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 physically 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 time, while running, stumbled.
As additional weeks passed, it became more pronounced - a severe deformity of her left front 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, little Hope had a chance at 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 North Texas 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?