Rescuing Kenya (Kendra)
Kenya came to Midwest Schipperke Rescue from a breeding situation. She probably spent her early years outside and had never really been socialized. She was coming here as her second home within the rescue.
She was between 5 and 7 years old and very petite. She was shy, and every little noise would send her scuttling into as deep a corner as she could find. She would never be found out in the room but would stay out of sight. If we let her outside, she stayed there. We had to keep a long lead on her so we could coax her back into the house. She often used the water bowl as a pool. Any dog that
approached her could take things away from her. She had not
had toys and had no idea how to play.
She was, however, endearing and gutsy
with a determined gleam in her eye. She was basically a gentle
dog who was not given the advantages others were given. We worked with her first on how to get along in the pack and housebreaking. She proved to be intelligent and learned quickly what was acceptable. She did not want to be handled – she would bark at anyone who walked toward
her. She very slowly saw the good side to allowing people to
pick her up, pet her and sometimes even brush her. She also
saw the advantages to living inside – it was warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
She now makes sure she gets close to a heating or air conditioning duct before everyone else. It has taken a lot of time and patience, baby steps to get her to lay down inside
with us when we watch TV. She now picks up and tosses small
stuffed toys. She will even show her teeth and give a slight
grr when she objects to having a toy stolen. We knew
we were accepted and important to her last week when she voluntarily came down the basement steps to join us as we did laundry,
watch TV and clean the basement. She walked around for a while
then just laid down and took a nap while the crazy humans worked.
Last year Kendra had to have both her left and right
rear ACL’s repaired. Both of these surgeries required
10-week recovery periods during which she allowed us to pick her up and carry her around.
She was not to go up/down stairs or walk much more than to go to the bathroom. She really had to rely on her human friends to get around, sometimes to even
stand. She gets around pretty well now and we are all looking
forward to her working up to a quick jog or maybe even a run in the back yard.
Kendra will probably never be adoptable –
it would shake her world to much and take a long time to adapt to a new family but she was rescued and given the chance to
be Kendra, a silly little dog with a loving family who loves her to much.
Kendra passed in February 2019 at
the age of 14.