The call came in to a Nebraska animal control from a concerned neighbor. She reported cries, moans and yelps coming from a small dog in a neighboring home. Investigators rushed to the scene only to find their worst fears confirmed: It was a Pomeranian, barely 9 pounds, unconscious on a backyard deck. The dog, named Baxter, had been severely beaten, kicked in the head and abandoned.
Baxter was rushed to the Nebraska Humane Society’s intensive care unit. Tests and examinations found that the pup had fluid and swelling on his brain. The society’s veterinarians, techs and volunteers worked around the clock to care for Baxter, holding him, keeping him wrapped in warm blankets and whispering words of encouragement in his ear. Then, a miracle occurred: Baxter woke up. Unfortunately, it was soon apparent that the beating – and the many that had happened before this one – had caused irreversible brain damage.
Barely 2 years old, Baxter would never walk straight again; instead, his gait would always be crooked. The damage also meant that this dog would have difficulty ever holding his head upright. House-training would be an especially tough challenge. Baxter would also require a special diet for the rest of his life. Despite the seemingly impossible list of obstacles facing him, Baxter had a strong spirit, and he was not willing to give up.
With unfailing love, care and dedication, the Nebraska Humane Society staff and volunteers threw themselves into helping Baxter achieve as normal a life as possible. They were inspired by his determination and by his willingness to trust in people again. Baxter began to thrive at the society, basking in the attention and loving care he so richly deserved.
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