It was a dog shot and left for dead in Beaverdell, BC has found a loving new home after a lengthy recovery.
Rose the German Shepherd was found on a property in Beaverdell with wounds full of buckshot on May 20 after she and her brother were abandoned by their owner after he was evicted.
“When Rose arrived at the shelter her wounds were severe, infected, necrotic and she could barely eat or drink,” says Sean Hogan, manager, Kelowna BC SPCA. “We immediately got her to an emergency veterinary hospital where they made her more comfortable and started treating her wounds.”
Rose required multiple surgeries and round-the-clock care to keep her alive. When she was released from the hospital, she was sent to a nursing home to heal.
“Rose is such a sweet dog,” says Wendy, Rose’s foster mother.
“She was very shy and startled easily when she first arrived, but that’s to be expected after everything she’s been through.”
Her recovery was long and required five more trips back to the vet to deal with abscesses in her wounds. The last of her sutures and staples were removed on June 22.
She needed six pills of medicine a day, but Wendy says, “she would just open her mouth and swallow the pill. She was so good.”
When Rose started playing, Wendy realized that the dog was doing better.
“When Rose first came here, she was not at all interested in toys and games,” says Wendy. “Watching her play warmed my heart.”
The SPCA then found Rose a forever home.
“We’ve only had her in our home for four days and it’s amazing how far she’s come already,” says Gwen, Rose’s new adoptive mother.
“When we met her at the shelter her legs were shaking so badly that when we put her in our car, my husband D’Arcy stayed with her on the three and a half hour ride home to make her feel more comfortable. She calmed down pretty quickly, about the fifteen minutes into the journey.
“It’s hard to see an animal dealing with trauma,” says Gwen. “We wondered why she wouldn’t eat anything, so I set up a bed for her on the floor in our bedroom and kept an eye on her. In the middle of the night she went down to the kitchen, where we keep her food and water, and finally ate.”
“We see this behavior with undersocialized and fearful dogs regularly,” says Kim Monteith, BC SPCA’s director of animal welfare. “They are so afraid of people, their new surroundings or sounds that they neither eat nor move. It can be even worse when they have experienced a traumatic event like being shot.”
Monteith says dogs like Rose need to learn to trust people, know they’re safe, feel safe, and when they do, they’ll start eating around people, playing and just being a dog.
Rose spends much of her time sitting on their large deck, which is 20 meters above the ground, surveying the property. Gwen says she was encouraged to see Rose bond with her when she came outside to sit with her one day. “She looked like a big praying mantis with her really long legs when she came up to greet me,” says Gwen.
Gwen and Rose’s foster family Wendy has been in touch since they adopted her. “She’s been a great help to us,” says Gwen.
“We can contact her to talk about some of Rose’s behavior if she had witnessed what was working while she was taking care of her. I think we’ve emailed back and forth more than fifteen times.”
Gwen says they call her Rose Beauty.
The ‘beauty’ part comes from Anna Sewell’s book Black Beauty, and now that they’ve seen her galloping around them with her lovely long legs, it seems so appropriate. “We kept Rose because we want to honor her original name and all the people who helped her,” says Gwen.
“She might just be a little spoiled with us. After everything she’s been through, we want to give her the best life ever.”