A rescue worker in another state asked us to consider adopting Annie. It was one of the luckiest days of our lives.
An elderly dog, Annie was found blind, deaf, sick (untreated diabetes), and the victim of rough treatment (including a broken jaw). She was brought by animal control to a vet's office to be put down. A rescue worker in that office saw that Annie had a remarkable spirit, intervened, and found resources to keep her alive until she could find a home.
We adopted Annie November 1, 2001, to join the family of special needs dogs and cats who live in our home. She brought remarkable spirit and joy to her new home, always in a good mood, ready to play, and making friends with the others. Even a good sport about the insulin shots she got twice a day along with her other meds.
Here are some photos of Annie and a few of her closest friends.
Here's Faith, a blind cat, snuggling up to Annie:
Here's Annie, after surgery, sleeping in the arms of Calypso, a blind cat:
Here's Annie cuddling up to Emma, an elderly blind and partially deaf dog with an autoimmune disease--and apparently whispering something in her ear:
Here's Annie spending time with her good friend, Milagro, a little dog with a heart condition, mild neurological deficits, and collapsing trachea:
Here's Annie spending time with Emma and Sarah, an elderly cat with a neurological disorder:
Here Annie encounters one of the challenges of being a blind dog wearing an e-collar who goes out to play in the snow:
Here's Annie in her favorite igloo:
Annie had a stroke in October, 2008, and passed away soon after. Goodbye, sweet Annie:
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