Meet Ruby. She's our sweet, gentle little lady. She has lived with us since April 2006.

Ruby has been through so much in her short little life, but you would never know it. She takes adversity with such grace and dignity.

She was only a couple of months old, and pregnant, when we rescued her (we didn't know it). She had a single pup birth, which she struggled with (thankfully, I was there to help her).

Then, she got two massive ovarian cysts and needed a hysterectomy (one of the toughest days of my life because of being so scared for my little girl).

Today, she's a healthy, beautiful girl. She's so happy, relaxed, and problem-free for the first time in her life.

We call her "Mommy Bear" because she has been such a good little mother to her daughter TeeJay.