Our love and our appreciation go to Kathryne. Levi was one of the kids that occasionally comes into rescue with such heavy mental and emotional problems, that you know there was a lot of fear or hurt inside. Levi was a stray, meaning he was picked up by the shelter, however he was NOT dirty as a stray commonly is, with grease, dirt and road debris and bad paws, so we knew he was not a street dog, probably just out on the day he was found. He was just a total dreadlocked mess, and it was VERY apparent that he had not been brushed or combed or groomed, possibly never.
It also became apparent that he was probably never told 'NO'. Possibly the owners elected NOT to reclaim him from the shelter, if they didn't just let him go. From the beginning, he had a major temperament problem that once he started, he could not stop, and he would continue to lash out such as two dogs who are involved in a heavy dog fight tend to lash out. Levi did not have a specific trigger to set him off - being picked up, being groomed, being in an X-Pen, having to go in a crate at times - was acceptable sometimes, and anathema at others. Sometimes he LOVED the crate and would willingly go in to nap . . . no rhyme nor reason to his actions . . . a totally darling sweet boy one minute, a raging biting boy completely out of self control the next.
Kathryne is our hero here, so new to foster care but not new to loving and caring
for a 'difficult' child, doing an amazing, simply fantastic job of trying to help little Levi. She is the one who gave Levi a chance and one who did work with him and who was very professional in her reports and descriptions of what was going on. A behaviorist/trainer agreed also, saying his actions and reactions could be a real danger. Sadly some things are just not fixable and Levi's inner demons which made him keep attacking when he should have calmed down were one of those things.
We all hurt when we lose one of our kids. We can promise you all that we will
lose others in the future . . . just because of the type of kids that we take in. We will have dogs that are too seriously ill to fix or dogs that emotionally we can't help. We have to remember the many that we can help, and the fact that we give as many Cairns a chance at life as we possibly can.
Levi is at peace now, running happy and smiling with the other kids who have
gone before him. NO more will he have to fight any battles we can't understand. He went in loving arms, not alone or afraid. For this Kathryne, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We know how hard this is to do.
Karen, Danielle, and Michele