May 3, 2010Forgive, Trust, Love: Sugar Tags

You may have heard the story of Sugar before, as her quest for a new, happy life garnered her a bit of internet fame. Sugar’s short life, though filled with pain and abuse, serves as a model of forgiveness, trust, and love.

Dropped at a Los Angeles shelter in a state near death, Sugar had been abused, burned with acid, and bore an infected scar from what looked like an amateur C-section job. (What the eff is wrong with some people? Guess what, turds? Acid HURTS.)

Through the efforts of shelter workers, community supporters, foster care, and rescue organization Molly’s Mutts and Meows, Sugar nevertheless overcame these horrors (plus a diagnosis of skin cancer) and displayed an extraordinary ability to love, trust, and forgive despite her horrific past. Sadly, though, Sugar succumbed to complications from the abuse inflicted upon her before she was ever able to be placed in her forever home.

Kim Rodgers of Bark Pet Photography, one of the tireless supporters who worked to give Sugar a better life, created Sugar Tags in memory of the sweet dog who, despite the terrible ways in which humans had treated her in the past, “somehow learned to forgive, trust, and ultimately love those around her.” All profits from the sale of Sugar Tags go to Molly’s Mutts and Meows, which spent more than $8000 trying to help nurse Sugar back to health.

In addition to helping support Molly’s Mutts and Meows, Rodgers hopes that Sugar Tags will help spread Sugar’s story of courage, forgiveness, and love.

You can fetch Sugar Tags from Bark Pet Photography.

Now! Dry those tears and get to work.

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  1. Kristy’s avatar

    Great cause, great story. Even though I did almost weep at my desk.

  2. Aileen’s avatar

    I really did almost cry at work.

  3. Deb’s avatar

    K…of course I cried (read: balled my eyes out!) reading about Sugar (I’m also working my way through a grieving process since the loss of my two dog-kids, ‘the boys’). But that’s ok – they say purging is good for the soul! :)

    It scares me to think that there are people in this world that could inflict such cruelty and horrors on another living thing, as Sugar’s owners did to her. Thankfully, the compassion & caring of everyone who fought to save Sugar and give her a chance at a better life is a reminder of just how much good there really is in the world. How truly blessed Sugar was to have been surrounded by those people (rather than her owners) when she could no longer fight and had to leave. I’m comforted by that thought.

    Thank you for sharing Sugar’s story and Bark Pet Photography’s ‘Sugar Tags’ in support of I’ve bought two Sugar Tags, in the memory of my boys, and I can’t wait until they arrive so I can spread the story of Sugar’s forgiveness, trust and love. :)

  4. Brandi’s avatar

    This made my cry at work. I purchased one as soon as I finished reading and will wear it forever. I am pretty much speechless.

  5. Sarah’s avatar

    Hey everyone,
    Thank you SO much to Katherine, Mingus, and Dottie for sharing Sugar’s story…and thank you to everyone who has rallied around and purchased Sugar Tags! Sugar truly was an incredible being…and her legacy is living on, thanks to her “Sugar Posse,” which you are now all a part of! Welcome to the pack…and thank you for spreading the word about our sweet girl.

    –Sarah, Bark Pet Photography

  6. phetched’s avatar

    Aww, phetched readers are the BEST! I’m so glad y’all were touched by Sugar’s story and that some of you have purchased tags! You know, someone asked me just a few days ago why I loved dogs so much, and part of my answer was that dogs forgive and forget, treasure relationships, and live each day in the present – that they’re a model for how we should live. Sugar’s story is a very shining example of that.

    Thanks, Sarah, for stopping by, and for all you and the Sugar Posse did for Sugar and continue to do in her honor. It all just goes to show that for all the nasty people out there in the world, there are even more with truly loving and caring hearts.

  7. pamela’s avatar

    Does anyone know what happened to the owners? This is perhaps the only time where I could shoot the person responsible in the nuts or…because apprarently they have too much! The unfortunate reality is that these people who do this also abuse children and others. My love blessings to Sugar for trying again with humans. Her plight is a gift to us so that her story can be heard and addressing abuse that has been going on for decades.

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