Granny Annie by May Lattanzio

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She’s the poster girl for elderly rescue dogs with disabilities. Her story and some photos will appear in the Humane Society of the United States magazine this spring.

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Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats,
animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator, chaser of bugs who just loves photography.

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  • Christopher B.
    Christopher B.about 6 years ago

    I must say, that is one of the strangest looking dogs I have ever seen. Great shot. =)

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughabout 6 years ago

    Oh, man, what a great dog! I think I get that mag so I’ll watch for her story.

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioabout 6 years ago

    I’ll get copies because I wrote the article, but I don’t subscribe. Hope it comes out nice. Let me know.

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioabout 6 years ago

    I forgot to say Granny Annie’s a Boston Terrier. Her face is full of scars which create the creases on her forehead. She has old, wide scars from deep gashes on her flanks, and the skin bears no hair on a back leg, maybe from being slid along the road, which I think caused the injury. As you can see, she has no right leg.

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaalmost 6 years ago

    This image is amazing. It would be a great addition to the new group Paws n Claws.
    We look forward to seeing more of your pets images.

  • Cheri Perry
    Cheri Perryover 5 years ago

    This is such an adorable photo….I would love for you to share her story in the forums of the Paws n Claws group. I think the members would love to hear it. If you wrote it for the magazine, maybe you will write something up for us to read there. :) Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeseeeeeeeeeeee!!

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieover 5 years ago


  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 5 years ago

    I was asked to share Annie’s story with this group. And I guess this is how I do it (I’m still learning to Bubble.) A week to the day I brought her home, the day before a scheduled vet appointment, she was listless, feverish, and her nose was covered in foam. I called the vet immediately and got her an appointment that day. I was so sure she had pneumonia, or an advanced case of heartworms, I dug her a grave, so positive I would bring her home wrapped in a towel, for the last time. But she fooled us all – a little treatment with an antibiotic and cough medicine found her good as new. So we are still taking our nightly walks, unless it’s too hot. Annie rides in a stroller, and I push.

    But in a nutshell, here is Annie’s story which has gone around the world via HSUS, Wayne Pacelle’s blog, Dogster, Petfinder and a Boston Terrier rescue organization.
    Just Google up her name – the poster girl for the adoption of elderly pets with infirmities.

    Off and on throughout my life, I have worked as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator and placement volunteer for the local humane society and in private. I put up a blog and decided to help the county shelter which is high-kill, but rescue friendly, in Bay County, Fla., by putting a rotating widget in the sidebar of adoptable dogs.
    Then I saw the nameless Boston with three legs who was supposedly five years old . Her owner was incarcerated, and she was given to someone else who neglected or mistreated her so much, she was confiscated.
    And there she was. Much older than five. Maybe 500. She was scarred on her flanks. Her forehead looks like it was cleaved at one time. She trailed a long cyst sack that swung when she walked. It was heavy. She is missing a front leg. She hobbles; has lumps, bumps and warts all over. She is gray-faced.
    Maybe someone would want a special needs dog. I took her home to foster. Granny Annie is no beauty. All dogs are beautiful physically, but poor Annie isn’t. But inside that scarred interior lives a shining, golden heart and endless sweetness of character. I was planning to foster her so that she would not be euthanized. Who would want her?
    It turned out that I did. To a house full of dogs and cats, she fit right in. If your heart is set on a dog, please adopt one, and don’t forget the older ones who aren’t pretty anymore; or the black ones who are seldom adopted because of their color. If they have special needs, they have lessons to teach you; like courage, inner strength, patience, gratitude and above all, love.

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