In November of this year, we got wind of a puppy dubbed , “Baby Joey,” a peanut of a dog whose life began with near tragic circumstances. We promise, as always, not to show you graphic images nor details, but this can and should be told: Baby Joey was found with nearly both of his rear paws chopped off: By an unspeakable monster. We knew we wanted to help this dog have his best day ever.
There is but one thing that will trump the horror of monsters: And that is love. Our friends at NYC Second Chance Rescue are fostering Baby Joey and incurring all of his medical costs, and his journey to some sense of a “normal life” has begun. His foster mom, Regina Mendoza, is herself an unspoken hero, fostering over 100 dogs in her just over a year’s time. That’s a whole lotta love and a really big heart.
From Whence He Came
Upon being discovered in such terrible condition, Baby Joey was taken to a shelter in the south. The shelter reached out to NYC Second Chance Rescue, and they agreed to pull him. Joey is believed to be a terrier mix.
At the tender age of 7 weeks, Joey had endured so much pain at the hands of people. Joey received immediate medical treatment, and the rescue team posted his photos and backstory online. This little guy will require either a complete amputation or will require single or bilateral prosthetics — along with rehabilitation. Because Joey is a but a pup, his bones are still growing, so doctors must closely monitor his progress.
Joey is allowed to be outside, but very limited and with caution. You see, the one digit on Joey’s leg is callused and he has a partial pad. That pad is callusing, which is what doctors feel have given this dynamo pup some quality of life.
Like any toddler learning to walk, putting one foot in front of the other is key. This is not the case with Baby Joey, as each step is uncomfortable and he does not enjoy walking in general. He often looks for a soft place to lie down. Can you blame him?
Joey is forming and developing at this time in a way that is posturally incorrect: He will not form and align properly, so a dedicated plan is needed. With a mighty plan for this little spitfire comes a hefty price tag. Anyone who questions the magic and power of the season need not look any further than the life force that lives within Joey and those who care so much about him and the dozens of other dogs in the care of NYC Second Chance Rescue.
Rumor has it that Baby Joey whispers into his foster mom’s ear. The hope and resilience she, in turn, sees in his eyes, fuels her to help him have the best life possible.
Apparently losing his 2 rear limbs won’t stop his spirit to move forward and stay strong:
Best Day Ever
Baby Joey is going to require glucosamine and chondroitin in his food in order to help his growing joints. Merrick has generously provided Joey with their Puppy Plate canned food and Classic Puppy Recipe (which is made with chicken and brown rice) and a plan to help him work towards success. In a dog like Baby Joey, glucosamine and chondroitin become very beneficial for his back legs and ultimately for ease of mobility and comfort.
Since puppy foods are a bit higher in fat content than a normal adult dog food (after all puppies are on the go and high energy), Joey’s foster mom will monitor Joey’s weight and activity levels in accordance with his veterinarian and rehab plan. As Merrick says on their dog foods, “Every dog is a little different, so optimal feeding amounts may vary with age, size and activity level.”
Joey recently underwent his first physical therapy session in a pool and is a little champ, see?
How You Can Help a Dog Have the Best Day Ever
Ask any shelter worker who watches the faces of dogs in need day after day what it takes to get them homes. You might wonder how you can help a dog who has basic needs until he or she finds their forever home. Unfortunately, with the holidays upon us, rescues and shelters need you now more than ever. There are millions of dogs like Baby Joey just waiting for their opportunity to be loved, cared for, and shown that people are genuinely good at heart.
If you are unable to foster or adopt, there are many ways you can help a dog have the best day ever. Here is the one thing that Second Chance Rescue needs more than anything:
One dollar. If everyone reading this visited the NYC Second Chance Rescue donation page and donated at least one dollar, imagine how many dogs might be affected.
Second Chance is a 501c3 animal rescue organization that specializes in helping the Pit Bull Terrier dog. They focus on medical cases as well as abused and neglected animals. They believe all animals deserve a Second Chance.
The fundraising arm of this blog is called Wigglebutt Warriors®. Second Chance Rescue is the benefactor of all funds raised for the Wigglebutts Uncorked event, taking place April 16, 2016, at America’s Oldest Winery, Brotherhood, in Washingtonville, New York. We are over half sold out: Join us and bring your dog for a weekend of celebration and giving back in true gala style.
Would you help out with some of these very hard cases and give a dog a second chance at life? Click here to donate.