TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - It was just six months ago when a Koffman Loop Road resident returned home and found a dog, now known as Remi, with a severe gunshot wound to her face.
Remi was shot in the left cheek and she required two separate surgeries. Her throat and mouth were swollen, and she was given a feeding tube because she was unable to eat because of her injuries.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office placed Remi in the care of the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter in early March. Soon after, Remi was able to eat small amounts of wet food and go for walks in and outside the shelter’s office.
“I’m really glad that they didn’t give up on her and that they put the time and energy into helping her recover because I don’t know what I would be doing right now if I didn’t have her,” said Julia Davis, Remi’s new owner.
“I jokingly say that she’s my best friend. But she really is my best friend.”
Davis, now a graduate student at the University of Alabama, was an undergraduate senior at the University of Montevallo when she first heard about Remi’s story on the news. Davis was unable to finish the semester on the Montevallo campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so she went to her parents’ home in her hometown of Tuscaloosa.
In late March, Davis met Remi for the first time.
“The day I met her was the day I adopted her. Like after I met her, it was like, this was so meant to be,” Davis said.
A DOG THAT LOVES HUGS AND CATS
The transition to home life was a little rough at first for Remi.
“She was very sweet, but she was also really timid. You could tell she had been traumatized. She was a little skinny. She was scared. You could tell that she was still pretty anxious,” Davis said.
Remi was nervous around Davis’ parents’ two dogs at first, but Remi grew to love them as she became stronger and became more confident, Davis said.
Davis and Remi no longer live with Davis’ parents. They now have their own apartment space in Tuscaloosa that they share with two foster kittens, Finn and Fiona. But Davis makes sure to Remi visits Davis’ parents and their two pups a few times per week.
As Remi’s recovery progressed, her gentle and caring personality has thrived, Davis said. She is no stranger to new people and enjoys hugs, other pets, socializing on walks, and the company of her feline friends.
“She’s also obsessed with cats, which is why I brought home two foster kittens,” Davis said. The kittens are fostered and adoptable through the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.
The two kittens are 12 weeks old but were a fresh 4-weeks when they were first welcomed home.
“So they were just these tiny fragile things and Remi was always so gentle with them,” Davis said.
Davis owns and operates a small business in which she sells The Practical Planner, a planner that she created and copyrighted. Over the summer Davis has been saving proceeds with the intention of making a donation soon to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, she said.
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