Biscuit is a beautiful english cream golden retriever. Unfortunately, she also has demodectic mange (demodex); it’s left her with blackened skin and fur loss. Demodex is a mite that lives on all dogs. You can see it on a dog's elbows where they have scaly hairless skin. It usually lives in balance on a dog, but can get out of control when a dog's immune system is weakened. Biscuit has been tested for illnesses that could have weakened her immune system, but has been found to be in good health. It is thought that extreme stress in her life prior to surrender caused this mange. The good news is that Biscuit is getting better every day. When she first came to live with us, Biscuit needed to be approached slowly since she was scared of every new thing. She was given her own room. After finding her under the bed, we made a cave for her. A gate was placed in the doorway to help her get used to the household noises and smells. After time, she was ready to join the family. Biscuit has had so much to learn. We have another dog, Jeleika, who we are fostering. Jeleika came to us from Puerto Rico. Jeleika has taught Biscuit much about being a house dog. They have become very close and are now bosom buddies.