When I first met Sadie, all I could imagine was her being trapped in her dog house and backed into a corner by a blaze that was taking over where she had usually slept. The burns she had sustained told a horrific story. Her left front leg and the entire left side of her body had the deepest burns. They were full thickness, meaning that she had nothing that was living covering her muscle tissue. She had most likely turned around several times looking for a way out, as her right side was also burned badly, but not full thickness. Before the fire started, she may have felt warm for the first time in a week, since it had been unusually cold in Louisiana during the time that she had sustained her burns. That warmth and comfort likely didn’t last very long, as the space heater that was placed in her dog house along with a nest of straw caught her hay bed on fire. She survived five days in her badly burned condition before we saw her. She was taken to Dr. Liza Ledet, DVM at Mandeville Animal Hospital by her owner. Dr. Ledet referred her to us here at Resurge for hyperbaric oxygen therapy and advanced wound care. None of us, even the senior staff, had ever seen a dog with that much of her body burned before.
Part 1: Sadie's Severe Burn Injuries
I remember seeing a dog early in my career that had been stuck under a muffler after being hit by a car, but he was no where near as bad as Sadie was. I decided that I needed to film her journey. I knew it was going to be a long one, and if she lived, then maybe she could be an inspiration to people going through similar traumatic experiences. Sadie’s journey truly has been a long one. She’s had more bandage changes than any other dog I have had the pleasure to help and she continues to surprise me with her strength and willingness to learn, despite her tragic past. The above video is part 1 of 3 and shows how difficult her journey has been. Parts 2 and 3 will be published soon, so please check back to see her whole story. We all hope you can fall in love with her just as much as we have and see her strength as an inspiration the way we do.
Part 2: Sadie's Resurgence