Gabby and her sister Gay are very sweet, mixed breed pups (possibly golden retriever and collie or sheltie) who were found running the streets of a small town in Iowa. Both pups are thought to be 3-4 months old. They were picked up and taken to the local shelter with hopes that someone would claim them. No one did. So, they spent a few days at the shelter...a very sad place with little heat, almost no light, and that smelled awful. They only had human contact (food, attention, or exercise) once a day thanks to a volunteer who stopped by each day to care for them. This shelter had no regular staff.
Thankfully, this volunteer contacted RAGOM and asked if we could take these sweet girls. They were rescued from the shelter on what was to be their last day of life and brought into foster care. Both girls were very thin and very smelly....but very sweet and loving. They quickly learned that home was a great place to be--warm, safe, and dry--and after a bath and pedicure, they started to learn what it was like to have love and attention (and more than one meal each day!). They are the most loving pups...will do anything for petting! And very well behaved as puppies go. Other than normal housetraining issues, they are very easy to have around. And absolutely adorable!!
Unfortunately, after a few days in foster care, Gabby came down with Parvovirus--a very deadly and extremely contagious disease that strikes unvaccinated puppies and dogs. She is in the hospital now getting care, and will probably be there until the middle of next week. The vet told me that she was a lucky pup...without vet care, she would have certainly died out there on the streets in this winter weather. Now, thanks to RAGOM and the wonderful people at the vet clinic, she is expected to come through just fine and grow up to be a healthy, happy dog.
Gay is being watched closely for any symptoms of Parvo, but so far she is healthy. We will be keeping these girls for awhile to make sure they are disease-free, and to get them vaccinated, but then they will be ready for adoption. They will make wonderful pets! Both girls are very responsive to humans and seem to want to please, and I think should be easy to train. Housetraining is going quite well, and they are crate trained. Gay is working on learning "sit" and "off". Please consider adding one of these girls to your family! After such a rough start to their lives, they deserve nothing but a wonderful loving home.