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
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?