Earlier this month we got a call from Angelina's owner's mom, letting us know that she was trying to persuade her son to surrender Angelina to us rather than have her become an outside dog.
Angelina piddled when she got excited or nervous. When her family brought a new baby home, they decided that Angelina should live outside rather than crate her overnight or seek some medical solution. That meant she'd live outside winter and summer. The night we got the call, the temps were forecast to be in the single digits.
Angelina waits for the ball!
Grandma was able to talk her child into keeping the dog inside at night, but the next day when Grandpa went to check on her, he found her outside, under the deck, huddled next to a much hairier dog. He took her home and we arranged the surrender from the grandparents' house. We are so glad that these grandparents reached out to us and did what needed to be done for Angelina's safety.
We got an update from Angelina's foster mom today. Here's what she says: "She is just wonderful! When she was rescued she was sleeping outside under a deck in the snow with another dog, her owners said she had a problem with piddling on the floor when she was excited, she does sometimes but not with us anymore.
She was so sad when she came, she was afraid we were going to leave her outside so she wouldn't even go out unless we stood on the porch, now she runs out and uses the bathroom all alone knowing that I will be right there to let her back into the
She is going to make someone a very special friend! She loves to fetch her toy and even brings it back. I am going to post some pictures of her when I figure that part out. She has one deformed ear and green eyes. I have never seen a frenchie with green eyes!"
This rescue was possible because we got some help from other breed rescuers.
We could not have done this without the help of MidWest Boston Terrier Rescue and Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. Because we don't have full volunteer coverage in the Indiana/Illinois/Michigan area, we asked for help from our volunteers' network of rescue friends, and they came through for us!
Kentuckiana Pug Rescue and other rescue groups have helped us in the past, and we remain obliged and grateful for their help.
Angelina after her bath.
Some people just don't seem to grasp that even though dogs are animals, and some dogs have thick fur, that not all dogs are designed to survive extremes of heat and cold. The same day that Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue helped us with Angelina, one of their volunteers was horrified to learn that the Boston she was to pick up and foster had frozen to death. Please, please don't leave your dogs outdoors in sub-freezing weather. On this Christmas Day, please spare a thought for all those who shiver in the cold.
If you haven't already, please consider donating money, food or blankets to your local shelter, animal or human. Winter has only just begun. There will be a great many more freezing nights before the last frost of spring.
Maybe it's time to light a candle or put another log on the fire? suggests
The Frog Princess