I first saw Tapir in a crate in one of the Stray Rescue offices on the day she came in. She was howling non-stop. I don't like little dogs much, and never felt any love for pugs, but something about her and that howling got under my skin and I had to go get her for foster. I brought her home to my 4 big dogs and hoped that the howling would stop and that someone, somewhere would want to adopt an old, crotchety, stinky pug. I jokingly started to refer to her as "Oldie Hawn." Everyone thought it fitting, so it stuck.
She was later diagnosed with bilateral ear infections, a fungal skin infection, an eye infection, and rotted teeth and gums. I guess all of that would make anyone howl. After 2 months of ear meds, eye meds, and frequent medicated baths, her infections were all healed. But she remained deaf and blind in one eye. Her teeth were so bad that the vet did surgery to remove all but 3 of them. Luckily that hasn't affected her ability to eat... I thought my pitbull was a garbage disposal but this gal eats everything the pitbull eats (in smaller amounts!). The only time she howls now is when she needs a boost up or down on the furniture or when she gets really excited about something. She barks to be let in and out, and when she thinks its time for her dinner. She's still old and a little crotchety, but luckily no longer stinky. She proved to be way too entertaining to give up, so I ended up adopting her and now I have a little dog. She loves bingo, bridge, and going visiting. She also loves dressing up for photo shoots because she still thinks she's as hot as she was when she was a young pug. She's the proud leader of a pack of 4 big dogs and one weak human.
-Deanna, Oldie Hawn’s adopter
The Welcome Home segment is all about showcasing the amazing transformation that occurs when a companion animal is adopted and brought into a loving home. Not only do we enrich their lives, but they also enrich our own lives and the lives of our families beyond measure. There are countless heartwarming stories to tell, and we want the whole world to know just how much better life can be with an adopted dog or cat by your side.