When Poppy was very young, she s.ᴜs.ᴛᴀɪɴᴇᴅ a ᴛᴇ.ʀʀɪʙʟᴇ injury and left her back legs unusable. She dealt with her injury for weeks, maybe even months, before she dragged herself to a remote research camp, desperately seeking help.
For the millions of dogs that find themselves homeless and living on the street, life cannot be easy. Finding food, water and shelter is hard enough but for those animals that suffer injuries the future is often bleak.
When Poppy was just a young dog she was discovered .ᴅʀᴀ.ɢɢɪɴɢher back legs along the road. She suffered alone in a remote area until she found herself near an animal sanctuary where workers rushed to her aid.
“She came crawling – literally crawling because her back legs were completely immobilized – into our research camp,” Vogel told. “She was unable to walk, but full of love and seeking help.”
Vogel and her coworkers immediately took Poppy in and cared for her the best they could. The nearest veterinarian was an eight-hour drive away, and they watched over her for a few days until they had time to make the drive, still shocked that she had survived her injuries and the journey to their camp.
“The camp is in a remote region, filled with elephants, but also lions, hyenas, and other predators,” Vogel said. “Poppy had somehow made it to us, .ᴇᴍ.ᴀᴄɪᴀᴛᴇᴅ and soaking wet from the rain.”
After she battled her way there, avoiding ᴘʀᴇ.ᴅᴀᴛᴏʀs and further injury, her rescuers knew they had to help her heal as best they could.
Doctors believe that “continued physiotherapy will help Poppy improve more and regain strength and maybe even some ability to stand on her own,” Amanda wrote.
“Poppy will also soon get her own fancy cart, or wheelchair, to help her race around and chase squirrels,” she added.
A forever home was found for her in Washington DC and the staff was working with a travel company to get her there.
“We didn’t find her in that remote part of Botswana–she found us, and I truly believe she knew what she was doing.”