News from Around VA Dogs
Since our beginning nearly all of the dogs that we have adopted and trained have been rescue dogs. The canines were plucked from shelters all across the Hill Country and given a second chance at life. Sometimes we knew about their history, most times we did not. Here are some of the stories, and some outcomes, for dogs that we have taken in.
Few stories are as heart-breaking as those that find a dog abandoned by their families. Jett’s story starts that way, down in Corpus Christi. He was abandoned near the beach, and when he was found by Animal Control he had flea dermatitis so bad they thought he had mange. Were it not for the intervention of a good Samaritan attending college, he might have been passed over.
Fortunately the young lady’s persistence paid off as she reached out to rescue groups to take Jett in. With medical attention, and some TLC, Jett has made a full recovery, and is now training with Ryan Smith.
Some dogs just aren’t happy being with one person, and Shelly certain fits that description.
While our mission is to provide Veterans with Service Dogs, there are times when that is not practical. Such is the case with the College Hill Assisted Living Center in Clifton, TX. The Center has a wing dedicated to the care of American Military Veterans, but providing a service dog for each Veteran would be a Herculean task. As a facility dog, Shelly performs much the same tasks as a regular service dog, but to a large group of people.
Shelly now gets the best of both worlds; she has a forever home, and she gets to love, and be loved, by the residents and staff.