Diva's is one of those heart-wrenching, soul crushing stories from which many turn away. She was thrown out on a highway (seen by others) with her brother at perhaps 8-10 weeks of age. Her brother was killed immediately and after she grieved, she found a culvert for shelter. There she lived for months and survived by the kindness of a few who would stop to throw dry food out to her. On the way back to Dallas from a home visit in Missouri, I stopped for gasoline at a small station in east Texas and saw her there. I offered a reward to anyone who could catch her without harming her and shortly thereafter we had our Diva. Diva got along so well with the other dogs and was so grateful for a never-ending bowl of food, fresh water and kindness. She was always timid with people and we were very selective when searching for a home for her. We thought we found the perfect match in a couple that professed commitment and love for her. It took us several months to finalize the adoption because we wanted to be sure this was the right home. Almost five years later Diva was returned to us -- almost unrecognizable (as you can see from the pictures), terribly overweight, and terrified. We are blessed to have an extremely experienced, knowledgeable and caring trainer and close friend offer to foster Diva. While progress has been made, we feel Diva needs to be posted as a Special Needs dog. Below is what we feel will be the perfect home for this loving and sweet soul.
DIVA must have either a FEMALE ONLY home or a couple where the man has infinite patience and dedication -- and as the only pet. We can never know what really happened in her previous home. She is leery of other dogs (but is fostered in a home with other dogs and gets along with them.) While it is asking a lot, I KNOW there is someone who wants unconditional love with a companion that asks almost nothing. There IS a kind, patient, understanding and loving person that will appreciate and nurture this special girl. Diva will never be a "dog park" dog. She wants to feel safe and secure in her own home with a window to look outside. Not too much to ask. Diva loves tummy rubs and to lie beside you.
PLEASE FORWARD DIVA'S INFORMATION SO THAT HER FOREVER HOME CAN BE FOUND. If any dog deserved comfort and love, it is Diva. Email Debbie at email@example.com
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