Rosy wished for a family to call her own and yesterday, she got her wish! She has a new family to love her unconditionally, including two new fur brothers. Happy trails, sweet girl!
Rosy came to us from a local shelter. She had been found in an area of Arlington where people often dump their dogs when they no longer want them. Rosy appeared to have had some litters and she had cherry eyes, covering about 80 percent of each eye. She also was untouchable. The shelter workers thought she might have to be euthanized because of her demeanor.
As a last chance for Rosy, the shelter contacted us and asked if we could help her. We said we would try. Our volunteer Bill went to get her and somehow, they managed to get her in his truck. He drove her straight to Dr. Larsen’s.
Dr. Larsen and her vet techs could not touch her. Rosy would push herself back into the farthest corner of her crate. When they would reach for her, she would lunge and snap.
Everyone stood there… scratching their heads and thought, “How can we medically treat her if we can’t touch her?” Then vet tech Heather stopped by the clinic with her 7-year-old son and they went in to see Rosy.
Standing behind his mom, the young boy began to talk to her. Rosy just melted. She whined and came to the front of the crate. Heather didn’t let him get near her, but together, they walked closer.
Rosy put her paw on the crate, as if she wanted him to come see her. She loved him at first sight.
They finally got a leash on her and took her outside. She followed the young boy everywhere he went (with his mom in charge of the leash and him at a good distance). Rosy never took her eyes off him. That’s when we knew there was HOPE!
Rosy wasn’t aggressive. She was SCARED. She was afraid of PEOPLE, but she wasn’t scared of a little boy with a soft voice. Dr. Larsen and her staff determined Rosy must have either been terribly abused … or never touched by a person.
After that day, everyone started working with her and each day, she has improved. She has several techs that she trusts to handle her. She even let me pet her when I took her pictures. She’s learning what a person’s hand feels like stroking her fur or rubbing her ears.
This is going to be a slow process, but we are all here for her until she can understand and feel the love she deserves. Rosy is a beautiful girl who will love everyone someday and will never remember when she didn’t.
1/27/20 Update: Rosy is now getting accustomed to her foster home. Isn’t that wonderful? As you all remember, Rosy was found in a vacant lot and taken to the shelter. When we got her, she wouldn’t let anyone touch her. Then, with the soft voice of a little boy, she softened, and hope began. That little boy was at the clinic to say goodbye to Rosy, as she left to move in with her foster mom. He cried and told her he would miss her and she licked his tears. That actually happened.
Since that day, Rosy has gone through several eye surgeries to remove and repair damage from extremely large cherry eyes. Her left eye is still healing from the last surgery. She is a healthy, happy, lovable girl who comes right up to be loved on now. She loves people and other dogs. She’s learned to play and enjoy life. She is still a little shy at times, if something is new to her. She has come a very long way from the scared little girl we first met.
With her foster family, she’s learning to live in a home and have a real family for the first time. She’s learning to roam freely around the house and have her own people who love and care for her every day. This is the next step toward being prepared for her forever family.
If any dog deserves the love of a forever family, it’s Rosy. We don’t know what she went through before she came to us. But, it must have been pretty bad, when you consider how she acted when she first came to us. We’ve watched her put that life behind her and learn there are people who love her. She can now put her trust in people and they won’t hurt her.
We all waved goodbye as she left the vet clinic with her foster mom. It was like watching your child move out for the first time. You just wanted to keep her with you always, so you knew she would always be safe. But she had to fly. That’s why we prepared her and we know she is in very good hands. With tears in our eyes and love in our hearts, we said, “Go get ’em, girl.”
The right family is out there for her and she is now out there for them. They will find each other and what a bond it will be.