My own dog, is a rescue. A couple decided they didn't want her anymore, and she was forced to live in a locked cage all day. They offered her to me,
telling me if I didn't take her, they were going to take her up onto the moors, and dump her.
Desipite already having a cat, I took her.
She had an amazingly bad flea problem, which is apparently why they decided they no longer wanted her. She cost me a lot of money at the vets, to fix
that, and thats with the vet offering me a reduced rate because of her backstory. She had a huge bald spot on her back, where she had chewed her own
fur out trying to bite the fleas, and her claws were curled round from lack of walking.
I cut her fur right of, bathed her daily. A canine beautician trimmed her claws down. The frontline treatment worked, and within 3 months, she was
flea-free. She still tended to cower away, and go and "live" in her cage, so I threw it away. Eventually she realised I wasn't going to shout at her,
or hurt her, and she began to trust me.
Her fur regrew, and she turned out to be a beautiful, very intelligent, very loving dog.
She does have some irritating habits though. She follows me everywhere now. I sometimes trip over her. When shes not sat on my lap, she sits as close
as possible, staring at me. The staring thing freaks me out a little. The most irritating habit she has, when I reach to stroke her, she instantly
rolls over onto her back and spreads her paws out, exposing her chest and stomach. This is a sign of complete subserviance and submission, and it
irritates me totally.
People who rescue animals, and protect them need medals. People who abuse them should be lined up and shot.
Oh, and the couple I rescued her from, last year, told me they wanted her back. I told them to swearword off. They even threatened to sue for her
return. I still told them to swearword off.
edit on 27/3/2012 by BMorris because: Additional info, rather than doublepost