A couple were enjoying a bike ride when they spotted a little dog in a ditch by the side of the road. They decided to stop and help her. But little did they know, the poor animal was actually severely crippled.
Natalia Muniowski and her husband ?ukasz live in the Polish capital of Warsaw. But, in 2015, the couple decided to escape the city and enjoy a bike ride in the countryside. However, when they set off, they couldn’t have imagined their jaunt out would be so memorable.
The Muniowskis were cycling down a peaceful country lane when something caught their eye. In a ditch by the roadside they noticed a dog. “My wife said, ‘Oh, a dog,’” ?ukasz explained to The Dodo in August 2017. “And we stopped.”
However, the animal appeared to be wary of the couple. Indeed, as they approached, it scuttled off into a nearby drain. However, the couple could see the dog’s movements were staggered and cumbersome.
“Her run… was very awkward,” ?ukasz recalled. “Her back was in the air, the back legs were wobbly and didn’t touch the ground. It’s really strange to describe because I’ve never seen anything like it,” he added.
Seeing the animal struggle made ?ukasz want to help it. So, he and Natalia parked up their bikes and launched an ambitious rescue mission. However, they would have to win the dog’s trust if they had any hope of helping it.
As a result, they approached the dog, who they later called Bobby, with caution. Then, ?ukasz got to work trying to catch the animal while Natalia ensured she didn’t make a run for it. “One side of the place that she ran into was closed with a big stone,” ?ukasz explained.
“I started to dig with my hands under it while Natalia watched if the dog would leave on the other side,” he added. “Bobby started to growl, but it wasn’t a scary growl. When I was finally able to move the stone and put my hand slowly in there… she smelled it and then put her paws on my hand.”
Now that ?ukasz felt he was making leeway with Bobby, he picked her up in his arms. He and Natalia then jumped back on their bikes and cycled into town to the nearest vet.
Just by looking at her, it was clear to see Bobby had seen better days. She looked undernourished and was sporting dirty fur. However, it was her hind legs that worried ?ukasz the most.
Upon inspection, ?ukasz believed the dog’s back legs were broken. According to him, one of her paws looked as though it was “hanging… from a single thread.” So, it was vital for him to get the animal some expert care, and fast.
Once the trio arrived at the clinic, the vet speculated that Bobby could have been ran over by a vehicle. Alternatively, he said she could have become tangled in a hunting trap. He estimated her serious injuries were up to a month old.
As a result of her trauma, the vet said Bobby’s quality of life didn’t look promising. And, with no family to care for her going forward, he suggested euthanasia might be kindest option.
“He suggested that we put her down, because there’s no point in making this dog suffer if we don’t find her a home first,” ?ukasz explained to The Dodo. “That was when we made the decision that we’ll take her. We just looked at each other and we knew that we want to have this puppy.”
Consequently, ?ukasz and Natalia took Bobby back home to Warsaw. Once there, they found a vet who agreed to operate on the dog’s legs, risky though it was. Unfortunately, the animal expert couldn’t save one of the limbs and had to amputate it. However, he did manage to fix the other leg.
Once Bobby recovered from surgery, she returned to the veterinary clinic where she received a brace to aid her walking. However, ?ukasz believed his new pet would never be able to run again.
But it seemed ?ukasz had been quick to judge Bobby. Because, despite all the odds, she learned how to run again. “I remember that she used to run in her sleep and we were saddened by that, because we thought she would never run again,” ?ukasz revealed. “Until one night, during a short walk, she was tugging on her leash, so we decided to run and she ran with us! She was so happy.”
And that wasn’t Bobby’s only achievement. Despite her three legs, she can regularly tackle the stairs up to the Muniowski’s third-floor apartment. “She takes the stairs all by herself, except when she’s very tired,” her proud owner revealed.
Now, Bobby lives a completely normal doggy lifestyle. When she’s not playing fetch or enjoying walks in the forest, she likes to show Leon, the couple’s other dog, who’s boss. But, despite her new life, Bobby continued to show her gratitude to her heroes for saving her.
“She’s very loving and kind,” ?ukasz revealed. “She loves when we fall asleep together. She sometimes hugs us with her paws and rests her head on our knees and lays like that for hours.” Seems like lucky Bobby is definitely happen in her forever home!