Life is full of small miracles that we often gloss over. However, for those out there who seem to reap nothing but bad luck, when the tides turn in their direction you can’t help but sit back and take notice.
Such is the case with Blue, a downtrodden pit bull that found her way to the steps of the Valley Humane Society this February. Pest ridden, emaciated, covered in sores, blind in one eye, and anemic from a tumor, the Valley Humane Society in Casa Grande Arizona decided to ignore their policy about not taking in strays off the street and rushed her over to the emergency clinic to have her examined. (Small miracle #1)
After a series of test, x-rays, and ultrasounds, it was determined that, not only was Blue suffering from myriad ailments ( such as cancer), but she was also pregnant with a litter of 8 puppies. (Small miracle #2)
However, as exciting as the prospect of puppies is, when the mother is as sickly as Blue, the act of giving birth becomes a harrowing ordeal. The vet that discovered Blue’s pregnancy was incredibly concerned that she was not healthy enough to withstand live birth. To make matters worse, the vet was doubly worried that a C- section would present too big of a shock to her system, likely resulting in her death as well as the puppies.
Well, despite all the concern, Blue delivered live birth to 8 beautiful, healthy puppies. (Small miracles #3-10)
However, the trial did not end there. Due to her emaciated frame, Blue was unable to nurse her litter on her own. And because of the medication she is on now, she remains unable to nurse. This was troubling because bottle feeding from birth is riskier than nursing, as bottle feeding does not provide the same level of essential nutrients as mother’s milk. Despite the odds, however, all 8 puppies remain in good health and are in high spirits at their foster home. (Small miracle #11)
To top it all off, Blue’s cancer has gone into remission and all signs point to her having plenty of good years in front of her. (Small miracle #12)
But the need for miracles is not yet through. Each one of these special pooches needs a personal savior to take them into their home and give them the kind of love a dog like this deserves. Will you be their last miracle? If you live near Casa Grande, Arizona, stop by the Valley Humane Society and set up a time to meet with these miraculous little pups.
Photos courtesy of Valley Humane Society