McKayla was surrendered to Oklahoma Westie
Rescue (OWR) in October when her human Mother passed away. No one in the family
wanted McKayla so she was given to a family friend. The family friend was not
in a position to keep McKayla so she contacted us to come and pick her up.
When OWR picked up McKayla we noticed
immediately that she had a bad limp which proved to be a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament
(ACL) of her right
rear knee requiring surgical repair. She was also infested with fleas.
We got rid of the fleas quickly but couldn’t get her leg fixed because she had
developed pyoderma as a result of the flea infestation. We had to wait
almost 30 days to get the pyoderma cleared up before we could have her knee
During this time one of our adoptive
families offered to foster McKayla for us. McKayla was so scared that she hid
under their bed for two days straight. Finally on the 3rd day she
came out and began playing with the family’s two Westies. It wasn’t long before
the family decided that McKayla needed to be a permanent fixture in their home.
Since the family had adopted from us previously they were already pre-approved
so we told them that once we had fixed her leg that we would adopt her to them.
The orthopedic surgeon was out for some
time on vacation so it took us a while but eventually her repair surgery was
performed. We have another
adoptive family that offered to foster her after her surgery to help her through
the recovery period (she couldn’t go back to the family that wants to adopt her
because their home has many levels and lots of stairs, the surgeon said no
stairs for at least 3 weeks). On Dec. 15th she gets to go back
to her adoptive family and they are waiting anxiously to have their little girl
McKayla is nine years old and we are
thrilled that someone wants her as often the older dogs have a hard time finding
forever homes. She is one lucky girl!
Oklahoma Westie Rescue
February 17, 2010:
McKayla and Maddie are both doing well.
McKayla's leg is fine.
|McKayla's care was fully funded by a grant from The