Victoria may be 11 years old, but this terminally ill, German Shepherd dog has had an arduous life! She spent the first decade of her life in a puppy farm, where she gave birth to around 18 litters of pups. The total amounted to more than 100 – 200 puppies. As a result, she has now been given the opportunity to fulfill her extraordinary bucket list.
Victoria suffered for years of neglect and illness
Since being a puppy, this German Shepherd has endured years of mistreatment. Consequentially, she lost her left eye vision due to an attack by another dog. She is known to be suffering from degenerative myelopathy, a spinal cord disease, resulting in progressive paralysis. As her health declined, she now relies on a set of wheels, attached to a harness, to make her hind legs mobile. This makes it possible for her to move around.
The V for Victoria campaign
The founders of the Pennsylvanian Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, Steve and Grace Herbert, suggested that as Victoria only has up to a year left to live, they intend to make sure her final days are filled with fun activities. Because of her, they have launched the V for Victoria campaign. This campaign also aims to raise public recognition about puppy breeding farms.
This terminally ill dog, Victoria, has already completed several items on her bucket list. These include meeting a local governor, being a DJ at a radio station, serving as a police dog for a day and taken her first outing to the beach. She is also involved with Cornell University, who are researching the effects of canine degenerative myelopathy. This is with the hope of developing a cure for future sufferers of this terrible condition. As the health of this terminally ill dog declines even further, she is finding that more strenuous challenges on her bucket list are beyond her abilities.
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