Holley ❤️🐾 We will never forget the moment we heard about the 116 Dobermans from the South Carolina puppy mill. We knew we needed to help, but had never fostered. It took MUCH coaxing with Todd, but eventually he was on board. Part of our deal was Todd could pick out her name. He chose Holley, after the carburetor.
I drove down to Columbus with Todd’s sister to pick up our blue female. Todd and I can be breed snobs (as I call it), so when I saw her I was a little worried of what he might think. She had one ear up and one down, she had an awful coat, and you could see the years of abuse she went through. We drove her home, the whole time wondering what he would think. The moment he saw her, he fell in love with her. In one instance, she was able to change our opinions on so much.
She came into our home, wanting nothing really to do with us. She trusted Teddy because that’s what she knew. At the same time Teddy went into Congestive Heart Failure and we would lose him a month later. She came with us as we said good bye, and as he was passing, she put her paw on his. It was as if she was letting him know it would be ok. That’s the type of dog she was, so wise and so loving. It was at that moment she started to change. She knew she could trust us because we did what was right for him.
Just as she was settling in, we found out about a litter of purebred puppies. We decided to adopt Grizzly and the rest is history. Although Holley was less than thrilled with the new family member at first, she showed him the ropes. She had been a mama many, many times and knew what to do.
Fast forward two years later. She was a completely different dog. She loved EVERYONE. She was a favorite at MedVet and would walk in like she owned the place. She loved treats and would climb up on me to give me a kiss, then bark for a treat. She LOVED food. She would often bark at me because I was too slow mixing it all up. She loved walks and car rides. She loved the pet store. She loved to be warm and cuddle. When we would leave, she would sit on the chair with her head looking out, waiting for us to get home. Her most recent thing, was our bed and would sleep in between us.
Sadly, she was diagnosed with DCM. We tried everything we could but unfortunately lost to the awful disease. I will never understand why we got such little time with her, but I am forever grateful for it. Holley changed us all for the better and we will miss her tremendously.