Written by Michelle Kretzer
be the first to admit that there's no way I could fill out a "Lettuce Lady" bikini the way
that Pamela Anderson does. And that's OK, because
Pam's biggest asset for animals is something every one of us can develop:
for instance, another Pam we met recently. She called PETA from her hometown in
Missouri because she had spotted two dogs who were chained in their owners' backyard.
One had a small plastic doghouse with no insulation. The other had only a
barrel propped against a tree. Both had only dirty water to drink. But because
the dogs had food, water (albeit dirty), and some form of shelter, Animal
Control wouldn't act.
determined to help, Pam called PETA. We explained that people who sentence dogs
to chains are often quite willing simply to give them away to anyone who asks
and helped her decide what she would say to the dogs' owners. It worked. The
owners told Pam that she could have one of the dogs, Vandy—and just like that,
he was free. The other dog, Diesel, belonged to the homeowners' daughter,
however, and they wouldn't part with him.
enlisted the help of a friend who volunteers at a local shelter, and together
they took Vandy in and placed him up for adoption. It wasn't long before the
pup had a new, loving indoor home.
Pam wasn't finished. After PETA explained that straw is the best insulation for
cold outdoor dogs because it is warm and doesn't hold moisture, Pam and her
friend went shopping and returned with straw to help the chained dog survive the winter.
continued to visit Diesel to play with him and make sure that his water bowl was
clean. And we're pretty sure that when Diesel saw them coming, he got more
excited than he would have even if Pamela Anderson had come walking into his
yard. Soon enough—you guessed it—the owners agreed to let the women take Diesel
to the shelter as well, where he is currently awaiting his own happy ending.
Now, Pam has set her sights on getting a chaining ordinance passed to help all the chained
dogs in her town.
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