The Story of Phantom

by Carole Hopkins

Phantom in Trap1 small I first heard about Phantom in November of 2014. He was barely alive, wandering the streets of Magnolia for 2 years with an embedded collar. The black oozing mess that stained down his chest to his legs showed the severity of the wounds from the collar choking him. I vowed I would not give up until this dog was saved. So many people had tried to help Phantom, but he was so feral no one could approach closer than 50ft. I had no idea how to catch him, I only knew I was going to need a lot of help. I started making phone calls. I called Animal Control, I called rescue groups, I reached out on Facebook….I didn’t sleep some nights worrying about him. After a lot of effort I located some amazing women that lived near Phantom and had the same intense concern for him. They too had been watching….and trying to help him for 2 years. We started meeting at the gas station where Phantom was seen frequently. We had no idea what to do. But we didn’t give up. Stephanie Brown, Stephanie Dunlap and Pauline Mendoza encouraged me to put together a Facebook Page so we could coordinate our efforts. We found a woman, Polly Wark, who had a large dog trap. We found Sandra Olvera, who let us put the trap on her property. Through Facebook we asked people to post sightings of Phantom, so we could track him. The pieces started coming together. On February 20th we finally got him. It had been 4 long months. 4 long months of these ladies tracking in the woods, knocking on doors and never tiring of helping this dog.

Phantom Pet Talk Pic smallPhantom’s collar was surgically removed from his neck by the wonderful staff at Bear Branch Animal Hospital. He underwent 20 days of medications and twice daily wound cleaning at my home. He will have permanent, deep scars around his neck, but he is alive because of a wonderful group of people that rallied around him. All his surgical needs were paid for by donations from his Facebook community. Phantom’s story is one of perseverance and never giving up. It is about asking for help from strangers, something we do little of today. I could not have done this alone. Phantom’s rescue took a village. That village was women I did not know, but found through a common interest to save a life. Phantom is alive today because a community came together. This is the lesson he wants us to hold onto. Do not be afraid. Together we are POWERFUL and we can move MOUNTAINS. Remember Phantom when you want to change the world. Ask for help. You are stronger than you think!

For more information on adopting or supporting Phantom please contact:
Carole Hopkins, Pawsitively Petsitting, The Woodlands, Tx 832-585-7589
Caroleannhopkins@yahoo.com

2 Responses to The Story of Phantom

  1. Diana

    June 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    “When you want to change the world, ask for help. You are stronger than you think”
    Truer words were never spoken and can apply to many different life situations. Carole, Stephanie, Stephanie, Pauline, Polly and Sandra did what seemed like the impossible in tracking, catching and taking care of Phantom. All of you are a blessing! Not only to Phantom, but to the next dog, cat or other homeless animal that needs help because stories like this inspire others to reach out and help. There will be a special place reserved for all of you over the rainbow bridge, where the animals you all have helped over the years will be waiting to greet you again. KUDOS TO YOU ALL!!!

  2. Carole Hopkins

    March 3, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hello Diana!
    I’m not sure why I never saw your response over a year ago! Thanks so much for your kind words! Phantom is still with me and has made great strides in adjusting to his new “domestic’ life. Taking in and training a feral dog was one of the most challenging efforts I have ever made. He has really come along well! He will always have sudden fears of loud noises and things well adjusted dogs never worry about, but overall he is a sweetheart! If you would ever like an update feel free to contact me @ https://www.facebook.com/CaroleHopkinzzz/ I would love to hear from you! ~Carole

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