Dallas, aka Rita, was rescued in the fall of 2010. She was between 8 to 12 years old and getting gray. I met her host mother at a shopping mall between Austin and Dallas.

962dcc2d-d7a5-4baa-8cf0-b871bbebfde6When Dallas came running towards me with her smiling face and wagging pug tail, it was love at first sight. Our first year was pretty uneventful, but around the first anniversary I got a panicked call at work from my dog walker. Dallas was unable to pee. She ended up in ICU at a Specialty Vet Clinic for over a week on heavy meds and a tube so that she could empty her bladder. I visited her every day and cried the whole time.

Fortunately, she pulled through and has been my constant companion (and bed mate) for the past 5 years. She has been my million-dollar baby, but she has been worth every cent and I am fortunate that I could provide her the medical care she required. She is the love of my life, and she brings joy and laughter every day.

Rescuing, especially the seniors, is so important. They seem to know when they go the forever homes and give more love than you could give to them. Dallas and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016.

– Karen Davenport