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Dilly( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / November 11, 2013 )
One-year-old Dilly, a quintessential American mutt, spends her days playing with Trish Corona's two young grandchildren and tossing squeaky toys around the house. But she almost didn't live long enough to enjoy her new life.
"I saw Dilly's picture on Facebook when she had less than 24 hours to live," says Corona. Her photo had been posted from her cage in a kill shelter in North Carolina, and Corona immediately picked up the phone when she saw it.
"I'd seen hundreds of dogs in peril on websites," she says, "but couldn't help them due to a very old dog I had." That dog -- Rena -- passed away at age 17.
The shelter told Corona that they couldn't hold Dilly for her, so Corona strung together a five-leg trail for people to transport the dog to her Carney home, and a friend who volunteers with a rescue sprung Dilly just 15 minutes before she was to be euthanized.
"Dilly is such a cross-breed that the vet said it is difficult to tell what breed she would be considered," says Corona, adding that she's likely got boxer and pit bull in her, and that she gets along beautifully with her live-in grandchildren and another pit bull. "She is loving and sweet, and a beauty."
Corona says the experience has been life-changing for her, and it was easy to keep Dilly's previous name; Corona says it means "one who is remarkable or outstanding."
"I would highly recommend that people look at shelter dogs as loving companions," she says. "So many great dogs are destroyed every day."