Lady (left) with little brother Lucky, a fellow Rocket Dog. Lady “Red” Rogers has only been with me for three weeks but we already seem like long time friends. Her personality keeps coming out more every day just like the red coat that gives her the second name.
After my beloved shepherd-mix Ruby died this year at sixteen I knew that I wanted to get another one of these Granny dogs. Lady is a ten year old chow mix and just as sweet and mellow as I hoped for. She loves her slow solo walks with me but also enjoys being with her new little brother Lucky.
Lady’s amazing calm and sweet nature is what made me decide that I could take in another dog so soon. Lucky has lymphoma (that we are treating) and needed a sanctuary home. Lady is a good influence on Lucky and – who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – has learned from him how to lift her leg outside (but only on walks with him, when she wants to show him who’s boss, because the rest of the time she’s all lady).
Lady is a classic example of why every dog should be rescued and given a chance and why we need to fight for humane conditions for animals. The volunteers who found her lying in a ditch, covered with mud, thought she might be dead. When she blinked an eye, they realized she was alive; but, she was scared and very depressed. Now look at her; a happy sweet soul who loves kids and has lost her shyness around other dogs.
I am so happy to have her sweet joy in my life. Much thanks to Rusty (and DJ) for fostering her and to Kay and Pali and everybody at Rocket Dog Rescue for all the great work they do saving these beautiful dogs. Paws up!
Don Rogers (21-Jan-08)