2004 Lisa drove to one of the rural kill shelters to pull dogs and cats
on their kill day. There were many dogs this day, mostly large, all
running around in a big yard. Among the chaos of dogs was this
pitiful looking creature running in circles. He looked like a yorky but
was matted and dirty, stained with urine, it was extremely difficult to
tell that which breed he really was. His poor head was bobbling
all over and couldn't stop running in circles. It was very
evident that he was terrified. Needless to say Lisa rescued this
lost soul. As Lisa was leaving one of the worker's noticed
that Lisa had chosen the little yorky. The man said to Lisa as
she was loading the van that he didn't think we would want that
little dog. Lisa looked at him puzzled. The man finished is comment by
stating the pup would make good fish bait.
named the little guy Waltz because he circled all the time. Lisa gave
the little guy a good bath and removed his mats. Waltz was so terribly
thin but wouldn't stop circling long enough to eat. Lisa knew
crating him would probably increase the circling but knew it was in
Waltz's best interest so he could eat. Luckily Waltz didn't mind being
in his crate and started eating.
was taken into Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital were Dr. Randla looked at
Waltz. It was determined that Waltz had a bad head injury and
this was causing the head to bobble and to run in circles. Dr. Randla
sent Waltz home with a little time and alot of TLC and good food.
a few days Waltz started to slow down circling and started to come out
of his shell. He enjoyed being held for a short time and would
then want down. About three weeks later Waltz started gaining
weight and was not circling like he once did. Now that Waltz was
coming around Lisa wasn't sure what she would do with Waltz because of
his special needs. Lisa put a picture of Waltz on the website and
his story but the calls were few. If someone did call, they were
immediately told that Waltz may never be a normal pup. The
potential adopters declined. We all wondered if this was Waltz's
future...to stay at the shelter his entire life.
we got a call from Clint. He was so excited to see Waltz and
understood he had some problems. Clint met Waltz and fell in love
with him and wanted to bring Waltz into his new home. We were so
happy to see that Waltz had a new home went with Clint.
- UPDATE - -
brought Waltz over Friday for a visit. I couldn't believe
it. I would not have recognized him. Waltz is absolutely
beautiful! His coat is thick and so shiny and healthy.
He has gained two pounds. His head still bobbles a little but
much less than it did. Clint says he only goes in circles if he
gets excited and the those are big circles. He is now potty
trained and has started going up stairs in the last week which is a
huge accomplishment. They found out that Waltz is totally deaf
most likely due to the head injury but this isn't slowing him
down. Thank you Clint for taking such good care of Waltz.
You are a really great person. Way to go Waltz!! This is
why I do this. ~ Lisa