Meet Moxie. This sweet little cutie is only ten months old, but so far she has led a very eventful life. Rescued from a flood in Galveston, Texas when she was just a baby, Moxie was taken to Pets Alive in Austin where she came down with the killer virus, Parvo, which is often lethal to puppies. Thankfully, Moxie overcame this horrible illness and went on to get adopted into a forever home! Although this was incredible news for the downtrodden pup, she wasn’t out of the woods just yet.

Moxie was also suffering from a case of mange when she was first rescued, which can be very itchy and painful. She was given medicine to take with her when she went home from the shelter.

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The poor girl had been through so much in her short life. When her new parents finally did get her home, at first, all she wanted to do was sleep. Animal shelters are very stressful environments, so it can take them a few days to decompress.

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She didn’t really seem to know what to do with her toys, which is usually a sign that a dog has never had them before

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But little by little, her fur began growing back little by little and Moxie began to perk up.

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It didn’t take her long to figure out what to do with a chew toy, either!

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With her mange all cleared up, she decided to give mommy’s bed a try. So comfy!

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Soon, she was following her mom around, making cute faces like these. So distracting!

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In a few months time, Moxie had evolved from the shy, sleepy dog that came home from the shelter into a playful and loving friend and companion. It is amazing the difference a bit of love can make.

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If you think you might be ready to open your home to a dog like Moxie, pay a visit to your local animal shelter. Your new best friend might be waiting!

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