Chutzpah had been living in a crate, in her own feces, for approximately three months. She was emaciated and had deep wounds on her legs. The tip of her tail was bloody and raw from hitting it against the crate. Her tail was so badly injured that eventually part of it had to be amputated. Thankfully, Stray Rescue was notified, and we were able to rescue her and her friend, Shalom. Both received the vet care and love they needed to thrive. Just like so many dogs we see, Chutzpah forgave people for what they had done to her. She is a sweetheart and has found her forever family.
Here's what her adoptive family has to say about Chutzpah, now named Cali...
Cali came into our lives about 2 months ago. My husband and daughter had decided it was time to add another member to our family which includes Sophie our 10 year old Bichon Frise and Lilly our rescued cat. John had been receiving emails from various groups with information about lab mix dogs available for adoption. On Valentine's Day weekend, we headed to Stray Rescue. The wonderful staff was very helpful in introducing us to dogs that would fit in our family. We only visited with three sweet girls, each with their own scars from a previous life, but knew Cali, formerly know has Chutzpah, was for us. We couldn't wait to bring her home. A snowstorm was moving into Saint Louis and it had been a busy weekend for Stray Rescue so the staff asked if we could come back on Monday to introduce Sophie and Cali. The staff was kind enough to allow us to run home to get Sophie and return before the storm started . The girls got along, not great, but tolerated each other well enough. Cali was respectful of Sophie, being she is much older and a quarter of her size, this was a good thing. Cali wearing her cone of shame needed to be convinced it was okay to get in our car.
It has only been a short time since Cali joined our family, but we already can't imagine what our lives would be like without her. She is still a bit timid about new experiences but is so very sweet. She believes she is a lap puppy, loves to cuddle and gives lots of kisses. Cali now likes to go for car rides. She plays like a puppy with her toys and likes to take long walks. Cali loves when our son visits because that means her favorite playmate Milo, our son's rescued Australian Cattle Dog mix, has come to play tug of war from morning until bedtime. Other than a few days of not wanting to eat and tummy issues, Cali has transitioned well into her new home and family. We love her!