Arrival Story: Alyssum had a bit of a convoluted pathway to become my dog. Her original owner lost his home to forclosure and left his 5 outdoor-only dogs behind. After a few days, the neighbors climbed his fence and rescued Alyssum, her two brothers and her parents. The woman who rescued Alyssum brought her in to the veterinary hospital where I work, because she was worried that Alyssum's brother had 'attacked' her. Truth was, he'd been attempting to mate her. -_-
Alyssum was a mess. She was matted, emaciated, anemic and both ears were packed with foxtails. She also had a foxtail abscess on one thigh. The woman who had taken her in could not afford her medical care to save her life and so, being a sucker, I offered to take her on.
I got her spayed immediately as we needed her under anesthesia to remove the foxtails in her ears and in the abscess anyway, and I was worried that attempting to carry a pregnancy to term in her state would make it impossible for her to recover. She made it through surgery fine, and has since decided that I'm the only truly safe person in the universe. I love my little doggy to death.