I led a terrible life of neglect even before
Hurricane Katrina blew into my town and destroyed everything I knew.
Someone put me into a shelter where I received an occasional meal,
but it was hot and crowded there. And I was very itchy. I had
something called "mange" which made my fur fall out. I was pretty
miserable, as were the rest of us. One day, a nice lady took me and
some of my friends to a big van, and off we went to another place,
where another nice lady and man put us into another van for yet
another ride. What was going on? We would soon find out.
We finally arrived in a new place. It smelled and looked different
from Louisiana but it was still hot! A lot of people were there
as we were taken out of the van. I was just glad to get out of
there, and then I saw the big bowl of food and another big bowl of
cool water. Yippee! After a while, I was taken inside and given
soft blankets. I fell asleep knowing things were "looking up."
I lived for a few months at that place. A lot of
people gave me pills and poked me with things. I knew they meant
well, so I didn't mind. Eventually, I wasn't itchy anymore and felt
that my fur was growing back. That was good, because it was getting
cold out. I loved the cold! Then one day I went for another ride to
visit a nice lady and man with a lady dog and a couple of cats. The
cats looked like great fun, but the lady dog looked at me and I knew
I'd be in trouble if I chased them. And I'd be in trouble if I gave
her too much trouble. I found out she had lost her best dog friend,
so I was going to be her friend now. She puts up with me for only so
long, but I'm trying! I'm teaching her games, and she's teaching me
manners. I prefer the games.
I am glad that the DAWG people noticed me when I was
a mess, and I'm glad that my new parents selected me, not knowing
that I no longer was skinny and furless. That means we were meant to
be! I was adopted on New Year's Eve 2005. When people say I don't
know how lucky I am, they are wrong. I will never forget the past,
but, boy, I am loving my new life!