Location: Anna Texas
I’m sure you all remember the story of Marley the Bullmastiff who belonged to the military family and had torn her ACL. The advice they got on her was that she had to have surgery, and chances are the other leg would blow too, the picture they painted was grim and hopeless and they felt it was best to let her cross the bridge. We were contacted and we rescued her from being euthanized. We then reached out to the family to offer our help.
We offered to buy a brace just to see if it would help heal in the hopes it would form enough scar tissue to ease her discomfort. We also told the family that if it didn’t heal and she ended up needing surgery the rescue would help them with that.
This is a military family a mom and her 7 children and her husband a soldier that was deployed at the time and we’ve learned he will be deployed again soon.
They were so grateful for our help and the family was so happy to have Marley back home with instructions and a brace to see if it could help avoid surgery.
Sadly the family contacted us a few days ago that they just felt like Marley’s care was too much for them and she wasn’t getting the opportunity to rest and recover the way she should be. A family of 7 kids of various ages running and playing and romping just keeps Marley moving way too much and it just isn’t providing her with the quiet rest she needs to have a chance to heal.
We talked about if she does need surgery the situation with the family of a single mom and 7 kids was just not ideal for her to rest and rehab properly and the surgery would potentially fail as well. Everyone is upset, they are all crying but they just honestly feel that they ultimately have to do what is best for Marley and that is having us take her back and find a better place for her that is much more consistent with her needs.
It sucks, it hurts us all but everything we do and every decision we make is always what is best for the dog, the people around the dog have to be second, and that is the case this time as well.
Ricky has driven to El Paso to pick her up and bring her back north to us. She will stay with Karla and Neal again where she was fostered before. We will assess her leg now, and see if she was really ever given a chance to let the brace work or not. Is it worse? Is it any better? Would it be better to just go ahead and do the surgery? I don’t know yet, but we do know that 7 kids a mom and a dad are all very sad today as they say goodby to Marley but this time it’s forever.
She will have a happily ever after, she will be taken care of so they don’t have to be afraid of anything there, but none the less it is a very sad day for sure.
Thank you Ricky for exposing your heart to see a family have to say goodbye to their big girl and thank you Karla for welcoming this precious girl back into your home.
This is a tough one for sure…
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