Willow is a lovely girl about 10 years old who landed up in a shelter after life in a hoarding situation and not much early education. Old Dog Haven was asked to find her a Final Refuge home after a long stay at the shelter with no adoption prospects. She arrived in her new home like a 90 pound bull in a china shop, with 2 mammary tumors (fortunately benign), and had a mouthful of teeth that would have frightened Frankenstein! She also wasn’t spayed. Through the generosity of ODH, the tumors were removed, she was spayed, she had a complete dental, and she completed several weeks of professional doggie training.
Willow is now a healthy, happy dog of about 80 pounds who loves walks and playing outdoors. She could fetch balls all day but is just as happy to be quiet inside, as long as she can be by her mom. She loves to cuddle, accepts gushing and hugs from strangers who think she’s wonderful (she is!), and has the cutest not-so-little tongue that sticks out when she’s sleeping, chasing rabbits in her dreams.
She takes treats very gently, is patient at mealtime, loves her baths, and is very good at the vet clinic. “Willie” is an alert, curious, smart and eager-to-please dog who is excited at her second chance at life, eager to finish discovering the life she deserves. Everyone who meets Willow loves her, but none more than her ODH mom!
Update 2021 From Willow’s Mom: In the spring of 2021, Willow was diagnosed with lymphoma. For a couple months she did well on meds, a supportive diet, daily exercise, and lots and lots of love. But it all finally became too much, and she told me she was ready to move on to the place she is young and pain-free again. Letting Willow go was the least I could do in return for all the love she gave me in our nearly six years together. Willow was a big dog with a big heart who has left a big hole in mine. We were very blessed that this wonderful girl could have stayed so long with her loving family.