MY FOSTER BABY PEARL
I have a special place in my heart for special needs animals. I currently own a third-legged kitty named Titty. I know what you're thinking, but his name is for another blog. Anyways, an evil man who has no soul shot off his leg. Titty is one of my favorite family members. Yes, I love everyone in my family but I REALLY love Titty.
I was scrolling on Facebook and came across an adorable puppy that needed an immediate foster. She was only about 5 weeks old and couldn't walk on her front paws. She was surrendered to Searcy Animal Services by a woman that claimed the mother had been hit by a car. Searcy Animal Services didn't have the funds for Pearl's treatment so they reached out to Rock City Rescue, who immediately agreed to help. I contacted Rock City Rescue after seeing the Facebook post and picked her up that night. I named her Pearl.
Pearl acted like her little legs didn't bother her. She was a sassy thing and immediately wanted to play with my beagle and lab. She also was an amazing cuddler and wanted to eat EVERYTHING! She didn’t act like she was malnourished even though she only weighed about three pounds.
After going to the vet, I learned Pearl was full of worms, underweight and suffered from rickets disease. Rickets is a skeletal disorder that’s caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. These nutrients are important for the development of strong, healthy bones. Animals with rickets may have weak and soft bones, stunted growth, and, in severe cases, skeletal deformities.
Westrock Animal Hospital decided to splint her legs to see if they could get her bones to grow straight. The doctor said it was about a 50/50 chance of working. After a month of treatment and deworming, it was time to take her splints off to see if there was any progress! There was! She was very weak but she was standing tall and straight! I didn't know what else to do but cry because I was so happy.
During her treatment, I made sure to document everything and post her on the book's social media. She immediately got a lot of likes. I had a lot of people messaging me about her health and when she would be available. One guy stood out to me named Greg because he was consistent with his messages and explained how his wife fell in love with Pearl after seeing her on a social media post.
The best part about Greg is he wanted to do everything he could to adopt Pearl without letting his wife find out. For almost a month he kept it a secret not knowing if he could get Pearl before Christmas due to her condition. He hated he had to lie to his wife about not being able to adopt Pearl. He made up crazy excuses to do everything in his power not to let her know because "she pretty much knows everything and getting anything past her is nearly impossible."
Everything worked out and because of Pearl's speedy recovery; I was so excited to let Greg know he would be able to have Pearl before Christmas.
The day came for Greg to come pick up Pearl. While I was so excited, I was so sad. Selfish I know, but as a young mother, I felt like I was watching one of my babies leave me forever. I am so happy that God picked me to be her "foster mommy" and that I was able to find an AMAZING family through my book's platform!