Where to begin . . . as close to the beginning as I can remember; at least the parts that my foster mom told me about my beginning.
Before I arrived at my foster mom’s home, she said they had some photos and X-rays. She said I looked pretty sad. I vaguely remember that I was not feeling well and not looking forward to my life as it was. I was in a lot of pain, and I was hungry most of the time. Apparently, trying to find things to eat, I started eating things that were not good for me, like rocks and sticks and bones. These things showed up on the x-rays along with the reason my rear leg hurt so much. It was broken in a few places and my hip was crushed. I think this happened when I was struck by a vehicle while running on the Reservation. There was no one to take care of me and I had no real home, so I did a lot of wandering around.
It was also difficult to find something to drink. I was so thirsty that I drank some water that didn’t smell too good. As a result, I got sick with an infection. I tried to hold it in but I couldn’t help pooping all over myself. It was really smelly and I was embarrassed. My foster mom said not to worry, that she would take care of me because that’s what moms do, they take care of you. My foster mom also gave me my name, Cruiser. Up until that time I didn’t have a name. I liked the name Cruiser, I think it fits me perfectly.
I was in pretty bad shape when United Animal Friends initially found me. I ended up in a vet clinic in New Mexico where I got a rabies shot but nothing else. I think that was because UAF had already decided they were going to take me to Arizona and help me heal. I was barely tipping the scale at 35 pounds, and I was really weak and in a lot of pain. My foster mom said “yes” immediately when asked if she would take me in. I’m glad she did and really happy that UAF decided to take a chance on me.
Even though I was in really bad pain and no one on the Res helped me, I knew in my heart that people must be compassionate. I was right and wanted to be close to the people who were now helping me. I tried my best to show how much I appreciated their help and love. I hope I was able to get my message across to them.
Once I was safely with my foster mom I went to a Vet here in Arizona. They tried to rehabilitate my rear leg. I remember being in a water tank and trying to walk on it, but it was too painful. I was thankful for all the help I was getting but I just couldn’t put any weight on my leg. My foster mom told me they would have to amputate my leg. I really didn’t know what she meant but I trusted her to take care of me; after all, she did promise me that my life would get better.
I also had surgery to remove the all the rocks and other hard objects from my stomach and intestines. Sorry if this is a little gross for you to read, but I really want you to understand what had happened to me. I also want to be sure you know about United Animal Friends here in Arizona. They are a great group of volunteers who go to extraordinary lengths to help dogs like me.
When my foster mom went to fill the medications prescribed by the Vet, she was asked for my date of birth, my foster mom told them it was February 14, 2016, Valentine’s Day. I don’t remember being born, but from what I’ve been told, Valentine’s Day is full of love, like me!
So, I had my surgeries and felt 100% better almost immediately. I was thankful for the love I was receiving and the good food and water as well. It was such a relief to have something to eat/drink and a warm, soft place to sleep. I got lots of attention and got to go to a few different places so prospective “forever home parents” could see me. I was really fortunate that my forever mom saw my photo on the UAF website and decided to meet me. My life really did get better, and it keeps getting better. I’m so happy that United Animal Friends decided to take me in and help me.
I’d like to encourage anyone who is looking for a forever friend to adopt one who doesn’t have a home, one who has been abandoned and may not be a cute little puppy. Everyone deserves a home, everyone deserves to be wanted, everyone deserves to be loved. There are more like me out there who need a home and need love. Please take some time to give someone like me a second chance at life. You’ll save two lives, yours and the one you adopt. I know, it happened to me, now I hope it happens to all the others out there wandering around looking for love.