Story of Annie
This is Annie, a 10-month old, mixed breed dog from a Spanish killing station, Los Barrios. On this shot she is resting on a sofa in our summer cottage in Finland after running and playing wild with my other rescued dog, Princess. Annie is very sweet and beautiful, as you can see. ;)
Annie was dumped in Los Barrios by her owner with no reason in March 2011.
I spotted a picture of her on that same day on a rescue dog site in Facebook (Spanish stray dogs), and that was it! She looked so much alike my other dog. I could not believe my eyes! I knew she would be my second dog. It hit me very hard and my heart started pounding when I saw her face there behind the bars.
On the first video of her, she was very very scared, did not let anyone touch her, and cried if attempted. It was a miserable sight. :( The poeple at the shelter thought she might have been hit and abused. Still I had lost my heart to her, and a Finnish rescue society who had brought my first dog, Princess, to me arranged things, and Annie was taken out of the death row and moved to another, more peaceful and homelike shelter, Anbad. Around that time I reserved her for myself. My hubby gave her to me as our 7th anniversary present! Annie was going to be our new family member!
In Anbad Annie slowly started to find her courage again. After a week there, she had already become better and even run towards people and let them pet her. :) Those were such happy news!
She was supposed to be spayed soon, but it looked like she was in season, and they would not be able to operate her. A couple of days later she was taken to the vet, because the heat symptoms looked weird. The vet diagnosed her with a uterine infection! She went to the surgery immediately. And, thank God, she recovered perfectly. She had all her shots, worming and de-flea meds, blood work, microchip, passport and everyhting done, and then her flight was booked.
I was told that she would fly in the end of May. So there I was with a few of months of anxious waiting infront of me! :D
A couple of weeks after I had reserved Annie, the society’s chairwoman called me and asked if I could take a lil chihuahua male and foster him for a couple of nights. I agreed and went to the airport to pick him up.
At the airport the crates were brought to me and the other dog-expecting families, and then I spotted a blonde lil dog in one of the crates! My head went blank and the only thing I could think of was that they had put a wrong dog into the box in Spain! I was so super confused, and then someone told me to take that dog out, that it was my dog! Oh God, my mouth went wide open and only then I realized what had happened!
Home coming of Annie was big conspiracy between the society, the Spanish end and my man! Everyone else knew that Annie was coming! Everyone but me! :D My man even had a right size collar with him. I only had those chihuahua gear in my pocket…
It was such a happy evening at the airport! The best surprise ever! We are very much in love with little Annie. She is a very happy and social dog, and my first dog, Princess likes her a lot too. They get along very well and play together and have so much fun!
Annie has turned out to be very smart, energetic and willing to learn new things. I have done agility with her, she participated in a match show, and run after a lure on a greyhound race course. And yes, she has been in the sauna too, and liked it! She is a real treasure!
Taken with Panasonic Lumic DMC-LX3
on the 15th of May 2011.