Rescued puppy makes adorable new friends at puppy school
Watching this dog, it's hard to believe she was moments from death just three weeks ago.
River is a beautiful one year old dog, who is part Australian Shepherd and part Akbash.
She belonged to a very loving family but she developed severe health problems a few days before Christmas.
River’s owners took her to an emergency veterinary clinic and received some tough news.
The cost of diagnosis and treatment was going to be overwhelming, and the care she would need for her illness would be impossible for them to manage.
It seemed River had Addisonian disease, a hormonal imbalance with serious and complicated symptoms. Grief stricken, they believed that their only option was to end River’s suffering and have her euthanized.
They were struggling with the thought of explaining this to their children who were in love with this wonderful animal.
Even their other dog was very attached and would be devastated.
River lay helplessly on a blanket on the floor, too weak to move, yet still able to lick their hands and wag her tail slightly.
As River was seconds from death and the couple said their tearful goodbyes, Serena, a veterinary assistant at the emergency hospital realized that she had also fallen in love with this gentle dog.
When River’s final moment came, Serena asked her owners if they would consider a last resort that could spare River.
They were eager to hear Serena’s plan.