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Rescued dogs ready for adoption

Kari Lucin / The Sun Kaye John, co-founder of Prairie Paws Rescue, hugs Lady Bird Friday at her foster home. The dachshund is recuperating from a severe case of mange.

After six weeks of shots and chemical baths, Lady Bird has recovered from a severe case of mange and she is ready to be adopted.

The slim, long-bodied dachshund has regrown her glossy brown coat since Prairie Paws Rescue saved her from a hoarder in early October.

Now Lady Bird runs and plays like other dogs. She's affectionate and tries to snuggle into people who pick her up, too.

"These last couple of weeks really did the turnaround on her," said Becky Johnson, one of the co-founders of Prairie Paws.

Just five of the 19 dachshund and dachshund crossbreeds Prairie Paws rescued remain to be placed in permanent homes -- Grant, Eliza, Florence, Lady Bird and Fillmore.

Of all the dogs, Lady Bird was in the roughest shape, with severe grayish, scaly mange all over her face and forelegs.

The dachshund's mange was so severe it was life-threatening, and it wasn't hard to see that she was miserable -- she was quiet and moved slowly, though she still tended to cuddle people who picked her up.

"It was touch-and-go," said Kaye John, the other co-founder of Prairie Paws.

To treat it, she had to have injections every three weeks and chemical baths every two weeks. After her shot on Monday, Lady Bird will likely still need one to two more injections, but she may be able to stop taking the chemical baths.

The dachshund has borne her shots well, Johnson said, and while she's still shy around strangers at first, it doesn't take Lady Bird long to warm up to friendly people.

"She's become more social," Johnson explained. "Before, she just acted like she didn't feel good."

Now that she's better, Lady Bird, like the other four remaining small dogs who were rescued in October, is ready to be adopted. Because they are all small, they would make good pets for people living in an apartment, and children probably wouldn't be an issue either, Johnson said.

"What they need is attention from people who can fit them into their ordinary lives," Johnson added.

Some of the dogs are housebroken, and others aren't. All will need to acclimatize to their new houses before they can be reliably left alone.

Lady Bird and her friends aren't the only pets looking for homes, either.

Prairie Paws is always looking for people to foster or permanently adopt larger dogs and cats. Food, bowls and medical work are provided for foster pets, and if a foster family leaves town, Prairie Paws will pay boarding fees if other arrangements can't be found.

The organization is also in need of volunteers to help with fundraisers and projects, and donations are also appreciated.

Lady Bird's adoption fee is $125, but her medical care cost an estimated $500, and she was only one of one group of dogs that needed help.

For more information about the dogs or Prairie Paws, visit, call 701-320-4553 or email

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453

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