by Lee Juslin
Muffie’s road to rescue was a familiar one. Owned by an older lady with no children, Muffie was left alone when her owner died. What family there was, didn’t want Muffie, so she was turned into Scottie Rescue.
She was in Ohio where there is not strong coverage for Scottie rescue, so Erica Cerny of the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater New York Rescue arranged for a good hearted couple who had adopted several rescue Scotties of their own to transport the little dog down to New Jersey.
Like many dogs coming into rescue, Muffie showed signs of neglect with a matted coat and teeth in bad shape. She also showed signs of epilepsy, having had at least one seizure, was suffering with an ear infection and had several growths that needed to be removed and biopsied. In short, with all her problems, she looked like a little old lady.
The New York/New Jersey rescue group had Muffie vetted. She was put on seizure meds, her ear infection was cleared up and her growths were removed. Fortunately, all were benign. In addition, she was bathed and groomed and, after her makeover, she looked younger than the eleven years the group had been told and she was certainly much happier.An adopter stepped forward who had recently lost his previously adopted Scottie, felt lonely and longed for another Scottie companion. The home was ideal as Muffie needed a home without active, younger dogs and the adopter was able to deal with Muffie’s lack of house training by walking her regularly and sitting outside with her. All seemed well. Unfortunately, when the man developed his own health problems, Muffie was returned to rescue.
Muffie is a quiet girl with not a lot of personality but very sweet in her own way. Erica re-listed her on Petfinder hoping for another adoption but knowing it was a long shot. Then, just before Christmas, an older couple applied to adopt Muffie. The husband was retired and the wife worked mostly from home. They already had two older rescue dogs, a pug and an Irish Wolfhound, but both were quiet, undemanding dogs. In addition, this couple made a point of only adopting older dogs. Erica was hopeful for Muffie but was careful to make a full disclosure about her background and health issues. Still, the couple wanted to meet her. Amazingly, it was love at first sight and very quickly Muffie was on her way to a new home and Scottie rescue had a very generous donation.
Working with their vet, the couple is slowly weaning Muffie off the seizure meds and, as they do, she is developing a delightful personality. Muffie’s new mom is thrilled with her little Scottie and told Erica, “I had a Scottie as a young girl and I’ve always wanted another. Muffie is my treasure.” Erica was so pleased that against strong odds she was able to place this little Scottie and to do so in such a wonderful home. “This is the kind of rags to riches rescue that keeps me going.”
Note: Muffie’s story is all too familiar and could have had a much sadder ending. It should be yet another reminder to all of us who love our pets that we need to provide for them in our wills and other official documents so that they are taken care of when we are no longer able to do so.
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