Prior to TAF pulling Skylark into our program, she sat for nine weeks in a cage at an open access shelter. 

On March 1st, TAF introduced you to one of the biggest female pitties that has ever been in our program. Weighing in at 85 pounds, Skylark stood proud and let us know right away that she was ready to leave the shelter. Her first steps out of her cage led straight to the front door of the facility and she never looked back.

On March 8th, Skylark came down with kennel cough and a terrible upper respiratory infection. After weeks of TLC and medication, Skylark’s symptoms were no longer present and she was ready to be spayed. 

On March 31st, Skylark went in for what were going to be a routine spay and a much needed dental. To our surprise, Skylark’s surgery was about to become quite complicated. While in surgery, the vet found that she had 8 large cysts on one ovary and 5 on the other...our poor girl must have been in so much pain. Since the ovaries were removed during her spay, all potential complications from the cysts were removed as well. When it came time for Skylark’s dental, it was discovered that one of her canines was in very bad shape and an extensive crown amputation needed to be preformed. To think that she had a toothache that whole time and never knew about it… she must have been miserable. It's hard to imagine just how uncomfortable she was from both her ovarian cysts and her dental problems. 

Within days of her surgery, there was a noticeable difference in Skylark’s temperament. She was much happier and even donned a smile on her face. 

Then, as fate would have it, Skylark was about to receive a cruel blow… on April 8th, she came down with the Canine Influenza Virus that was running epidemic in Chicago. Skylark was once again hospitalized for weeks and went on to lose 15 pounds. It was not until she was placed into a foster home, with two other dogs already infected with the virus, that she started to bounce back to health and put on some weight. 

Well, after all of her trials and tribulations, we are happy to announce that Skylark has made a full recovery and has found her forever home!!! 

Skylark's new parents had been looking for a solid female dog to complete their pack. They have two brother dogs and knew they would love a sister. 

When we took Skylark to their home, we knew right away she was home. The first thing she did, after introducing herself to the boys, was roll around on the grass. Her new parents live on 5+ acres with a pond, a stream, and tons of grass to roll around on! After some solid games of fetch happened, she drank some water and passed out in the shade… quite the difference from the crime ridden neighborhood in Chicago that she came from. 

Skylark’s new family says that she sleeps on their bed with them and loves to be a part of everything. Skylark’s brothers love her and she is beyond happy to be in their lives.