Two years ago, I was perusing Petfinder, looking for a dog for one of my co-workers. I came across a profile for the cutest dog. She was rescued by a chihuahua rescue; but I still think she looks more like a long-haired miniature dachshund/papillon mix. The description implied that she had lived a pretty hard life. The rescue organization’s vet had to pull several of her teeth. She had scar tissue on her back where they thought she’d either been abused or attacked by another animal. And to make matters worse, she had heartworms.
My co-worker’s husband said no to getting a dog with so many issues. I had two dogs and needed another like I needed a hole in the head, but I couldn’t stand to think of this dog not getting a good home. So I emailed the rescue organization to find out more about her. I emailed back and forth with her foster “mom” and she thought my house would be a good fit for this dog. I wanted to learn more about her potential problems so I went to the vet’s office to meet her and the woman who was fostering her. The vet assured me that she would be able to live a normal life once she’d been treated for heartworms. I felt that I couldn’t walk away from this sweet girl. So two years ago today she came to live at my house. She is the sweetest dog in the whole world. She definitely has some issues, mainly being extremely nervous around most people, but has progressed so much in the last couple of years. It has been a joy to watch her grow and watch her learn to trust that she is safe. If you are looking for a pet I highly recommend looking for a rescue. Many of the dogs are just regular dogs that for some reason don’t have a home; they don’t have the issues that Olive had. Nearly any breed can be found. Petfinder is a great place to start. Ask anyone with a rescue dog, rescues make the best dogs. They really seem to know how good they have it and love you even more for that.