Working in dog rescue, you see a lot of awful things. I wouldn't say you become numb to it, but we definitely all find our own ways to cope (double vodka and nachos, please) so that we can come to work everyday and continue being advocates for these wonderful dogs.
However, Little Teri's rescue stuck with me in a very different way. Maybe it was the way she tried to hide from Randy, or the way she quivered in fear when he went to pet her, or the horrifying scream she let out when he approached (Watch rescue video here). Whatever it was, my normally stoic self was unable to watch her entire rescue video and, after spending some time with her in the vet clinic, I just went home and sobbed for hours.
Two days later, I was taking home a (totally unplanned) third dog. Little Teri, now Robin, very quickly made herself at home with a sassy old rat terrier and a rehabilitated feral SR alum. She was understandably very nervous at first. She was scared of household appliances, garbage bags, my winter coat, the pet store, car rides, going outside, and basically everything else you can imagine. She still isn't a huge fan of leaving the comfort of her home, but over this past year she has gained a totally new outlook on life as well as a TON of confidence.
She loves meeting new people, going for walks, destroying my mattress when I'm not looking, romping around with the other dogs, dressing up, wiggling her butt, and having cuddle/snore fests at night. She even helped out with her little foster brother, Dante, until he found his forever home!
She is a completely different dog than the skinny, distrusting, sad little lady I met just a little over a year ago. I find her resilience and unyielding positive attitude to be a daily inspiration.
Love, Kasey Anderson
Thanks to The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, Little Teri (Robin) was able to get the top-notch care she needed and go on to live an amazing life filled with fun, comfort, and love. The dogs we rescue are absolutely amazing, going on to sweeten the lives of so many families. Donations to The Stracks Fund are always needed in order to save dogs like Little Teri. Please save a life and donate by clicking below. Thank you!