Reece was surrendered by her owner with two other cattle dogs, Horace and Noelle. They were rescued from Maricopa County and traveled to Flagstaff. The foster there believed they were feral. Turns out they were just malnourished and unsocialized. Reece came to us with fresh wounds from fighting, likely between these “siblings” which really didn’t seem to be as they looked very different from one another. All three of them were fearful of humans and other dogs. Their teeth appeared like they had not had good nutrition.
Reece recovered from her battle wounds quite well. She still demonstrated some fear behaviors, cowering and peeing when pet by humans, and dog selectiveness out in the field. Over time, her personality came out….I call her little miss firecracker! When you open her kennel door she darts out in excitement, but then turns back to ask you to join her!
Last September, Reece came down with an illness. She started walking with a stilted gait and lost weight. She has been tested for Valley Fever and all tick borne diseases. Her lab work and urine are pretty much normal. We treated her for Valley Fever (many tests can be false negative) without much improvement. Mark believes she has a condition called polymyositis, and the vet has agreed to try prednisone 5mg per day. With this medication, she is much happier and healthier. She continues to have muscle weakness and stiffness but she eats full meals and is able to run and play for short periods of time. Prior to treatment with this medication, she had trouble transitioning from lying down to standing. She needs help jumping into a car or onto a bed or couch. Once you get her there she is so happy! She loves snuggles and back rubs!
Reece will likely spend the rest of her days here at the ranch. Unless, of course, we find the right person with a big heart that sees Reece for the beauty she is!