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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Animal Stories

Someone sent us this today.

Hurricane Katrina did so much damage, and all these years later, people &mdash and their beloved animals &mdash are still suffering the aftermath. For the longest time, we just felt like there was no upside to any of it. It was horrible, just plain old fucked up, an oozing sore in our consciousness.

Then we found Casa de Charlotte della Luna and Gentilly Girl, and and realized that the wonderful people of New Orleans fight on and look for the positive, no matter how hard it is. Life goes on, and people look for the beautiful and revel in what they have.

Then this.

Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners in the wake of Katrina. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her.. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight, and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.

"This was the right horse and the right owner," Moore insists.
Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood (that) she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana . The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.

The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.

And she asks for it! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too" And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. "It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse", she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had a good time doing it.

"It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life", Moore said, "She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others."

"She's not back to normal," Barca concluded, "but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself."

This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind!

Molly, you brave, beautiful little pony, you rock. We'll quit whining about being a gimp. At least we still have all our limbs.

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At 5:53 PM, Blogger Charlotte aka TM said...

Honeee! Thank you so much for sharing this story. The resilience and strength of this beautiful animal parallels those qualities in my city's brothers and sisters. There are many, many happy endings to Katarina animals/pets thanks to all the volunteers who came and searched house to house for survivors. There are still plenty of houses with notes scrawled on the outside of dogs and cats found dead or alive. Here is one I pass everyday:

I cannot say enough about how wonderful LSU vet school is. After about 2 days post-K I was able to get in touch with my vet there who was treating my poodle for a brain tumor. She co-ordinated her care with a vet in Jackson, MS where I was evaced. Long story short - getting in touch was hit or miss via cellphone and my sweet Izzy died before we were able to return home.

Anyway, thanks for keeping NOLA "out there" through your blog. You are a true friend of our city!

PS - Will go now and link to this post.

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Charlotte aka TM said...

Oh and thanks for the shout-out!

At 6:12 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

You're always welcome, Charlotte!

So sorry to hear about poor Izzy.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Sandy-LA 90034 said...

It's heartwarming to see good news coming out of New Orleans. Thank you for this inspiring story.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger GentillyGirl said...

Thanks for sharing this story PC. I hadn't seen it before, but my brain is living in a strange place over the re-building poop. It makes me feel very hopeful.

An thanks for the kind words about those who are fighting down here in the city and along the Coasts. Like Molly, we will be healed in time.

At 3:37 AM, Blogger Distributorcap said...

thanks for this --- the animals of the world deserve so much better than most people are willing to give

i am so glad molly has found a new life

you brought a tear to this old fart's eye today

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Michelle S. said...

A link to your blog and this story was sent to my by a friend and what a wonderful story it is. I am so sorry that Molly and her owners had to go through this at all, but what a great outcome! Thank you for writing about it.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Hi, Michelle, I followed you back to your blog and please give the puppers a smooch for us too. I too am sorry Molly had to go through her travails. I don't blame the doggie who inflicted the injury. Animals are not meant to be crowded together willy-nilly and the poor guy was probably going nuts from terror. Molly is a veritable inspiration, isn't she?


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