When Abby was surrendered in a little box, the shelter workers had no idea what was wrong with her. She was so tiny and covered in blisters. Her skin was raw and the little dog was petrified. She was only eight weeks old. She desperately needed a medical foster home but finding one isn’t always easy.
It was obvious that this puppy had a true fighting spirit. Even as she laid still, her body weak from her health issues, her tail would wag back and forth when she heard her name. Dina stepped up to be her foster mom. She knew immediately that despite all of Abby’s challenges, the little girl had the will to live.
Dina explains in the video below that the first two weeks Abby was with her, she didn’t seem to be getting any better. Abby’s skin blisters were getting worse. She would go into her kennel and cry. Abby couldn’t even be touched. It was too painful.
The vet did multiple tests and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. Nothing made sense. Finally, the vet discovered that Abby had a rare skin condition. Now he could treat her!
Amazingly, once Abby was on the right treatment, she improved quickly! She began to eat well and she even wanted to play with her foster mom and the other dogs in the house. What a huge difference! Abby’s personality also began to blossom. The little girl would try to snatch her foster mom’s food straight from her mouth. While she didn’t exhibit the best manners, at least she was eager to eat.
Dina taught her how to play fetch. Abby also learned how much fun it is to go on walks. She couldn’t wait to join her new doggy friends and go on adventures, discovering the outside world.
As Abby grew into her adult body, her scabs and scars prevented the hair on her head from growing back in. Dina describes her as an adorable little “gremlin.”
Her adult teeth came in too and she developed this unique underbite that made her look like she was constantly smiling.
Once medically cleared, Abby was able to find her forever home.
And she did! Love and Rescue is an amazing organization that stepped up and took Abby from the shelter in order to save her life. Dina, like many medical fosters, is a hero.