We all love recovery stories, don’t we? It’s great to see the person once stricken with cancer strong and healthy again.
There’s nothing quite like seeing a homeless person living a productive life or the addict clean and sober. Yet these stories often ignore the most important part of someone’s transformation: the recovery process.
A lot of pain, suffering and frustration stand between any marginalized person and those glowing end goals. And you know what? The same thing is true for animals.
For example, a 1-year-old bully-breed pup in Moses Lake, Washington, survived terrible injuries in 2015. Initially, the dog got struck by a car.
After the accident, someone took a hammer to the poor pooch’s head and buried her in a field. She survived, though, and was adopted by a woman named Sara Mellado.
“Considering everything that she’s been through, she’s incredibly gentle and loving,” she told The Associated Press.
Still, the dog has needed more than $10,000 in veterinary work.
A pooch named Eddie in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, had to deal with similar difficulties in September 2018. While crossing a road, he was struck by cars not once, but twice.
Angela Parker said, “I saw him try to cross the street and get hit by two cars in a row. I’ve never seen anything so horrifying, and the visions and sounds of his agony remain with me,” according to WHDH.
Parker adopted Eddie after his owners said they had no interest in paying his extensive medical bills. It turned out that the accident had paralyzed his hindquarters.
So Parker came up with a unique solution: She had him wear a harness with a pair of attached skis so that he could walk on the snow in the winter.
A video shared by The Dodo chronicles how another dog survived a close encounter with an automobile.
The footage opens with a street dog in India sitting back on its haunches, its legs awkwardly splayed out. The animal had been struck by a car, and its hind legs had become nothing more than dead weight.
The dog was so skittish that it tried to get away from its rescuer, pitifully dragging its useless hindquarters. It even began yipping in panic as the rescuer tried to cover it with a blanket.
Even after securing the dog, rehabilitation started slow. The veterinarians manually moved its stiff limbs and supported its lower body as it tried to stand.
Those moments turned into tentative, mincing steps. Eventually, the pooch (who would come to be known as Georgie) was able to walk and run.
True, Georgie moves with a hitch in his gait, but he can move and he’s in a place where he is loved.
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