Clancy with his new loving owners, Charlotte and John Butler.
One of the costumed pups from last year's K9 Korral.
Last year's K9 Korral at the dog run at 85th Street and Park Lane South.
He was tied to a fence just outside Victory Field. He’d spent the night outside and he was shaking, either from the cold or because he was frightened. Probably a little of both. The note they had left with him tried to explain:
[i]“Purebred Yorky. Can’t see. Can’t hear. About 15 years old. We had him for four years.
Don’t want him.
His name is Baby.”[/i]
A passerby alerted the Parks Department who, following normal protocol, would normally bring the pup to Animal Control. Had they done that, who knows what would have happened to him.
Instead, they reached out to Charlotte Butler, president of the K9 Korral Dog Run in Forest Park, to see if anyone would be willing to give this abandoned pup a home.
Butler knew the clock was ticking, as the Parks Department couldn’t keep the dog forever. So she made a few phone calls and, failing to find a home, discussed the situation with her husband John. Together they decided to go see the pup.
“He was so dirty and straggly, he looked like an old mop,” Butler said. “John wrapped him in a blanket and we brought him home.”
Home. It’s a little word we might not think about very much, but if you don’t have one, then it’s everything in the world to you.
The couple took the pup to the Dog ‘N Cat House groomers on 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, who gave Baby a wash and a haircut for free. Then he went home and met the rest of the family, which includes 11 cats and three turtles.
“It’s been amazing,” Charlotte says of the way the cats have taken to their new brother. “When he first got here, he was bumping into things, but they have been like ‘seeing-eye cats’ helping him around. They’ve also helped him wash up, licking his eyes, it’s really sweet.”
And with a new home, comes a new name. He will go by the name Clancy Butler for the rest of his life.
This came at the start of a busy week for butler, as the K9 Korral will be holding their annual Halloween Costume Contest for dogs this Saturday, October 29, at the dog run at 85th Street and Park Lane South.
The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with judging for the contest to begin at 2. Later on, all the dogs will take part in a Bobbing for Hot Dogs contest.
Dozens of cute pups will be on display in some creative and adorable costumes, and prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed pups in several categories.
We’ve been fortunate to have attended this party several times over the past few years and it’s always been a real good time. If you have any questions regarding the event or about the dog run in general, call the K9 Korral at (917) 337-7613.
As for Clancy, we can’t know what led his former owners to abandon him, tied up to a gate in the middle of the night.
We aren’t going to judge or criticize them without knowing all the facts, but certainly there were better options, better ways to handle it if they didn’t want him anymore.
We live in such a disposable world, getting rid of televisions and other appliances not because they don’t work, but just because they aren’t up to date.
But people and pets are not disposable. We don’t get rid of them just because we don’t want them anymore. We don’t get rid of them because they are old or because they can’t see or hear.
There are a lot of people in Woodhaven who care for all kinds of animals, and Charlotte and John Butler are at the top of that list. Because of them, Clancy has gone from shivering in the cold to sleeping in a bed surrounded by cats, keeping him warm.
He’s gone from being abandoned and homeless to being part of a loving family. For Clancy Butler, this week has been nothing short of a miracle.