It has been a week now since Lainey has joined our ranks. She is adjusting nicely, though she still seems to think that I may take her back at any moment, like she hasn't fully attached herself yet. But given her background I'm sure I would be hesitant to grow attached to anyone too!
The family that had Lainey when she was a baby dumped her in the yard of her second family as they were moving out of state. You see, the family who's yard she was dumped in had made a comment to Lainey's family on what a nice puppy she was and how they would love a dog like that. Well Lainey's family took that to mean dump her off on your way out of town!
Although they weren't really looking for a second dog, and despite allergies, they took Lainey in. Because of the allergies Lainey was kept in the fenced in yard for the night time. One night Lainey decided she wanted out, jumped on top of her dog house and attempted to jump the 6 foot fence.
She didn't make it.... Her leg was caught between two of the fence slats and there she dangled. After hearing a struggle Lainey's family came out to her aid, but there was just to much damage, she needed surgery, expensive surgery! It was looking like the only option may be to put Lainey to sleep. Luckily a friend of the family worked at the humane society and offered help. Lainey was surrendered with a broken leg and gang green.
The vet amputated Lainey's leg, she almost didn't make it through the surgery, but the vet was in love with her (she's just that sweet) and said he was not giving up on her. So this is how she became a three legged lover.
While at the shelter Lainey had "almost homes" twice. She was considered for a therapy dog (again, just that sweet!) and a family dog, but in the end I guess she was just meant to be with us. I do have to mention, and thank, the family who almost adopted Lainey, but due to other pet health concerns decided to sponsor her instead THANK YOU! I had no idea until I went to pay for Lainey that the family had paid half of her adoption costs (which were raised due to the expensive surgery, which I wasn't told and would have had a panic moment). The kindness of others always amazes me, especially in this economy and I can not thank that family enough.
So here she is, at my feet, our three legged lover. It will take a while for her to realize she is home now, but she seems happy to be here.