One sunny, summer afternoon, I was driving home from my grandma’s donut shop. I spotted a dog on the side of the road up the highway. I pulled over and a kind lady also stopped to help me. That was the start of a newfound passion for me, and the first day of the rest of Lady’s new life.
I took Lady home to make sure she was okay. It was obvious she had puppies somewhere. I went back to where I found her, and she drug me home. I asked her owner, who lived in a run-down house on stilts, if he would give me Lady and her puppies. He said no initially, but three days later came to the donut shop to tell me I can have them.
Lady was the first dog I had rescued by myself. It opened a can of worms for me that blossomed into what has shaped and gave me a purpose in life. That was in 2017, and now, in 2023, I have stayed involved in Skiatook Paws and Claws Animal Rescue (SPACAR) in countless ways. Lady has a crazy story. Her past owner went to jail and his girlfriend’s mom gave her away. When Lady was posted for adoption on SPACARs Facebook, he reached out and wanted her back.
We were able to get her fixed and back to her original owner. All the puppies were adopted and went to great homes. A few years later, Lady found her way back into the rescue due to being surrendered for a costly health problem. She developed Megaesophagus, in which the esophagus gets larger in size and loses its ability to transport food. Lady went to an amazing foster that was a veterinarian. She set her up in a chair every feeding and took great care of her.
Adoption event after adoption event, nobody wanted Lady. She was kind, and loving, with a heart of gold. Her life wasn’t perfect being passed around from home to home. However, her foster fell in love with her and couldn’t let her go. She officially adopted Lady, a dog with problems, but problems that still let her love with all she has.
Lady was just the beginning. She touched my heart in ways she will never understand. She opened my eyes to the issues regarding the unwanted pet population. I have found my passion within these organizations. Find your passion by finding your Lady. You can be the difference between life and death. When given the option, choose life. Save A Life, Adopt A Dog. You won’t regret it.
Miss Rodeo USA