We lost 3 dogs in 3 consecutive days, Meet Kal-El, Max, and HaliaOctober 11, 2023 | 2:54pm
We lost 3 dogs in 3 consecutive days, Meet Kal-El, Max, and Halia
It is such a sad, heavy day.
We have 3 dogs we want to introduce you to. We lost them, each one three days in a row. Our hearts have been completely shattered. We do want to warn you that all three have the saddest of endings. We didn't want to break everyone's heart. But their stories deserve to be told. We won't let their lives go by unnoticed. So bear with us, as we tell each of their very important stories today.
First, is Kal-El. When we arrived on the scene, the caller was sitting with the dog, who had shown up on his doorstep. He thought the dog had been hit by a car because he wouldn't get up, but it turns out he was very sick.
He turned his head away when we offered him food. Those sad eyes of his just broke our hearts and we wanted to do everything for him that we could. We wanted to give him a very strong name, and Kal-El was superman's name - what could be stronger?
We ran some tests and it was discovered pretty quickly that he had drank anti-freeze. If a dog gets ahold of anti-freeze, it is not good. He was in severe kidney failure. It was crushing to get the news that his kidneys already had so much damage, there was nothing that could be done. Sadly, the most humane thing to do for him would be to let him go, as he would not otherwise have a peaceful passing. And we didn't want him to go through any pain, we loved him so much already.
That innocent little face and those sad eyes.
Life is so hard on the streets, and although we do our best to keep our social media full of hope, there is another world, full of insurmountable pain and sadness. We just went through three very tough heartbreaks, Kal-El being one of them. Fly high, beautiful boy. We're grateful you were not on the streets suffering. We didn't know him long, but we loved him and felt it was important to share his story and his beautiful face.
The very next day after losing Kal-El, we rescued Max.
We want to warn you this also has the saddest of endings, but losing three dogs three days in a row was absolutely heart-wrenching, and we believe their stories are important and they should each be honored, loved, and remembered.
A woman called and said there was a shooting at her house. She was ordered out of the home by police and couldn't return until they completed their investigation and it was safe. Her neighbor called her and told her that her dog had been shot during the shooting. She called and asked if we could help her dog. We said of course!
When we arrived, we found a dog laying and unable to get up. He couldn't move his legs and we knew he must have been shot near his spine.
X-rays showed that yes, the bullet was lodged, but there was a chance he could make it through this. We phoned with experts and sent him in for emergency surgery. We were told he had about a 50/50 chance of survival. But when he arrived, they discovered he also had degenerative myelopathy, which means his spinal cord suffered so much damage from the gunshot that it caused degeneration. We could have repaired the bullet wound, but his spinal cord would have gradually gotten worse, causing muscle paralysis and he would eventually suffocate when it affects his lungs. That is not an ending we would wish for anyone.
So once again, we had to let this beautiful soul go and cross the rainbow bridge in peace. We remind ourselves over and over that he was not alone, and he was not scared. We gave him every chance there is. We are so sorry for what all this family has endured and wish for everyone's safety involved.
Max, we are so sorry this happened to you, completely innocent and enduring needless suffering at the hands of a gun.
We hugged each other and cried, this was not the ending we hoped for for this beautiful, loving animal.
And finally, the third soul we lost in three consecutive days, is Halia.
This one was so hard because she was so close to making it to the other side. We didn't have any walls up emotionally - we knew she had a very small chance of surviving, but we poured all of our love into her, just hoping she could make it.
The initial call came in that there was a dog who desperately needed help. When we arrived, we found a skeleton of a dog laying in water and trash near a dumpster. We guess that she was hit by a car and left paralyzed. She dragged herself out of the street and was laying all alone, starving to death.
She reminded us so much of Harris when we first laid eyes on her. We named her Halia, which means remembrance of a loved one. She did good the first two days. She had enough adrenaline to sit up sternally and eat after her rescue. We had to feed her very small amounts of food to avoid refeeding syndrome. But on the third day, she crashed. She couldn't hold her head up, her gums were near-white, and food fell out of her mouth. We couldn't bare to put her though anymore and cherished the happy moments we were able to give her. We know she felt love. The last words she heard on this Earth was, "We are so sorry. You are so beautiful. We love you." We cried into her fur and held her paws when she crossed over.
Fly high Halia. We are so, so sorry this happened to you.
We're sorry to tell you these horribly sad stories today, but Kal-El, Max, and Halia were all important. They deserve to be loved and remembered. Thank you for baring with us today as we shared their sweet little faces.