All dogs deserve love and happiness, no matter what they look like. But heartbreaking dogs have malformations that make the whole world turn its back and give it up.
It was the case of a dog with the face of an incurable disease, but just when it seemed that all hope was lost, some people realized that this dog still has a lot of life in them.
Serenity is a husky with a large, invasive tumor that spreads from the nasal cavity to the eye sockets and skull. Patti Dawson, president of Dallas Dog Rescue Rehab Rehab Reform, told WFAA, “It basically took away the bone in her face.” The tumor can grow to that size because it hasn’t been treated long-term: heartbreaking dog Serenity is wandering with no one to take care of.
However, with a tumor of this size, Serenity was an extreme case. It would be natural to assume that she was a missing person, but after one encounter, Patti knew that this dog’s story wasn’t over yet. She said: “She got up, heartbroken, this dog leaned against this huge tumor and bumped into me, like dogs bumping into my face, and kissing my face. At that point, I knew we were going to fight to the death to do what we could to save her because she still had life.”
After picking her up from her San Antonio shelter, Patti took Serenity to a therapist. She received the unfortunate news that nothing could be done about the dog’s tumor. However, despite her appearance, it doesn’t affect Serenity’s quality of life much: she can still see, breathe, and eat. She’s so sweet and full of life inside, she needs to find a way to let the world see Serenity’s inner beauty.
Contrary to many “sad” photos of dogs in need, Renee’s photos capture how happy and adorable Serenity is. The plan worked: the stunning portraits went viral, and hundreds of people reached out to Patti with words of support for Serenity. Many are sent in care packages with toys and snacks.
Patti is currently taking care of Serenity as her adoptive mother and says she will continue to make her life as special as possible for as long as she can. “With a little care, these dogs can come back to life,” says Patti. “She’s still in great spirits.”
Sadly, Serenity’s battle came to an end in August 2020 Serenity was an “Angel” who came into my life with a terminal illness. Her ability to forgive and accept can teach a lesson or two but we’ll leave that for another post!
Her illness is terminal and we would pay anything to save her, but sadly that is NOT possible. Her illness progressed and it was time to say goodbye, time to ease her pain and time to set her free!