Adopt a Shelter Dog – Remarkable Transformations

by Mary Haight on October 22, 2011

Adopt a PetAdopt a Shelter Dog month is winding down and I did not want to miss sharing this story of transformation with you.  It underscores why those of us involved with shelters want every month to be an adopt a shelter dog month.

If you’re a reader of this blog, you probably recall this picture of Suzi. One of Lake Shore Animal Shelter’s Humane Investigators, Hank Trenkle, worked this neighbor-reported abuse case last year, turning over multiple pages of violations which the courts used to deliver a guilty verdict earlier this year.

Suzi was a real mess. She had been an “outside” dog, living in filth without habitable shelter, and the owner never appeared to take care of the dog.  You could see why the neighbors, whose help was not welcome, couldn’t take it anymore.  They called the police for four years – and found they could do nothing – the dog was fat (from eating the wrong foods) and had no clean water.

The neighbors called Lake Shore. Our Humane Investigator brought her back that day.  Not only was Suzi a matted mess with hair loss and teeth missing, but she had a hernia the size of a softball hanging underneath her.  She needed a lot of cleaning up – a good time to comfort and console with human touch, and look for other signs of problems  Elizabeth Curran, President of Lake Shore, took care to trim a lot of the matting and give her a first bath before taking her to the vet.  The vet advised that Suzi was around 6 or 7 years old and she has an enlarged heart.

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Suzi got her operation and while she was healing Lake Shore found her a good home. Look at her now:

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If you ever think it does not make a difference if you buy a dog or adopt a shelter dog, I  would have to say you are mistaken.  In my experience turning these sad forgotten creatures into happy dogs in a loving home is a little miracle – in fact, you could get addicted to witnessing this kind of transformation.  Happiness is infectious!

What is she thinking, face uplifted to the sun – does she smell the sweetness of her new life I wonder?

 

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8 comments
columbia training
columbia training

Great touching story, her transformation is amazing! Nice work!

Pup Fan
Pup Fan

Aw, yay for Suzi! It's so nice to see a success story. :)

Janie
Janie

Nice story. I'm so happy for Suzi. There's nothing better than a "used dog". I love them - everything about them. They're a big part of my life.

Mel
Mel

I SO agree! What a difference! I have seen many a dog come in looking a bit ragged only to come back looking like the happiest and healthiest dog you had ever seen. I tend to tear up at these kinds of stories because they show just how much difference a person can make in the life of a dog.

Pamela
Pamela

Thank you for sharing this happy ending story. It's so easy to get discouraged and it's great to be reminded of the difference that can be made one dog at a time.

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  1. […] for help. Suzi went from a very sad state of abuse and injury in the first seven years of life, to adopted and given a transformed life for three years with a family who loved her. Suzi died from a mass on her heart and complications […]

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