The Lady I rescued regularly tries to make a point with our blog that a big city is nothing more than a bunch of smaller communities connected.
That couldn’t have been proven more true than when neighborhood associations and neighbors stepped up to help a stray dog, all documented on Facebook.
First seen on the Old Irving Park Association’s Facebook page post, the Lady learned about someone finding an injured, lost dog. The post mentioned that the dog had an injured back leg and a vet recommended amputating the leg. Feeling helpless as she didn’t recognize the dog, while thinking it was just another one of those lost dog stories with no happy ending, the Lady didn’t do anything more after reading the post.
Except this dog wasn’t going to end up as another sad, stray dog story, because of rescuer Julie, self-proclaimed crazy dog lady, the neighbor that found him. Without the authority to authorize the surgery, Julie, took him to her vet. This vet decided to treat the wound, set the leg and put him on heavy pain meds. He went home with Julie.
The next day a GoFundMe.com page was set up to help pay for the medical expenses, already at over $800. That’s when another neighbor saw the Facebook post with the information, recognizing the dog. The dog, named Flash, is 14 years old and has a family looking for him!
This is when the Lady realized she had to tell the story. Because Flash lost his first mom too, just like Taffy did. And the Lady knows how terrible she would feel if Taffy ever got lost, after promising her mom that she would take care of her. Just like Flash’s dad did for his daughter. She lost her battle to cancer on July 4th, 2005, with Flash never leaving her side the whole time.
You have to question the human animal bond here, what a coincidence that Flash went missing so close to the anniversary of his first owner’s passing. And how strangers found him and saved him when he needed it the most, just like how he was there just when his owner needed him the most.
In a little over two days after Julie finding Flash, his owner came to see him, Flash’s wagging tail tells you how happy he is to see his dad.
The latest news about Flash is that the vets say they will be able to save his leg. According to Julie, it’s all thanks to the veterinarians at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital, Dr. Bohaty and Dr. Rovner. Their approach is to get the nasty wound to heal first and then decide what to do with the dislocated ankle. Since being reunited and returning home, Julie accompanies the family to the vet for every follow up visit.
With a positive outlook for Flash we can only wonder at how well this all worked out, during a busy summer holiday period no less, when no one wants to get involved. Not every stray dog is just that, a stray, they could have families looking for them and you won’t know until you try to find them.
The Lady would like to thank Julie Greco for letting her use her personal photos in this post, and for saving Flash.
Please check out my pal Dexter’s blog, Fidose of Reality, with great tips on preventing your dog from getting lost in the first place and resources to use to help find a lost dog.