Kaddie’s story - From what we can gather, Kaddie’s original owners loved her until they had a baby. When Kaddie wasn’t getting the attention she was used to, she started having accidents in the house. The solution for her owners was to keep her in the garage, year-round, where she was especially harmed by the heat of Texas summers, not to mention the hard concrete floors.
Poor Kaddie’s paws, coat, and skin started showing the effects of the exposure. Her coat started falling out; her skin became inflamed; and her paws were bald and painful. She was miserable. Instead of the family taking care of her, they opted to take her to the vet to have her euthanized.
Thankfully, a guardian “Angel” saw Kaddie at the vet that day and said she would be happy to take her. She took Kaddie home and started nursing her back to health. Over the next ten months, Kaddie’s bald spots started filling in, and the coat around her paws did too. The pain in her paws subsided with tender care.
Ten months later Kaddie’s Angel had to relocate, and she could not take Kaddie with her. She wanted to find Kaddie a wonderful owner who would continue to love and care for her as she had. She placed an ad in Craig’s List, not knowing the dangers of doing so.
She started receiving calls from people wanting Kaddie, but she also received calls and e-mails from concerned individuals warning her that Kaddie’s well-being, and even her life, could be at risk. That was the last thing Kaddie’s Angel would ever want. She had never heard the horrid stories of what can happen to dogs given away or sold on Craig’s List. We won’t go into details.
Several of those concerned contacted NBGR, and we called immediately. The Angel was overjoyed to know that Kaddie could come into a safe program until a loving home could be found.
When we met Kaddie, she greeted us with a wagging tail and tons of sloppy kisses. We were amazed at how animated she was and how well she was walking around. There are limitations to the things she can do, but this spunky girl has so much life and has no clue that she’s not “normal”.
Fast forward – Since Kaddie has been with her foster family, this is what we have learned about this dainty, sweet girl who loves everyone she meets.
About Kaddie’s paws - We consulted a vet and after considering all options, we decided not to do any corrective surgery on our girl. She gets around remarkably well as she is and it’s what she knows. Trying to alter what’s working for her has the potential for making matters worse. So she will remain perfectly imperfect.
· Kaddie does best on soft surfaces like carpet, area rugs, or padded runners. She also walks on hard surfaces, but it doesn’t feel as good or soft, and she will scurry to find a soft place. If you have tile or hardwood floors, laying down runners would be a great comfort to Kaddie.
· Kaddie is not able to take walks, but she is excited to accompany you in a cool dog carrier, a wagon, or a stroller.
· She loves lounging on dog beds and has no problem taking the big middle out of the sofa. She needs a little step stool to get up and down from the sofa by herself.
· Kaddie does well on stairs, but again, softer is better.
Kaddie’s coat/skin – We continue to use a special shampoo to help Kaddie’s skin completely heal. While she needed baths more often in the beginning, she now only needs one every 7-10 days, depending on how her coat feels. It is important to keep her on a high-quality, grain-free diet and nutritional supplements for skin and coat.
Kaddie is housetrained, but you have to make sure you keep her on a schedule and you stand outside with her to make sure she does her business. When her mission is accomplished, Kaddie LOVES to hear what a big girl she is for pottying outside. If she has an accident inside, it is obvious she is afraid and she runs and hides in the far back corner of the nearest crate.
When her foster parents are away, Kaddie has done well in her crate and has had no accidents. If she is kept in a larger enclosure, like an x-pen with a potty pad, she will use the pad. At night she sleeps quietly in her crate, but we are sure she would enjoy sharing the big bed with her human.
Kaddie just turned six years old and weighs about nine pounds. She gets along great with other dogs and was used to going to doggie daycare when she was with Angel. While she does well with other dogs, she isn’t timid and doesn’t mind letting the others know if she doesn’t like something. Her new family will need to help her keep her attitude in check so she doesn’t get too full of herself and become bossy about her space.
We have learned, without a doubt, that Kaddie is some kind of special and will be an awesome addition to the right home. We know the family who opens their hearts to this little girl will see, as we have, that she’s perfectly imperfect and a complete joy.
Kaddie is being fostered in Houston, TX. She’s waiting to meet her next “Angel”.
If you are interested in adoption please fill out our Adoption Application. If you would like more information, please contact Connie Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind that we prefer to place dogs within driving distance of where they are being fostered. If someone from outside the local area is approved for adoption, they must be willing to fly in to get the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to travel in the cabin with the passenger.
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