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Pet Tales: Found dog becomes loving companion
By Heather Warlick
| Published: June 25, 2012
Rosie, a Corgi mix, was quite a find
When Kay Haney saw a “found” ad in the newspaper for a couple of dogs in November 1995, she wondered what would happen to the dogs if nobody claimed them. After the ad ran for a second week, Haney called the person who had placed it and asked her just that. The woman said she would try to find a home for the dogs if nobody claimed them.
That's how Rosie, the 6-month-old Corgi mix, came to live in the Haney household. Haney had been scouring the classifieds looking for a companion for her dachshund, Daisy, and cat, K.B. That was in 1995. Today, Rosie is a “grand old lady of 17 years,” Haney wrote in her Pet Tales submission letter.
“I have to tell you, she is the best dog I have ever had,” Haney wrote. When Haney first got Rosie, Rosie's ears tipped over on top. Eventually, her ears straightened up, Haney wrote. The vet told her that was due to a good, wholesome diet.
Rosie was housebroken when she came to live with Haney. She “would not get on the furniture and to this day will not go in or out a door before looking to me for approval.”
Rosie loves to ride in the car but can't get in or out by herself anymore, Haney said. In fact, Rosie's health is fading but her spirit remains strong.
“Now her sight is not so good anymore, she can hardly hear and the vet says she is in kidney failure, but she sure raises a rumpus when someone walks by my house,” Haney wrote.
That's about all the excitement Rosie gets, except for when Haney's grandchildren come to visit, now that her companions Daisy and K.B. are gone. Haney and Rosie walk the block occasionally but even this exertion tires Rosie out.
“She has been a blessing in my life and I always wanted to thank the lady who ‘found' her in the beginning, and tell her that Rosie has been so much company to me, playmate to Daisy and K.B. and has made all of our lives better by being here with us,” Haney wrote. “I wanted her to know that she has had a good long life.”
To submit a pet story and photo, email your story and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Heather Warlick, The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Photos cannot be returned.