It’s impossible to imagine the pain and fear that Pippa must have endured as she dragged her tiny, injured body around the streets.
The four-year-old Jack Russell was found as a stray, struggling to walk due to a fractured pelvis and blind in one eye, as well as suffering with a nasty ear infection which impaired her hearing.
It’s not known if Pippa was abandoned with her injuries or caught up in an accident afterwards, but her pelvis had been left untreated for some time and had begun to heal in the wrong position.
She arrived at Blue Cross two weeks before Christmas last year and spent the festive period in pain in our kennels, as our vets carried out tests to determine how best to treat the poor girl’s injuries.
Soon after, Pippa, whose blindness is thought to be due to a birth defect, was admitted to our Victoria animal hospital in central London.
Sadly, her pelvis was beyond repair because the injury had gone untreated for so long and her right hind leg needed to be amputated to prevent a lifetime of agony.
But while last Christmas – and potentially every one before that – was a time of misery for Pippa, this year she can look forward to one filled with the love she deserves.
Once she had recovered from her operation and started to adjust to life on three legs, she went home with new owners Leslie and Avis Moore to Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Pippa has been in her new home for almost 11 months and this once traumatised girl couldn’t be happier. Her new family are pretty smitten, too.
Avis said: “At times she loves to sit on your lap and loves the cuddles, and at other times she wants to play, and other times she just likes to be by herself. She is a little sweetie."
Leslie and Avis’s daughter had spotted Pippa on the Blue Cross website and urged her parents, who were grieving for their previous dog who died a month before, to visit her.