Dog Rescue Stories: Roo Defied Death…Twice

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor

On a hot, summer day, a small puppy was delivered to Megan’s door after a long journey from Texas by Save Our Scruff, a Toronto-based dog rescue and rehoming organization. Malnourished, weary-eyed and incredibly cautious, the little Belgian Malinois had no idea how lucky she was to be alive.

At just five months of age, Roo had already defied death not once, but twice! First, escaping euthanatization by a few hours, and weeks later, sarcoptic mange — a fatal and difficult-to-cure form of canine scabies. Despite all she had been through, she proved her resilience and will to live, ready to explore her new surroundings.

With a reserved yet endearing disposition, Roo’s big pointy ears and kangaroo-like bounce, she got a lot of attention. In fact, when Megan said she was, “just fostering,” people responded with doubtful eyes, “you’re in trouble.” It was after several of these encounters that Megan realized her naivety. In less than one week, she had pulled a classic “foster fail” and signed Roo’s adoption papers – the best kind of failure, ever!

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.