Age: 2 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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September 1st 2011
January 1st 2011
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I rescued Keena from Animal Control. She was a stray, and in the shelter for over a month. From her behavior, we are guessing that her original owners may have abandoned her.
When we first started looking for another dog, the breed didn't matter much to us, but we knew we wanted a hound of some kind. We had another dog who was a Beagle mix with Australian Shepard and Boxer. We wanted another companion for her and us.
I met Keena first at the shelter, took her out on a leash. She didn't want much to do with me at all! The small amount of time I did spend with her, I could tell she could be saved, it would take time, but I had the patience to help her be the best dog ever!
When I brought Keena home I picked her up from the vet the same day she was spayed. She wouldn't walk with me on the leash, I had to pick her up and carry her to the car. Once in the crate, she stood up almost the entire car ride, about an hour! It was like she wanted to see where she was going. Once home, she was immediately greeted by our neighbors (even though I wanted her in the house right away). Being the very social family that we are, company was gonna happen, so she best get used to it!
Our Beagle mix loved her and wanted to play with her right away, but knew she wasn't feeling well, and kept her company outside of her crate.
Keena spent a lot of time in the one place she knew was safe, her crate. She would occasionally come out for a little play time with the other dog if no one else was around. It was easy for her to develop a relationship with me since I was her first new friend, and the officer at animal control was female who she was comfortable with.
It was harder for Keena to warm up to my husband. Whether it was the male authority, his hat, I don't know.
Two weeks after having Keena, she ran away from my husband one night! I was at the store, he was letting the dogs outside, and she somehow slipped away from him. I came home to try to find her, our neighbors helped too. It was getting dark and she just kept running. Behind our house is a creek and wooded area. She was back to her norm being out there alone.
We searched for her for 4 days! Had several phone calls with sightings, I even saw her once before she dashed back into a thick wetland area. I was growing very tried, scared, guilty over those few days. I saved her from that shelter with every intention of giving her the best loving home possible, and then she was gone. No one was going to catch her, she was a stray before, she knew how to run.
I was about to rent a live trap some how, some way. On the 4th day, we could tell she had been around that night. She took toys out of her crate I left out for her, and a neighbors shoe he had on his porch! We searched the woods again for her. I had to go to work, I had already taken some time off to try to find her.
When I returned home, I had neighbors that spotted her in the area close to home, and again just before I got home. So I warmed up some sausages, grabbed my other dog and headed for the woods. I tied the other dog up on leash, played with squeaky toys, made my dog speak and bark, talked on my cell phone. Then about 45 minutes after being in our spot, my other dog started pointing and barking! It was Keena!! I was so relieved to see her! I had to do some sweet talk and throw a few sausages her way to get her to come closer. Eventually she got close enough to grab her collar, which I'm glad she kept on during her journey. I cried and hugged her, and proudly walked Keena and Matilda out of the woods and home! My neighbors couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it! I was so happy to have her back. I believe she was happy to be back, and that I did come find her and bring her home, again.
Now, we have had Keena for 6 months. She is not the same from I rescued from Animal Control. She changed in so many good ways! She acts like a dog, a dog that has a loving home and family. Keena no longer hangs out in her crate all day, she lays on the bed with us and Matilda. It was amazing to see how much she changed just after 3 months, and now it's been 6 and words can't describe how she was changed for the better. We are very blessed to have her in our family, and she seems to agree!
Keena is the most gentle, loving dog ever!
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