I admit things have been a little, well, extraordinarily depressing around here the past few days. It’s the nature of life with animals. But with lows come highs, so let’s end the week on a good note, ok?
This is Napoleon. Cute, isn’t he?
He was discovered cowering under a porch of a house in Tijuana, Mexico. The homeowners contacted their friend, a veterinarian, who got him out and realized he did not have the use of his back legs.
Tijuana does not have an animal shelter. In most circumstances, a dog like this would be left to fend for himself. The idea of rescue and rehabilitation is often a pipe dream in a situation like this.
How easy it would be to say oh well. He is a sweet dog. Perhaps he should be put out of his misery. It would be a kindness.
Fortunately for Napoleon, the veterinarian in question volunteers with the Humane Society of Tijuana, and they have proven themselves on multiple occasions to be undaunted by poor odds. He is sweet, they said, and he deserves a chance at life as much as any other pooch.
“None of us could picture Napoleon being ready to go,” says the Friends of HSTJ blog. “In spite of his injury, he is a happy dog who just wants to explore and conquer the world!” Well of course! He’s a corgi!
Another veterinarian volunteer, my friend Dr. Sarah, put out the idea of a cart for him. The support was unanimous, and the fundraising began. Last weekend, Napoleon got his sweet custom wheels.
Dr. Sarah said I could share this on the condition that I specify she was not responsible for the music selection.
It’s not that bad, Sarah. It kind of reminds me of the Academy Awards. Best save of the year? You. Way to be the change.
His journey isn’t over- Napoleon still needs his forever home, one that is willing and able to take on the challenges of a dog with a permanent neurologic condition. But considering how far he’s come, I am confident he will find that home soon.