Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011
“Angel is a 7 year-old female American Eskimo dog who I rescued 3 years ago when she was abandoned at the farm next to the Pleasant Plain R&D lab where I work.
This was during a cold spell with temperatures below zero. She was too afraid to let anyone close to her, but would sit in the driveway howling for her lost owners. After a week, I figured out how to get close to her. I cooked some chicken sticks and tossed them to her, and she came closer and closer to me. When I offered her the chicken in my hand, she very gently started eating from my hand. Eventually she claimed me as her own, and followed me everywhere I went.
I just wanted to get her out of the cold and to a safe warm place. I didn’t know if I was ready for another dog, as I was still devastated from losing my beloved Rottweiler a few years earlier. I kept Angel overnight, and then took her to the Humane Society to be looked after and put up for adoption. A friend who worked there told me no one could even get a de-wormer in her mouth. She was so afraid she had snapped at the tech trying to treat her, and they had deemed her unfit for adoption, and planned to have her euthanized. I returned for her immediately. She knew me right away, and was so happy that I had come back for her. I couldn’t see how they could think she was aggressive as she was so trusting and loving toward me.
Next, I decided to try to find a breed rescue group for American Eskimo dogs. I tried several in the area, and even offered to give her a foster home while they tried to find her a good permanent home. None of the groups were very helpful. Their replies were short and uncaring “We’re too full and cannot help you.” Finally, I contacted Eskie Rescuers United or ESU—a network across North America. They were grateful that I was willing to foster Angel, and were a great deal of help with her vet issues all throughout her foster time with me. She had every type of worm known to dog including heartworms!
Even though she was mostly housetrained, Angel often had accidents, and she had major separation anxiety whenever I would leave her alone. She was terrified of my husband. Well, 6 1/2 months later she got through most of her behavioral issues, and now even likes my husband! After finally finding a vet that would spay her while she was going through the slow method of treatment for heartworms, she was ready for adoption.
When the time came that Angel found a potential adopter, I broke into tears! Needless to say I couldn’t stand the thought of her feeling abandoned again—even though she would have been going to a good home. I had fallen in love with her, and on September 4th 2009 I adopted her myself! And happier yet, we are happy to say that in February of 2010 she was tested heartworm free!”