One little puppy was abandoned by a breeder and found on the side of the road by a truck driver before being rushed to the hospital on the brink of death.
Janine Guido, the founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, met him at the vet and the poor Boston Terrier puppy “couldn’t even lift his head up.” He had been plagued with demodectic mange — bald and crusty skin infected by mites.
“I’ve never ever seen something so close to death,” Guido told The Dodo. “I remember all I wanted to do was hold him and kiss him and love on him.”
The vet told her that the dog would go in and out of consciousness and that euthanasia might be the best thing for him. But Guido knew that this poor abandoned puppy deserved a chance to live.
“Before I left (on that first day), I said, ‘You know, if you push through, I promise you, you’ll have a home with me.'” She eventually named the dog Libre and came to visit him every day.
After five days in the hospital, it seemed as though things had taken a turn for the worst, and Guido and the doctor had to ask themselves if they were doing what is best for Libre.
They gave him 24 hours, and a miracle happened. “Literally 12 hours later, he was up on his own and eating.”
After that day, Libre kept improving and transforming into the sweet puppy that he is. “He’s definitely a fighter.”
“His skin was completely bald so he had to wear T-shirts,” Guido told The Dodo. “He had these little doggie goggles he had to wear. I eventually called him my bug-eyed little alien child.”
She even played “flip-flop fetch” with the little puppy as he got better. In August of 2016, he went to live with Guido on her rescue farm.
“The first friend he ever made here at the rescue was a 2,000-pound cow named Meatball,” Guido said. “He loved Meatball. Loves that cow”
Libre’s story even inspired a Pennsylvania law to be passed last year to protect animals from neglect and abuse.
“He taught me there is no such thing as a lost cause. He shouldn’t have lived, and he did,” Guido said. “Everybody says, they’d always like to witness a miracle once in their lifetime. At the age of 33, I have.”
This little puppy might not have made it if it wasn’t for his rescuer and internet fans rooting for him every step of the way.
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