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“How A Tiny, Injured Puppy Healed Me When I Needed It Most”


As a licensed veterinarian, I have met many injured puppies over the course of my career. Working in emergency medicine introduces you to so many furry friends in need, but one touched my heart in a different way.

I started my job at the veterinary clinic about 5 years ago and was ready to start a normal shift. On the other side of the room on the treatment table was a small puppy with multiple wounds who was visibly shaken from her traumatic evening.

The technician working with the injured puppy had multiple patients so I stepped in and took them in as my own. I still remember the initial shock of seeing so many stab wounds on such a small body and how much she thought about what she had been through. As I learned more about her case, I realized how desperate this poor pup was.

Ellie rescue story

The injured puppy has just been attacked by two large dogs and described as being tossed around like a rag doll. The owner was looking forward to showing off her new puppies to her friends and putting them on the floor with her two adult dogs. Without understanding the dog’s proper introduction, she was shocked when the dogs immediately attacked the little pup.

The 6 week old puppy was about to die if we didn’t act quickly, and her owner couldn’t understand the gravity of the situation. Her owner was just old enough to bring a pet through our doors but not enough to understand the care this pup would need in the future.

Ellie rescue story

After multiple diagnoses, it was found that she had a number of serious injuries. She had multiple broken ribs, a broken thigh bone, a broken hip and was shocked by her ordeal. Even if she survived this trauma, she had a long way to go.

The young owner knew that she could not give the puppy what she needed for the future and thought about bringing her home as she is. At this point I was extremely invested in taking care of this puppy and offered to take her in as my own. She was soon taken into my care and my life began with this incredible puppy.

Ellie rescue story

After we affectionately named her Ellie, our long road to recovery began. I say “our” because of the struggles I was facing at the time as I had some healing to do in my life as well. Ellie came into my life when I got sober and helped me through the most difficult persecution I would ever face.

Ellie rescue story

Ellie needed a FHO (a form of hip repair), external fixators in her thighbone for 8 weeks, and hospitalization to get her out of shock. Your treatment was extensive and tedious, but it was worth it in the end. Her fixators were removed 8 weeks later so she could be the wild pup she always wanted to be!

Ellie became the best friend I could ever ask for. She stayed by my side through sleepless nights, excruciating heartache, and every struggle I would face on my sobriety journey.

Ellie rescue story

I’ve been sober for 5 years now and owe a large part of my success to the love she offered me during my hardest days. Ellie is my heart dog in every way and I can’t imagine my life without her!

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Robert Dunfee