“I knew I couldn’t let them euthanize her she (Katie) was too cute of a dog and I looked at her and she looked at me” pet owner Amy Charmes
When Katie a 7-year-old Shetland sheepdog spayed female was presented at the Quail Hollow Animal Hospital at 8 months she couldn’t walk; her back legs stuck straight out – they didn’t go forward. X-rays revealed severe congenital deformities of her hips and her knees and Katie was slated for euthanasia at a very young age. Amy Carnes her owner didn’t have the heart to put her down. Amy the real hero in this story stuck with her and Katie has now gone through 4 surgeries. She was operated on both hips and both knees; and her legs go forward now and she can actually walk. Katie also has many other issues: severe separation anxiety, bloody diarrhea anytime she is stressed, urinary incontinence, drooling when left alone–the real miracle is that Amy (her owner) took her through pet therapy training and Katie became a certified therapy dog. Katie is a Reading Therapy Dog as a Tail-Wagging-Tutor and also visits nursing homes and hospitals.