Here is a great story about how working together, not looking away when there is an animal in need, and asking for help can create a wonderful happily-ever-after tale for both dogs and humans alike!
On Sunday, July 22, Mark McKool, a longtime DallasDogLife Facebook fan, contacted DDL about a young female Husky that had been dumped in his Plano neighborhood:
Hi Yvonne, My wife and I found this beautiful young husky mix this evening who had obviously been dumped. Looks like she just had puppies. She is very sweet, loving and an ideal pet. Very good with other dogs and cats. I wish we could keep her but there is no more room in our “Animal Inn.” We will take her to the Plano Shelter in the morning. Please pass the word on.
On the morning of July 23, I posted the picture of the Husky that Mark provided and asked the readers to share. As fate would have it, the Plano shelter is closed on Mondays so Mark took KISS (so named because of her resemblance to the Rock group) to his vet. After she was scanned, vaccinated, and evaluated, Mark sent us another update that whoever dumped KISS may have put her puppies in danger:
KISS (the husky) did not have a microchip. She was still milking from recently having puppies. I found her in my alley. She was thirsty, looked like she was in a daze, hungry and listless. After getting hydrated, fed, and some good sleep she is very alert, and was playing in the sprinkler (chasing the water) and enjoyed chewing on a toy.
I received another update from Mark that local rescue group Paws in the City had agreed to take her as a “guest dog,” meaning that would be able to promote her as a adoptable pet to their thousands of followers, and that she could attend their adoption events. In addition, Shari’s Family Pet Grooming in Plano agreed to board her for a few days so that Mark could work on finding her a forever home.
Many people saw her beautiful face and took a few seconds to click “Share.” One reader even posted to a local group called “Husky Huddle and Malamute Mingle.” On Tuesday, July 24, Mark sent this update:
GOOD NEWS … one of your DDL readers shared your post on the Husky Huddle Malamute Mingle group page and one of the group members emailed me with great interest in KISS (Homeless Husky). We did a phone interview and afterwords arranged to meet at the groomer (Shari’s Family Pet Spa) who has been boarding her at no charge. The face to face meeting appeared to be a perfect match and I felt super comfortable with the married couple so we decide to let KISS go home with them after they filled out a little paper work. The couple is really cool. They are going to get KISS heartworm checked, spayed, and chipped and KISS will have a neutered Male Husky mix brother that looks almost exactly like her. She has already been introduced to the male Husky and the two seem to be getting along just fine. Here is a picture taken after the introduction. They are sitting for treats and KISS is on the left. Thank you so much for your help!
While Mark may have thanked me, I was only a piece of the puzzle. Shari’s Family Pet Spa helped by agreeing to board. Paws in the City agreed to allow KISS as a guest dog. The DDL reader posted to a local Husky group. A family decided to allow a pet in need into their home. And, of course, Mark didn’t just drive by this dog. He spent hours of his time, took the dog to a vet, looked for her owners and puppies, and asked for help. This is the best of all possible outcomes and it happened because everyone worked together. It takes a village to save an animal’s life. Thank you to Mark, the DDL Facebook reader, Husky Huddle and Malamute Mingle, the adoptive family, Paws in the City, and Shari’s Family Pet Spa – you saved a life!
Editor’s Note: Rescuing a lactating stray mama dog is tricky. Usually, they are very elusive and will not venture far or long from their puppies. In this case, there was ample evidence that the dog was dumped. She was disoriented, very dehydrated, and unrecognized by anyone in the neighborhood. Extensive efforts were made to try to find this dog’s owners and her pups. Unfortunately, all signs pointed to her being bred and dumped, and that neighborhood has seen more than one mama dog left there to fend for herself. Again, many thanks to everyone involved in this rescue, or KISS (now named Luna) would not have survived long in this Texas heat. We look forward to updating you on her progress!