My pup, Roo, has a very special place in my heart. She was an older rescue and had an absolutely terrible life before she became a part of my life. Have you ever wondered why she was missing an ear? This is her story.
Let’s go back a couple of years when my mom rescued her in Hong Kong. At this time, my mom moved back to Hong Kong to be closer to her parents as my siblings and I were living our lives in the United States and Canada. One thing I knew about Hong Kong was that there are a lot of abandoned dogs from irresponsible owners. There are also a lot of dogs that have escaped puppy mills who eventually starve or get eaten by other dogs. Roo is one of those dogs.
An organization raided a puppy mill and saved many dogs that were kept in cages and forced to breed. We were told that Roo was born in the puppy mill and because of her small size, she was a candidate to breed even smaller puppies. From the whole culture of having small purse dogs, puppy mills would supply smaller dogs to be sold for a higher price to match the demand. One of the volunteers in the organization told us that she was found hiding with her tail chopped off and one of her ears missing. The volunteers think that her ear was tagged like merchandise or that she got in a fight with another dog and had her ear bitten off. After the puppy mill raid, the organization created an event where people could adopt rescued dogs. Since there was no space, a lot of the dogs were going to be euthanized if not saved. Roo eventually was rescued by my mom and was taken to Canada.
There were definitely a lot of struggles by taking a rescue dog home who had a terrible life before. She would be terrified of every human and every sound. We consulted a lot of dog trainers to really understand how to take care of a rescue. Eventually, Roo became more comfortable and really felt like she was at home.
I went to visit my mom during Christmas one year and this is when I met Roo for the first time. My mom had named her Ruby because she reminded her of a precious gem that endured a lot but never broke. My mom had a few dogs of her own and she felt like she couldn’t give Ruby enough attention. I immediately connected with Ruby and eventually made the decision to take her with me to San Francisco.
This was the best decision of my life because I was able to understand what unconditional love is (sorry if this is too cheesy.) Every time I look at Roo, I smile and I feel like she is saying thank you and I want to give her the best possible life I could give her. I felt like I could give her a second chance, and in return, she gave me so much more.
I hope this story inspires you to rescue dogs because every dog deserves a second chance. If you’ve had the opportunity to rescue a dog, tell us their story in the comments!