When our desires are strong, we often go to great lengths to fulfill them. For Alex Wildee, adopting dogs has always been a passion and a chosen lifestyle.
She would go above and beyond to rescue any dog in need, even if it meant driving from Colorado to Texas.
Yes, Alex is known for her unconventional rescues.
However, it’s not always the situation or location that prompts Alex to take action. Sometimes, it’s the dog itself.
When she learned about a pregnant Catahoula mix who was about to be put on death row, Alex knew she had to intervene. Multiple lives were at stake; something had to be done.
Just before the adoption process was complete, Arizona, the Catahoula mix mom-to-be, gave birth to a litter of puppies.
When the mother and her three-day-old puppies arrived at Wildee’s house, she instantly fell in love with them.
But she noticed that one puppy stood out from the rest. Dakota, the runt of the litter, had some catching up to do with his siblings.
It took dedication and time for Wildee to help Dakota catch up and thrive alongside his littermates. However, as Dakota grew stronger, Alex realized he was not like his siblings in more ways than one.
Dakota was cautious and lacked playfulness like his brothers and sisters. It became apparent that he had visual impairments.
He could only see very little shadows and light. In addition to this, he was also deaf. Alex knew finding a forever home for Dakota would be challenging since not many people want a pup with special needs.
Nevertheless, she made a commitment to be there for Dakota.
Fortunately, as Dakota grew older, he proved that he could navigate the world despite his disabilities. He became a happy pup who cherished every moment of life.
Unfortunately, Wildee’s predictions came true when no one showed interest in adopting Dakota. While his siblings found forever homes quickly, Dakota remained without one.
But fate had other plans for Dakota. His rescue story went viral, and just three weeks after his littermates were adopted, Dakota finally received the call everyone had been waiting for. A family was waiting to welcome him into their lives.
What made this even more remarkable was that Dakota’s new family understood what it was like to live with a disability. Dakota’s new dad was partially blind, so they knew exactly how to care for him.
When the Denver couple heard about Dakota’s story, they knew he belonged with them. Their bond was instant, and seeing Dakota play with his new siblings showed that he had found his rightful place.
As for Arizona, the once death-row mom, she now enjoys a happy life with her loving pawrents.
Thanks to Alex Wildee’s dedication, six families now experience the unconditional love of their dogs.