Back when CaliCan was young and still learning a few things, we dealt with our first emergency situation. Buster was adopted through our group a few months prior and we received a call saying Buster escaped the yard and he was found at the end of an alley with his face half submerged in a puddle. He was rushed to the vet and the outcome did not look good at all.
Still to this day, we don't know what happened, but did know the vet was recommending that Buster be put to sleep. We didn't want to give up on him.
Back then, we didn't have vast amounts of donations coming in. We took what we had put aside for our mortgage and paid the emergency vet to give Buster a fighting chance.
I took the next couple weeks off from work to bring Buster home and help him rehabilitate. Buster was insanely skinny and he could no longer walk on his own. He could crawl though. The little guy had a lot of fight left in him. I was dedicated to prove the vet wrong and he was excited for me to do so.
It took 3 months to get Buster back to full health (okay, we made him a little fat), but he was a happy and healthy pup ready to be adopted again!
Buster did not go back to his original home, but he went to one SO MUCH
BETTER!! It's been wonderful seeing updates throughout the years and it's even better seeing Buster in person. I wouldn't have believed it, but dogs actually SMILE. Buster goes NUTS when he sees Kari and I. He starts wimpering and that crooked smile of his goes from one ear to ALMOST the other. His little butt wiggles with his stumpy tail. He was another dog we would have happily called our own!
I am fundraising for dogs like Buster, because he showed me what it was like to never give up, no matter the circumstances. Thanks to your donations to help him get healthy, you gave him a fighting chance!