Birdie’s Amazing Journey
Birdie was found and rescued by a kind volunteer that saw her in a terrible Houston, Texas neighborhood where a drive-by shooting had just occurred in April 2022.
When Birdie was found she still had a rope around her neck that most likely served as her collar and tie out. She obviously recently had puppies, perhaps a few litters at her young age of 1 years old. Most noticeable was her massive amount of missing fur due to mange. Mange is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites and it is very contagious and can be painful. Mange is often found on neglected and/or abused dogs. According to an old wives’ tale burnt motor oil, when poured on a dog with mange, is supposed to help eradicate the mites. This is not an effective nor is it a humane way to treat the condition.
Pouring the burnt motor oil on Birdie just exasperated her situation. The rescuer had put out a plea for a foster and several people elected to take her in until she could get into a shelter in Texas.
After caring for her in Texas Birdie was transported in May to Baypath by Iron Paws Pet Transport LLC for a fresh start. Although Birdie may not qualify to be a contestant in a beauty pageant at this time, she certainly didn’t let her dismal past determine her outlook on her future.
She always wore a bright smile, was extremely affectionate and rarely seen without a tennis ball in her mouth.
Within 4 days of being at Baypath a very kind family saw past her rough patches of bare skin and saw the special girl within. She went home to a 75-acre horse farm in Connecticut and is living with other dogs and horses and gets along with everyone.
The adopter sent us an update in July, two short months after adoption. She is now known as Valley and they were happy to report that all of her fur has grown back. She is definitely part of the family enjoying snuggles on the couch and happily flips on her back and asks for all the belly rubs they are willing to give her.
Not only is she friends with the dogs in the home the adopter also states, ‘she comes to horse shows with me and sits down next to my horse and waits patiently’. She also still seems to be a fan of toys as her adopter say that she is ‘extremely playful and loves toys more than anything’. Valley seems to be a very happy and healthy dog.
Baypath is so grateful for all the efforts from that one kind volunteer that had that chance encounter and noticed her roaming in a parking lot to the family that adopter her in Connecticut that has brought her into their family and into their hearts.
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