In June of 2010, a small Spitz mix named Trudi arrived at the UCSPCA. Trudi was very sick; barely able to pull herself up off her bed, and in so much pain she could hardly stand being touched.
My coworker Linda spied Trudi in the last run in the shelter and made eye contact with her. We did not know it at the time, but this was the beginning of a bright future for Trudi. Linda signed on as a volunteer at the shelter to spend time with Trudi.
Trudi’s diagnosis was elusive, but one area veterinarian agreed to take on her care. Trudi stayed at the hospital for several days, with follow-ups on a weekly basis. After many tests, the diagnosis was made — auto-immune deficiency.
Linda and her husband Al did not turn their backs. Instead, they visited Trudi every week at the shelter and showered her with love, kisses, and treats. We watched this little girl heal. She started jumping up to greet people and playing with toys. Her sores healed.
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In August, Linda spoke with the shelter manager, staff members, and the veterinarian to learn more about Trudi’s condition. Even though there is no cure for autoimmune disease, Linda decided Trudi needed a home and set the wheels in motion to formally adopt her.
Trudi went to her forever home in August. She discovered the pleasure of a soft couch and the joy of a screened-in porch with a view of the squirrels. She delights in the pleasures of chasing moths at the park. A simple green stuffed turtle is her favorite toy; she spends stretches of time throwing it up in the air just to retrieve it and throw it again. Trudi is a princess in the making.
Story submitted by Sharon Holsapple, from Saugerties, NY.
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