It was just another day in Florida when a woman was passing through a parking lot and spotted a guy selling pit-bull puppies out of the back of his truck. He has a sign up that said $50 each, but what caught her eye was a squirming garbage bag next to him. She walked closer and realized that there were noises coming from the bag. The man had an animal inside!
“What’s in the bag?” She has asked, but he brushed off her question and told her not to worry about it. She pushed and and finally he opened the bag out of frustration and handed her a severely deformed pit-bull puppy telling her that if she cared so much, it was her problem.
The puppy couldn’t walk and couldn’t hold up its head. She took it to a shelter who had never seen such a thing, and got the same reaction from several veterinarians. They all agreed that the dog should just be euthanized; it was helpless.
At the next shelter the woman visited, she met Erica Daniel who decided that the puppy deserved a day of attention and love before being put down. “I had to show her what it was like to be loved. I’d planned on taking her home that night, letting her sleep in bed with us, and having her humanely euthanized in the morning.”
The puppy had been diagnosed with “swimmer puppy disorder,” a painful condition in which the muscles become stiff and make it impossible for the puppy to hold itself up or move around. Most do not survive.
Eric took the puppy home and massaged her stiff muscles until something incredible happened. The little puppy began to pull herself up and look around. Her front legs became stronger, and although she couldn’t stand up, she could crawl just a bit…and that was only with a few hours of attention!
They did more tests and found that her organs were functioning perfectly and she had no abnormalities in her brain. The only thing that was holding her back were her muscles.
“She started out on grass, then carpet, then concrete. She still can’t walk on tile of hardwood floors, but she’s getting there.”
Although Erica is only the puppy’s temporary home, she knows that she made a difference in this pup’s life! Soon, she will have a forever home and continue to live a happy and healthy life!
This is one determined pup! They have named her Harper, and she is the epitome of what it means to be a dog. No matter what obstacles they face or challenging it is to keep going, it’s in their instincts to try and try again!
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