In New South Wales, a vet nurse named Bella Jaye McGrath had been recovering from a horse-related injury. Staying at home made her mental health decline fast. So she thought of adopting a dog to help her.
She was looking at another dog’s profile when her mom strongly suggested that she should take the one next to it. Bella gave in to her mother’s request. She took Roo home for a two-week trial.
Roo turned out to be a piece of work. She had a vaginal infection and a plethora of behavior issues. She barked aggressively at everyone in the family and yelped at other dogs. Moreover, she threw tantrums and could not seem to settle in her new home.
Bella was tempted to return her to the rescue shelter. She felt that Roo was beyond her capabilities to handle. She was able to hold on until the end of the trial period, though. She was still undecided, but then, by some twist of fate, her draft text telling the rescue shelter that she’s keeping Roo sent itself.
Roo stayed with Bella. The first year was rough. They had to deal with Parvo, injuries, allergies, and behavioral issues. They were able to overcome all of these.
Even if Bella had strong support from her family and friends, it was Roo who made her pull through from her depression. Focusing on Roo made Bella forget her troubles. She had to walk him even if she did not feel like getting an exercise. Roo had to have her training session even if she was having anxiety attacks.
Roo was the reason that Bella embarked on a new mission in life. When Roo was one and a half years old, she had health clearance to donate blood. Bella realized the importance of blood donation when the vet called to tell her that Roo saved another dog’s life,
Roo had changed the lives of others by giving them a second chance at life through blood transfusion. Inspired by Roo, Bella started Blood Hound Australia which advocated blood donor dogs through social media.
Bella learned about not giving up and having second chances because of Roo.
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