My name is: Pippa, 3.5 years old

My story: When Pippa joined us as a stray from a rural Colorado shelter, she had a torn CCL and, at 101 pounds, needed to lose 20+ pounds before surgery. She was making good progress until she became suddenly and acutely ill. Pippa needed emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer and sepsis, possibly due to the pain medication she was taking for her torn CCL. She was given a 50-50 chance of survival. The emergency veterinarian and surgeon were amazed at her resilience as she spent several days in ICU for recovery. Her path to recovery has been a long one. She is also under the care of an internal medicine specialist for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and is doing well with a special diet and medication. She is a wonderful girl with a gentle spirit and looking quite trim now at 75 pounds.