Shasta & I , used to go on walks when she lived across the street
from me. One day she layed on the street hot and couldn't walk she was
on her way to my house. She weighed 80 pounds at the time. I saw her and
went to get her and picked her up and carried her across the street, up
the steps and into my house. I gave her fresh water and fresh food.
I was unaware she was sick at that time. I made sure she was ok and
kept her in my house with the air condtioner on.
When her owner came home I confronted him ...told him what happened.
He said " he forgot to feed her". I was real upset to hear this. I told
him if he not going to feed her , I sure will. He then let me keep her
on weekends only. That went on for awhile. I was also babysitting his Grandmother
at Shasta house at the time which let me see her every day. It was while
I was there I noticed McDonalds happy meals coming in and in the
back yard with Shasta. Then it was Sonic, Whataburger ,etc. It was then
I asked the Grandson to stop feeding that stuff to her it making her fat.He
It was my turn to babysit. She was happier here then over there one
day. I wasn't sure what was happening.
I went back over there and started to notice she was neglected and
abused. I blew up big time .Shasta was neglected for a long
time. I basically told the Grandson to surrender Shasta to me OR I will
call all the Local Authorities , including 911 and gave him a
48 hour time frame to respond. He surrendered. He found out I am
the wrong person to piss off..I legally adopted Shasta immediately. She
loved being here and was safe. I gave her low fat, low carb diet at first.
We walked jogged, and went to the lake a lot.Shasta had a better life here.
She slowed down one day . I then found out she was sick very sick, Had
bad vet on top of it, & learned she was diabetic. I was furious that
she was sick and called the previous owners and he said'' he didn't care".
Believe me,, I had a major time trying to let go of this. He had more money
than he knew what to do with and a few grand to help Shasta wasn't going
to happen. It took me along time to get over that. I told the vet at the
time save Shasta right now. They did. It was thru this group I had to learn
to trust , let go of old vet , put her on NPH, get a new vet. I did.
We have had many good times here as well . I have had happy times with
my daughters & best friends.We have been to the lake a lot. I became
best friends with them b4 and after they got sick. I took care of them
while they were sick , prayed for them and did the best I could. I have
posted many stories over the year or so on Shasta. Both my girls are well
loved .We have had many happy times here. I will always love them very
much and never forget them.Thankfully, they are my daughters that The Lord
chose me to take care of.
I will always remember you.
I will always love you girls.
Here is a picture of Savannah Susie and story of my daughter.
In 2005,I received an email from SPCA informing me that over 200 dogs
were coming up from New Orleans, La.
The dogs were from Hurricane Katrina. They were in desperate need of
foster care. These dogs went 15 days with out human contact due to the
FEMA & U.S.A Gov not allowing pets to come with the owner.The email
was sent out on day 16 after the hurrricaine Immediately, I drove to McKinney,
Texas to sign up for volunteer in the foster program. I was able to choose
whatever dog I wanted. I chose Savannah. She didn't have a name at first,
from not having ID .
She lived with me and we became best friends immediately. She
missed her owners & her siblings. We walked a lot
on her command, that was 3 times a day usually. She had collar on with
out her name and with out microchip.
I didn't know her name at first. I called her Savannah she came
to me a few times Then one day I said "Susie" and she came to me. I just
named her Savannah Susie. We walked a lot and had many happy times, new
beds, new clothes, and trips to the lake, she loves the lake to see the
ducks. We became best friends right away. I sure do love her. The fostering
program kept in touch with me as I kept reporting how well we are doing,
the SPCA was very happy to know we are doing well and having good times.
The SPCA really does trust me.One day Savannah slowed down on her walks.
Immediately, I went in. She was sick. Her owners after spending a month
trying to find Savannah , called the SPCA.They wanted her to come back
home to New Orleans, We then found out her real name is "Susie" not "Savannah".
I told the SPCA I would get second opinion on her illness. The second vet
confirmed she was "heartworm postive in maybe the last stages."Her xray
and sonagram showed "bronchitis" and "lodge of mucous in her esophagus"
I was saddened and told the vet to save her now. The report was sent to
SPCA immediatly. Savannah was no longer able to fly or take a drive to
New Orleans due to altitude. Her owner was notified. They asked the SPCA
if I could please adopt her. I said yes, I wanted to go as far as possible
to save her. I legally adopted her . Took her to the vet for heart worm
treatment, she had 1 treatment only. She had an adverse reaction to the
treatment that no one was ready for. Her heart was enlarged. I said I just
adopted her, she is mine and save her.. please save her .We had to treat
the bronchitis, heart disease and for go treatment and try heart gaurd
at the time. Somehow, with a lot of prayer it worked. After, she recovered
from being on meds she was able to walk a house or 2 at a time. Then we
had to build up to going out of the house. I took her to the lake and made
every day Valentine's Day and Best Friend Day for her. Again, we prayed
a lot for her. I have tried to become friends with previous owners over
the years. They are very happy that I have saved Savannah Susie,and we
are best friends. They trust me and am happy that I have her. I have dressed
her up a lot over the years, she enjoys that kind of stuff.
She is the only best friend & daughter in the neighborhood
that dresses up. I have taken her to the lake many times over the
years. I have taken her everywhere I go a lot too. She loves being
with me & I love her very much. We have had many "Mommy & Me "days
and continue to have ,"Mommy & Me" days. I have cooked her a lot of
her favorite foods over the years and will continue to. A few
of her favorite foods are : Baked or grilled fish, shrimp,,chicken, fruits
apples, pears, watermelons. She also likes" Fat Tuesday" kind of stuff
, Pancakes, crabcakes, eggs any style, and of course cajun. What is her
favorite dish?? Red Beans & Rice, with fish. She likes
New Orleans style dishes , she was raised on it since she was a puppy.
I have had her since she was 4 yrs old. She doesn't recognize the New Orleans
Music anymore, she sure does recoginize the "smell of food from New Orleans"
she lays right at my feet when I cook .
She guards the stove . We are careful of how much food she gets and
watch her food too.
She has a ramp that she and Shasta had to share to get up on the bed.
Savannah to this day is still scared of thunderstorms and thinks the Hurricaine
is here.She climbs up the ramp to get in bed with me sometimes or we go
in the hallway away from the storm it helps some.
She is a real sweet heart, I call her Sweetheart a lot , she is very
sweet, loving, gentle, loves kids, and elderly people.
She is a true friend and true sweet heart and best friend. I am thankful
she is my daughter too. We have had to learn to live life differently to
keep us safe sometimes with her being on meds, bronchitis, heart
disease, pushed up trachea from heart disease. We still get out of the
house some but for shorter peroids of time now. She is sick now .Thankfully,
The Lord has chose me to do the best I can with Savannah. I continue to
do best I can. I pray for both my girls. She has had to share the house
with Shasta who later came in to our house and that didn't go over well
at first, but somehow it worked out. They loved going on walks and
learned to share toys too. They especially love the lake, I go there for
Savannah is now by herself with me again .We will continue to have "Mommy
& Me days" and go to the lake and treat every day as though it was
the last, for time is now short with my baby girl. She is real sick now..I
do not know how much time we have left, so we make the best of it each
day. She continues to get plenty of attention just like she always did.
We now pray for her & continue to pray for her previous owners. The
previous owners don't know how sick she is I will not tell them. I haven't
had much contact with them and have let it go for their sake.The Hurricane
and losing all, except her was enough.
I will always remember Savannah Susie, I will always love her very much.