A female Chihuahua mix arrived at the Aurora Animal Shelter in labor. Unable to deliver her puppy on her own, the veterinarian in charge, Dr. Nicole Bartley, was forced to give the dog a C-section. The procedure saved the mother’s life but it appeared that the unidentifiable homeless dog was dropped off too late to save the puppy. It was brought out of its mother unresponsive; not breathing or moving.
Forty-five minutes later, however, one of the vet techs heard the puppy begin to cry and unwrapped the blanket that contained the puppy that was thought to be still-born. It was taken to its mother. Due to the situation, Bartley and her veterinary technicians thought that the name Miracle fit the puppy.
Not one but several miracles happened that day. First someone thought to take the homeless dog, obviously in distress, to the shelter. The next miracle was that someone was present at the shelter to help her through her labor. The third miracle came when the puppy, thought to be dead, began crying and seeking its mamma. Lastly, Dr. Nicole Bartley proved to be a miracle to the animals because she decided to take the mother dog and Miracle in for the meantime to care for them while they recover.
In this world of dog fighting, school shootings, etc., it is good to have these types of miracles take place – especially during the season of miracles. It is also good for people to know that special individuals, like Bartley, exist.
Many shelters are forced to euthanize animals the day before the holiday because they will be shut down and governments do not allow for overtime or holiday pay just to feed and care for homeless animals. Perhaps if the mother dog had been taken elsewhere, neither she nor her puppy would have made it to see Christmas!
All animal lovers can do is hope and pray that there are similar stories of open hearts out there; not only during the Christmas season, but always. Veterinarians are a special group of people that care greatly for animal-kind. They do prove this by helping the animals, yet not all are able to go the extra mile like Dr. Nicole did for Miracle and Miracle’s mama.
Thank you to all who helped this poor dog through this great crisis in life. You are all very much miracles to the rest of us that love animals!