Gem's life would have likely ended where it began just a few weeks earlier had another resident not intervened and contacted the Northern Reach program, an organization that helps dogs in remote communities.
And that group connected with Tamminen: Did her rescue have space for another dog?
"At that time, we didn't have a clue what we were dealing with," she recalls. "I said, 'No problem.'"
Gem was flown to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where Paws for Love is based.