Puppy Who Was So Hungry She Would ‘Eat Leaves and Sticks’ Become’s Fur Family’s Matriarch

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Stevie is the matriarch of our fur family. She taught our new GSD puppy the ropes and puts up with his antics.


She was found as a tiny stray puppy (about 8-weeks-old) by Bossier City Animal Control. She was starving and trying her best to find food on her own. We adopted her from a rescue who pulled her from animal control. I have attached her animal control pictures and the one from the rescue that pulled her and got her adoption ready.

I remember being told by the rescue that she was so hungry, she would eat leaves and sticks (as evidenced by her poop) to survive. She is now almost 9-years-old and the sweetest girl. She is a treasured part of our family. And even though we don’t know what breed(s) she is, she is beautiful to us. I can’t imagine life without her.


This story was submitted by Theresa Platt, in support of Bossier City Animal Control. To see other Fur-Ever Family Photo & Story Contest submissions, click here!

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