Rescuer Gets Within Feet of Abused Stray Pup, Hears Her Crying in Fear


When Kasey Anderson gazes at her brown-and-white-spotted pup, Robin, she can hardly believe her eyes. The dog who once cowered in fear and lived in constant terror now gives kisses of joy and moves through her days with confidence.

Robin, formerly known as Little Teri, was rescued from an abusive home.

The dog’s abusers claimed the dog “just showed up,” but the strewn about empty food bowls and heavy chains suggested otherwise.

Randy, who works with Stray Rescue of St. Louis, was the rescuer who was able to coax Robin into his lap. The poor, terrified dog howled in fear and pain, increasing her volume as Randy tried to get closer.

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But in spite of her trauma, Robin showed a tiny sign that she was still wanting a human to love. She wagged her little tail, an outward sign of an inward hope that couldn’t help but rise to the surface.

When Robin was properly assessed by a veterinarian, things were far worse than anyone could have known.

Robin had suffered beatings to her face and chest, her teeth and gums were in disarray, and perhaps most life-threatening — she had ingested rat poison.

It cost $61,000 to save Robin’s life and nurse her back to health.

Anderson watched Robin’s story unfold, and her heart broke. She couldn’t even watch the entire rescue footage, Anderson wrote but instead retreated home to sob for hours on behalf of this broken pup.

Anderson already had two dogs but felt a fierce desire to take Robin into her own home.

She said Robin was understandably timid and frightened at first, but has made impressive strides in the comfort and stability of a loving home.

“She loves meeting new people, going for walks, destroying my mattress when I’m not looking, romping around with the other dogs, dressing up, wiggling her butt and having cuddle/snore fests at night,” Anderson wrote.

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“She even helped out with her little foster brother, Dante, until he found his forever home!”

When Anderson looks at Robin, she feels inspired by the dog’s resilience and enthusiasm for life.

“She is a completely different dog than the skinny, distrusting, sad little lady I met just a little over a year ago,” Anderson wrote.

“I find her resilience and unyielding positive attitude to be a daily inspiration.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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