We had fostered for MABTR in the past and after taking a break due to health we found ourselves opening our home again to rescued bostons looking for their new forever home. Like many foster parents we eventually joined the club of 'Foster Failures' after falling in love with our foster, Kalee, in 2020 at the age of 4.
She came to us with a chain around her neck with an ID # as her name. She was terrified and exhausted from her desperate life as a breeding mama. She was startled by our every move and sound and would duck when we reached out to her. She slept for days and hid in the back of her crate even though she was free to come out. She didn’t know how to walk on a leash or any other dog things such as playing with toys or having the freedom to explore her surroundings. Slowly, she started to relax some, took a few steps forward but always keeping her distance.
Physically, upon examination by MABTR’s Vet, when going in to be spayed, she had an enlarged and inflamed vagina (during her spay had an infected uterus aka pyometra), a hernia on her tummy, broken and missing teeth (likely from chewing on a cage), a missing toe, and cuts on her face. Overall, she was quiet and depressed.
With time, patience and love, she’s slowly blossomed every day. You wouldn’t know she’s the same dog. She now expresses joy as she runs around the house playing with her toys, enjoying meals and snacks, exploring outside in the grass, sunning on the porch, sleeping on the couch, and being petted and snuggled on our laps. She has the most distinct and comical personality, and keeps us laughing and filling us with happiness everyday, now that she feels safe and has her forever parents and home.
She loves us, and we love her very much and are thankful for MABTR and all the wonderful work they do for Bostons and other rescues!