GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 22, 2014) – A post on Craigslist titled “I have your dog and you can’t have her back” gained a lot of attention after it called out the former owners of a puppy they left for dead.
“They threw away a really good thing,” said Brandi Glaske, founder of Saving Argo Dog Rescue. “They have no idea what they missed out on. It’s just so sad, because she was never even given a chance.”
Brandi was talking about Honey, a four-month-old pit bull puppy that was paralyzed as the result of suspected abuse. Brandi adopted Honey from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter April 9 after she was left for dead. The puppy’s adoptive family calls her “Honey the Hopeful Pit Bull,” hopeful that she will be able to fully walk on her own again.
“Her prognosis wasn’t great, but there was hope,” Brandi said. “Our vet, Kelley’s Animal Clinic, rehabbed her from this broken little puppy who was dragging herself around to what she’s doing now, which is living a very normal life with use of her cart. She’s so happy. She’s doing great.”
Honey sat on Brandi’s son Jack’s lap the entire ride home from the vet. Then, after three weeks of water exercise at home, regular soft tissue laser therapy, and walking with her doggie wheelchair, Honey took her first steps.
“It’s a big step and big thing to have another sibling in my life,” said Jack Glaske.
Honey fits right in with the Glaskes, who say Honey snuggles with their three kids, especially their 18-month-old.
Jenny Walter, a volunteer with Saving Argo Dog Rescue, helped raise money for Honey’s wheelchair through bake sales. “This is the rescue I want to help,” she said. “They’re just a family trying to do the right thing, and trying to help animals, which I’m all for it.”
Brandi posted a letter to Honey’s former owners on Craigslist Saturday. In it, she made it clear that the Graske home is Honey’s forever home.
Here is Brandi’s Craigslist letter posted in full:
“On April 9 I picked up an approx 4 month old reddish-brown pit bull puppy from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter. She had a back injury and could not walk, only drag her rear legs and end behind her. She had been at the shelter about 2 weeks before I learned about her. She was found as a stray, injured most likely from being hit or thrown from a car. While her body was broken her spirit was not, she cuddled with my 10 year old son the entire way home from the shelter, holding onto him with her paws and staring up at him like he was her entire world. It was clear I would be fostering this one myself.
“We drove straight from the shelter to our vet Kelley’s Animal Clinic, where her injury was finally diagnosed via x-ray and we were told of her treatment options. It was bleak but there was reason to hope. Our vet recommended starting soft tissue laser therapy immediately to help alleviate the swelling in her spinal cord which was causing her to be paralyzed. We did these treatments every day for a week and then every other day for another 2 weeks, then twice a week, once a week and now once a month. After just one week she began to wag her tail and move her legs. The progress she has made is nothing short of miraculous! From dragging herself around, toes bloodied to walking on her own in under 2 months. Her back legs had lost all muscle tone but now she is getting stronger and rebuilding muscle. The distance she can walk is limited but improving every day. We want her to have as normal of a dog life as possible so we had a rear support wheel cart made just for her and she went for her very first WALK yesterday. She made it an entire block before showing signs that she was tired. We will go a little further each day. We could not have done any of this without the loving care, patience and expertise of our vet, we are eternally grateful to you!
“Honey LOVES people and gets along so well with our other 3 dogs and cat. She adores my children and is so very gentle with our youngest who is just 18 months old, we refer to them as “the babies” because they are always getting into trouble together! She has been such a blessing to our family and shown us what the word “resilient” really means. We have fostered many dogs over the years; injured dogs, blind dogs, sick dogs and Honey has shown us a whole new side of what can be accomplished with enough love and time.
“To the person that hit her or threw her from their car, I have your dog and you will never get her back. I do believe in karma, and I hope that you have trouble sleeping at night and that her sweet face and loving eyes haunt you daily. She is one of a kind, with a heart twice the size of yours. If you hurt an animal with your car you have a responsibility to help them, not leave them for dead on the road. But its ok, my family and our rescue Saving Argo Dog Rescue and our generous donors are helping to pay for the damage you did and she is worth every penny & minute spent!
“I want to live in a world where people take responsibility for the lives they promise to care for. Buying, Rescuing or Adopting a dog is a LIFELONG commitment; it’s a promise not to be made lightly. You have the entire outside world to find friends, fulfillment and happiness; all your dog has is YOU.
“Brandi Glaske, Saving Argo Dog Rescue”
You can follow Honey’s story on Facebook at: Honey the Hopeful Pit Bull.
Brandi also told Fox 17 that Saving Argo Dog Rescue currently has six other dogs in need of adoption.
Donations for Honey’s care can be made directly to our vet Kelley’s Animal Clinic or on our website www.savingargo.com.