Journey was found standing in the middle of a busy highway in South Carolina, with cars speeding all around her. A mere 5lbs when she was rescued, the Good Samaritan who stopped to help her wasn't certain she was even a dog. She was emaciated and dehydrated, her fur was matted and infested, and every bone was protruding from her tiny body. She was close to death, and had this kind-hearted person not stopped to help, her story would have ended very differently. Considering the condition she was in, you have to wonder how she got there, and how many people let her down along the way.
Amazingly, her rescuer knew one of our SC volunteers who contacted our team for help. Journey was taken immediately to the animal hospital who did an incredible job saving her. She was put on IV fluids and antibiotics, and for more than a week we didn't know whether she would make it. Over many, many visits to the vet and lots of tests, she pulled through. Journey is only 3 years old and has an amazing spirit, but she has endured more in her short life than any dog should ever have to.
Thankfully, Journey also has an incredible foster mom, Linda, who has been committed to her rehabilitation over the last three months. In the beginning, she would wake up in the middle of the night to feed her small meals to help her regain some strength, and accompanied her on many trips to the vet. We learned that Journey is diabetic and requires insulin shots twice a day, and has very limited vision as a result of the diabetes. She can make out shadows, and has now learned the layout of her home, but also responds to the warmth of her foster mom's voice, wagging her tail with enthusiasm to greet her. Because of Linda's dedication, Journey has now stabilized, weighs over 12lbs, has a new, velvety fur coat, and looks like the sassy Shih Tzu she was born to be.
Now that Journey is healthy, she's learning how to interact as part of a family. She's being fostered with 3 dogs and a cat, and does well with all of them. She's crate trained and likes to sleep in her crate at night, and is working on her potty training. She needs time to find her way around a new area, but she's getting stronger every day and is ready to take on new challenges. She will be coming to N. VA late this month, ready to start her new life.
Journey will probably be on insulin and eye drops for the rest of her life, so she needs a special someone who is willing to commit to her care, and in return will get an incredibly grateful and loving companion.
Please consider opening up your heart to this sweet pup...We need a FOSTER or ADOPTER for Journey.
BREED ESTIMATE: Shih Tzu
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 12.5 lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: 3 years old
COAT TYPE: medium-long – low shed, needs regular grooming
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/hw negative
MEDICAL NEEDS: Insulin shots and eye drops twice a day
LOCATION: Coming to N. VA late Sept - NEED FOSTER
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.worthydog.org and complete the application.
You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to http://foster.worthydog.org and fill out an application.
Worthy Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.
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