To celebrate the release of Everything But a Dog on 12/11/12
I'm talking to people who work with, or have adopted, rescue animals!
When I first started writing, I joined a group called the Dreamweavers. Some I’ve met in person since, and some I only know online, but all of them have a special place in my heart. Tami not only writes, but she's a vet and works with animals.
Holly: Hi, Tami! Can you tell us about your work with animal rescue?
Holly: Later that day, Tami sent me the following post about the paralyzed dog that she mentioned:
|Starbright Rescue...a real hero!|
She was picked up and turned over to a local humane society, who brought her in to the clinic where I work. X rays soon revealed the sad truth: her back was broken in 2 places.
But Marguerite had this amazing will to live. Shy the first couple of days, she was soon dragging herself to the front of the cage, tail wagging furiously. That seemed to be the 1 thing not paralyzed. There, she would throw herself over on her back, licking your fingers and begging for belly rubs.
The Humane Society decided to transport her to Auburn University to see if anything could be done for her back. The sad news came back; nothing could be done. Even though she could wag her tail, and had some feeling and movement in her rear legs, the paralysis would be permanent.
Discussions were held.
What to do with Marguerite?
She was the stray was little hope of adoption. She was paralyzed, and because of this she needed extra care and attention. But one look at her bright eyes and wagging tail and no one could make the decision to let her go.
So the volunteers at the Humane Society went to work. Soon they found someone with an old doggie wheel chair that they would donate. The video included is Marguerite's first outing in her new wheelchair. Think she looks happy?
Since that time, someone volunteered to make a special wheel chair that fits her better. Marguerite has learned to run over your foot with her wheels to get your attention for pats. She has become the Humane Society mascot and will live with a foster parent when not doing special community outreach, for the Humane Society and in nursing homes and children's hospitals. Her sunny personality wins everyone over and now unwanted Marguerite is loved by hundreds of people!
Tami McGraw, DVM