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Olivia, March 2002

The March "Buddy Arnold" dog

Olivia

We will never really know what the first part of Olivia's life was like. But we do know that this young yellow female Lab was not well cared for - she was thin and suffering from a severe skin condition when she came to the attention of the animal shelter in Lagrange, GA. Olivia had recently given birth to a litter of puppies. Someone REALLY didn't want to care for Olivia's puppies, and in fact threw them all into a trash dumpster. Brave little Olivia climbed into the dumpster eleven times, to rescue each and every one of her puppies! Witnesses to this incredible show of devotion saw to it that Olivia and her puppies were taken to a safe haven at the local animal shelter.

Provided with food and shelter, Olivia expertly mothered and nursed her litter of pups, and all of them not only survived, but thrived. All eleven puppies found new homes shortly after they were old enough to leave Olivia's care. Olivia herself was rescued from the shelter by a small local organization, LabLife Rescue. Her skin condition was treated, but Olivia tested positive for heartworms. The rescue group contacted LABMED for help in funding the heartworm treatment, and we were happy to help set Olivia on the road to good health.

Olivia is recovering from her heartworm treatment in a loving foster home, and as soon as she is healthy enough she will be spayed and ready to find a permanent new home. This young Lab clearly has a lot of love to give, and it will be a lucky family indeed who will have the opportunity to enjoy life with Olivia.

Olivia is the March Buddy Arnold Fund dog. Read more about the fund here.

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