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Adopted Sept 2014, Angels carried her home May 26, 2018

Friday afternoon I said good-bye to Mango, our 5-pound Yorkie we adopted from Blind Dog Rescue Alliance. Mango was rescued from a puppy mill in September 2014, and came to us with a laundry list of medical issues that included diabetes, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), bad teeth, glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, numerous mammary tumors, and very weak legs.

During Mango’s first year with us, I had a lot to learn and there were many challenges because she had both diabetes and EPI.  Olesia Kennedy of Epi4Dogs was my lifeline during that time, providing guidance and support as I worked with my vets to get Mango as healthy as she could be.  

Mango was one of those little dogs who thought she was a big dog. She was sassy and could be loud. She always led the chorus of barking at mealtime. But she could be quiet too, and she loved sleeping in a lap or snoozing on the sofa.

On Wednesday night, she was walking in the kitchen and it sounded like she stumbled, and then she would not bear weight on her right front leg. We gave her crate rest and she wasn’t any better, so she went to the vet for a consult and an x-ray. The x-ray revealed her shoulder was completely dislocated. So, we learned what really happened Wednesday night is the shoulder popped out of the socket. My vet said the pain would be excruciating, and he consulted with some experts who determined because it popped out of the socket on its own simply as she was walking around, with no trauma involved, it would likely keep popping out, and there was no sure way to make her better. The very hard decision was made to let her go. 

You would never know Mango had so many medical troubles. She was happy, and so generous with her love. When the vet staff brought her to me to hold for the euthanasia, she greeted me with kisses like she always did. It has been such a privilege to get to know and care for and love this little dog, and I will miss her more than I can say.

 Many, many thanks to Olesia and the Epi4Dogs Foundation for all you do for our beloved dogs.                                                                                                                                   


Mango will always have a little piece of our hearts, her loving people parents, Carol & Tom