Mia needs Surgery on her 2 front legs

October 2014 (Mia so happy in her new Duct tape Bed)

Mia arrived in my life on June 8, 2014 and I am trying to do everything I can to help get her back on her feet...literally.

(Nothing like Puppy Love)

Two weeks prior, a neighbour in my building asked if I would sit his dog for the weekend. I said "of course", I didn't know him that well, but I had met his dog in passing and thought she was adorable, sweet, smart and well mannered. It ended up that she stayed with me for a full week and her owner simply disappeared.

During that week, Mia and I became fast companions. Well, basically we fell in love with each other. When her owner came back out of the blue, I offered to baby-sit her whenever he needed, and then she was gone.

Then on June 8th, at 5 am, I awoke to a scratching noise at my window (I live in a ground floor suite), and there was Mia; alone, scared, shivering and traumatized. I let her in and she collapsed in my bed with me. Later that morning, it was evident that Mia had suffered some sort of injury on both her front legs and couldn't stand or walk. I attempted to contact her owner and couldn't find him anywhere so I packed her up in my kitty crate and took her to the Emergency Room.

(Mia back from hospital...doped up on pain killers)

To make a long story short...Mia was in the hospital for 5 hours, in that time I was able to locate her owner whom refused to take any responsibility for his dog and was going to leave her to be treated like a stray. The suspicion is that he, under a mental breakdown and a drug induced delusion thought she was the devil and threw her out his 3rd story window, causing her to hyper-extend both of her front carpals. A life altering injury, that requires weeks of casts, and certain surgery. It’s a miracle she even survived the fall, and then to drag her broken butt all the way around the building to my bedroom window. She is a brave doggy.

(New Stints, New Toy, chillin' watching tv)

So, we come to the reason I am trying to raise money for her. I have officially adopted her as my own and taken on all the responsibilities that her owner refused to take on, including financial ones. So far the bills are up near $1500, and for her to be able to walk again she will need either custom made removable stints or surgery.

(Canada Day Stints, Nap with LambChop)

The boots will cost between $600 - $1000 per boot. The surgery is upwards of $5000 for both feet. Yikes, I know. I am sure she can live a pretty happy life with just the boots, but if I can raise enough for the surgery that would be even better.

(Happy to be walking)

She is a 5 year old Chihuahua, very smart and loving. She has been healthy otherwise. She likes to play keep away with her toys, but with her injuries, she gets very frustrated that she can’t move as fast as she once did. I’ve never considered myself a dog person, I have always had cats most of my life, but Mia has melted my heart and I just want the best for her and must do everything possible to bring her comfort.

(Trish photobombing Mia)
I will post pictures and updates on her progress for anybody who is interested also.

Thanks to all who consider helping Mia and I out with her recovery.

Tricia and Mia

Thank you to everyone who have been so generous. I didn't expect such success. I really want to get Mia the surgery but I will have to decide in the next week or two whether we can afford just the custom stints or if I will be able to raise enough for the surgery. Thank you all so much for the support.
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Tricia Boyko 
Vancouver, BC
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