|Barked: Thu May 3, '07 1:35pm PST |
|This is my story, written by my Daddy. Enjoy!
Johanna is such a special girl. Her story is nothing short of amazing.
Johanna is from Tennessee. In October of 2004, she was attacked by 3 teenage boys with baseball bats. She was severely injured from the attack. The nerves in her spinal column were severed, leaving her permanently disabled. She was left incontinent, just going whenever and wherever she goes. Her owner was very angry at this, so she was chained outside in the mud until April 2005.
Finally, she was rescued from this horrible life. Her feet on her back legs were left infected from being dragged through the mud for 7 months, so several of her toes had to be amputated. But her situation was about to get much better. Lauren Smith from Fryburg, Maine decided to take in Johanna, who was formerly named Boo.
Upon her arrival at the Portland airport, the local news was there to greet her. Her story was broadcast on the television news as well as on the radio and on the internet. A class of 4th graders from a school in Oklahoma learned of Johanna and her inability to walk, so they raised over $400 for the purchase of a wheelchair cart. Now, Johanna would have her freedom back!
Lauren had 10 dogs and 7 children in her household, so it made it difficult to give Johanna the attention that she needed to treat her still healing legs. So, she contacted me to ask if I would be able to take her. I agreed, and I left for Portland to get Johanna.
Now, one would think that because of her experiences Johanna would be very nervous and fearful. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. She is the happiest dog that I have ever seen. She loves all people and other dogs. She is truly inspiring. Johanna helped me to realize that dachshund rescue is what I was born to do. I was destined to give her a home, and she was destined to inspire me to help more dogs like her.
Her story was immortalized when we were interviewed by Channel 7 news in Boston in August of 2006. Her story was viewed by thousands of people. I just know that her story of survival will inspire more people to help out handicapped animals all over the country and all over the world. Johanna is one of a kind.
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