This post is dedicated to the men, women, and animals of armed service who give their time and risk their lives so that the rest of may know peace. God bless and we pray that you come back home to your families safely.
Some times, dogs are called to help soliders.
And some times, soliders are called to help dogs.
From the looks of it, Taylor looks like any other healthy golden retriever puppy.
Unfortunately, Taylor suffers from a chronic and often fatal condition called megaesophagus.
What is megaesophagus?
Normally, when the dog’s esophagus is functioning properly, it acts as a muscle and pushes the food down the esophagus into the stomach.
However, when a dog has megaesophagus, the esophagus stays enlarged and does not push the food down to the stomach.
Therefore, the food fails to enter the stomach and often stays in the esophagus, and is eventually regurgitated, or enters the lungs through breathing, or decays in the esophagus.
The most common result of having megaesophagus?
“Unfortunately, the mortality rate in canine acquired MG is still unacceptably high with approximately 50% of the dogs diagnosed with acquired MG succumbing to aspiration pneumonia or respiratory paralysis.”
In fact, Taylor’s megaesophagus condition was so bad that she had to eat 3-5 cans of dog food a day because of it was being thrown back up.
The condition was so bad that at one point, the option of putting Taylor down seemed like the most obvious choice.
But luckily, the people at Retriever Rescue of Colorado did not give up easily.
How could anyone give up on a face like this?
The only way to keep the food down for dogs with megaesophagus is for them to eat upright.
So a message was sent to the volunteers: rescue Taylor by building her a food stand.
Who responded to the message? 1st Lt. Galen D. Peterson.
A man who can build anything, Galen responded to the call and built Taylor this amazing stand:
And now thanks to Galen, Taylor can keep most of her food down.
Taylor even outlived her “expected” years.
If Galen had just ignore that plea and went out about his duties, where would Taylor be?
If Galen was “too busy” to care about a dog he has never seen, which pet cemetary would Taylor be buried in?
If Galen thought “oh well, someone else will respond to it”, how would anyone tell Taylor that she has no hope?
No, Galen wasn’t too busy. Galen did care.
And because Galen cared, Taylor can live another day as a normal, happy dog.
Our hat goes off to you Galen.
Another awesome dog story ending. Much like Haweye’s.