was pulled from a high-kill shelter in Massachusetts. She'd
originally been dumped at age 10--in skeletal condition
and with untreated skin and ear infections--by the people
who had had her since she was seven weeks old. She was adopted
from the shelter by a kind soul who put weight back on her
and tried to deal with her health issues. Sadly, after about
four months, he lost his job and was forced to surrender
her back to the same shelter.
NEBCR stepped in at this point, and the volunteer who did
her evaluation was stunned at what a sweet and lovely dog
she was and promptly brought her home. Gemma's ear and skin
conditions cleared up and all seemed well until the supposedly-spayed
Gemma went into season(!). The poor gal had a complicated
spay (incredibly cystic ovaries, leading the vet to state
she must have been in horrible pain for years) and was determined
to have breast cancer. The good news is that given her age
(10 or 11) and the type of cancer she has, it shouldn't
really affect her expected lifespan.
Gemma is a great favorite with the 2 volunteers who are
sharing fostering duties. She's a smart, friendly, sassy,
happy little gal who wants nothing more than to be with
her person and shadow them throughout the day. She's good
for a cuddle on the couch, excellent with other dogs (as
she's a little hard-of-hearing she can be a bit oblivious
to subtler signals from other dogs, though, so interactions
need to be monitored) and will be your constant companion.
She has had some indications of separation anxiety, so a
home that is sensitive to that and willing to take some
precautions, especially at first, is a must. Gemma's initial
reaction to being crated was not good, although since then
she has spent time crated while traveling with one of her
A home where someone is around most of the time would be
ideal, and another low key dog would be nice, too. Gemma
has not had much experience around kids and cats while in
rescue, but the few interactions she has had have been ok.
This dear little soul has had a rough life and deserves
to spend her golden years warm, safe, and loved. Do *you*
have space in your heart and on your couch for Gemma?
Gemma is being co-fostered in CT and VT.