This little cattle dog is living proof that despite years of misfortune, broken-down old dogs given love and compassionate care can begin new, wholehearted lives.
Annie had always been a farm dog. Over the course of her hard-working life, she had many animals to manage and many litters of pups. At some point, Annie was kicked by a cow and broke her right back leg, which didn’t heal well and left her with a significant limp. Then her farmer owners died and she and her remaining pup were left alone with only occasional feedings from extended family. Annie and her pup spent many cold days and nights alone and hungry. A family member finally took her pup, but as Annie was old and arthritic ODH was asked to help.
Annie’s new life began in February with an experienced ODH foster family. Her new mom recounts that early on she had a lot of separation anxiety: ‘wake the dead’ howling sessions occurred at all hours of the day and night. Eventually though, with patience and reassurance, she decided that “the old man of the house” was a good companion…and a she has kept her eye on him ever since! She also stopped howling, though sometimes she has an especially intense dream. Brave Annie had a couple of emergency room visits due to gastroenteritis and she also developed twisted stomach (gastric dilatation volvulus/GDV or gastric torsion/bloat) —the Queen Mother of veterinary emergencies. But Annie persevered. After surgery for her gastric torsion (and a long overdue spaying) she has finally become much more comfortable. Annie’s family manages her arthritis with medication and her stomach issues with a bland diet. Now that she’s comfortable she’s enjoying her well-deserved retirement!
Now the Good Life for Annie means treats and belly rubs. Annoying Things are medicines (she’s a champion at spitting out pills!) and anyone thinking they might want to ‘borrow’ her food. But Annie does well with the resident dog and she doesn’t care at all about the cats…what a good dog!
Thanks to ODH and its supporters, Annie has her favorite bed, her favorite person, and now she’s in her favorite place—as an indoor dog surrounded by lots and lots of love.