Terminally Ill Rescue Dog Completes Her 'Barket' List After Traumatic Life
One terminally ill pooch, which was used in a puppy mill, is on a mission to complete her epic 'barket' list during the final days of her life...
For 10 year of her life, 11-year-old Victoria was used as a breeding machine, and is now wheelchair bound following her traumatic ordeal.
The German Shepherd has enjoyed visitng the beach, played polive K-9 for a day, met a state governor and ever DJed at her local radio station.
The pooch was born into a puppy mill and used as a breeding machine, meaning she gave birth to around 18 litters in her lifetime, which would be somewhere between 100 and 200 pups.
She was also attacked by another dog when she was much younger, and as the wound was never treated, she lost vision in her left eye.
That's not the end of her heartbreak either, as Victoria is also suffering from a disease known as Degenerative Myelopathy, which has caused her body to decline. She now relies on a harness attached to a set of wheels to move around, as the disease, which will eventually kill her, has paralysed her back legs.
Thankfully, she's now in the care of Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, and has been since October 2017.
The charity's co-founder Grace Kelly Herbert and her husband Steve Herbert are determined to make the pooch's dying days as memorable as she deserves, creating a bucket list of fun things for them all to do together.
Grace explained: "Terminally-ill dogs like Victoria are worth saving. They still have life left in them. She is a wonderful dog. She is so loyal and friendly, and she has a lot of love to give.
"If we're lucky, she'll last until the end of the year. Everyday is a gift with her.
"I said to my husband, 'Imagine all of the things she could have done in the past ten years if she had have been a dog that was free'.
"She's stronger and happier than ever before. Its about turning something negative into a positive."
Victoria is also taking part in a study with Cornell University, so that researchers can understand Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs better, to help with treatment.
Grace added: "Victoria is one of the key dogs in the study.
"Because of the bucket list, her very broken body is giving back."
You can follow Victoria's journey or donate to Finding Shelter Animal Rescue here.
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