Here’s a story that makes me feel all warm inside. It’s the release of Chocolate from the Meadow Hills Veterinary Center.
If you’re not familiar with the story, Chocolate was a stray on the streets of Pasco, WA where he had sustained two broken front legs.
When Sonia Ayala of Pasco first picked him up, his legs flopped around like broken toothpicks. He stayed in a kennel in her backyard on those cold January days, lying on his belly to keep the weight off his limbs.
He sustained the breaks several months earlier and walked on them untreated while he was a stray north of Pasco. At the time, it wasn’t clear whether any fate other than euthanasia would benefit him.
After Ayala told the [TriCity] Herald how she couldn’t find anyone to help him, the public stepped up to help, donating blankets, collars and toys, offering to adopt him and raising almost $30,000 to pay for his veterinary costs.
He’s now completed his rehab and awaits adoption from one of three families waiting in queue. Go to the TriCity Herald site for links to a nice gallery of photos as well as a video of Chocolate in action.
What makes this story even better is the support Chocolate received from our very own Dogster.com community. On his ride back from rehab, in a limo, Chocolate lay on a quilted blanket donated by the Dawgs Just Wanna Have Fun group. In addition a basketful of fun stuff was also donated by the team. Just wonderful stuff, folks!!
I do want to give a special bark out to Mary Ann Showalter and Barbara Lambert (the quilter) for helping to organize these efforts and make Chocolate’s life that much better. Butch and Flecken, if you’re reading this, you are very lucky to have them as owners.