Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Adopted Dog Update: Daisy

Daisy hanging out an one
of her favorite places ..
Pampered Pooch Playground!
Daisy came to Pet Haven from the Animal Humane Society (AHS) as a part of our involvement with the Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare coalition, MnPAW. AHS rescued Daisy from a puppy mill in rural Minnesota. To read more about this poor girl's rough beginnings, click here.  Fortunately, this sweet girl's story has a very happy ending. She was adopted by one of Pet Haven's loyal, dedicated and valued volunteers Bobbi.

Bobbi recently shared the following update on Daisy .. thank you Bobbi for loving this gentle spirit and for giving her a chance to experience life and all the pampering and love and care she so deserves:

"Daisy had a low chance for adoption.  After spending her entire 8 years in a 3 X 3 cage with two other dogs, being forced to bare multiple litters each year, being peed on and pooped on daily, and having what little people contact be a terrifying experience, it was no surprise that she was emotionally shutdown and physically damaged.  Matted, dirty, going blind from dry eye, a mammary tumor, and both hind legs having a genetic defect, it’s no wonder.

Pet Haven, through it’s ties with the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society, agreed to take her in.  It was believed her foster home might be where she spent the rest of her life.  But, as fate would have it, I was losing my Shih Tzu, Buster.  Living in an Association ruled complex, I was limited to one dog and not quite ready for a new one.  That is until I saw her face on Pet Haven’s website.  Love at first sight.  I said to Sally and Leslie, Pet Haven Small Dog coordinators, that is my dog.  Once said I would have to figure out a way to make it work.
Daisy hanging out with her
friends at Pampered Pooch!

Today,  8 months since I brought Daisy Mae home to stay and about a year since she was rescued, the dog that was once considered unadoptable, has made incredible progress.  She began to blossom slowing at her foster home with Vicki and her dogs.  I knew having her warm up to me would be a slow process so I took it in small steps.  Fast forward to the present where she is totally comfortable at home and has even tolerated a visitor or two.  Of course she loves her playtime at Pampered Pooch.  She socializes with a variety of dogs and has begun to bond with staff.  She walks on a leash for short distances and we’ve begun taking walks.  Now if she could only make that darn cat go away.

The one thing that was important to both of us is was having that one person/dog to love.  Her tumor was removed, her dry eyes improved with drops and she is a happy, spoiled little girl.  And, if I might say,  very pretty."

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