Likes: Being with her human companions and the other animals on the farm
Pet-Peeves: Zena is timid around strangers
Favorite Toy: corn stalks and cobs from the corn fields
Favorite Food: Life's Abundance is all I will feed her and she loves it!
Favorite Walk: Zena is free to roam our yard whenever we are outside. We have hundreds of acres!
Best Tricks: begging (sitting up on her rump with her front legs extended to us for her meals or fresh goat's milk when we are milking
Arrival Story: We noticed Zena and her companion dog traveling our rural country side. We soon realized that the dogs were homeless. It wasn't easy trying to catch the dogs because they were skittish and running. We tracked the dogs for several weeks and it wasn't until Zena lay flat not able walk on her own that we slipped her on a stretcher and headed for the vet. The 1st vet wanted to euthanize Zena. After much persuasion the vet gave Zena a shot of cortizone at my recommendation. Within 5 hours Zena was able to move her limbs a little. A new vet and a trip to Purdue Small Animal University plus 3 months of recovery with good natural food and natural supplements we brought Zena back to health and almost 100%. Zena also gained approximately 30lbs of much needed weight. Zena can run and play just like any other 3 year old dog. I have to count my blessings that I acted on my own gut and didn't take the first vet's advice. We love Zena with all of hearts and we wouldn't trade her for any thing. We continued to place ads and search for the other dog but we never saw her again.
My husband and I run a small animal sanctuary and Zena is one of a large family of many other dogs with similar stories. :)
Bio: Zena loves the outdoors. We have a large fenced in area for Zena and her buddies to stay in when we can't watch them. Zena spends her time soaking up the sun whenever she can. When my husband heads for the cattle barn which is at least twice a day if not three times a day. That's when most of dogs get excited. They are all allowed to run free and help tend to the cattle or whatever other farm chores we are doing. Aimee our Australian Cattle Dog and Smithers our Border Collie have natural talents for herding the livestock. (all rescues) It's so funny because Zena is learning from the pros. Zena now enters the cattle pen and chases the cattle outside with the other two dogs so my husband can enter the pen safely. We have other dogs on the farm but not all of them take an interest in the cattle, or other livestock. We call Zena our cattle dog because she loves it. Zena also just likes to walk around the farm and be a dog. Zena has lots of company and she acts very happy. Zena and the other dogs come inside the house with us at night and are part of our big happy family. It's as if all of the dogs know they all were once a homeless stray!