Dawn’s Story

Many people think I, Denise, am Dawn. I am called Dawn more by people who meet me than Denise. Dawn is an angel. She is a 61 lb insane (in a good way) black pibble. She is my heart. A part of my life blood just like my children, my parents, my husband, my “sister” Lee (who Dawn is named after because of her strength and determination). Dawn was and still is the spark that fuels my fire. She is what makes me whole. Here is the story recently written for her article in American Dog Magazine to explain a little more about just who “Dawn” is…

Dawn - before rescue

Dawn was found in East Atlanta, GA February 27, 2012 in incredibly horrible shape by Denise and Charlie Stubbs. She was stumbling, barely able to stand, eating wood chips in a parking lot. Denise sat down and Dawn collapsed into her lap. Love and heartbreak was immediate. She weighed 24.2 lbs at 2 years old and her temp was 92.7. They took her to the vet to be evaluated and treated. The doctor told them she was within hours of death. She was anemic, heartworm positive, positive for every intestinal parasite, and covered in demodectic mange with a secondary bacterial yeast infection. She had yeast growing in her ears with open wounds. The first week, Dawn didn’t sleep well and neither did Denise. There was always that fear of death. She could barely stand, she lost all of her hair, her gums were snow white and cold. She was on vitamins, supplements, sub-q fluids, antibiotics, high quality food. Dawn was on a very strict regimen of eating to avoid refeeding syndrome. Dawn is named after Denise’s cousin, Dawn McWilliams, a woman of Amazon strength fighting breast cancer. That gave them all hope.

Within a week of her rescue, Dawn was blooming. She began to grow her hair, gain weight, set the world on fire. She showed such amazing strength, determination, forgiveness. She trusted her new family and they helped her heal. At 3 1/2 years old and 1 1/2 years after her rescue, Dawn is now 61 lbs and solid as a rock. She is lovingly known by her loves as “Chunky Butt” and “The Queen”. She is healthy, strong, heartworm free. Dawn is loved and has quite a following. She now enjoys playing fetch (but she must sit and shake before the ball is thrown), running zoomies with her best friend Super Emmy, and just being a member of a family who adores her.

Dawn started a revolution. A small group began following her on Facebook in the beginning and within 18 months, she has almost 3000 loves and a 501(c)3 Georgia licensed rescue, Fighting for Dawn, that was founded in her name. When Denise found her, a fire was lit. Dawn is an inspiration, a link to a world that people try not to see. Dawn is a symbol of hope for those animals that are broken, abused, mangey, alone. Her rescue takes in the worst of the worst. One of their recent rescues, Suzie, literally had most of her skin slough off due to such terrible skin infections and mange. She is now healthy and beautiful. Winnie, a puppy with a broken back, was never supposed to walk. She now walks and runs just 6 weeks later.