“The Silence Almost Killed Him” – Lucky’s story
From Lucky’s foster mom. “He came across my email the day after he was pulled, bones protruding from his body, in a low income neighborhood. Intentional abuse. His two siblings lay near death next to him and were euthanized. The animal control officer stepped in before they were to euthanize him, and said ‘not him, he can make it.’ The Charlotte Mecklenburg animal care and control sent out his picture, and the horrible condition he was in, advanced heartworms, extreme malnourishment, and other infections
in the hopes some rescue group would take up his cause. (See first photo in this post.)
I’m rescue mom (Susan) and I called and said I’d take him. I sent his picture to Dr. Hedrick at Davidson Animal Hospital and asked him if he could save him for me. He texted back, be glad to help. Get him here now. Lucky weighed 21.2 pounds and should have weighed 65. He had been starved, was diseased with infections and full of parasites. I asked Barry Carter a rescuer to help me get him to DAH (we are in Charlotte). Barry stopped everything and got him there. I named him Lucky and Dr Hedrick did everything he could but the infection was all over him. He called me at 2 am and said we’ll have to give him the first heartworm treatment as the white cell count is so high this would be one way to help reduce the fever killing him. There were so many things wrong with him and yet, he always wagged his tail. He was in ICU for five almost six weeks. Right after thanksgiving Dr. H said he would live and texted me the photo from which we had the portrait made. The best text of my life! In his Thanksgiving picture, he is so thin but eating his beloved magic cornbread which Dr. H fed him to give him carbs.
He was at DAH for four months, fighting all sorts of disease, and then finally I started to find him a home. I have so many rescues and I wanted him to be an only child so I reached out to another rescue group and they had one good application that I would consider. They helped me find his forever mom who brought him cornbread to meet him. The last photo is the new healthy Lucky with his new Forever mom!
I am not a non profit nor a rescue group, I just knew he was mine to cover and find the entire list of people who were going to love this boy back to life. It was so worth it even though the vet bill was high, and their was so much love from so many from – Barry Carter, Animal Control and the officer, Dr. Hedrick all his staff and others. You cannot buy that. They loved him back to life.
So hard to let him go, but he is living happily with his new Mom, several cats, and is allowed on all the furniture and sleeps with his mom. The first night he was up and down on the bed he wasn’t sure if he would get into trouble, but by the next morning, his mom found him sleeping with his head on her pillow. Lucky came into our lives last October, less than a year ago. Hard to believe that neighbors less than eight feet away watched him dying every day and said nothing. The silence almost killed him. Your portrait will be the cover of his ebook to tell his story. He’s just a simple dog, with a huge heart and the will to live.
I am forever grateful for the portrait. It will help tell his story. We want people to get it, and this portrait will be part of the mechanism to help people understand they need to speak up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no idea if Lucky remembers how cruel people have been to him, but it’s the love that has been showered on him count. Dr Hedrick and his staff saved him and made his heart whole.”