Looking at the GRRA website, I noticed a sweet senior named Copper. Her photograph spoke to me, “I want to go home with you.” I have two rescued seniors, Charlie and Lacey. Copper would fit in perfectly with them, I just knew it!
I contacted Melinda Lahmers, my adoption coordinator, about my interest in Copper. Soon I heard from her foster family, and we arranged a time for me to meet Copper. It was a long drive from my home in Statham to Peachtree City where Copper was staying. When I saw her, I immediately felt a connection with her. Having been picked up as a stray in Atlanta, she needed a family that would love on her. I didn’t care that her coat was in poor condition or she didn’t respond to my words or was so arthritic she had trouble getting up or walking. I just wanted to adopt her. Her fosters helped me lift her into my car, and we were on our way to Statham.
Copper, Lacey, and Charlie got along right away. Just a little sniffing but that was it. Next, Copper went to see our vet. He discovered she is deaf, her vertebrae are fused from her hips to her tail, and has a limited strength. He suggested physical therapy at the University of Georgia Vet School to help with improving her mobility. Copper went to UGA and started with “sit to stand” exercises and the underwater treadmill. Copper has homework too-working on “sit to stand” reps and taking a daily 20 minute walk. She was given a harness to help me help her to stand.
Copper is the most wonderful dog, and I thank GRRA for taking her into their program. She has so much love to give and has been such an inspiring delight. Hooray for seniors!