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Reader Rescue Story: Twinkie

This week’s reader rescue story is about a dog called Twinkie. Dumped and without her brother, this little sweetheart was terrified and sick. Luckily, two couples were ready to take her home, but only one would. We hope you enjoy reading her story as much as we did.

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By Christine Ulrich-Lesiecki

I like to think I rescued her twice.

It was the end of November 2009, and I had just lost my beloved Husky, Booga. He was going to be best man at my wedding, but died the week before. I was so distraught, I cancelled our wedding and we just ended up having someone come over and marry us at our house with a couple witnesses.

The next day, we went to the animal shelter.

I had my heart set on a Lhasa Apso. As we were walking by all the pens, having such a difficult time not taking all of them home, my husband fell in love with a small tan dog with big brown eyes. Her name was Cry Baby. The pound had her listed as a Chihuahua. I could tell they had her breed completely incorrect.

She was in a pen with five other dogs jumping around, playing and climbing all over her. She stood in the back with her nose running and eyes watering. She was obviously depressed and lethargic. She was the saddest sight I’ve ever seen.

There was another couple looking at her. I ran to get an attendant to get her. I beat the other couple by two minutes.

When the attendant put her in a pen with us, he used thick leather gloves and was obviously afraid of her. She was only 11 pounds. My husband put her in his lap and she just stayed there. You couldn’t see her true personality – she was just so frightened and sick. We sat there for about 10 minutes talking about her. He was so smitten with her – how could I say no?

I went up to the counter to fill out the paperwork for her. She was 15 months old. The pound said her owner dropped her and her brother off a couple weeks ago and that someone had adopted the brother but not her.

They said she was very close to her brother and very protective of him. It upset me to learn she was there alone, for two weeks. At the counter was the other couple,  who said they wanted her for an indoor dog. The lady asked if we were taking her and I said yes.

I mentioned I had to put my Husky down the week prior and the husband responded, “How nice that you were able to have a vet do that. I just use a bullet.” OMG! She would have been miserable with these people. I like to think I rescued her from them, too.

We took her straight to the vet from the pound. He said she was a Terrier/Spaniel mix and that she had an upper respiratory infection. It took her a month to get over that.

The first night we had her home, she slept with me. Actually, she clung to me all night and didn’t move an inch. My heart just wept. Poor little thing was so sick, abandoned and separated from her brother. She was traumatized.

We changed her name immediately. We thought Cry Baby was a negative name. My husband came up with Twinkie because she was tan on top and had a white belly. She got used to her new name in a couple days. She obviously liked it.

Slowly, her personality started to emerge. She was extremely protective when my husband or I held her. So much so, that she would actually bark at herself in the mirror.

She wasn’t housebroken and did whine a lot. She also had huge separation anxiety issues. I went through a basic obedience class with her and she did great, except for pulling on the leash.

My landlord had two Australian Shepherds and she became friends with them. She was especially close with the male dog, Shiloh. She was so excited when her boyfriend, Shiloh, came up to visit. She would get him to chase her, play peek-a-boo under the bushes and follow him around the yard. She was smitten.

It’s been over two years now and she’s still as feisty as ever. She’s four pounds heavier and very healthy. We adopted another dog to keep her company. He’s a male Terrier mix about her size. We named him Chewie. They play together all the time.

They have a fenced-in, 2.5-acre yard to run around in, and Twinkie is happy, healthy and just such a love. I call her my little angel face. She’s extremely affectionate and loyal – definitely a mama’s girl.

Whenever she gets scared, she jumps in my arms. I think that’s because when I first got her, I carried her around and took care of her when she was so sick. She knows mommy will protect her. She continues to sleep right next to me every night and is right next to me now as I type her tragic little story.

I live for both my dogs. When I adopted them, I made the choice to raise them the best I could, not spare any expense and spoil them rotten. My living room is scattered with dog toys and dog chews. I have holes in my backyard and dog hair on my couch. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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