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.
What 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.
When 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.
In 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.