Sometimes life is just hard. Sometimes life is hard for a very long time. Sometimes it seems like there are so many twists and turns you just wonder if things will ever get better. And then they do.
That’s the case for the little honey-colored, scruffy rescue originally known as Allie. She’s had a really difficult life just in the time that I’ve known about her. I’ve followed her story for about a year when she first appeared as a stray at the Gray Highway Wal-Mart in Macon.
For weeks folks tried to catch her, but she was very elusive. We were afraid she would have a bad outcome being so close to a busy highway. Then my nonprofit group, Central Georgia CARES, sent a humane trap to Miss Liz Pinkerton, who finally was able to catch her.
CARES provided medical care for her and, of course, had her spayed. We were all so hopeful that her life would be great from that day forward. But living happily ever after doesn’t always happen right away.
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Allie was eventually adopted by a family that kept her for an extended period of time. Then, for one reason or another, the adoption apparently didn’t work out any longer, so poor Allie was returned. She remained in rescue yet again for a long time.
Then there was talk of Allie being sent to the Northeast where so many other Georgia dogs go, but she would need a foster to keep her for a couple of weeks. That’s when Miss Elizabeth Bobbitt offered to help.
She picked up Allie and took her to her own home with the intention of fostering her until she was transported up north. Of course to Allie, being at Miss Elizabeth’s house was yet another new location in her life, and she had no idea where she was. So soon after arriving there she made a run for it. And she ran for her life.
Miss Elizabeth put out the call for help to try to catch Allie because once again, she was loose near busy streets. Allie was running like a bullet to destinations unknown, but she just kept running.
There were sightings of her all around the Bass Road and Rivoli Drive area. People turned out to help. CARES sent representatives and the trusty humane trap again. But the trap continued to stay empty.
For 14 long, agonizing days, Allie ran, dodging traffic and hiding from people trying to help her. She ran out of sheer fear, maybe because of her history or maybe because she was in a foreign environment, but she ran for two gut-wrenching weeks in extreme heat.
Finally, she appeared to stop running and anchor in one neighborhood. A neighbor, Miss Gretchen Longan, saw her and alerted Miss Elizabeth, who immediately brought CARES’ trap. Not long after the trap had been set Allie was caught. In the same trap she was caught in the year before.
It was such a happy moment. But when Miss Elizabeth checked Allie, she realized Allie’s eye was in really bad shape. She rushed her to the doctor where it was determined her eye had ruptured and would need to be removed.
So once again Allie seemed to be down on her luck. But the tide would turn once again. While she was awaiting surgery, Miss Elizabeth met a lady associated with a rescue group out of town who heard Allie’s story and wanted to take her. As soon as Allie recovers from her surgery, she’ll be taken to the rescue group to find a loving home.
Miss Elizabeth gave her a new name to celebrate her new life. She is now called Mia, which stands for Missing In Action, since she was gone for two weeks.
Now the only obstacle remaining is covering the expense of her surgery. If you’d like to help, you can call Forsyth Animal Clinic at 478-474-4829 and pay them directly, send a designated tax-deductible gift to CARES, or email email@example.com on PayPal and let them know you want to help Mia/Allie with a fresh start on her life.
I’ve learned a lot through this ordeal with Mia. I learned no matter how bad things get for however long, don’t give up. It will get better. It might get worse before it gets better, but it always gets better.
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