Before she went in to be treated, the volunteers tried to clean her up.
“She got a shower [with] the hose,” Coutant said. “Jason, one of the volunteers, started to rub her down … and her tail started wagging — thwack, thwack, thwack against the fence.”
Coutant remembers this as the moment that everything changed for her — and for Elsie. “That's when she ‘got me,’” Coutant said. If Elsie managed to get better, Coutant decided that she’d come live with her and her boyfriend on Ambergris Caye, one of Belize’s islands.