Grandma Gertie came into our lives in 2009 when we were involved with a different rescue.She was rescued from Indiana as a stray.
When she arrived in this area she was put in a foster home near Auburn. She was there about 2 weeks, when we received a call that the foster home could not handle her.She would not stop biting and would we take her.
We said sure how bad could this be she is an old dog we believed around 10 to 12 years old. The foster said they would drop her off. They dropped her in a crate at the end of our driveway and sped away.
We carried the crate in the house opened it and waited for her to come out. Out she came with a vengeance, snarling and grunting warning everyone to stay away. We were surprised at her appearance, overweight, very bad teeth, breathing labored and gray around her face.
We contacted our Vet we needed to find out what was wrong with her.
We tried to handle her with very little success she would not stop biting, both of us were bit several times.
With very heavy gloves we managed to get her to the Vet. Her prognosis was not good. She had an enlarged liver and heart with a beat that was irregular. She needed to loose weight at least 5 lbs.
With this news she became a sanctuary dog never to be adopted and would live with us the rest of her life. Gertie was a mean old coot; she would nip every chance she got. We knew there was a good dog in there somewhere. We thought about what to do for her and how to handle her for several days.
One night Ed Foster Dad decided to stay up all night with her and just hold on to her on his lap. After several hours of her struggling to get free and him telling her over and over she would be ok and would never have to be angry again promising her he would always take care of her. She finally relinquished, from that night on she was his shadow.
Gertie was a valued part of our family and many times looked after new puppies we brought in.
Gertie lost some weight but would never recover from her other problems. In February of 2012 she lost her battle and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
In May of 2012 we decided to start a new rescue in honor of our sweet girl Gertie..