Resilient- Able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
Jora was found running around Luzerne County as a stray. She was only 4 months old. She was covered in Demodex Mange. Demodex mange is caused by mites which we cannot see. All dogs and even humans have these mites. However, they can cause the Demodex disease when an abnormal immune system allows their numbers to get out of control. This occurs primarily in puppies and in adult dogs with lowered immunity. Poor living conditions, stress, and lack of treatment can make this problem much worse. This is what Jora looked like when she entered the rescue program-
Mange causes itching, irritation, loss of fur, secondary skin infections, swelling, a particular “mange” smell, and a general “un-cuteness”. Jora was just a little baby lab mix, but no one wanted her because of the way she looked. Jora’s original foster home had to move suddenly and was not able to continue fostering. SO at that time, I offered to take in this little peanut. Jora has been with me since she was about 6 months old. She looks much better now, but she is still battling mange.
Now Jora is 11 months old. And while all rescue dogs have a sad story, I feel especially sad that she’s never had a “real” family at any point in her life. I also am wondering why she keeps being overlooked and has been up for adoption for her whole puppy hood.
Despite all of the moving and instability and trips to the vet and medication and itching; Jora is resilient. She might not have kicked her mange yet, but she is a joy to be around every single day. She is happy when she wakes up. She’s never stressed or upset. She loves exploring new places, she adores new people. And she’s a sweet, confident girl.
If you have any suggestions on getting the word out about Jora, I would love to hear them! I am truly puzzled at how she’s still with me. More information about mange can be found here- Demodex Mange. Information about out Jora’s rescue group and how to donate to her vet care can be found here- LCPO
Any questions about Jora or the adoption process can emailed to me (Casey, aka Leroy’s mom!) at Casey@caseyheyen.com. Please share her story with anyone looking for the perfect family companion!