This dog was found with a gaping wound on her chest. Her lung had been severely damaged and every time she took a breath, you could see movement in the tissue due to the passage of air. Upon the rescuers’ first attempt to get close to her, she tried to get away and hid behind the tall plants in the woods. But with her current state, she could only do so much, and eventually, one staff member managed to carefully wrap her in a blanket and carry her over to their vehicle.
They decided to name her Maxine. Obviously a senior dog, they didn’t know if operating on her to fix the gaping wound was a good idea. At her age, an operation like that could easily kill any dog, but the alternative was leaving the wound open — and super vulnerable to infection.
They sedated Maxine and proceeded with the surgery. Taking her advanced age into consideration and with the limited resources that they had, repairing her lung and closing the wound took two hours to complete. Fortunately, she wanted to live as much as her rescuers wanted to save her life, and she pulled through.
The first few days after the operation, of course, saw the most struggle and she needed all the help she could get to be able to ingest food. She lacked the strength to even lift her head, let alone chew and swallow her meals so there was always someone there to feed her by hand. This went on for days and eventually, Maxine was able to regain control of her body and she began to eat on her own.
She did make a complete recovery and while we can’t possibly expect her to be as exuberant as other rescue dogs, the sight of her taking it easy and just relaxing is a relief. Here’s to hoping she never has to experience that kind of suffering again.