“Would a cardboard box protect this dog from the frozen ground?”
“Maybe some old blankets?”
“Here’s a little food to get her through another day.”
Brighton’s been around for a while, roaming the familiar landscape of the reservation. Ribs stick out from her thin body while mange and secondary infections ravage her skin. Winters are brutal, and life expectancy is low for many there.
While Brighton was an accomplished survivor, one winter day was too harsh for the 30-pound Shepherd mix. Realizing that Brighton needed help, a kind person made the call to our partner, LightShine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue. Brighton then entered Ruff Start Rescue, grateful to not spend another night outside with the chance of not waking up.
With frost-bitten paws and visible wounds, likely from a pellet gun or bite, Brighton stayed in a home for the very first time last night. Like other grateful reservation animals, Brighton is a perfect house guest. She’s all snuggled up in a blanket and on the road to recovery. She’ll never have to survive day-to-day again.
After one week in the Rescue, and Brighton already checked off a lot of boxes.
Counter surfing? Check.
Wearing cute PJs? Check.
Snuggling in blankets? Check.
Soaking in the sunshine? Check.
Going on car rides? Check.
Playing with toys? Double-check.
Recovering? In progress.
We asked our social media followers what Brighton should add to her foster bucket list before being adopted. Suggestions included a photoshoot, meeting new friends, going on a walk, and getting a pup cup. Safe to say, Brighton’s foster delivered!