Lily was quickly pulled from the shelter because she was very, very stressed to be there and was in particularly poor condition. Her hair was matted to the skin (ouch!) and she tried to bite whenever she was picked up. She also had a painful back and bad knees, so her crabby attitude was likely a pain response as well as a learned behavior.
Thanks to Old Dog Haven and her ODH Final Refuge family, little Lily is now on the appropriate pain medications and that awful, matted coat is history. And because Lily is able to move around so much better she’s become MUCH less crabby. Her people tell us that at first, Lily barked a lot and seemed unhappy but she’s settled in and now she wags her tail and even asks for attention…talk about a big improvement!
Little Lily is a sweet girl in spite of everything she experienced in her past. Because of her age and size, she can’t get up and down steps easily but she likes to lay on the top step to her home’s solarium and guard her space. Her people call her “the step guard” and she is just fine with that. She has earned her age-related privileges, after all!
Update: After a truly wonderful time in her final refuge home, dear Lily passed away in her sleep (this doesn’t happen very often at all). She had been to the vet for a regular checkup just a week before and all seemed fine – it was just her time to leave. She was a very sweet girl after her health issues were address and she will be greatly missed.