Bella and Roo

Bella of NSW shares the story of her rescue dog, Roo.

Roo was the runt of a 14 pup litter and contracted parvo at about 6 weeks old. She survived, but at the cost of her most vital socialisation period. When I adopted her, she still had other medical issues and behavioural issues that needed extensive treatment.

I was worried that I had taken on a project far beyond my capabilities and considered multiple times giving her back. But the world had other plans for her and I. Three years (and over $10,000 dollars) later, her behavioural issues no longer exist, and she is in such good health that she is saving other dog lives by donating blood!

She is also the inspiration behind the BLOOD Hound Australia canine blood donor campaign which I started on my own.  Here are some links about Roo’s personal story and one of her donations:  https://bloodhoundaustralia.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/first-blog-post/ and
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-13/dog-and-cat-donors-give-blood-to-save-a-life/8597902

This story was a Finalist in the 2018 Advocate® People’s Rescue Story award. This special award is for Aussie pet guardians who have adopted or fostered a companion animal (pet).  

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