On Christmas Eve 2017, as daylight’s brilliance passed and evening shadows

lengthened, we received a call. One of our neighbors had managed to capture a little

stray Momma dog who was so pregnant she could hardly walk (a story within itself,

for another day and another time).

Now, we usually do not deal with small dogs or puppies. However, the need of this

little creature, too great to deny, demanded she come home with us. On January 4,

2018, near starved to death, this little lady, a pitiful sight, in spite of all uncertainties,

delivered nine tiny puppies, each different as different could be. Over the passing

hours, days, and weeks, three succumbed despite Momma’s and our efforts.

Six beautiful puppies who grew healthy and strong, each a story of their own, unique

                                                    in character and personality. But this story is of Hope,

                                                    the smallest of the surviving litter.

                                                    Smallest in physical size, but by far the largest in character, Hope was the alpha female                                                       from day one – Momma’s greatest challenge - the wild child that could not be tamed.                                                           Now, as time passed, five little puppies went home. All except for little Hope, who was                                                         never of a mind to impress anyone. One day, when she was about four months of age,                                                         we noticed she stood differently than the other pups and, at times, while running, she

                                                    would stumble.

                                                    As additional weeks passed, it became more pronounced – a severe deformity of her

                                                    front left leg. After x-rays and consultations with Dr. Denna Ingram, of whom there is no

                                                    better qualified for this type of surgery, little Hope was given a new opportunity for a

                                                    normal life. With bones cut, turned, and straightened, held in place with rods and pins,

                                                    and looking forward to a long rehabilitation,

                                                    little Hope had a chance for a normal life. Hope

                                                    has since been adopted and gone to her

forever home, where she is loved beyond all measure. However, her vet bills

remain. Totaling $2,935.53, Hope’s bill is only one of many that TIRR Rescue

has accumulated in the past year. TIRR Rescue’s NTx Giving Day campaign,

For Hope’s Sake, went a long way to helping pay for Hope’s vet bills, but we

sure could use your help to finish them off. Would you consider helping?

If you would like to donate toward Hope's vet bills, please click "Donate" below, and write her name in the "Write a note" section.

Phone - (817) 454-6023

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