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Annie

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Annie

Annie was rescued well after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the region surrounding New Orleans in 2005. She was able to stay in or near the yard where she lived during the actual hurricane, and survived for several months afterward with the help of some generous neighbors that would occasionally feed her, but no one took ownership of her. It wasn't until later (around Dec '05 or Jan '06) that she was found by a woman -  Lisa - who was in New Orleans as a social worker to help people who were traumatized by the after-effects of such a major catastrophe. Thankfully Lisa’s friend Dawn worked at Hopalong Animal Rescue, so Lisa contacted her to help rescue Annie. Lisa even went so far as to pay for Annie's flight to Oakland, then took the risk of keeping her in a no-pet apartment for a few weeks while they looked for a foster. At that time I was already an experienced dog foster with Hopalong; my long experience was needed for Annie because she was quite shy and still very traumatized by everything. She had a bad case of heartworm that took several months to recover from, and it also took her a long time to not fear coming inside the house or going on walks around the neighborhood. After all that time and nursing her back to health I just couldn't see letting anyone else adopt her since she was such a sweet dog! Even though ten years has passed Annie still gets really nervous during any storms with high winds, thunder, or heavy rains - which isn't very surprising to me given what she must have gone through. She still won’t go near any large, open bodies of water - hanging out by a lake or beach is out of the question with her – but she loves to go camping, and especially fishing along rivers with me and my family. Though we guess that she's around 12 years old, she's still energetic enough to play and wrestle with my newest dog Skipper ( a Terrier mix) who is under 2 years old and about half her size.

- Rickard W.
Oakland, CA

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