Lana was brought back to the shelter, refusing to eat or go for walks. She could only press her body up against the wall.
But it took her lifelong friend, Dahlia Ayoub, a volunteer at the Ontario shelter, who had known Lana since she was a puppy, to bring Lana out of her shell.
"She just shut down," Ayoub told The Dodo. "It's almost like her world shut down."
Ayoub paid her a visit during the dog's darkest days.
"I wanted to see if she would be scared of me. I went back there and said, 'Laaaaana! Hey, what's up?'"
In an instant, Lana was in her arms, bathing her in a whirlwind of kisses so strong, Ayoub was knocked clean over.