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Meet Angel

This is our rescue, Angel. She is just a little over 5 years old now, but we rescued her from the shelter when she was just 2 months old. She was the last of the little of puppies they had, she had been overlooked because she was being treated for kennel cough and she was shy. We changed her name to Angel, the shelter actually named her Peggy and we felt it just didn't fit.

We fell in love with her and took her home but within a few days she was in the hospital because she was still coughing and became lethargic. They said it was common with shelter animals, her kennel cough turned into pneumonia and she was in the hospital for a couple of days getting IV fluids and IV antibiotics. When we were finally able to bring her home she was a different puppy than when she went in, she was so happy, skinny, but happy. Our $25 adoption, quickly turned into $1,000.

Angel quickly learned how to get along with the cats and now she is just a spoiled rotten puppy dog. We still call her puppy from time to time even though she's 5 now. She sleeps in my daughters room at night, but spends the rest of the time with me, either under my desk, on the couch or we're out playing or taking walks.

The shelter said she was a Border Collie/Lab mix. Some times I wonder what else she may be a mix of. The pic is a side view of her, so you can't see how broad her chest is but I think you can see it in my post about pet presents. Do you think they are right or do you possibly see a different breed in her?

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CountryWine wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:34 PM

She looks more like a labrador. I"d have to see her from a full body view to tell you better.

Kat- wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:40 PM

Thanks, they said Border Collie/Labrador mix, at times it seems right and other times I just wonder. It's not a big deal, we love her no matter what.

AngelSharum wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:02 PM

Nice to meet you, from one Angel to another. She is a cutie.

Dragonfairy1 wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:03 PM

I don't know, but she is lovely :)

Kat- wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:19 PM

Thanks. She is my walking buddy when the weather is nice enough to walk outside. She helps keep me on a good pace where I don't slow down too much.

Kat- wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:20 PM

Thank you, I think so too, but I may be a bit biased. emoticon :smile:

Began1988 wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:21 PM

I kind of see maybe a little bit of Jack Russel or Parsons Terrier in her face/structure.

Thank you so much for going the rescue route and not supporting breeding! I co-direct an animal rescue, so I love seeing posts like this! She is a doll!

And yes, unfortunately kennel cough is very common in high population shelter environments. That's why we keep dogs we just pulled in foster for at least 10 days before they become available. We don't want o adopt out sick dogs and risk spreading it (or risk it not being treated correctly).

Kat- wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:31 PM

Hmm...never would have thought of those breeds. We want to get her a friend, we will be getting in touch with one of our local rescues to try and find the right match for her in a month or so. If I had more room, I'd save many more!

Began1988 wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:35 PM

That is awesome!!!! I hope you find someone :) I know she looks like a bigger dog, but I think most people don't tend to think of the smaller breeds as mixes when their dogs are a lot bigger.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:37 PM

Angel has been great addition to our already full family. She brings a smile to face when I am feeling down and she greets me at the door when I come home from work or even just leave the house for a short time.

zabelle51 wrote on January 20, 2015, 10:29 PM

She definitely has a little bit of border collie coloring if not the long hair. She is a pretty girl for sure. :)

bestwriter wrote on January 21, 2015, 1:15 AM

You did go through a lot to bring her to the situation that she is in. She looks healthy and well fed.
We did have a few pure pedigree dogs earlier but then vowed to look for a mix and just as those thoughts were being considered in comes this little girl - by then we had no dogs in our house who had died of old age - may be just a month old. It was love at first sight from both sides. Today Preiti is 7 years old. I need not tell you what a well behaved and loving dog means to those who love animals.

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:41 AM

Yes, she is!

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:42 AM

We do see a bit of the border collie in her, she has actually tried to herd the cats when they all get hyper!

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:44 AM

I had always heard, save a shelter pet, as a kid my parents had bought from private breeders ( Beagle and Pomeranian). I am so happy we went this route and would do a rescue in a heartbeat if Angel got along with them.

VinceSummers wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:09 AM

I hate it when vet bills become prohibitive. Many (and yes, us, too) are not willing/able to dish out that kind of money for a pet. Angel is a very fortunate dog, indeed, that you found her.

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:28 AM

Thanks. We really couldn't afford it as far as pay cash, we got credit to pay it off, but once you get a pet you have to realize these kinds of things can pop up. She's been healthy since, a little overweight for a while but back to just about average weight now.

AliCanary wrote on January 21, 2015, 11:10 AM

I adopted a teeny kitten who was sick with rhinotracheitis. Common in cats and very treatable, but often shelters can't afford to treat everyone and the poor animals get euthanized (imagine being put to death for having a COLD!!). He grew up to be a lovely big 16-pound cat! I can definitely see the border collie in her from the muzzle and coloration, and that broad head says lab, but possibly also pitbull, especially with the broad chest.

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 11:20 AM

Yes it is sad when animals get put down for simple things like complications from colds because shelters just cannot deal with it. We thought she could have some pit in her, she has one heck of a grip when she gets a hold of things! Glad you saved your kitty!

peachpurple wrote on January 21, 2015, 11:40 AM

she is a lucky pup and looks very happy with you

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 1:03 PM

Thank you. We kind of spoil her a bit. Unless she's sleep her tail almost always seems to be wagging,

valmnz wrote on January 21, 2015, 1:27 PM

That is such a sweet story and an adorable looking dog. Over the years nearly all our cats have come from the SPCA, the equivalent of your shelter.

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:02 PM

Thanks. I wish we could save more, I feel so sorry for them when I see pictures. I'm glad you were able to help save your kitties too.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:31 PM

She definitely looks as if she has those two breeds in her. What other breed do you think you detect?

AliCanary wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:55 PM

Yes, if you cover her muzzle and just leave the rest of the picture, she looks just like a pit.

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 3:04 PM

Some have said maybe Pit, we're just curious it won't make any difference to us what she is. emoticon :smile:

Kat- wrote on January 21, 2015, 3:05 PM

We thought she may have some in her but didn't know, we could only go by the shelter. Our shelter has so many pit mixes and they keep getting looked over because of the name, it's sad.

Jacobb9205 wrote on June 3, 2015, 3:50 PM

Awrr cute dog, glad she has a good home with you now after rescuing her