Roxette arrived at Animal Care & Control as part of a cruelty and neglect case, her fur matted in painful knots. While there, the little three-year-old poodle mix gave birth to a litter of puppies. PAWS Chicago transferred Roxette and her pups into the adoption program and immediately placed them in foster care. After the puppies were old enough to be weaned, Roxette became an in-house foster pet at Oakton Place – a senior home that offers independent living, long-term care, and rehabilitation – to provide love, companionship and therapy for residents
When Roxette (nicknamed “Roxy” by the senior residents) first arrived at Oakton Place, she was timid and very submissive. But her sweet and gentle nature was the perfect match. She also hated being alone, which was not a problem since the home is bustling with constant activity.
Soon, with love and affection, Roxy transformed into an active and confident pup. In turn, Roxy made an immediate, positive impact on so many people. A few residents who had exhibited signs of depression and loss of interest became very engaged and rejuvenated, showing great interest in Roxette’s care and well-being.
Several weeks later, it was time for Roxy to return to PAWS Chicago for a medical check-up to determine whether she was ready for adoption and then be spayed. Everyone at Oakton Place was sad to see her go. Not much time went by before PAWS Chicago received a call: they decided to adopt Roxy and made Oakton Place her new forever home!
Roxette has come a long way from the scared and shy dog that first arrived. Now she’s zipping all over the place and attacking her squeaky toys with enthusiasm. Roxy enjoys morning walks and frolics in the leaves outside on the large fenced in patio. She also loves to partake in the occasional drum circle: as the staff and residents sing, Roxette happily howls along. Lately, she’s even chosen to make the rounds with one of the nurses! This Cinderella dog has found her fairytale ending.
A letter from Beth Weigus
Dear PAWS Chicago, As soon as we got out of the car Roxette’s tail went straight up and was wagging with enthusiasm. She obviously remembered Oakton Place and ran toward the building. Once inside she visited all of her favorite spots and some new ones as well. She seems a lot more confident this time. Hopefully she’ll soon realize that this is her forever home.
Some of the residents (and a couple of staff members) were so happy to see her that they actually cried. Roxette seemed to remember a few of the residents. I love that she’s eager to just sit on someone’s lap and get a little head rub. Since we have many folks in wheelchairs, this is perfect.
She also loves to hang out in the physical therapy room, which is awesome since her presence really seems to provide a boost to folks working on re-gaining or increasing their physical ability. It’s hard work that can be frustrating – so the little boost of energy she provides is golden.
Right now we’re just trying to take it slow as she recovers from her surgery. She has many “nests” where she can retreat and get some quiet time.
Thanks again for the perfect match. Roxette will get the love and dedication that all pets deserve.