I received a message yesterday from one of our devoted foster families. It hit me hard. When something happens to any of the dogs or volunteers, it happens to all of us. National Mill Dog Rescue, all dogs and people, are a family.
Kelly, one of the most caring foster mommies a dog could ever ask for, was charged by an aggressive American Bulldog yesterday. Kelly was out walking her two Chihuahuas - Greta and her foster dog, Miley. As Kelly's heart leaped into her throat, in an instant, she discovered it was not her suffering the attack, it was little Miley. Before I scare the heck out of you, please know that Miley is alive and will most likely make a full recovery (at least physically).
The American Bulldog came off its property. It was unleashed and unfenced. There is no question that Kelly is traumatized and will be haunted for a while. Unfortunately, she will carry the brunt of the gory details alone, as I will spare you from them here. The end result was that Miley was slashed - from one shoulder, all the way to the other. Kelly believes that Miley’s harness saved her throat and her life. The bite marks in the photo of her harness are too numerous to count.
|Miley's harness - a lifesaver|
How on earth Kelly pulled it together to get Miley to the emergency vet is beyond me. But she did it. Kelly, and the team at the closest veterinary hospital she could find, saved Miley's life. This is a photo of Miley yesterday afternoon....
I'm not going to end this post with any words of wisdom, as I don't have any. I am shocked. I am baffled. And, personally, I am a little disheartened with karma at this moment. Something's just not right when a sweet little soul like Miley survives 6 years in a puppy mill and fate deals her a hand like this. Yesterday was supposed to be a non-event of a selfless foster mommy simply taking her dogs outside for some exercise.
I have donated my time and I have poured NMDR's heart into over 300 posts here throughout the years. I'm going to ask for your help now. I would never ask except I have already done both myself:
1) Post a comment after this blog post or on the facebook thread supporting Kelly and Miley and offering encouragement and well wishes to her and her family (she is an avid reader of our social media channels).
2) Donate a few dollars to Miley's care if it's at all possible for you. I did. Miley's emergency vet bill was over $1,300. Kelly feels terrible about NMDR having to cover the cost and also donated a chunk of change herself. Her doing that makes me feel awful. Please help just get this vet bill covered today so the cost issue quickly becomes a non-issue. Having Kelly even think about that absolutely kills me.
Thank you for reading this post, donating a little to Miley and for supporting NMDR no matter what hand fate deals our little dogs. I don't understand why this happened. All I know is that it's truly is incredible that Miley survived and there has to be a reason.
Please donate to help fund Miley's vet care.