Mondays can be tough — that’s why each week here at Dogster, we bring you a Monday Miracle. These adorable dogs inspire us to meet the week’s challenges head on, just like they do. Whether it’s on two legs, with one eye, or after escaping conditions most humans can’t imagine, these resilient animals know how to get out of bed and get on with life.
It’s hard to pick favorites when we have so many to choose from, but these 10 are something special. Let’s take a look back at our favorite Monday Miracles of 2016 and see how they’re doing now.
1. Libre, a transformed Boston Terrier puppy
Who could forget Libre? Neglected nearly to death, Speranza Animal Rescue helped bring him back to life. Covered in mange and infections when he was saved from a Pennsylvania farm, Libre’s shocking appearance inspired people in his state to seek tougher animal cruelty legislation. Unfortunately, Libre’s Law did not become law in 2016. It will need to be reintroduced next year. Libre continues to make progress and recently graduated from obedience class. Read his Monday Miracle feature.
2. RooRoo, the two-legged terrier
2016 was a big year for Secondhand Hounds alumni RooRoo, who met her match when she met matchmaker Jenna Haag. This rescue mutt’s background is a bit of a mystery — her two front legs were amputated at some point before she arrived at a Kentucky shelter, underweight and urine stained. These days Roo is now living every dog’s dream with Jenna, who says Roo recently discovered a love of bacon, and is campaigning for an all-bacon diet in 2017. Read her Monday Miracle feature.
3. Pippa, tripod and viral video star
Another awesome amputee, Pippa lost her leg after a car accident earlier this year, but thanks to the Southern Animal Foundation shelter, she then gained a forever home and internet fame. Adopted by the family of Jeanie (a fellow three-legged dog and the subject of a children’s book, Jeanie the 3-Legged Dog: I Don’t Need Four Feet), Pippa proved she’s got far more energy than her new sister when a video of her running passed Jeanie went viral, amassing over 100 million views on various sites. According to her human, Lydia Crochet, Pippa is currently attending a dog training school and will be a main character in Jeanie’s next children’s book. Read her Monday Miracle feature.
4. Ruby, the Pit Bull with a cleft palate
Once a newborn pup with a cleft palate and an uncertain future, this Monday Miracle dog is on a mission to help other puppies facing the same fate. In August, we shared the story of how Ruby’s life was saved by Jenn Clayton of the Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation, and how she changed Jenn’s life in return, inspiring her to foster more cleft palate puppies and other special needs pets. Since Ruby’s first appearance on Dogster, she and Clayton have fostered several more newborn puppies (and one kitten) with cleft palates. Jenn says Ruby takes her role as surrogate mom very seriously and loves to cuddle with the foster babies. Read her Monday Miracle feature.
5. Mr. Crowley, the charming senior Chihuahua
Abandoned in a cardboard box outside the SPCA of Westchester at 12 years old, Mr. Crowley was in need of a special home just when Raquel Fernandes was on the hunt for a special senior. Since becoming a Monday Miracle, Mr. Crowley has gained 1 whole pound. He’s also come out of his shell, perfecting a trick Raquel calls “the ugly dog,” which involves wiggling on his back while snorting in pursuit of petting. And after months of ignoring his dog toys, this elderly Chihuahua wrapped up the year by discovering his inner puppy. Read his Monday Miracle feature.
6. Sadie, the Basenji–Bull Terrier mix who was skin and bones
A true success story, Sadie’s journey from emaciated to adopted is definitely miraculous. When she became a Monday Miracle back in May, Sadie was still in the care of Animal Justice League. The organization took her in after seeing pictures of her startlingly skinny frame on a shelter website, but Sadie needed more than a few good meals — she needed training, something she got with Matt Bryant, The Texas Dogfather. Since our last story, Sadie was adopted by her foster parents. They say she loves rides in the truck, squeezy balls, naps, and walks with friends from her new neighborhood. Read her Monday Miracle feature.
7. Bandit, the Cocker Spaniel saved from euthanasia
He was brought in to be put down, but instead, Bandit found a new family when his vet tech, Julie Denton, adopted him. His story is a lesson in hope, as Bandit — once paralyzed — got back on his feet with his new family. About five months after becoming a Monday Miracle, Bandit’s paralysis returned after he stopped responding to chemotherapy. In October, after four years with Julie, Bandit’s journey came to an end, but his legacy of love and second chances will surely live beyond 2016. Read his Monday Miracle feature.
8. Molly, the Amtrak amputee
This mini Pit Bull made headlines in Baltimore during the first month of 2016 after she was hit by a train and then saved from the tracks by Amtrak Police Officer Kevin McMullen. Her accident severed her leg, and Kevin couldn’t get her out of his head even after she was transferred into the care of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). The officer and his girlfriend, Claire, ended up adopting little Molly. Claire recently submitted Molly’s story to the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Campaign and Molly became one of 54 finalists, earning a $5,000 grant for BARCS. Read her Monday Miracle feature.
9. Daffodil, the Chihuahua on wheels
Just a month old when she was abandoned on a rainy street, Daffodil got the help she needed thanks to the San Francisco SPCA. Born with a congenital forelimb deformity, Daffodil has little nubs instead of front legs. After seeing a cast of her body, veterinary prosthetic case manager Olivia Kong adopted Daffodil and has documented her amazing year through Facebook. Daffodil spent the summer hiking in the Rockies, then performed in an agility course for disabled pets and recently celebrated her first Gotcha Day. Her Facebook page has more than 7,000 fans now. Read her Monday Miracle feature.
10. Pee Wee, the one-eyed Pug
A very recent Monday Miracle, Pee Wee started 2016 with a ruptured eye that was hard to look at, but now that it’s gone this pint-sized pug is as handsome as can be. Now thriving in his adopted home despite his blindness, Pee Wee recently had surgery on his remaining eye. Through his Facebook page Pee Wee’s people report that his first post-op checkup was a success and his eye is now perfectly smooth. Read his Monday Miracle feature.
Who was your favorite Monday Miracle this year?