The moving and powerful story of Lily: a dog who was born unable to survive unaided. But her owner's intensive, creative management of her rare disability has given her a life worth living, and may inspire others not to give up on animals with other life-threatening conditions. As a therapy dog, Lily greatly enriches the lives of others.
This is the inspiring story of Lily, a puppy born with a rare disability.
Lily was only four minutes old, nursing at her mother's side; already milk was pouring out of her nose and mouth, soaking her and everything around her. Receiving so little nourishment, she wasn't thriving, and within weeks she had a respiratory infection. Euthanasia was compassionately suggested to spare her further distress - even if she lived at all. Against all the odds, however, her owner decided that this sweet little puppy should have a chance at life.
Laura weaned Lily early, letting her lick puppy mousse from her fingertip. A month later, she was hand-feeding Lily pieces of water-soaked puppy kibble one at a time during frequent feeds, but still the puppy choked with almost every swallow. Eventually, Lily was diagnosed with a swallowing disability ... extremely rare ... and incurable.
Amazingly, Lily has survived against the odds, due to the creative and intensive management of her condition. Her story may give hope to others, and inspire them not to give up their animals who may have life-threatening conditions.
Lily even became a Pets As Therapy dog, and helps in schools and residential care homes - she truly is a working miracle.
FeaturesFrom the moment Lily was born, clearly, something was seriously wrong
Hanging onto life by her little nails, Lily was losing her grip
A typical Golden Retriever, Lily loves food. But eating it is the problem
Lily’s story brings hope to owners of animals with difficult conditions
Whoever heard of a dog who can't eat; can't even lap water?
Every feed, we take on ‘The Triple S Challenge’: Single, Silent Swallows
"Lily certainly ticks the 'Unusual' box," is the opinion of her veterinary specialist
Solids are a problem for Lily. Unbelievably, liquids are an even bigger problem!
The Pets As Therapy assessment was very demanding - but Lily passed with flying colours!
Lily enriches the lives of others
About the author
Laura was born and raised in Canada. She later lived in the USA with three dogs and three cats, before moving to England to marry Jim, a British Airways captain.
Months after Jim died from cancer, Laura bought a Golden Retriever puppy, naming her ‘Pilot’ for Jim.
Two years later, desiring a family ‘life experience,’ Laura bred Pilot. When Pilot’s puppy, Lily, was born with a life-threatening disability, it was feared she would die. Under Laura’s devoted care, however, Lily became a miracle dog, surviving against the odds to live life to the full!