Quinn and Samantha – A healing love story.

The veterinary care for Quinn and Samantha are up passed the 1k mark.  Please help us cover some of their expenses by donating towards their past and ongoing care. Donations can be sent directly to the Fraser Heights Vet Clinic by calling 604 588 4161 and asking for Maria or Fanny, or by
e-transfer to dhanametta@yahoo.ca, or through our website at
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In September of 2016, I was asked if I could help a little chihuahua named Quinn.  She had been surrendered to a high kill shelter with her sister.  Unfortunately, her sister was adopted, and she was left behind with nobody.  Another rescue had stepped up and taken her out of the shelter, but realized within a few weeks, that Quinn was giving up on life, and refused to eat.  She had gone from a 6.5 lb dog to a 2.8 lb dog from the time of her intake, to the time she arrived at Dhana Metta Rescue Society.

Quinn upon arrival

A friend of mine, transported sweet skinny Quinn up to me personally, and when he handed her to me I was so shocked.  I wasn’t expecting her to be this thin!  She was unresponsive, unhappy, and had no will to live.  I got her home and set her up in a nice warm area, with a pod bed from Costco, those are always nice for little dogs that need warmth and safe shelter.  She curled up and went to sleep, while I prepared some food for her.

Quinn upon arrival

Quinn was challenging, because she would eat a little, then she would stop, she would eat something different sometimes enthusiastically, then turn her nose up at it the next time.  Even chicken, wieners, ground beef…. the things dog usually love to eat.  Well, I wasn’t going to let this little girl die on me.  I took her to the vet the next day and put her on Sub Q Fluids, as she was also super dehydrated.  I started her on an appetite stimulant as well.  We did blood work to make sure there wasn’t any underlying conditions causing her not to eat.  And we did xrays to make sure she didn’t have a blockage.

Quinn at vet

All tests came back normal for her.  So what was going on with this sweet dog??  I did some research and that’s when I discovered that she had a sister, and she was separated from her sister.  So my brain goes into this thinking mode.  Maybe I can somehow find her sister and reunite them?  Then maybe she will be happy and eat?

I tried to locate the sister, put some pleas out there, with zero luck.
So… instead, I looked at our little Samantha, another little chihuahua who had lived a rough life on the streets of California.  I put Quinn and Samantha together, and magic happened!!!

Quinn needs Sammy

Right away Quinn went behind Sammy and hid, almost wanting Sammy to be her protector.  She started eating every meal, sharing with Sammy.  Then over a very short period of time, there were stuck together like glue!  It was so amazing to see how important it was to keep bonded pairs together, and what could happen if they were separated.  Quinn wanted to die…. dogs feel sadness and loneliness like we do. We shouldn’t underestimate our furry friends. Quinn was healed by the love of another dog.

Quinn and Sammy

Sammy is a little chihuahua that could barely walk when we rescued her – her hind legs are so twisty with luxating patellas, but she still uses them to walk now that she is stronger.  She can’t run super fast, and she can’t jump up and down.  She sure does love her friend Quinn, sleeping, cuddling, eating!

Sammy Summer 2016

Quinn and Samantha are both so darling, and special.  They are looking for someone who is just as special as they are – a forever home without children, to stay together forever, cats are OK… limited stairs or no stairs would be great.  They like to sleep with each other, and not in human beds.  They both use pee pads and hate the cold!  But they do like to go out in good weather – for short walks, or ride around in the stroller together.

Quinn and Sammy Now

Both ladies have been spayed, chipped, vaccinated, had full dentals with extractions, had blood panels done, been dewormed.

They must stay together, their adoption fee together will be $395.  You must go to our website to submit the online adoption application at http://www.dhanamettarescuesociety.org.  A home visit is also required.

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