Sunday, April 12, 2015



My heart is nearly bursting out when I read this story and look at the pictures. This woman Kat is one of the volunteers at AWL and I am telling you all, she is an amazing woman. I get so inspired by her and her love for animals. Our hat off for you Kat--and parents.
Here is her story about her beloved dog Tippy.
"This is Tippy.
I adopted her from a local shelter in East Tennessee the summer of 2011. I first met her at an adoption event I was running for the company I worked for at the time. One of the volunteers was walking her. I reached down to scratch under her chin and she licked my hand. 
I was completely in love.
I called the shelter to ask about adopting her and was told that I didn't even have to pay the adoption fee. 
They were simply happy that someone was interested in her.
I found out that she had been in the shelter for over six months due to her age and medical needs. Tippy had conjunctivitis in her right eye. It was cloudy and twice the size of the other and had to be removed as soon as possible.
She was also an estimated 10 years old.
Shortly after having her right eye removed it was found out she had conjunctivitis in her other eye, as well. The eyes had to be removed when they began to swell because they were causing her immense pain.
Tippy was a fighter throughout the entire process. It did not even stop her from jumping on and off the couch and finding her way around the house. She even still played tug of war with my Shepherd.
A feat in and of itself as she is 12lbs and he is 95lbs.
Rocky, my Shepherd, has always been very protective and patient with Tippy. Nothing slows her down. Not even walks with the large dogs out at my parents house. She does perfectly fine getting around the house as long as you don't rearrange the furniture.
She is one of the most precious dogs I have ever had the joy of coming into contact with. Tippy has yet to meet anyone that doesn't immediately fall in love with her.
She's a fighter and a lesson to all that senior pets, even those with disabilities, are such an incredible addition to the family."

KAT HORTON with Family.