Lifestyle & Human Interest

Tiny Puppy's Toes Fall Off After Rescuers Say Her Paws and Tail Had Been Tied Together



Sometimes it’s difficult to know why certain things — especially more negative ones — happen. When disaster strikes and you trace your steps to isolate the “how” and “why,” you may or may not find satisfactory answers.

For one puppy named Hope, the “why” is unimaginable because the “how” is just so terrible.

On May 1, the puppy was taken in with serious wounds on her back feet and tail, and while the rescue doesn’t know exactly what happened to the poor creature, they have a pretty educated guess.

“This sweet angel is Hope and she needs us!” the Stray Rescue of St. Louis posted on Facebook on May 1. “She came in with wounds on her tail and back feet.”

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“It looks as though her back legs and tail were tied together. Parts of her feet and tail are dead from being bound so tightly and are going to be amputated tomorrow.”

“If you haven’t given on #GiveSTLDay yet, please give now!” the post continued. “And say a prayer for this little one. She’s had a rough start to life, but we can change it.”

The puppy was rushed into surgery the next day — but her poor damaged extremities were already so far gone that they simply fell off.

She was cleaned up, her wounds were treated and she was given lots of food and rest.

By May 4, Hope didn’t seem to realize she was handicapped.

The resilient critter marched along diligently in her casts and explored her new surroundings.

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She had more surgeries and lots of constant care, but she was safe with a foster who loved the brave little puppy.

She wore boots to protect her healing limbs, making her even more adorable.

On June 19, the rescue posted an update of a livelier, bigger Hope, who had been healing and growing up at the same time.

“Let’s start our morning off with good news!” they wrote. “Hope got her boots off! Look how great her paws are healing and how great she gets around!”

A far cry from the sad puppy who first showed up, Hope is now playful and sweet, and will have no problem finding a home.

People have already submitted adoption applications, and while she may require a little extra care, she has a lot of love to give in return.

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to the Stray Rescue of St. Louis for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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