Age: 11 years old
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Yes
Good with kids: Yes
Upon arrival at an animal control shelter in 2015, Liza was referred to Tri State Collie Rescue. She was accepted immediately by TSCR despite being almost ten years old and confirmed as heart worm positive by the shelter. In addition, she was noted by the shelter to have a urinary tract infection and severe arthritis.
In the months ahead, TSCR would learn from the woman who first "rescued" Liza, that she was left in the backyard of a midwest home without shelter or vet care for at least eighteen months. Apparently the people who owned the home left her when they vacated; the people who rented the home left her outside with some food and water. The woman would see Liza out in the yard day after day, month after month, as she passed by the home. She would stop and greet her every time she walked by. Finally, after so many months, the woman saw someone at the home and asked if if they wanted to give her up, but they said she wasn't their dog, so no. About a month later, the woman spotted the people again, and this time, they said the owners of the house had told them "sure, go ahead and give away the dog".
The woman had every hope of bringing Liza home and caring for her. But as she picked up the emaciated, filthy dog with frostbite scars on her nose and ears and put her in her car, she knew she could not provide the amount of care that would be needed, and brought her to animal control.
Liza was severely symptomatic from her heart worm, coughing excessively and vomiting. There was little choice but to attempt to treat her heart worm, despite her advanced age. It would prove to be a rocky road for Liza, but she was smart, calm, and accepting. Despite several hospitalizations and set backs, she ultimately tested negative for HW in July, 2016.
Given that Liza would forever require a special diet; that she is severely arthritic and unable to manage stairs; and that she has some incontinence issues, TSCR made the commitment to her to keep her within the TSCR family as a forever foster. TSCR will continue to provide the medical care and medications she needs throughout the remainder of her life.
Currently Liza is doing very well at her TSCR forever foster home. She is of advanced age and does have some significant mobility issues, but she continues to show a lot of spunk and no evidence of pain. She just wants to be near her humans, preferably indoors, enjoys her canine friends, and especially enjoys her super comfy dog bed.