This incredible rescue story was sent to us from Amber from Georgia. Thank you Amber for sharing your story and for saving Dior!
My dog rescue was almost four years ago at the Cherokee County Animal rescue. It made breaking news that there were over 500 dogs on a couples’ land. They were so called “dog breeders” who had all types of dogs; maltese, poodles, yorkies, chiuhuahua’s, etc.
We waited 44 days for all these dogs to get out of quarantine. The day came, August 20th, 2014 and we were on our way to Canton, GA to pick out a dog. We stood in line from 6:00 a.m. and didn’t leave until 6:00 p.m. My number was 1,820. So at around 5:30 p.m., we got our turn to go inside and have a look. By this time all the puppies were adopted out and the adult dogs were left. I didn’t care cause I wanted to see. So we went in and went down about 3 aisles and we came to a kennel that had this bouncing, active Pomeranian in it.
The kennel worker said that there was supposed to be two dogs in there and when we looked hard enough we saw my Dior. She was this skinny little chiuhuahua that hardly had any fur. I took one look at her and knew she was to be mine. So they took her out the kennel and put a collar on her and we took a picture and I had to give her back because the adult dogs would not be spayed or neutered until they were definitely adopted.
On August 25th, I got a call that I could go and pick up my new fur baby. We got there and I was so delighted when they brought her out to me. She was very scared and didn’t really know what human contact was, but when I picked her up in my arms she laid her head on my shoulder and I knew it was love at first hug. We got home an hour later and introduced her one by one to my Yorkies. Dakota my oldest Yorkie watched over her like she was her baby.
Dior was very unused to everything. She didn’t know what grass was and as a result of her being cooped up in a cage for 2 and a half years of her life, she developed an allergy of grass. She didn’t know what food or doggie snacks were. Her teeth were so bad that she couldn’t eat hard food. An obstacle that we are slowly but surely getting over is loud noises. She’s very jumpy and skittish.
When we first saw her, she had very little fur and down her spine which was very pronounced, was black from all the fleas being on her. The guessed her age at 2 and a half, so now she is six years old and loving her new life with her siblings. She has gotten to be very spunky which I love because she was so quiet and withdrawn that it was sad to see. As most rescue dogs, she had that very sad look in her eyes, but now she is bright eyed and bushy tailed lol.
Our favorite activities (when she feels like it lol) are hide and seek. We have this thing when I come home from work, I use a really high pitched voice and say “is that my Muffin Girl” and her tail is going 10 miles per minute and she squints her eyes and smiles at me. It’s the best thing in the world to me. Dior has changed my life immensely. She came right on time. We had lost one of our puppies named Domino and I was devastated. It seems that she has some of his spirit because she is calm and puts others at ease. She’s my Emotional Support Dog and I love her very much.
She is the best fur baby I could’ve ever asked for. I love Dior Aoki to the moon and back.
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