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Kelly and Sally: Perfect for Us

My husband and I connected with Homeward Trails through Craig’s List–we had been thinking about adopting an older dog and offered to foster a dog that was set to be euthanized shortly. Turned out that the dog we inquired about was safe, but we learned that there were so many more that needed our help. Our Homeward Trails contact (and now friend, Lisa Milot) worked with us to find two great pups. We adopted Kelly and Sally, an older pair of bonded, large, mostly black dogs with some health issues. Kelly and Sally were originally adopted into a loving home in Georgia as puppies, but their owner had to go into assisted living.

Kelly and Sally were left out in the backyard of their owner’s home, where her nephew would come to feed them once a day. After three months of this, they moved to a foster home in Georgia with five other dogs, where they stayed for five months with not a single application. Kelly weighed about 90 lbs at one point (that’s 30 more lbs than he weighs now) and had suffered from chronic ear infections and undiagnosed food allergies his entire life–the stress of the transition from his home led to him developing large, open sores from itching himself literally bald. Kelly was often growly with other dogs. He went off to stay with the vet for a bit, leaving poor Sally, who has arthritis, alone for the first time–completely terrified.

We adopted these two large, black, bonded, older dogs–and they are absolutely perfect for us. Kelly is on a special fish-based diet and has not only shed the weight, but developed a fabulous coat and no longer has chronic ear infections. Sally’s arthritis is being treated with supplements. Sally loves to swim, while Kelly prefers to keep his toes dry. Our pups are happy and settled in with us and our routine beautifully. We–my husband and myself, and Kelly and Sally–foster other Homeward Trails dogs now. Kelly and Sally are so relaxed that they quickly help our fosters to feel at home–and the Kelly is no longer the growly dog he once was, but enjoys playtime!

-Daphne, Hyattsville, MD

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