Friday, August 28, 2009
Hope and Inspiration
This was forwarded to me via email. Its a sad story with a wonderful, uplifting ending.
'This grey speckled pony was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected.
The surgeon saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.
He agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built. The pony walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.
Her story turns into a parable for life in Post-Katrina Louisiana...The little pony gained weight and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
The pony asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, she gets away from her owner. "It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse," her owner laughs.
Most important or all she has a job now. The rescue farm owner, started taking her to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers. Wherever the pony went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people and she had a good time doing it.
The surgeon said, "She survived the hurricane, she survived a horribly injury, and now she is giving hope to others."'