Spunky Rue is stretched out on the floor, tail wagging, at the home of Sara Robins-Stiles, Spunky’s Mom. She looks a lot like any other adorable shepherd-mix, but as she moves to greet this reporter, it becomes apparent that she is special. One of her front legs is missing and the other is badly deformed. And while she may move differently, she is no less enthusiastic in her greeting.
Robins-Stiles has owned Spunky since she was born. “Spunky was born on my bedroom floor,” she said. “Her mother was thrown in my yard and before we could get her spayed she had nine puppies. Spunky was the first puppy out and from what they tell me there wasn’t room for her so that’s why she was born like this. She’s 10 years old and she’ll be 11 in March; she’s gotten around like this all her life.”
Things are about to change for Spunky, thanks to the efforts of Sonny Swerkes and Gerald Clark, two of Robins-Stiles’ neighbors. “I had a cart for her but it had stationary wheels which made it really difficult for her to get around,” she said. “They [Swerkes and Clark] saw me out there with the old cart and they said, ‘We can do better than that’ and they did.”
Swerkes and Clark made Spunky a new cart with a longer wheelbase and wheels that go in all directions; another cart is in the works that will allow Spunky to get around in more rural settings.
Robins-Stiles relocated to Idyllwild from Long Beach where she still works as an orthopedic nurse. Asked how she came to live in Idyllwild, she said, “I’ve always been very involved with the Girl Scouts and the camp is 12 miles from here on the Banning side. I’ve always been up here and I have a lot of friends up here now. I’m a Girl Scout lifer and I can’t believe how happy I am to be here.”
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