Tale Of The Puppy Who Dragged Herself For Miles Seeking Help

30 Jul 2017 | by | Posted in: Wag News

  It’s an awe-inspiring story of Poppy, the tiny  dog who simply refused to give up, after she had a horrific injury that had crushed her spine and due to this her back legs were left unusable. The real cause of this injury was unknown, but most likely, it could be possible that she was mangled by an animal, or was kicked by someone really cruel. Poppy, was her own tower of strength, she had dealt with this injury herself for weeks or possibly for months, before she found her way to a research camp. Susanne Vogel and her co-workers at the Elephant Research Camp in the northern Okavango region of Borswana, were shocked when they saw Poppy, moving towards their camp. Susanne told, The Dodo, "She came crawling - literally crawling, because her back legs were completely immobilized - into our research camp, Vogel also added that, "She was unable to walk, but full of love and seeking help. The camp is in a remote region, filled with elephants, but also lions, hyenas and other predators," Vogel said. "Poppy had somehow made it to us, emaciated and soaking wet from the rain." The nearest veterinarian was an eight-hour drive away, and they watched over her for a few days until they had time to make the drive. Finally Poppy and her new friend, Graham McCulloh went on the longest ride to the vet, covering some distance through the roadways and the later distance by ferry. Poppy’s age was determined to be around 7 months, the vet informed Graham that she would require a surgery to fix her injured spine. GoFundMe, was set up to raise money for the operation of Poppy by another member of the team, Amanda Stronza. Stronza said. "But she had so much life in her, and I knew we needed to honor her will to live and the hard fight she had already fought to find us and stay alive. I couldn't agree to euthanize her." Post a few days of good care, healthy food, lots of water and anti-inflammatory medicine, Poppy’s condition was getting better and better. After examining Poppy, the vet decided that it would be in her best interest to let her regain more strength before she was put through the risky surgery. Since the very first day, poppy had been shocking her rescuers with her amazing strength and progress rate. The rescuers still cant believe it that how far did she travel on her own and that too in this condition. Its nothing less than a miracle that she found them it those remote areas. "Her eyes pulled us in immediately," Stronza said to The Dodo. "They are huge, imploring, and sparkling with life. She bursts with the sweetest spirit, and we could see that clearly, despite the desperate condition she was in." As of now, Poppy is staying with her friends in Botswana while she gains back her strength and in a month’s time, her rescuers will assess her progress and then decide what to do next. "She already has so many people all over the world who love her from a distance and are checking on her progress daily and are eager to see a happy outcome, namely adoption into a loving family," Stronza said. "She will regain her ability to walk, or she will gain wheels to help her around. I think she has a bright future!" As reported by, The Dodo.

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