How A Tiny Injured Puppy Healed Me When I Needed It Most

As a licensed vet tech, I have met many injured pups throughout my career. Working in emergency medicine introduces you to so many furry friends in need, but one touched my heart in a different way.

About 5 years ago I walked into my job at the animal hospital, ready to start a normal shift. Across the room on the treatment table was a tiny puppy with multiple wounds, visibly shaken up from her traumatic evening.

The 6-week-old puppy was facing certain death if we didn’t act fast, and her owner was unable to understand the gravity of the situation. Her owner was just old enough to bring a pet in through our doors, but not enough to understand the care this puppy would need going forward.

The young owner knew she could not give the puppy what she needed going forward and was considering taking her home as is. At this point, I became extremely invested in this puppy’s care and offered to take her in as my own. She was soon signed over to my care, and my life with this incredible puppy began.

Ellie went on to become the very best friend I could ever ask for. She remained at my side through sleepless nights, unbearable heartbreak, and every struggle I would face in my sobriety journey.

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