I’ve followed Betsy’s story since her intake video popped up on my Facebook feed in April. It’s believed by those who rescued Betsy that she was a bait dog used by dogfighters. With that in mind, the aforementioned video is a truly gruesome display of what human beings are capable of when it comes to hurting dogs. I’m not going to include the video in this post – it’s a legitimate horror show – though you can, if you’d like, view it yourself.
What’s astonishing about the footage is that, despite the obvious pain Betsy’s in, despite the plentiful wounds she’s sustained, she never once lashes out at the doctors and nurses who are treating her. She doesn’t seem even the slightest bit capable of it.
And that’s what Betsy’s story is really about. The horrors of dogfighting? Her former (alleged) status as a bait dog? All prologue. Betsy’s story is one of incredible resilience, of forgiveness, and of love. She is, in a word, perfect.
Here she is running around – joyfully, hilariously, squeakily – with her precious pink squeaky toy:
To follow Betsy’s continued recovery, check out Viktor Larkhill’s Facebook page.
Featured image via Viktor Larkhill/Facebook