Best Dog Ever Lives Happily Ever After

Best Dog Ever Lives Happily Ever After

“Best Dog Ever Lives Happily Ever After” is the wish that all loving pet parents have for every single dog in need across the planet.

In many cases, the right dog ends up with the right people.*  Perhaps you have the best dog ever, and you are right: We all have that best dog ever. For Joey, his rough start in life has not dampened his spirit, tenacity, and the life force he has become on social media.

Baby Joey was found as a puppy with nearly both of his rear paws chopped off, and through a stroke of fate, Fidose of Reality intertwined with his life.

This is not a story of graphic images or broken spirits: It is a tale of strength and inspiration.

Best dog ever lives happily

A Bite Out of the Big Apple

When the folks at NYC Second Chance Rescue learned of Baby Joey’s plight, they did not hesitate. His foster mom, Regina Mendoza, and I kept in close contact for close to a year. Readers to Fidose of Reality may recall this canine advocate for overcoming obstacles.

From physical therapy to orthopedic visits, Baby Joey kept pace with life’s challenges.

After reading about this miracle puppy who needs prosthetics and rehab on our blog, the folks at Merrick® reached out to help get Baby Joey work towards his best day ever.

And thus the journey began. Merrick poured their hearts, time, funding, and food with Baby Joey and eventually he was fitted with custom-made prosthetics, hoping to find what all homeless dogs wish for: A loving forever home.

This is Baby Joey’s miracle journey:

The Next Steps of Baby Joey

The fundraising arm of Fidose of Reality is Wigglebutt Warriors(r). In 2016, we hosted a gala event where Baby Joey’s foster mom, Regina Mendoza, won the award of Wigglebutt Warrior of the Year for fostering over 120 dogs and helping them get them into loving, forever homes!

Miracle dog overcomes obstacles

At that time, Baby Joey still did not have a home.

With the click of a mouse and an act of fate, that all changed.

“The sun, moon, and stars all aligned that day,” Tanya Diable says of the day she saw Baby Joey online, waiting for a loving forever family. “I told my husband that he is our dog.”

And the rest, as they say, is history. Except that Joey, no stranger to challenges, had an uphill climb ahead.

 Timeline of a Champion

Having custom made prosthetics and learning to use them can test the will of any dog, but Baby Joey is a special being. In order for the amputated leg, or the “nub” to accept the prosthetic, he would need an adequate amount of fat and muscle.

An infection set it, specialists were called upon, and a unified team of experts decided it was in Joey’s best interest to amputate.

“His gait has slightly changed, but he has been doing really great,” forever mom Diable shares. “I won’t lie, it is challenging but the reward is greater than one could ever expect.”

Best Dog Mom Ever

If ever a title so appropriately suited a pet parent, it is Tonya Diable. Along with her husband, they adopt special needs dogs, including their current blind chocolate Labrador and a Pit Bull who was found starving and abused. The magic touches of love and dedication transform these dogs into loving beings who shine from within.

Feeding The Troops

Through the generosity of Merrick Pet Care, Joey is eating a diet of different canned flavors and loves his Merrick Backcountry diet. The grain-free stews give Joey the taste of exotic proteins like rabbit, venison, and salmon. Along with the fresh cut veggies and hearty gravy, he eats like the king he is.

For a snack and being a good boy, Diable provides Power Bites, which are soft and chewy treats that include real deboned meat as the first ingredient.

Joey will need that protein and strength from a quality diet because he is due for new prosthetics and is getting a new sister soon! Cara was thrown from a car, requires heart surgery, and is currently in the care of TLC Rescue in Georgia.

Dog needs money for heart surgery


Ties that Bind Forever

Betsy Berger, Communications Manager for Merrick, says that seeing the powerful bond of that dogs like Joey create is what motivates them.

Joey’s mom shares her heart and soul in relating, “I have to apologize for getting emotional during the interview.  I am so very grateful for Merrick for everything that they have done for Joey.  I know he would not be where he is now without them.  We are SO Blessed to be have Joey in our lives.  We would go anywhere and do anything we could to help him.”

Don’t apologize for being a heart filled with love and a life filled with generosity, Tanya. We are in awe of you, and we honor you during Be Kind to Animals Week and always.

How You Can Help

Learn more about the wonderful line of products for dogs and cats by visiting the Merrick Pet Care website.

Click to donate to help Cara get the heart surgery she needs.

Follow Joey Online

Stay in touch with Joey Diable on Instagram!

Who is your best dog ever?

*Direct quote from the one and only, Betsy Berger

Note: We were not compensated for this content. We believe in sharing feel good stories and pawsome dog products we use!

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  1. I can’t even understand the kind of evil people that can treat these precious souls this way. Thank God for Wigglebutt Warriors, Merrick, Regina and Tanya, and others who open their hearts and homes to give these guys the kind of loving homes they deserve.

  2. Oh bless baby Joey and his mom. His story had me tearing up! So glad he was given another chance at a quality life and a loving home.

  3. Baby Joey and all involved with his care are an inspiration to all, human and four legged. So happy to hear of Joey’s updates, what a courageous, adorable soul ?

  4. This brought me such joy reading this post. I remember when he came to your Wigglebutts event. Thanks to Merrick, this guy finally has his forever home. So happy!!!!!

  5. I’m so glad that Baby Joey is doing well! Pet companies are amazing. Merrick is such a blessing for jumping in and helping pets like Baby Joey. I can’t blame Joey’s mom for being emotional about the process. I would be a wreck. It is really hard to see your furbaby in any kind of pain. At least this story has a happy ending for all. 🙂

  6. Woofs and woohoos for Baby Joey, his pet parents, all of his caregivers, Wigglebutt Warriors, and Merrick! What an inspirational pup! Thanks for sharing this heartfelt story.

  7. I was so happy to hear that (Baby) Joey is doing so well! He stole everyone’s hearts last year, and I’m glad he is in the home he deserves. I just followed him on Instagram, thanks for the link!

  8. i wish i had the money to save them all. i have 3 little girls. the oldest takes a lot of time, with her being almost 16 yrs old, almost completely blind, deaf, bad back (disc- that could not be helped with surgery or stem cells), dementia, and terminal cancer. i have tarps all over my bedroom when she has an accident. i have yoga mats all over my house so she can walk better b/c i have hardwood floors. i have to watch her when i feed her b/c she wonders, walks in her food, the water bowl, etc. i have food everywhere, on my walls, in my hair, all over her, after she eats some, i either have to hold her over her food or feed her with a spoon, she just has a hard time concentrating to eat everything. it takes abt an hr for each meal. she also has sundowners so i dont get much sleep at night. i dont care what it takes to keep her alive as long as she is not in any pain or suffering. she still likes to play and loves following my shadow. she now gets upset when i have to leave, so i have limited my time i am away from home and have been for almost a yr. i usually hire a sitter to sit with her when i need to be gone for awhile. she does not travel so going to the vet is a real chore, i have to drive with one hand and hold her with the other, even with her having 2 seatbelts on. she does not do well in the crate anymore, gets to anxious. i made her a special feeding area,

  9. What an amazing story! That video of Baby Joey was a tear-jerker for sure. I am touched by his resilience and by all that have stepped up to help him – his foster mom, Merrick, and the wonderful person who adopted him. Thanks for sharing his story!

  10. How I wish we could save them all. Glad this one is a happy ending story. I struggle when it goes “South” for them. Or when a happy “forever family” turns out not to be. We are not allowed more pets (condo rules)so we donate and volunteer as much as possible.

  11. Baby Joey and all involved with his care are an inspiration to us, not only Pet but also human.What a courageous, Thanks for sharing.

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