Calling a dog named Violet a “survivor” is an understatement. The dog was discovered in deplorable conditions recently and has persevered to not only live, but to live an incredible life. Things did not start out well for her, though. Violet was discovered on a cold February day, hairless and covered in mange. She was starving, very skinny and weak, and could not stop scratching at her dry, bleeding skin. Violet has been living outside, with only a makeshift tent to provide her shelter and protection from the elements. She and ten other dogs, none of whom survived, has been living out there for a long time. While it is unclear who her owner was and what had happened, it was a bad situation with many dead and sick dogs.
When the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) found her, they assumed she would be wild but she was actually very sweet and affectionate toward humans. She was then taken in by the Louisiana SPCA who began to treat the eight year old dog for mange, dental problems, and heartworm. Violet slowly began to gain weight and hair back onto her body and learn what it was like to be a dog. Rescuers worked to help her understand a leash and toys, and even found a human to help her even further. A woman named Danielle Hanisee visited the shelter after her beloved pit bill mix died and she fell in love with Violet. She had been determined to find a dog that truly needed her and Violet was just that dog.
Their relationship began as a foster arrangement, but the pair quickly bonded and it became clear it was the perfect fit. Her new mom is working to help her slowly discover the world around her, by taking her to local trails for hikes and even visiting the dog park to be with other dogs—which Violet really loves to do.