos, they are hanging all over my house. They are even more important knowing that you really love the dogs as well.

sandrahaskin
sandrahaskin

July 03, 2018

Onward ever onward dear Mo and Family

Lisa Klenzak
Lisa Klenzak

July 03, 2018

God bless you all! It takes special people to rescue animals and your photos capture the love!

Doreen Briggs
Doreen Briggs

July 03, 2018

Mo’s story has been bothering me all day. Animal abuse is so rampant in our society, so much evil that lives amongst us. I am sure that that farmer treats his livestock the same way. It is a happy ending though. God bless you and your family for finding Mo, well done!

Karyn Hendrickson
Karyn Hendrickson

July 03, 2018

It takes a special family to open their hearts and home to an abused stray dog. There is no doubt that Moses’ life moving forward with the Schmidt family will be one that will be filled with love and affection.

Sherry Buccieri
Sherry Buccieri

July 03, 2018

Ron,
It’s easy to see where your love for photographing dogs comes from. Wonderful that you rescued Mo. Do do know what happened to Ava? Please continue your wonderful photography of dogs at their best-having fun.

Dana Pittman
Dana Pittman

July 03, 2018

Bless you for taking Mo and Ava in and not giving up on Mo. I’m sure he now knows he is loved.

Nancy C Dixon
Nancy C Dixon

July 03, 2018

Ah, give that Mo a big hug and kiss from me…very touching story!

Charlotte Ford
Charlotte Ford

July 03, 2018

Ron and family, Mo’s story has me sobbing. We have a rescued Great Pyrenees who may have suffered similar abuse but we will never stop trying. Thank you so much for rescuing and for writing about it because the rewards you receive are unimaginable. He is a lucky dog and I’m sure his sister is just as happy. Gob bless and keep you, you are such an animal ambassador, an added bonus to your incredible talents.

Pam Burkart
Pam Burkart

July 03, 2018

I love this story. Happy for Mo and his family. May his days always be happy.

Carol Jensen
Carol Jensen

July 03, 2018

Awesome story….thank you for sharing……look forward to more Mo stories…..
BTW, what happened to his sister Ava???

Yuri Smith
Yuri Smith

July 03, 2018

It’s so wonderful that Mo has finally found his forever family. Although, he’s had such a sad past, his future is bright with a family who truly cares about him and making his life the happiest ever!

Heather Williams
Heather Williams

July 02, 2018

What a beautiful story! I am so thankful there are people like Mo’s rescuers and your family! Those sticks sound terrible and let’s hope that goes away soon. Thank you for all of the beautiful images you create and for loving a dog who deserved so much more than he originally got! Do you know where his sister went? Will they ever be able to visit each other?

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