Culver City News
April 15, 2010
One morning at 5:30 a.m. while walking her dog, Culver City teacher Diane Kaiser spotted what she first thought was a bear cub loping down the middle of the street. At closer range, she thought it was a mop. Finally, she realized it was a dog, specifically a blind, overweight and sickly cocker spaniel.
Kaiser and her husband decided to take the dog home and make it comfortable with blankets, food and water while they waited for the animal services officer to arrive. The officer came and took the dog to a shelter. Coincidentally or fatefully, Kaiser later ran into a Culver City neighbor who encouraged her to contact the shelter to find out how the dog was doing.
Kaiser called and was dismayed to learn from the shelter that this horribly neglected purebred, seven-year-old female cocker spaniel would soon be euthanized because of its poor condition and the expense needed for treatment unless a rescue came through.
When Kaiser reported back to her neighbor about the fate of the dog, the wheels were set in motion. Calls were made and Camp Cocker Rescue came to help the poor dog.
"Hundreds of dollars were raised faster than you can say, tweedle-dee sticks,'" Kaiser said. "Of course, the first few hundred flew out of my pocket!"
Through the great efforts of everyone, medical attention was purchased, a home sought and a dog was saved. Her new name is Dena, the name of Diane's grandmother and her namesake. Dena now lives in a loving home in Culver City, living the life she deserves.