A dog named Elif was about 8 months old when she was rescued by Katherine RT of Patitas Unidas Manchay, a rescue organization in Lima, Peru. She lived with her previous family since birth, and everything seemed well when suddenly, she just stopped eating when she was 5 months old. She felt so depressed that she almost didn’t want to continue on with life.
According to her owner, Elif refused to eat or even drink water. She wasn’t the same puppy she used to be. She became lethargic, inactive, and extremely laid-back. Even after seeing the vet, she did not show any improvement at all.
Because she continued to lose her appetite, the poor dog soon lost weight until she was nothing but skin and bones. Her feeble body could no longer carry her own weight so she stumbled when she walked. Sooner than later she could no longer stand on her own.
Elif’s condition was a mystery but there was no doubt she needed help. Fortunately enough, Katherine came and gave her new hope. She took her to the shelter and promised she’d do everything for her.
The vets that looked after the dog discovered a long list of medical issues. She tested positive for the tick-borne diseases, referred to as Anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis that caused her lameness and anemia. She also suffered from canine Distemper, a viral condition, that induced vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
The dog remained at the hospital for quite a while. She refused to eat for the first few days so she had to be hooked to an IV to receive nutrition. Eventually, she ate a little, and that signaled the start of everything great that followed.
Elif proved she’s a brave little warrior with a strong will to live. With the help of her rescue friends, she pulled through and recovered. She added weight, gained back her strength, and became a stunning girl.
People couldn’t believe she was the same dog rescued a few months back. She looked completely different, after all. But more than the physical change, there’s something Elif achieved. She became happy, and that’s what mattered the most.
Credits to Katherin RT and YouTube/The Penguin