On February 26, 2009, Katie Ball received copies of the following email from 3 different sources. (It seems Katie and Marley were destined to be together.)
Please see attached regarding a plea from Marley, a 6 month old female [turned out to be male] Healer X pup who was born blind.
Can anyone out there find someone for her.
Her kind have helped us humans as Guide Dogs for the Blind and now one of them
Contact me if you are willing to help this dog.
Here is the attached photo, mentioned in the email.
Katie replied that she could make room for Marley, but couldn't afford to pay for the vet check and neutering. Thanks to the Internet, Marley's plight made it all the way to New York City, Where Lorraine Sakli joined the mission.
---- lorraine sakli wrote:
The next email came from Tana:
On Mar 2, 2009, at 12:22 PM, Tana Bachmann wrote:
Katie and Marley finally meet. It was love at first site for Katie -- not so much for Marley. (Bribery didn't help either.)
One last shot before Ken had to get back on the road.
Katie also sent her thanks to Lorraine.
On Mar 6, 2009, at 7:24 PM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thank you so much for your generosity. I can say that in just a few days Marley is a different dog. He is playing, bouncing and has a big smile on his face all the time.
Here is Lorraine's reply.
Oh, Katie, what wonderful news. I am so happy that Marley is with you and will be safe. He will live a happy life, though he is siteless. He still has his nose and your loving touch!
Though I live in New York and could not physically help Marley, I wanted to reach across the miles and do something for him in some way. That beautiful face and sightless eyes touched my heart. How could it not.
Thank you for your kindness and compassion. You now have a wonderful dog and give him a big hug for me. I will keep checking your site for updates on Marley.
And thanks to Tana and Ken for all their work on Marley's behalf.
March 8: Marley woke up with a fever.Katie took him to Gateway Animal Hospital. He was in very bad shape. His white blood count was elevated and he was dehydrated, besides having a fever.They took X-rays and found something in his intestine. Theydecided to keep him at the vet, under 24-hour observation, with intraveneous meds, hoping (and optimistic) that the problem would correct itself.
We're all so sad for this little pup who's had so little happiness in his short life. Please keep your fingers crossed for Marley.
March 9: Marley did not respond to treatment. His temperature kept spiking. His only hope was surgery, but the cost was way beyond our limited resources.
Lorraine Sakli came through again. She reached out from New York City, called Gateway and arranged to pay for Marley's surgery. Our deepest gratitude to Lorraine for her overwhelming generosity.
March 9: Marley is out of surgery AND HE'S GOING TO BE FINE! He had ulcers so bad that one of them almost ruptured and would have killed him without immediate surgery. They removed the part of his intestine that contained the ulcers. He is receiving outstanding care and compassion at Gateway Animal Hospital in Anderson, where he will stay for another day or two. Our thanks to the entire staff, who have been so nice, helpful, and understanding.
Latest Update: Marley is home from the hospital and doing fine. The biggest problem now is keeping him still--he wants to get back to being a puppy.
Here are Marley and Colby making friends. Both were blind from birth.
Marley and Colby sharing breakfast. It looks like they're BFF now and this "bland" diet tastes pretty good.
Stitches out! Marley is now a happy, healthy puppy. He runs, jumps, bounces, and spins. This is probably the best he's ever felt in his whole young life. He has an outside friend in Expo and an inside friend in Colby. LIFE IS GOOD!
March 23: Marley went to school for the first time, tonight. He was a good boy and plays well with others.
March 25: Ever since he got his stitches out, we've been trying to get some happy photos of Marley, but he only has 2 speeds: out-cold and this:
Have you ever almost seen a happier puppy?
Here's Marley and Katie at Love Your Pet Expo 2009
Here is Marley, chewing on a Pegetable snack. He is now a very happy, healthy, lovable member of the family.
We did some research on Marley's breed and situation. Here is what we learned from the wonderful people at The Handicapped Pets Forum.
Our sanctuary runs on donations.