To look at Lucky, she is just like any other puppy albeit a big one.
“She’s a really smart dog considering the blunt force head trauma,” RSPCA Hunter animal care manager Debbie Jaggers said.
“Despite all our concerns, she’s done nothing but exceed our expectations.
“She’s quick to learn new commands.”
Lucky, also known as Angel, has spent considerable time with foster carers.
After such a brutal start to life, she can be a little timid.
The RSPCA has treated Lucky like any other dog in one important way.
Her carers have readied her for adoption.
“We just have to make sure the match is good,” Dr Jaggers said.
The new owner will have to monitor Lucky’s development carefully.
Dr Jaggers said the dog’s mental health could require vet assessment on an ongoing basis.
“It would be up to the vet, but it could be for the rest of her life,” she said.
Dr Jaggers said Lucky’s progress was a credit to her foster carers.
“As in all cases, a home environment is a good environment,” she said. “We’re always looking for foster carers.”
Lucky will take part in the Million Paws Walk at Speers Point Park on May 17 as a guest of honour.
People who wish to become a foster carer for dogs like Lucky should contact the Hunter RSPCA animal shelter at Rutherford on 4939 1555.