Meet Lyla

Earlier this Summer, my fiancé and I became parents for the second time.

There are a lot of things about the world we live in that I do not understand. One of those things is people who abuse, mistreat, or neglect animals.

Lyla was found living in a ditch in the middle of a cranberry marsh. My family lives in a very very rural part of central Wisconsin (my hometown is less than 800 people), so neighbors are few and far between. Even when there are neighbors, you know each others families and know their pets as well.

Lyla did not wander off or run away from a near by home. She was most likely driven to the middle of nowhere and left for dead. Leaving a dog by the side of the road is miserable enough, but Lyla is also blind.

dog beachWhat kind of a sick human being drives a blind dog to the middle of nowhere and leaves them in a ditch to die slowly?

Lyla became ours in early July. A friend of mine from high school contacted me via facebook (because I’m that crazy lady who posts pictures of her dog all over Facebook) and recognized the resemblance between Lyla and my dog, Gatsby.

She really just wanted more information about the breed, but I offered to come meet Lyla and bring Gatsby to meet her. Naturally, I fell in love with Lyla, and after talking it over with my fiancé we decided we wanted to adopt her.

dog beachWhen Lyla was found she had over 50 ticks on her, was covered in fleas, and had infections in both ears and both eyes. We would soon learn from the vet that she was blind, had contracted a parasite from eating dead animals in order to survive, and had a bladder infection. Also, she was 15 lbs underweight. Each rib poked through her skin and her spinal cord was visible from the top of her neck all the way down her body. Her tail, which typically for Sharpei’s stands tall and curls up, hung lifeless and defeated, unable to be lifted.

Dog BeachIn the 3 months we’ve had Lyla, we have fallen completely in love with her. We’ve gone to countless vet appointments, given her many medications, and taken her to numerous eye specialists. It’s been the most amazing and rewarding thing to see this dog, who was so sad and scared and lonely, grow strong and healthy and most importantly, be able to trust people again.

She is the sweetest most wonderful dog and I can’t for the life of me understand why someone wouldn’t have wanted her. I can’t erase her past and what she’s been through, but I can 100% make sure her future isn’t anything like it.

If you’ve rescued a dog or any animal for that matter what was the experience like for you?


  • I’m traumatized by people who do that. I got to witness that one time, leaving animals on the road like that. We were unfortunately not able to help the dog, since it was run over by another car because it was chasing its owner’s car. It was so gut-wrenching. Sorry for the details, but it is just one of those stories that just marks you for life. Back in Mexico, I was rescuing dogs all the time and trying to find them a new home, since we already had two. I’m so so SO happy to see that Lyla is doing great. She is a cutie, and she is so lucky to have you guys! (Or well, don’t we become the lucky ones?!)

    • omg! the dog chasing after it’s owners car, i am literally crying just reading that. I don’t understand people who can do that. my fiancé and I definitely feel like the lucky ones! we fall more and more in love with her everyday! their loss is our gain. 🙂

  • Megan Miller

    Lyla girl is a warrior!!!

  • Welcome Lyla! She’s awesome.

    We adopted Geege in a re-homing situation. Mae was re-homing also but came with extreme never treated skin issues and allergies. It took a long while to get her right but now she’s thriving.

    I don’t understand people who treat animals poorly.

    • i love your pugs and your pics on instagram of them! Lyla is my first experience with a rescue and gosh it is the most amazing feeling knowing what a difference little ole me is making in another being’s life. She is something special 🙂

  • This is so heartbreaking. She’s a lucky lady to have parents like you!

    • aww thanks chels! but trust me, we feel like the lucky ones. 🙂

  • Stories like this seriously just hurt my heart so much! I don’t know how a person could be so cruel to other people, let alone to a poor innocent and sweet animal! I’m so glad that y’all adopted her, that she’s on the mend, and is learning to trust people again!

    • I couldn’t agree more Ashley. Animals have such forgiving and loyal souls, it never ceases to amaze me.

  • Poor Lyla! I can’t understand why people do this to animals either, especially when they are such loving (and adorable) creatures. I’m very glad you have her now and that her future is a bright one. We’re not allowed pets at the moment as we rent, plus we’re really not around enough to be good pet parents, but if we ever do it’ll definitely be a rescue animal.

    • my fiancé and i always joke about how much we spoil her, saying we’ve got some back time to make up for so it justifies our spoiling treatment of her now, haha 🙂

  • ohhhh poor Lyla! i don’t understand how people can be so cruel. thank goodness she is with you now.

    • we’re the lucky ones! we love her to pieces! the thought of someone mistreating her (or any animal actually) makes me sick to my stomach.

  • poor thing! I don’t get how people can do that either. Looks like she is in a happy home now. Love the photo of the two of them on the beach! 🙂 we have two rescue kitties who were originally in a weird hoarding situation.

    • We’re definitely so lucky to have her! I’m sure you feel the same way about your kitties 🙂