Esperanza, which is Spanish for Hope, is a white German Sheppard mix who was found with a fractured femur after being hit by a car the beginning of December 2010. A lady from a small animal rescue operation in Red Deer, “For the Love of Dogs” found the injured Esperanza on one of her trips to a local reserve to rescue a dog in distress. On this one particular day she rescued the dog she intended to transport and additionally found the injured Esperanza. Luckily for Esperanza she happened upon a soul who loved animals and asked for help in the only way she knew how. She parked her injured self next to the women and her car and would not budge.
Esperanza was found to be nursing 5 newborn pups and a cat Jacob (named by the Humane Society), 5 months old. It is not known whether she began nursing Jacob before or after her own pups were born. One thing is known for sure, not withstanding her own delicate situation she welcomed Jacob into her fold to do what she could to help.
‘For The Love of Dog’ transported the family of seven to the Edmonton Humane society where a local veterinarian has since operated on this loving dog’s leg. Jacob was put in foster care to wean him off of his dog-mothers milk as this is apparently unhealthy for his constitution.
Isn’t this an amazing story? A chronicle about friendship, love, determination and family. A story about asking for help when you need it. A story to help us commit to memory that the most important things in life cannot be found under the Christmas tree or bought in a store.
Esperanza won the designation of ‘Mother of the Year’ by the Edmonton Humane Society.
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