Wee moppet Scarlett is one of our most heartwarming rescues this year. This beautiful 8-lb. girl was discarded at the tender age of two, and she’s blind due to the loss of one eye and later blindness in her remaining one.
Scarlett, unwanted at age two, couldn’t find a family
But Scarlett was in New Jersey. When BCFS’ founder Amy learned of Scarlett’s plight, she asked for help getting Scarlett to Canada. And boy, did kind-hearted people step up! A team of volunteers took turns driving Scarlett the multiple legs of her 450-mile journey from New Jersey to Ontario, where she entered BCFS’ foster care program.
Thank you to Scarlett’s rescue relay team: Mandy, Janice & Marcia, Jill & Mechille, Jeannine, and Nadia for driving Scarlett to BCFS!
So much heart and selfless work went into Scarlett’s rescue, and most heartwarming is that Scarlett now has a lovely home, a pup sibling and a mama who adores her.
Mom Joy adopted Scarlett in May, just weeks after her journey from Jersey, and Scarlett fits right in with Joy and her Maltese-Shih Tzu mix Hailey.
Joy sent us this happy update just before Christmas:
“Scarlett has made such progress and I can’t believe I have had her for 8 months now. The dainty fragile little princess I thought her to be is totally opposite now. She is super playful and friendly to everyone.
Playtime for Scarlett!
She loves her walks. We go 2-3 times daily for approx. 40 min. I only wish Hailey was much younger so she could play with her. Hailey is not interested in that sort of thing so she will growl or go into hiding. I guess I will have to think about getting another young small dog just for Scarlett.
She is venturing onto grass now to pee and poo. She scampers around almost running. It’s so cute to see. I was amazed at her in the snow and ice we have had. I thought she wouldn’t want to walk. She goes a little slower but she still goes the whole distance. That was a big concern of mine since the winter will be long and cold. What a relief for me. Hailey loves the winter and walks so much better when it’s cold. It’s a good thing I have Hailey because Scarlett follows her like her shadow and without a leash. She’s into the tree sniffing and everything else along the way.
She has a really good appetite but I monitor her intake so she doesn’t become a fat little porker. I think she has put on about a pound. She is not boney as before. When they go for walks and it is wet and muddy I put the 2 of them in the bathtub together with about 2 inches of warm water to wash their feet. That is a real cute sight to see.
She rarely makes mistakes in the house anymore, only when I go out when I come home she hears the noises of the garage door, car and front door that makes her nervous and excited. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch at night watching t.v. so they don’t get their later night outing and she can last till the following morning to go. Thank goodness for that.
They have been walked this morning (out at 7:30 a.m.) and fed and now they are crashed on the couch-Hailey is on my right and Scarlett on my left. So that pretty much sums up the report. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Sincerely, Joy
Thank you, Joy! We’re happy to have given Scarlett her second chance, and that she has a wonderful family and life now.
We’re not surprised that Scarlett is able to enjoy life even without sight, because blind dogs do very well and often learn to navigate their home quickly, as Joy described to us in a previous update. If you’re dog-savvy and thinking of adopting, don’t let a dog’s lack of sight stop you! They will surprise you.
Eight months after BCFS rescued this tiny shih tzu, Scarlett shows us how she went from being unwanted in the world to beloved. It changed Scarlett’s world, and that makes the world a little happier place.