Kate survived on her own living in a large wooded area. Well, not totally on her own. The guys at the auto shop that abutted the property fed her and did what they could, but they couldn't stop her from breeding. And boy, did she breed! After we rescued her third litter for a total of 23 puppies, we really felt like we needed to stop this cycle. Our reluctance was do to the belief that she was feral, and feral dogs are usually euthanized. What to do? What to do! Well, we found a vet who agreed to spay her and the guys at the auto shop wanted to continue to care for her. So we trapped her, only to realize she was not at all feral, just abandoned. Joy!
Needless to say, Kate had a bit of a recovery period, not just from being spayed, but from the trauma of having been abandoned and forced to make it on her own. But she is such a little trooper, she pulled it all together and started to become the affectionate family dog that she had obviously once been. Imagine my distress when, after all that, she started having health problems with her back legs. We did acupuncture and aquatherapy, and she got a lot better. But unless someone really special comes along, we expect that she will probably live her life out here, because she is incontinent. Now, we know that there are special people, ones who will go the extra mile for that special pet, and it is our hope that Kate will be found ~ she deserves it!
She has been with us for over 5 years now. In spite of the issues with her legs, she gets around really well. She has responded very positively to the consistency here. She LOVES to flirt with the male dogs. She comes up to strangers now in hopes of a treat.
It was really sweet when, after being here several years, she finally started to play with toys on her own and with the other dogs.