We are not all born healthy and beautiful. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t worth fighting for. We also deserve the chance to live and to be loved. If it wasn’t for animal lover Dextin Orme, as well as Janine Guido, who’s also founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, this dying pup would’t have survived.
Dextin met Guido at the Dillsburg Veterinary Center after she received word of the puppy. The 7-month-old puppy was in such a horrible condition he couldn’t “even lift his head up.” Dr. Pryor told Guido that the puppy was in such a poor state he couldn’t stay conscious and that she should perhaps consider euthanasia. Janine had experienced her own hardships in life pushed for the puppy to have the treatment.
She told The Dodo, “I’ve never ever seen something so close to death, I remember all I wanted to do was hold him and kiss him and love on him.”
Dying Pup Gets a Promise of a Lifetime
At just 7 weeks old, Libre was plagued with a severe case of demodectic mange – a condition that left him hairless and crusty – along with a slew of secondary infections. There were ulcers in his eyes and maggots embedded deep in his flesh. His chances of survival looked slim. He was depressed and listless, his overall condition unstable.
Janine named the pup Libre and gave him her word, saying, “Before I left (on that first day), I said, ‘You know, if you push through, I promise you, you’ll have a home with me.’”
Each day presented new challenges for such a sweet puppy. However, he continued to fight for his life. He would rise to the occasion and eventually was able to stand and walk on his own. “Literally 12 hours later, he was up on his own and eating,” Janine said.
“He’s definitely a fighter,” Janine said proudly. His skin was completely bald, so he had to wear T-shirts.
He went from being a sad, decrepit looking puppy to one of vitality and loves to explore the outdoors!
This miracle had a law passed after him.
Once he was taken out of the Center, he was brought o Janine’s farm. She told a funny story about Libre: “The first friend he ever made here at the rescue was a 2,000-pound cow named Meatball he loved Meatball. Loves that cow.”
#librestrong #sundayfunday #lifedoesntgetmuchbetterthanthis
Even Senator Alloway took up his cause, passing a new law protecting animals from neglect and abuse in Pennsylvania. Watch the video below:
The folks at Viscul Creative contacted us when we first rescued Libre. They wanted to document his journey.Please watch this video and share. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to , Dr Pryor, the whole DVC staff, Jen and Dextin. I am forever grateful to each and everyone of you. Jay, Jessica and Randall- you all did a spectacular job. This video is absolutely amazing. Libre's village – thank you for the prayers, support, and donations. And to Libre – thank you for showing us there is no such thing as a lost cause. You are and forever will be my Bug Eyed Miracle. #librestrong
Posted by Speranza Animal Rescue on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
His story is amazing, with heart break and a promise. A promise that one day he would have his forever home.
“I wake up shedding tears for you,” Janine Guido, founder of the rescue, wrote on Facebook days after Libre’s rescue. “I catch myself dreaming of you running around someday. With a wagging tail. With a smile on your face. And with a light in your eyes.”
Watch this video showcasing just how far Libre’s come since his rescue:
This puppy got so sick at his breeder's Now he's getting all the love and starting to feel playful again ❤️
Posted by The Dodo on Saturday, July 23, 2016
Featured Image by Dillsburg Veterinary Center