Photo Comments Age: 16 Years Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Raustyk
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January 20th 1998
To be with me!
She's not too fond of some other female dogs & is also timid of some strangers, mainly males
A squeeky blue rhinoceros with yellow horns
Anywhere as long she's with me. She prefers us to visit wooded areas preferably with water.
roll over and shake with any or all paws
While I was working as a vet assistant, volunteering at a local shelter and assisiting with obedience, agility & behavioral classes 7 years ago I was debating on adding another dog to my furry family.
There she was, a timid 6 month old Rott. hiding in the back of her kennel. Obviously abused in one or more of her previous homes. This was her 4th trip back to the shelter. (same shelter Nanook came from). She was first found as a stray, adopted out, found as a stray again. Adopted out returned, adopted out returned again. She was now an investigation case, scheduled to be put to sleep as soon as the case was closed. I couldn't let her life end without her knowing what love was like.
She was going to be a handful, I knew that for sure. For months of me knowing her I was still unable to pet her for longer than a couple strokes without risking being bit. There was only 2 female shelter assistants that she trusted. But something was there, it was in the air, in her eyes. I knew she was the one.
After fighting with the shelter who in turn fought for me with the courts for months I was approved... ONLY because of where I worked & volunteered at. Boy am I lucky I had those references.
She had to be spayed before I could bring here home. My vet cared for the animals at that shelter so it worked out great. The shelter dropped her off at my work one morning to be spayed. I took her from the worker & put her in a cage. As soon as she got in she snapped & something major. If I was .2 seconds slower I probably wouldn't have my right cheek anymore. Major thoughts were running through my head, thinking this was the biggest mistake of my life. But my heart was still telling me this is it, she's the one. After speeking with co-workers we determined to give her the day at least. If all else fails we can euthanize her right there. the time comes to get her out of the cage to be spayed. Her attitude was 10 times worse than it ever was before. We had to use 2 catch poles to get her out of the cage. My co-workers came to me, asking permission to put her to sleep. In my mind I knew it had to be done but my heart said the opposite. This was by far the strongest feeling that ever came from my heart, I had to listen to it. So we went on with the spay.
Now it was time, the end of the day had come, it was time to go home. Would I go home with her or not was the question. I go to get her out of the cage and she had improved slightly, she allowed me to pet her a few times & put a regular leash on her. She was still pretty aggressive though. I figure I'll give her 2 miles in the car & see how she does. After all the shelter was 2 miles away & right on my way home. If she didn't improve even a little by then I would drop her off & have her put to sleep.
I opened the door to my car, she hopped in. I got in the front and all kinds of thoughts were racing through my brain.
Then a miracle happened. She rushed up to me, wiggling her whole body and covering me in kisses. I knew it. My heart was right. From that moment on she was the sweetest dog to me. She needed a little work to become that way with others and she's still not always very friendly to strangers. After multiple classes & a ton of work she is now not agressive anymore. She still has her rare moments but all she is is scared, not aggressive.
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