Aimee was a little mongrel dog that wandered my neighborhood and I wanted to help her but I didn’t know how. See, she had mange and I’d always heard that mange was contagious–I didn’t realize there was different kinds and non-contagious types of mange. I also had other pets that I was afraid she might infect. My mother and I did the best we could by keeping her fed and watered whenever we saw her. For a while we stopped seeing her and thought she’d either been taken in by someone or sadly, that maybe she’d died. I thought of her often, and wished there’d been a better life for her.
She showed up again months later, looking horrible. Most of her hair was gone and she was really thin. Thankfully, my neighbor didn’t fear her mange and took her to the vet. Turns out it was non-contagious red mange and was easily treatable. I felt horrible about it but I had no idea that it wouldn’t endanger my other pets. My neighbor was going to find Aimee a home, but I’d fallen in love with her sweet, dear personality and offered to take her and take over her care as well as reimburse him for the vet bill. She had a fairly long road to full recovery, but my mother and I made her as comfortable as we could while she healed and fattened up.
She soon grew to be an adorable, loyal, and just overall precious addition to our family. I have come to refer to Aimee as my “dogger”, and my mother refers to Aimee as her “grand-dogger” because she will hang on my mom just like a real little grand-kid. We’ve had her for about 4 1/2 years now, and she is a very happy and thankful little dog. And my mother and I are very thankful to have her in our lives.
Thank you so much for sharing Aimee’s rescue and adoption story with us, Stephanie! We’re so glad Aimee’s story has a happy ending with you.