Everybody needs an angel, and Mary and Henry Neidert are no exception. After their beloved Samoyed, Laika, died of a rare blood disorder, they were heartbroken. Their daughter, Christina, who lives nearby, was just as disconsolate. They had all loved Laika. Eventually the Neiderts were ready to open their hearts to another Samoyed, but they wanted to rescue one.
“She was rescued from a breeder turned hoarder who had more than 40 sick dogs,” Christina says. ” Angel was just a puppy but already suffered from mange, kennel cough, pneumonia and whipworm.” She too needed an angel.
The Neiderts went to meet the pup. Though she was very sick, when she saw the family, “she did this happy dance that not even the staff knew she did — she spun around in circles and leaped for joy,” Christina recalls. “We fell in love.”
The dog smelled awful but couldn’t have a bath for a week and a half because she had just been spayed. “I held her in my lap in the back of the SUV all the way home,” Christina says. “She was scared, but relieved.”
When they finally were able to bathe her, Mary said, “OK, Christina, stop scrubbing. I think she’s finally clean.”
“I had that smell stuck in my nose and wanted to make sure she was spotless,” Christina says.
In their hearts, the family felt as if Laika knew what they needed and chose Angel just for them. “We adopted her around Christmas,” Christina says, “which is why we named her Angel — an angel sent by our other doggy angel from heaven.”