Lunita was found dumped on the streets of Salta, Argentina, with nothing but a dilapidated wheelchair and a bag of diapers. She was paralyzed, so she was unable to move on her own and was forced to lay there until someone would save her.. Fortunately, a good samaritan saw her and called LUBA Salta, a rescue organization.
Once the rescuers came to the scene, they could see that Lunita was in need of urgent medical care, so she was quickly rushed to the nearest vet’s office where she was given the appropriate medical assistance.
Shortly after she was found, an American family contacted the organization and offered to give Lunita a permanent home. However, it was quickly determined this family weren’t taking proper care of her. A mite-infested bed led to her getting a severe staph infection and so she was returned to the organization.
Luckily, another American family stepped in and took Lunita in, and she quickly began recovering and became the happy dog she always could have been.
Her new life was filled with fun. She would spend her days around her doggy sibling and they would run around, visit parks, play in the snow, and attend parties. Lunita’s paralysis was never an obstacle for her to enjoy her life. She was given a custom-built wheelchair from Eddie’s Wheels that facilitated her moving a great deal.
Lunita’s celebrated her 11th birthday on June 15 last year with all her dog friends and her new family. She even got to eat her special, dog-friendly cake. Unfortunately, only a month after her birthday, she got sick and was admitted into the ICU at University Medical Hospital where she passed away.
Lunita’s mom shared the tragic news on Facebook, writing:
“I will never forget her and how much she meant to me. She changed my life forever. I loved her so much.”
Lunita’s final year of life was the best she ever had. This brave dog taught us that besides our flaws, we should never settle for anything less than true happiness.