This week, Donna F. shares the story of how she rescued beautiful Lexie Belle, and Lexie Belle in turn showed her what it is to love unconditionally.
My sweet Lexie Belle came into our lives on August 4th 2002 at almost 15 months old. I was at a very low point in my life. A lot of stuff had happened… we lived in a very rural area and I wanted a dog for protection. We had been searching for a shepherd but wanted one from a shelter/pound, and we heard there was one at a local pound. When we arrived there she was: this 80 pound beauty who barked and snarled (yes snarled) at us but her soulful eyes, they were saying, “please don’t leave me here” so all her defensiveness meant nothing to us.
We wanted to take her right out of that cage but were told there were 2 other applications ahead of us. I expressed that I’d take her home that minute, but the answer was still no. My husband and I discussed her all that night. That look in her eyes haunted us and we hardly slept. The very next morning I got a phone call from the pound; the man said “You can come and get your dog.” I was out the door and on my way.
It was about an hour’s ride, so I had some time to think. Thoughts of that barking, snarling dog kept flashing through. I must be crazy. When I got there, the man took her from the cage and handed her leash to me. This growly, snarly dog licked my hand. We learned she had been abused. That in itself broke my heart.
The following year was so tough for her and us trying to figure what made her tick. She was terrified of men but loved my husband from day one. We learned that we couldn’t raise our voices at all or she would run to a corner in the house, vomit, then lay down and shake. She was very defensive when anyone came, including my family. Backing up, fur straight out like a porcupine; she was so fearful. She had no training at all, but showed us her incredible intelligence when given the chance. We kept a gate up when introducing her. We didn’t know if she may bite and loved her too much to take any chances. Did I mention extreme high prey drive? Envision her seeing a squirrel and flying through the air with me on the other end of her leash. LOL.
What evolved over time was 115-pound massive beauty with a gentle loving soul. She absolutely loves all of her family. A ham for the camera, and loves holiday photo shoots complete with outfits. She has known only love and gentleness since coming into our lives. Lexie Belle is 11 now and feels the wrath daily of arthritis and dysplasia. She takes a lot of meds but has remained the same sweet girl. She’s shown us what it is to love unconditionally. She put my shattered life back together, and made me a better person. My life without her? Unimaginable .
Thank you for sharing Lexie Belle’s rescue story with us, Donna! We’re so glad that Lexie Belle found such a wonderful home with you.
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