There are moments when dogs go through traumatic experiences that leave lasting effects, either by inflicting permanent emotional scars or by making them crave attention and affection from their human companions.
In Able Springs, Texas, the SPCA of Texas uncovered 14 dogs in an alleged dog-fighting ring back in August. When rescuer Madeline Yeaman arrived, most of the dogs greeted her with enthusiastic jumping and a strong desire for attention. However, one dog stood out due to her lack of response.
They discovered her frail, almost lifeless body. Dehydrated and emaciated, she bore the signs of severe neglect. A massive collar kept her tethered to an old car axle, providing no relief from the scorching Texas heat.
The poor dog’s health had deteriorated to the point where she could barely move. Getting her on her feet was a challenge as she seemed content to sit with her head bowed. After a thorough examination by the veterinarian, it was revealed that she had very poor blood circulation.
Without hesitation, the rescuers admitted her for treatment and gave her the name Gwen Stefani. The first step was to clean her skin, which was cracked, injured, and infested with fleas. She also received multiple blood transfusions and was provided with sufficient water and food.
As time went by, Gwen’s spirits began to lift, and she started to resemble her old self. The SPCA described how she transformed from a listless and despondent dog into one who now greets everyone with a happy, wiggly body, a wagging tail, and her signature pit bull grin.
After healing from her wounds, her personality blossomed, and she became more outgoing. Nowadays, she enjoys playing outdoors and receiving affection, simple pleasures that many dogs often take for granted.
According to Yeaman, Gwen receives plenty of love and attention and has access to outdoor playtime throughout the day. Her remarkable change in outlook can be attributed to her new environment, care, and the people who surround her.
Gwen’s wagging tail and joyful demeanor are proof that she has finally found a loving and caring forever home where she belongs.