Merida was brought to us by a municipal animal control officer who had been investigating her cruelty case. She had been tethered outside with another dog who, sadly, was deceased. The tether was wrapped around her knee, and her leg was necrotic from the knee down. When she came to us her leg was infested with maggots, she was dramatically underweight and we did not think she would make it. Even then, though, she was wagging her tail. A good attitude goes a long ways.
Merida is now certified for “animal assisted activities,” what some people call a “therapy dog,” so that she can visit hospitals and schools and teach people that you just need to keep waggin’.