Male ~ 8 Months ~ 15 lbs
Schnauzer / Rat Terrier
As tears streamed down my face, I thought...Rudy Roo, I promised you it would get so much better, I just didn't know at the time how much better you would make it for us.
After a week, she put on 4 lbs, half of what her total body weight was when she came to me. I had her hernia removed, and within a month, she was up to 15 lbs. Richelle is 12 years old, but runs around like a 4 year old. She is such a HOOT!
I am looking for Richelle a forever home, but being that she is 12, it has been hard. If a home is not found, she will live out the rest of her years with my family, happy, warm, tummy full, and being loved loved loved! I am so blessed to have her in my life, what a wonderful little girl.
Update: The St. Louis Senior Pet Project took in Richelle. They are a large rescue group that, like their name says...focus on getting forever homes for senior pets.
Richelle is now in one of their foster homes and will stay there until adopted. She will get more exposure and will have a much better chance of her finding a forever home if she is with them. I have talked with the foster mom and she said Richelle is a wonderful little girl and the family loves her very much. She said they would be very happy if Richelle ends up staying with them for the rest of her life. She has brought as much joy to their family as she did to mine. What a special little girl.
Elanna had set the humane trap that now confined him in an ongoing effort to rescue a pack of dirty, scrawny dogs she had been watching and rescuing for over a year.
From the first time Elanna saw the pack of dogs, feasting on a deer carcass in a field, she never gave up trying to save them.The skittish black Lab, now in her trap, proved to be the biggest challenge. She named him Hayden.
“It’s important to really know, inside yourself, in your heart, that there is always hope for any dog,” Diane says. “A dog with a difficult past, fearful or shy, needs love, commitment, a quiet atmosphere, a steady, reliable routine, tolerance for his fear, which in all honesty may not ever go away entirely, and, patience.”
Elanna was undaunted by the challenges. She has rescued and placed over 265 dogs. Each dog has a special place in her heart and a photograph on her wall.
In the early stages of Hayden’s rehabilitation, she was able to do little more than enter his run, flip a bucket over and sit quietly for 30 minutes. Hayden would move to the farthest corner, face the wall and ignore her. After a month, he still wouldn't let her near him, but she wanted to do more, hoping one day to find him a home.
At one point during his training, he curled his lip and growled at her. Diane says, “A dog with an unknown past, and who is clearly frightened, can and may bite out of that fear. That kind of fear biting does not always lend itself to the rational thought that would stop him from biting a friend.”
This behavior did not deter Elanna. Her first attempt at touching him began with a broom. She had used the same technique before, and it had been successful. She stood in his kennel and began touching him with it, but he urinated himself.
“I felt horrible for him, but knew that I could not stop.” He bit the broom and ran to the other side of the run. As he ran, she kept the appendage resting on him. She then sat in the kennel blocking the run with her back, forcing Hayden to run past her. For over an hour, each time he ran past, she would let her hand run the full length of his body, and soon, she was able to abandon the broom.
“I didn't even have to touch him with it,” she says. “I would just look at him and say ‘come on, you know how this works’ and he would run in front of me and I would touch him.”
The following day, she sat in the run with her back to him. He crept up to her, cautiously sniffing her hair and eventually her face.
“Every day, I noticed baby steps,” Elanna says. He now looked at her instead of the corner and didn’t tuck his tail anymore. She felt it was time to attempt petting him. She sat next to him for a long time then slowly and gently touched his back leg, knowing it was a long way from his mouth.
If you have any questions about one day adopting Hayden or any of the other animals she has rescued, you can call her at (618) 859-4191. There is an application process, reference check and home inspection prior to adoption.
Photos courtesy of Elanna Bradley