In July 2017, Paul and Kathy Robb’s family adopted a deserving dog from the Nova Scotia SPCA. A female Boxer, 6 years old, the shelter had named her Ayla. When they adopted Ayla, the family decided she should have a new name for her new start in life. They called her Rosy, since her future is definitely looking bright.
Rosy had a horrible life before she and seven other dogs were rescued from a puppy mill by SPCA Cruelty Investigators. Her ‘home’ was a dark, damp, depressing wire cage; her ‘bed’ a cold muddy floor. She had almost no human contact. She had never gone for a walk or chased a ball. Rosy existed for the sole purpose of breeding, over and over, to produce puppies for sale.
Rescue was just the first step on the road to recovery. Like other puppy mill victims, Rosy and the other dogs arrived at the shelter malnourished, sick and emotionally distraught. Their condition was testimony of the appalling environment in which they’d lived. At the SPCA, the dogs received emergency medical care along with extensive hands-on rehabilitation. They were extremely under-socialized, could not walk on bare floors and needed encouragement to go outside to urinate.
The dogs’ physical and emotional rehabilitation took time, money and patience. The unwavering dedication of shelter staff and volunteers was critical in ensuring that Rosy and the other dogs had a chance to find loving homes. The Robbs remember Marta, a volunteer who brought Rosy out to meet them. “It was very obvious that she had spent time working with ‘Ayla’ and had genuine affection for her. That connection made a huge difference in Rosy’s outcome.”
Rosy now has a family that adores her and she’s blossomed so much in the time they’ve had her. Paul says that “Rosy grumble-talks when she’s happy and is always looking for hugs. She’s vacationed at a cottage, learned to run and to enjoy the leaves in the fall.” Every member of the Robb family pitched in to help Rosy, including the four-legged ones. Her boxer ‘brother’ Huey loves hanging out with her and he’s given Rosy confidence in everyday life. Kathy relates that “Rosy is learning to play and enjoys going for car rides with Huey. She also loves to have a bath and smell pretty.”
Vestiges of Rosy’s old life included several ongoing medical issues that arose after she was adopted. Luckily, the family has been able to address them. They also say that “the mental and emotional trauma she’s endured hasn’t defeated her. Rosy is loving, sweet and bright.”
In her previous life, Rosy woke up to the cold reality of yet another miserable day. Now she wakes up happy each morning, in her own dog bed with cozy blankets. She definitely feels healthy, happy and alive.
As lucky as Rosy is, her family say that they are lucky too. “She’s a tremendous gift for us. We’re grateful for the hard work and commitment of everyone at the SPCA – including Cruelty Investigators, shelter staff and volunteers. We’re certain that Rosy is grateful too.”
Please give other homeless animals like Rosy a chance to live the life they deserve. Support the NS SPCA or your favorite rescue group.
Judy Layne lives in Hackett’s Cove with her husband and their adopted pets. A life-long animal lover, Judy is a volunteer with the NS SPCA.