Judging by the photo, it was difficult to determine the puppy’s breed. It was very thin, missing patches of fur and had scaly, crusted skin. But that didn’t stop Barbara Zuluaga from knowing the puppy needed her help. Barbara works for A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue in Houston, Texas and thought maybe the dog was a Chihuahua, or a small breed dog. Regardless of its breed, the poor pup was covered in mange and obviously needed someone to give her a chance.
It turns out the eight month old puppy was actually a Staffordshire terrier mix and was very malnourished. That meant she weighed just twelve pounds. The pup, who was originally named Ziva, arrived at the BARC Animal Shelter after being discovered chained to a tree in Houston, Texas. Ziva was covered in mange and sores, and the pads on her feet were raw. While it is unclear what exactly happened to her, rescuers have some ideas. They think she was out there tied to the tree for quite some time and that she had suffered greatly while she was there.
When she first arrived, she was terrified of people and shook and wouldn’t make eye contact with her rescuers. Ziva was taken to a veterinarian for treatment, and the bet, named Stephanie Williams, decided to be her foster mom. Ziva lived with her for several months, working on gaining her strength and fur back again. There were many people interested in adopting her, but when Cassie Rogers wrote a note about how much she connected with the puppy and spoke of her experience rehabilitating dogs, it seemed meant to be.
Ziva, who now goes by Roxy, is currently settling into her new home with Cassie and learning what it means to be a dog: eating from a dog bowl, playing with toys, and just enjoying life!