Lana’s Story

Lana is a long-time A Forever Home foster mom who joined us during the Hurricane Katrina rescue mission in 2005. She is a foster who failed….but in a great way! She adopted her foster dog Pearl who is mostly deaf and has difficulty seeing. Here is their story…

Pearl and her seven puppies were found under a shed in 
Pulaski, Tennessee and brought to a rural shelter by a neighbor. This shelter listed Pearl as needing a foster and AFH answered the call!

Pearl is a “double merle” and is mostly deaf, has difficulty seeing, and is sensitive to bright lights. When we saw her picture and her sad blue eyes, I thought about how hard it must be to be a young, stray dog with seven puppies and also have her other physical challenges, too. She needed our help! Little did I know that she would turn out to be one of the smartest and most affectionate dogs I have ever known.

She came with no name, so we named her Pearl because her fur is white with some gray streaks so it looks like freshwater pearls … and she has a sort of “Grandma” look too! This girl came to AFH all the way from Pulaski, Tennessee. A wonderful AFH volunteer drove 11 hours both ways to bring her to us. 

Pearl loves tennis balls and will chase them with or without companions. Sometimes she will just bat them herself and then chase them down. Pearl is a wonderful, sweet dog friend. She just wants to be with her people no matter what we are doing! She is a regular Washington Nationals Fan and a great supporter whenever I am practicing my violin. Pearl loves to be petted and to snuggle up on the sofa at the end of a long day.

Her ears are one of her best features. They bounce up and down in
the most adorable way when she walks! We are so proud of Pearl and her wonderful attitude … She shows us every day how to enjoy life and take things as they come.

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