An animal control officer found a box while he was roaming around the beach. He decided to see what was inside the carton and saw a beat-up looking dog on the brink of death.
The officer immediately picked the dog up and headed straight to an animal shelter to have the puppy examined. One of the pound employees who saw the poor animal said that the puppy needed to be euthanized because of how serious her wounds were.
The dog named Starfish was about to be euthanized when the head of the shelter entered the room and examined the pup herself. The woman who checked on Starfish told her colleague not to put Starfish down, and seek a second opinion about the pup’s condition instead.
The shelter workers went to the Holistic Veterinary Care, where Starfish was diagnosed with Swimmer’s Pup Syndrome. Leigh Ann, a regular volunteer at the vet, recalled that the pound called her about Starfish, and she fell in love as soon as she saw the pup.
Leigh Ann recalled that Starfish was flat like a pancake. However, Leigh Ann shared that Starfish’s condition did not stop her from grabbing Starfish and never letting the pup go.
The shelter expected Starfish to take around 3-6 months before she could get her feet underneath her. Leigh Ann fostered Starfish, and she shared that what struck her most about Starfish’s development was that the puppy had this need to move around all the time.
Leigh Ann saw that Starfish had a thirst for life, and to live like a normal dog. Leigh Ann shared that Starfish responded to everything that the therapists taught her because Starfish wanted to move around so bad.
Leigh Ann shared that everyone has been trying to challenge Starfish by putting a trail of treats wherever she went so that she would be motivated to move around. Leigh Ann said that Starfish started running around like a normal dog after two months of consistent therapies.
Leigh Ann shared how rewarding it was to be a part of Starfish’s successful journey. Leigh Ann said that Starfish gave her hope not to give up on life.
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