Happy Coming Home Day, Scarlett!

Today marks one year since Scarlett came home with us!!  On March 23, 2011, we went to Miami-Dade Animal Services in the midst of a shelter-wide Distemper outbreak. A highly contagious disease, they needed to clear the shelter to disinfect it; to do this, all dogs needed to be adopted out or they would be put to sleep.

Scarlett's intake picture from Miami-Dade Animal Services, 3/23/11, 28 lbs.

When we brought Scarlett home, she was severely malnourished and starved, terrified of everything and fear aggressive towards animals. She tried to kill Harley and almost succeeded. At the vet, she was tested and diagnosed with Distemper. No one was sure if she would survive, let alone ever learn to function as a well-adjusted dog. We also didn’t know she had an old injury that went untreated: a broken, dislocated leg.

Things we considered normal were all new and frightening to her. She would lash out, run away or plaster herself to the floor. Once I yelled during a football game on TV and she freaked out, crying and darting around the room. At the time, we knew she had been abused but had to learn all of her triggers.

Scarlett, 3/22/12, 51 lbs.

Though it is amazing to see how far she’s come, training with Scarlett continues every single day. She is still frightened of things like loud noises, cars and new people. Her aggression has subsided considerably but it’s something we work on daily. She amazingly survived Distemper; only 20% of infected puppies live through it. Her leg is improving with medicine and we continue to pray that FHO surgery is months or years away.

Yes, I even like kitty cats now!

I'm a lover, not a fighter!

Scarlett is our big mama, our tough survivor and our proof that all dogs can change. After all, dogs are only reflections of their caregivers.

Happy 1st Coming Home Day, Scarlett! I am so lucky to call you “mine” 🙂

Who saved who?


19 responses to “Happy Coming Home Day, Scarlett!

  1. Here’s to Scarlett and the love she brings into your life! Have a Great Weekend:)

  2. Congrats! It’s amazing to watch our little rescues grow not only in the waist line towards healthy bodies, but with all the accomplishments that make us such proud parents! Happy 1 year anniversary! 😀

  3. Awww! We are happy Scarlet is healthy! We like stories with happy endings.
    Bella and DiDi

  4. It is pretty amazing that she survived distemper. Glad she found a good home.

  5. Happy Gotcha Day Scarlett!

  6. Wonderful post! The difference in Scarlett is amazing.

  7. Awesome post! It is so amazing what they can overcome with love and patience.

  8. what a difference a year of love can do ! well done to you for caring so much . You must be one lovely lady!

  9. Great job helping this doggie.

  10. Happy 1st coming home day, Scarlet. I’m happy you found peace with the people who loves you 🙂

  11. Congrats on having Scarlet for a year. She looks so much healthier and happier. You did a great job helping Scarlet though everything. I love the picture of Scarlet with the kitty. Our dog and cat love to play together. It is so much watching them.

  12. What a wonderful story and God Bless You!!! Scarlett is so lucky and so are you! 🙂 God Bless You!

    Your friends,
    the collies and chuck 🙂

  13. It just shows what love and time will do. Scarlett, you are one lucky pooch!!

  14. Happy coming home day Scarlett! 🙂

  15. Look how ‘regal’ she looks now. Way to go! 🙂

  16. Thank you all for the wonderful comments!! We are so happy to have sweet Scarlett, she is the best 🙂 🙂

  17. Thank you for not giving up on Scarlett and proving that every dog deserves to be loved and nurtured. She is beautiful. I especially love the photo of her lovingly licking/chewing your kitty cat 🙂

  18. What great progress! Happy Coming Home Day!

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