“I swear her fur keeps getting longer and longer. I don’t think we’ve maxed out on length yet.”
Mikita was living as a stray on a South Dakota reservation when she was discovered by a Lightshine Canine rescuer. The young dog’s skin was raw and red, and she couldn’t move because she was so hungry.
Mikita’s fur was so thin that her rescuer had no idea what kind of dog she was.
Mikita was taken up by a foster for Happy Tails Rescue, who began treating her mange. Soon, tufts of gray and white fur began to cover the pup’s body, and her foster mom determined she was a husky despite her lack of fluffy fur.
Jessi Sova was on Facebook looking for a friend for her rescue husky when she came across Mikita’s tale. She knew she had to meet her right away.
“I applied straight away to be an approved adopter and planned a meeting,” Sova explained. “She was the tiniest, loveliest little thing.” My kid had accompanied me to see her, and we had both fallen in love.”
Mikita had found a loving home, and her fur was growing back, but she still had one more obstacle to face.
Sova knew Mikita’s back was hurting her and made playing and sleeping difficult.
“It was like having a baby in the house,” Sova explained. “She’d wake me up multiple times during the night, and I had to figure out what she wanted” (if anything). I awoke one night to her crying, and she couldn’t get her rear legs under her to stand. My companion drove us both to the emergency veterinarian.”
Mikita was diagnosed with discospondylitis, an infection of the vertebrae, after two days of tests and began taking antibiotics.
Nothing could keep Mikita from becoming the happy, fun-loving dog she was always meant to be.
And her fur is regrowing with a fury.
“[Going to] the emergency vet was truly her watershed moment,” Sova explained. “Her fur began to grow, and she was able to begin playing more.”
“It took a long time to build up her strength and stamina, and her back doesn’t bend too much,” she continued. “I swear her fur grows longer and longer. I don’t think we’ve reached our maximum length yet.”
Sova feels so lucky to have Mikita in her life, and the rescue pup makes sure her mom knows just how much she loves her.
“I can’t imagine life right now without her,” Sova said. “She’s so silly and interesting … Watching her heal and grow, I’m not sure I have the words for how it feels. It’s bittersweet at times because I think about her condition when she [was rescued], but I also think about how lucky I am to have such a sweet baby.”