A supposed to be fun trip turned into a rescue mission for Nicola Owst and her friend, Sally. Nicola saw how terrifying a poor pup looked like when it was trapped in a crate. From then on, the dog became her rescue project.
On April 27, 2009, Sally asked her to join her to see a young horse she saw while browsing the internet. Nicola mostly spent her years in a horse barn where Sally and her husband Rob manages. The barn is in Leicestershire, where sally worked and lived with the company of horses.
It was raining that night. Nicola had a difficult time driving the car down the M1. It was so blurry for her to see where the path is. But because of the heart of compassion that Sally has for animals, she would go beyond the call of duty. They both had to go through dark and muddy roads for them to save the young horse’s life. After a long and tough drive, the two finally arrived at the place where they planned to go.
Nicola and Sally both felt uneasy as they got out of the vehicle. Two men who looked like untrustworthy came along with a young horse that is about six months of age. The young horse looked so fragile.
The poor creature looked so hungry. Its body seemed to be penetrated with worms. It was not just one horse; two poor-looking foals needed food and medication.
Nicola and Sally got out of the car, still having doubts about the two men. They immediately handed over the money. The foals that they picked up looked highly-strung, which made the two worried.
As they approach the car, Nicola saw a movement from an abandoned cage. She walked towards the cage to see if the animal is still alive. Nicola gasp in horror when she saw a poor pup breathing heavily, compressed in a cat bag.
The dog’s body was fully wounded as his fur have already worn out. He tried opening his eyes, but it was too difficult for him to do so. Some parts of his body looked like it had been scratched deeply. What terrified Nicola most is the poor pup’s smell. It smelled like a flesh that has been rotten for days.
She didn’t think twice about saving the dog’s life. She grabbed a towel and immediately but carefully carried the barely alive pup inside the car. As Nicola positioned the pup in her knee, she realized that the dog was covered in mange. This is the reason why the dog’s fur is almost gone.
With the rain still pouring so heavily, Nicola and Sally still managed to get out of that horrible place. At least, they have given the animals another chance to live. Nicola named the dog “Buddy.”
As they approached home, Nicola called their local veterinarian, Ian, to check on the three animals. When he arrived, he immediately checked Buddy. Ian told Nicola that Buddy is a few-months-old Staffordshire bull terrier. Ian continued examining Buddy out. Buddy was diagnosed with demodectic mange, which causes skin inflammation and hair loss.
Ian prescribed and gave a bunch of antibiotics for Buddy. Nicola decided to bring her rescue dog home. The pup’s first night at Nicola’s house was a bit hard to handle. She was constantly checking if Buddy is still breathing. She even hasn’t gotten enough sleep because she was too worried about her pup’s condition.
Nicola took care of Buddy slowly but surely. She tried feeding him with chicken and scrambled eggs so his stomach won’t get upset. She let her dog get enough sleep and exercise to gain strength and energy.
She never thought of getting a breed like Buddy. She always thought that this kind of breed is too loud and difficult to take care of. But Buddy proved that her assumptions were all wrong.
A year passed by, Buddy’s wounds had healed. His disease had been cured already. Nicola decided to let Buddy mingle with other dogs, too, for fun.
Soon after, Nicola met Jon, the love of her life. Buddy became their guest of honor when they tied the knot in 2013. Oh, how fashionably cute Buddy was with his matching collar with the dresses of the bridesmaids.
It has been a good life with Buddy. The dog who was almost left for dead is now a jolly dog. If Nicola had saved Buddy from dying, Buddy turned the tables for Nicola as well.
Credits to Nicola Owst