During the holiday season, I've asked my rescue friends and contacts to share their heartwarming stories involving pets that they've rescued or adopted. Today's post was submitted by Tiffany Fraley of Be Fido's Friend. Tiffany's fostered the "lake dog" after her rescue until she found a forever family.
By Tiffany Fraley
From lake dog to queen bee, Shelby’s story is one from 2014 that I’ll never forget. Shelby, a young 2-year-old, female, white and red mixed breed dog, was as elusive as Bigfoot with a reputation for being uncatchable. Local residents of a small southeastern Missouri town dubbed her the “Lake Dog” and fed her over the course of a year.
No one could gain her trust though or get close enough to catch her. Finally, animal control was able to lure and catch her and we took her into Be Fido’s Friend rescue.
Beyond the normal vetting, we learned that Shelby was heartworm positive, not surprising knowing she lived outdoors for such a long time. She was successfully treated and is today, heartworm free and on preventatives.
Shelby didn’t know anything about being in a house, walking on a leash, going up stairs, riding in cars, etc…things that we take for granted that most dogs just know. She did suffer a case of bloat initially which we contribute to so much change so quickly. We caught this early and responded quickly and that was her first and last moment of panic.
Her fantastic personality and heart would soon prove that this lady was also incredibly smart, accepting, and brave. I fostered her from January 2014 to April 2014. It was like watching a puppy grow into a dog. She became the first dog in my house to leap up for walks and within a couple of tries got the hang of getting in and out of the car. She fit right in with my dogs and got along famously with every other dog that she met.
Shelby loved everyone and I grew attached to her wrestling with the notion of adopting her. The fateful day came when we received an application for Shelby. A nice couple with a big house and yard and lots of love to give wanted to give my Shooby-doo her forever home. After speaking with Kim, her mom, I knew that Shelby had found her forever home.
I drove Shelby to meet them the following weekend and the rest is history. I stay in touch with Kim who reports that Shelby still loves car rides, playing with dogs and meeting new people…especially firemen, but that is a story for a different day.
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