Roxy's best friend passed away earlier this year. For the last 4 months, her and her two siblings, Hercules and Lola, have been living solitary, with no human interaction, with no companion to call them their own.
Roxy is the most friendly Rottweiler I've ever come across in my life. Her siblings are equally cute and have their own characters. When I first met Roxy, I was amazed at how friendly and cuddly she was, especially since she was all alone for so long. I could see she craved human affection, constantly picking up my hand for a cuddle.
Unfortunately, she was suffering from a severe case of dental disease together with the anxiety of being all alone on the estate of the deceased, with no human interaction. When we found out about Roxy, we tried to adopt her with her two siblings, but unfortunately, since we already had 3 dogs, our landlord did not allow us another 3 dogs.
No one wanted poor Roxy and her siblings and this made us very sad, since she was already 5 years old and no one wanted a Rottweiler of that age, especially with a bad case of dental disease, integration can be tricky.
So, we did what anyone else would do. We went on a mission to find a place we could afford where no one could tell us we could not take in these three crazy beautiful babies.
It took us a while, but we eventually found a place we could afford and be able to take on the other dogs too.
Next steps were integration with our dogs, two sharpei / alsatian mixes and one jack russel mix.
The special occasion was Roxy, Hercules and Lola's first time going out of their empty home and walking with our pack. They were ecstatic, so happy and full of joy. They've never been so happy that they were now part of a new pack and able to enjoy human interaction.
When we walked that night, the Monday, we had to return them to their home where they were staying since we were only moving into the new home in 3 days. Our hope was to integrate the dogs with walkies for 3 days and then move in together as two packs.
After the walk, Roxy was so excited that by the time we dropped her off she did not want to leave the car. We were heart broken because we could see the pain in her eyes desperately not wanting to let go, going to that home alone. We unfortunately couldn't move just yet and left her in, with locked gate.
That evening, we found out from a neighbour that she had jumped the gate and had escaped trying to follow us. We were so heart broken, we couldn't believe all this effort and now she had run away, and it was the Dewali night where there was so many fireworks. The first night we used an entire tank of petrol patrolling lombardy east, Alexandra, asking everyone for her whereabouts. We eventually called it at 1am and decided to try early the next day with flyers all over with a large reward attached.
We went deep into Alex, all over lombardy, asking everyone, stopping everywhere. Eventually towards 12pm, these two gents walking from Alex to lombard saw us on the street putting up flyers. They mentioned they had seen this dog in an abandoned house. I couldn't believe my ears.
We ran to the house, which was 500 m away from where I was putting up the flyers. When we got there, I was so scared because there were 4 guys, an abandoned house, and thought I was gonna get jumped when they told me Roxy was at the back.
I said what the hell, let me go. I took the plunge. When I arrived at the back of the abandoned home, I couldn't believe my eyes. ROXY. My baby. She was there. I was so ecstatic, I screamed at the top of my lungs running with her in my arms towards to car, rushing to the vet to make sure everything was ok.
The vet said that she seemed ok but had a very bad case of dental disease. This is when I saw how critical it really was and that she needed an operation urgently.
(If you want to see the video of Roxy the second I brought her home, see attached!)
First things first, Roxy isn't going anyway but to the new home. So fast forward a few days...
Now that we have moved, doggies and humans, there is now a real happy environment that Roxy, Hercules and Lola can call their home. With walkies every day and a warm bed next to their new companion, they are so happy.
Unfortunately, this leaves us with the dental disease bill, thats come up to $849.
Thankfully, the local vet has agreed to decrease the amount to $649 since we are regulars with our current dogs and they wanted to help with a special someone called Roxy.
Roxy desperately needs help, quite urgently, as she is in constant pain every day. Her teeth are in a very bad state causing a lot of pain on her gums. It is also a source of infection and could become systemic.
They will need to put her under anaesthesia when they do the work of pulling out the septic teeth and due to the severity of her dental disease, this procedure will require a lot of monitoring, radiographs and checking to ensure they assess each tooth completely to ensure all extraction decisions are 100% correct and her care and recovery goes well.
I can never repay you kind stranger but know that somewhere out there, you have added another 5 years to a very friendly, active cuddly dog that has found her new home.