As we stated before, we will post the stories just as they are written, without altering them in any way. We will also include the photos and links to videos that come our way. If you have a story that needs to be heard, please send it our way to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we want to share as many of the submissions as possible, today we will post two. To balance things out, however, we have to have a doggie story in the mix! Here we go...the first one is from Holly W. about her wonderful dog, Misa:
"In 2010 our family was looking for a new dog (we already have one, but she was kinda lonely when we were out of the house). So we started looking at the local shelter a puppy we could adopt. After a couple months of searching (and having no luck), we were about to give in when the receptionist told us there was a puppy at the shelter in the next town that they could transfer over so we could take a look, but we were told she had some problems. Two days later we got a call that she had arrived and we could come look at her that afternoon. When we got to the shelter, we were shocked by how matted and dirty her fur was and how shy she was. The worker told us that she was dropped when she was a newborn, so her fontanelle never closed. Because of this she was deaf and had permanent brain damage. We knew she was perfect, so we decided she was the one. Her name is Misa. We couldn't pick her up for a few days because they had to give her all her shots and fix her. She was still incredibly matted and dirty when we took her home with us, but the groomer fixed that the next day. She's a beautiful dog. We taught her hand signals so she'll sit & stay. Even with the deafness and brain damage she's smart and beautiful. She's perfect."
Now it's time for a feline story about a little warrior named Tux, sent in by Allie from New York. (...and here is a little extra 411 about Allie which she didn't share in the story: she has opened her home to other critters that need good care, including sugar gliders, ferrets, and koi!)
"Last summer I was working at a vet's in my town. Some lady and her teenage son brought a tuxedo kitten (probably 4 months? at max, 6months) in our front door. Turns out they had found him in a construction zone, where he'd either been shot by a pellet gun or had fallen and impaled himself on rebar. (We'll never know but ... it looked like a pellet shot). He had a hole the size of a pellet in his back right leg. The Xrays showed three breaks in the bone and a break in his tail. The boy who came with his mother, said, when we asked his mother what she wanted us to do (we legally had to ask) he said "take it out back and shoot it". Well there was no question then, we grabbed him and set him up in a kennel, wrapping him up to keep him warm. Fast forward about four days - surgery's done, he got neutered and the leg removed - and he was out of the danger zone. I took him home to foster him until he was healthy. Almost a year later, and he' hasn't left us yet. Tux doesn't even seem to notice he only has three legs - and is the most avid of hunter. We have three cats total (all rescues of sorts) and they're all indoors but we live in the country and often have mice and such living in our walls. Tux will be the first to nab them, faster than any of the four leggers! I'm attaching photos I took of him. One is post surgery and one is now! (Warning, not for the faint of heart, he has a drain and was just a few days out of surgery) He shares the house with a poly-dactyl neurotic siamese\russian blue mix (6 on one paw, 7 on another and each back foot has dew claws!) and a hyper, always wide eyed, domestic short hair. XD Tux might not have had the best start but he's got a great home now!"