When the Watson family of Lake Charles, LA, adopted one-year-old husky Anna, the pooch was weakened by malnutrition and a case of heartworm. Says adoptive mom Kay Watson, “She was sickly, but there was a spark in her blue eyes and a little dance in her step. We knew there was still lots of play in her—she just needed to get healthy.”
When Anna arrived at her new home, she simply wanted to rest. She curled up in an armchair in Kay’s bedroom and that night, when Kay got into bed, Anna crawled in with her.
The canine's recovery was slow, but after a year of healthy food, exercise and good lovin’, Kay and her husband couldn't help but notice the improvements. “Her coat was beautiful and full,” Kay recalls, “and we could just begin to see muscles on her previously thin body. And on walks, Anna became very animated with people and other dogs—she wanted to play!”
Now—at four years old—the once-malnourished pooch weighs over 40 pounds and seems to invite everyone she meets to be a part of her extended family. “Anna is a lover!” Kay exclaims. “Her goal in life is to greet everyone, regardless of whether they’re a ‘dog person’ or not.”
And when it comes to asking for her own needs to be met, this girl has no shame. “When Anna wants something, she ‘woo-woos,’” says Kay. “It’s how she demands attention from everyone, even from strangers. And if I’m playing on the computer for too long, she comes up and pushes down the screen on the laptop.”
Anna is a wonderful companion—gentle, loving and content just to be with her family. Of course, a silly diva also lurks behind those blue eyes. “When she wants to cuddle, she’ll run and jump up into our laps, demanding that we pay attention,” says Kay. “She’s the queen of our family—and our sofa!”