There’s a dog named Baloo who didn’t have an easy life, but whose story is worth sharing for the inspiration that it can bring to all of us.
She was born on May 3, 2019, and was supposed to belong to somebody else. Her owner used to have a pet named Boony, who has been his friend for twelve wonderful years. Sadly, she passed on from this earth. Boony and Baloo are from the same Irish Setter breed, and their owner believes that Boony left this world with Baloo as her mission.
Baloo was given up by her original owner. Her pedigree name Azzara meant “an angel sent to Earth”. Her new owner believes that the lovable dog was precisely that when they found their way into each other’s arms.
Baloo was wild and very active as a puppy. Her new owner started bringing her to hikes in the mountains and the forests when she was little, where he enjoyed seeing her discover the world. His angel dog loved the outdoors but was terrified of the water.
He detected that something was wrong with the dog’s eyesight during those times they would come across bodies of water, and every time they played fetch. He didn’t take it seriously at first because she was still a puppy during that time.
Baloo started to have seizures when she was eleven months old. They went to the vet to get this checked, where Baloo was given some medicines. Upon a more thorough examination, her vet said that the dog’s left eye was blind. They had her undergo an MRI that day, too. Ultimately, the vet informed Baloo’s human companion about a piece of heartbreaking news.
His angel dog apparently has hydrocephalus, and she only has one-half of her brain. This is where the vet told him that he had three options.
The first was for them to give her corticosteroids to slow down the process. The problem with that is her condition would worsen, leading to death. The second was to get her surgery. A shunt would be placed in her hydrocephalus where the valve and tube will suck out the cerebrospinal fluid into the abdominal cavity. While this could save her. It would allow her to live a normal life like most dogs, but it had some restrictions. The last option was to leave her at the vet’s, where he would have to put her to sleep.
Baloo’s concerned owner chose surgery, which happened very fast when the pandemic started in May 2020. It went successfully, and Baloo’s owner associated it with the love and affection that her vets gave her. And, of course, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of all the people who helped him financially with the surgery. There were hundreds of people who reached out to him, and to help pay it forward; he continues to help sick children and animals through the sales of his photos and calendars.
Baloo’s owner says that he’s been doing this for several years now, and he has found the meaning of life because of it.
As of this writing, Baloo is living an almost full life. Despite not being able to see with both eyes or going on long walks, she is still a happy dog most of the time. She quickly gets tired, but they were able to contain her seizures.
Her loving owner is glad that they were able to save her. She has a big chance of living a good life.
Baloo and her owner’s story proves that love can do miracles. They exist to help each other out. He believes that Boony, his late pet, is instrumental in this match made in heaven.
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