As a young pup, Poppy’s spine was crushed, and her back legs were paralyzed.
It is not clear how she was injured, but some believe she may have been trampled by another animal or she may have been kicked.
It isn’t clear how long she suffered alone and paralyzed before she was found.
Susanne Vogel was working at an elephant research camp in Botswana when she and her co-workers saw Poppy.
Poppy was slowly dragging herself onto their camp.
Even though her back legs didn’t work, Poppy’s heart was full of love.
Vogel picked up the poor creature and took her to the vet – which was eight hours away!
Poppy was one lucky pup.
Vogel says that their camp was in a remote region that is full of predators.
At the vet, it was determined that Poppy was about 7-months-old.
She would need surgery to repair her spine the doctor said Poppy may not survive the procedure.
On March 3, one of Vogel’s co-workers, Amanda Stronza, set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the young dog.
Over the next few days, Poppy got stronger.
She was eating food, drinking water, and getting a lot of love.
The doctor decided to let Poppy get even more healthy before they attempted the surgery.
Poppy is living at a foster home in Botswana.
Next month, they will assess her health again.
Stronza says Poppy is a sweet girl that is full of life.
It is heartwarming to know that Poppy was able to find a group of people who were willing to help her fight for life – and to thrive!