|~Toby celebrating the return of the internet! ~|
It has been a busy few days and there has been a lot going on. I was asked by the rescue on Friday if I would consider taking a new foster dog. I have to be honest and say that I've really been trying to cut down on our expenses and decided to not take in another dog. I'd received a mass e-mail from the rescue earlier in the week asking all the foster homes to consider taking an eight year old girl named Riley. What first caught my attention was her having what could be considered a 'boy name' like our beloved Rudi, and Reggie. But Riley had some 'special needs.' And as I read the e-mail about her, knowing foster homes are at a premium, I remember hoping that the rescue would be able to find a place for her. I then forgot about Riley until I was asked specifically if I would consider taking her. Not being able to say no of course I agreed.
Riley's story is of course a bit of a sad one. Her family lost their home. Unable to care for her, and unable to take her to the apartment that they were moving to, they contacted the rescue. Times were really difficult for this family, and another dog that they had, a Papillon died from heart-worm. Riley had not been to the vet since 2007.
|~This is how Riley stands~|
At the moment, Riley does not have a lot of 'outer beauty' like Sheba or Reggie. She has a severe overbite and because of the poor condition of her coat, she was shaved down completely. Her eyes and face are full of worry. However despite what's on the outside, I'm finding is that she has a kind heart and gentle personality. For some reason, I'm finding myself humbled by her this morning. I am hoping that the rescue will allow her to be seen by an orthopedic surgeon to see if anything can be done to help her. I am hoping that I can make a difference for a girl named Riley.