Real Life Nightmare


Friday afternoon was by far the most traumatic day of my life. I returned home around two in the afternoon to discover my little Maltese, Maddox, was no where to be found. I ran in every room, pulled out his favorite treats, double checked all of his favorite go-to hiding places, to no prevail. It was the scariest few minutes of my life. So many thoughts ran through my head. I couldn't understand what could have happened. Did someone steal him? Did he get out? I ran into the hall and saw what I couldn't believe I had missed upon entering... There was blood everywhere. 

Before I could even comprehend the horror that was in front of me, I heard screaming and crying pouring from the apartment across from us. I instantly knew something had happened. The next chain of events were surreal and quick. Without a hint of remorse the neighbor explained that her three pitbulls, which aren't allowed to be in the building and weren't leashed, had broke into our apartment and dragged Maddox into the hall and now he was missing. 

My heart was pounding. I couldn't hold back the tears. All of a sudden my neighbors friend rounded the corner with Maddox in her arms, wrapped in a jacket and bleeding profusely. He wasn't moving. I ran down the hall and instantly grabbed him. There wasn't time for questions. Nothing mattered except getting him to a hospital. I ran to the elevator, which thankfully went straight to the garage without stopping. 

I jumped in my car, put Maddox in the passenger seat, put the Animal Hospital into the GPS and instantly called Justin. I was a mess. He was thirty minutes away and I was too much of a disaster to fill him in. Blood, Maddox, and hurry, were basically all I could get out before Maddox started shutting his eyes. I had to hang up and keep him awake. I called the VCA and told them as clearly as I could through the tears that I was bringing my dog and there wasn't much time left, so to please be ready. I quickly hung up and called Justin to give him the address. 

Within minutes I was outside the VCA door. I darted inside, leaving my car looking like a crime scene. I was covered in blood and shaking. Everyone at the hospital instantly went to work. A few minutes later, Justin arrived. Together we waited. Maddox's wounds were horrible. He had bites all over his body, which resulted in over 100 stitches, the worst being his neck. Thankfully the women at the hospital were beyond helpful and incredibly nice. 

They rushed him into surgery. Afterwards things started to look up and I'm glad to say he's going to be ok. Right now he looks like a mummy. Every inch is wrapped, but some how, my little puppy was able to fight off three pitbulls and survive. If that's not a miracle I don't know what is. When we were able to digest everything, the neighbors who were also living there without the office knowing, had fled with their dogs. No name was on record. No number. Nothing, but a hallway stained with blood and medical bills that topped off at $11,000. 

What's important now is that I realize how beyond lucky and blessed I am that my little fighter made it out of this nightmare alive. Living through your worst fear, is your worst fears worst fear.  Please keep Maddox in your prayers and I'll be sure to keep you all posted. Thanks for all the support. 

UPDATE: Its been a few months now and Maddox is better than ever. Thank you so much for all your amazing support. He has a few scars that you can see when you part his hair, but other than that, my little guy is officially a super hero. :)

105 comments:

  1. Lots of prayers for your sweet little angel. <3

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  2. This is a truly horrible situation. Poor little guy and poor you! Take time, obviously.

    How scary!

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  3. holy cow. poor maddox. hope he's doing well. hopefully everything's going to be fine. just pray.

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  4. :( this is awful!! hope he's better soon and that you're okay too



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  5. I am so sorry! What a nightmare. I wish Maddox a speedy recovery.

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  6. Ah! That is so sad! I'm glad he'll be ok!

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  7. oh my gosh this is soo sad... I hope you and doggie are ok =(

    x

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  8. oh my Lord, my heart is in my throat for you, hearing this news. I'm so sorry that happened to your sweet little one and I'm sending prayers and good thoughts your way!

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  9. Oh my god that sounds absolutely awful! I really hope everything turns out ok and something is done about those pitbulls.

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  10. @cherry i am with you... i am in shock for you. something has to be done abt your neighbors dogs!

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  11. Oh my god! How sad! Hope everything will be fine!

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  12. My malti poo was attacked by pitbulls as well, he made it through. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  13. Sweet Maddox..poor little thing..
    cant imagine if something like that should happend to my Dina..
    Thinking about you :)
    Big hug!!

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  14. OMG! First, prayers for you and Max. I cannot even begin to imagine the horror this little fellow must have felt, or you. Please do keep us informed. And......this is none of my business, but I do hope something is done with the neighbors dogs, and the neighbor too if appropriate action isn't taken. If it happened once, it will happen again. Give Max sugars from Sophie Parsons.

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  15. Oh my goodness that is heartwrenching. I am so sorry to hear that but so happy he is such a fighter and is ok. I hope something happens with your neighbors dogs so that nothing like this ever happens again =( You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  16. Oh gosh, this post made me tear up :( I'm so sorry but I will DEFINITELY be praying that he heals!!!

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  17. aww poor thing i hope he gets better soon. that must of been so hard for you! what is going to happen with the women's pitbulls is a big question i have.

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    Vi from Cali

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  18. Poor little guy :( I'm glad he's ok!

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  19. Oh my gosh this brought tears to my eyes. What a scary thing for the both of you!! And ouchies!! I'm so glad he is going to be okay, though! Two pitbulls could have done a lot more to him than that. You tend to your baby and give him extra snuggles and kisses! I'm sure he will be shaken up for a while and probably be more skittish around big dogs from now on. So sorry.

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  20. that is one of the most horrifying stories I ever heard! How could the dogs get into your house? I will be praying for you and for Max. Such an adorable little dog. God bless you!

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  21. So glad to hear your pup is going to be okay, He is in my prayers.

    <3 and prayers.
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  22. This is miserable, I hope he recovers quickly!

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  23. omg, I can't even imagine!! I have a little girl Maltese and she is my world. That is my biggest fear :( Keep us updated on his recovery!

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  24. Hope your dog gets better! That makes me so angry at those people.

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  25. That is completely AWFUL!!!! OMG! Many prayers and kisses on your little babycakes! mwah! xoxoxoxoxo

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  26. i totally understand how you are feeling!! i hope he recovers well!! wish you the best!

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  27. hope you baby feels better soon :)

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  28. That is just awful! Hope he is on the mend soon!

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  29. Im so sorry to hear what happend, it brought tears to my eyes, I will pray for lil Maddox and you guys! God Bless keep us posted. xo

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  30. That's so awful, but I'm glad he's going to be ok. I know how you feel. My dog was hit by a car and there was blood everywhere and we just didn't know if he'd make it, but luckily he did. Hope he gets better very soon!:) x x

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  31. very nice photos:)...your dog is so sweet:)

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  32. I was tearing up reading this :(
    Im so sorry, and shame on your neighbors!!! I personally HATE pitbulls for this reason! I hope your dog is ok, I understand you taking a break for him, let us know what happens.

    MalibuMara

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  33. OMG that is so freaking terrible to hear!!! Poor Maddox, give him kisses for me!

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  34. Oh my god, that IS truamatic. I'm so sorry, thank goodness he's going to be ok. I hope you both feel better soon!

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  35. Oh nooo :( that is such a terrible thing to happen to your pup and you! I have a little yorkie and I am always so scared something like that would happen to her. I'd be the same as you! Im so glad you found him in time. I hope he's okay! Those pitbulls should be put down grrr. If they attack darling puppies they'll probably attack children too!! Hope he makes a speedy recovery, all my love to you both!!!

    Tasia

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  36. Omg that seriously broke my heart reading this :( I hope he is going to be ok!!
    xoxo

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  37. OMG, how can these pitbulls break into your home??? Hope he'll be fine soon.

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  38. How terrible! I'm glad you were able to come home when you did and play Super Mom. I'm sending you guys all the positive, happy vibes that I can and hope that Maddox has a speedy recovery!

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  39. so relieved he is ok! I hope your neighbors get punished for this! keeping you and Maddox in my prayers. I have a little dog as well and can only imagine what you are going through. xo

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  40. dear god, i'm so sorry to hear about your little pup, but so glad you got home when you did!!! i can't believe anyone would have such a violent dog, let alone two of them. if you ever find the dogs or owners again, you should call animal control and have them put down!

    wishing a quick recovery to little maddox!

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  41. Thanks God he's ok! and is sooooo cute I hope he get well soon! and you too.

    xx

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  42. I am so incredibly sorry, thank goodness he will be okay!

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  43. Keeping Maddox in my prayers! My dog was attacked by two pitbulls last year so I know how scary it is. How the heck did the dogs break into your house?! Hopefully they can find the dogs and put them down before they harm anyone else!

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  44. I am so sorry, this makes me very sad. Your poor baby must have been so scared! Sending some prayers your way!

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  45. OMG! That is CRAZY! Someone should definitely be held responsible. I have a pup and I cant even think of something like that happening to him. So scary! I will be praying for Maddox!

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  46. i came home in fifth grade to my dog attacked by another dog in the neighborhood and it was the same thing - i completely understand how scared and upset you are. but my dog pulled through it and i know maddox will too! i am so sorry this happened to you and i hope he gets better very quickly!

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  47. Poor Maddox. I am so sorry you guys had to go through this. I am praying for a speedy recovery for him!

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  48. Awww he is a beautiful dog! I hope he gets better ASAP!

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  49. Prayers for you and your sweet little dog. I agree, though, that there needs to be justice. If it happened once, it will happen again, so don't let the neighbors get away with it. How could a pit bull possibly break into your apartment without help from a human?

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  50. This is truly awful! My thoughts are with you & Maddox. I have a dog too & would be devastated if something like this happened. Pitbull's are banned in the UK due to their agressiveness xoxo
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  51. I'm so sorry for your little adorable dog. I hope he's better soon. You and Maddox are in my prayers.

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  52. Oh my gosh! Your poor little dog. I'm glad he is ok and hope he makes a full recovery soon. I hope you recover from the shock too!x

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  53. I am thinking of you my dear!!! I am sure he will be okay!....

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  54. Sending your baby lots of love and prayers. xoxo

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  55. That is just terrible! Hope you both be okay. Lots of love and thoughts!
    xx Marie

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  56. oh my! That's horrid! Hope we only hear good news. Will miss you!
    xo
    Sharon
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  57. I'm so so sorry this happened to you, I can't imagine how traumatizing that must be... I will keep you and Maddox in my prayers.

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  58. aww ~ this seriously broke my heart. i hope that maddox gets better soon, poor thing!! i have a little one just like him {cockapoo} and i've often worried about a situation like this one. prayers to you both.
    xx ~ kristina

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  59. Oh my goodness hun, this is awful I can't imagine how I would feel if anything happend to Alfed (my french bulldog). Big hugs to you and Maddox xxxx

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  60. I got chills to my core reading that. You are both in my prayers. I hope they find those neighbors. They deserve to be prosecuted and the dogs put down as well.

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  61. I am SO sorry about your little man. I had tears in my eyes reading this because our little pup has been "lost" before for like 20 mins and it was the most heartwrenching feeling. He didn't have as bad as an experience as your little guy but he almost got hit by a car. I'm so glad he is OK and shame on those people for leaving. sad sad.

    I will be praying for you!

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  62. This is awful. I was tearing up reading this. I have had dogs all my life and I couldn't imagine something like this happening to my dog. I will keep him in my thoughts.

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  63. Oh my goodness, I will pray for your baby. I'm so sorry that happened to him. I know what you mean about not being able to function when something is wrong with your furchild, because I have had several trips to the emergency vet in tears. I hope he gets better super fast!!

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  64. Cute dog--hope the cutey feels good!

    xoxo
    Stella

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  65. Thinking of you and your sweet pup. I can't imagine how horrible that was and I'm glad he's going to be OK!

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  66. I am so, so sorry that you had to go through this. I will be keeping you and your pup in my thoughts and hope that he has a fast and smooth recovery!!

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  67. oh my gosh!!! How Terrible. I'm so sorry this happened :( I hope Maddox is okay and take good care of him. ( I don't know what I would do if something happened to our dog)

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  68. omg... how terrifying... i am SO glad maddox is going to be ok... i will keep him in my prayers... my heart was in my stomach as i was reading this.

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  69. Ooooh...I also have 2 beautiful dogs I adore...I know he's going to be OK...he's a fighter for sure...Hi from Peru
    Eliana

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  70. oh my gosh, how scary. thank god maddox will be okay. prayers for you and for his speedy recovery!!

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  71. I gasped reading your post. Thank God he will be OK. I'll keep him in my prayers!! xo

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  72. I am so sorry that happened. He will be in my prayers. I am so glad that he will ok!

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  73. OMG, that is so scary and horrible! I'll pray for him and I'm so glad he pulled through.

    xoDale

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  74. I have tears in my eyes from reading your story, sweetie .. I'm so so very sorry this happened to you and your little Maddox. You're right, such a traumatizing nightmare! Take care of your baby and do keep us posted!

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  75. So sorry to hear about your baby. That's so horrible. (and I totally dislike pit bulls). Hope he gets better very soon. xx

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  76. Oh my God...I am so sorry to hear about this. I too have a little Maltese, Armani and he is only 4 1/2 pounds, along with a Pom and Maltese/Pom mix. I go into a panic mode when they go to the side yard and I cannot find them in the tropical plants. I don't hate any animals but those who own pit bulls need to learn how to train them, it angers so many people. I'm glad your fur-baby is just fine.

    Joni
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  77. Thankyou so much girl for your comment! Your blog is fabolous!

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  78. sorry to hear that, will pray for madox speedy recovery

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  79. How awful! I hope you both recover soon!

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  80. I can't even imagine how horrible that must have been for you. If that was my dog, I think I would have completely broke down. I hope that your little guy is doing well. Poor guy!

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  81. OMG! I am so sorry to hear this! I will be thinking of Maddox and hopefully a speedy recovery. Let us know if you need anything at all!

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  82. I can't believe it, I hope your dog will recover soon, I love dogs so much and I am close to you <3
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  83. I am so, so sorry... As a mom to a small dog, this is my WORST fear. I can't imagine what you're going through right now, but I am thinking and praying for you and your special little guy.

    What irresponsible people to leave such big, obviously aggressive dogs unattended. I hope they realize their mistake and they never make it again.

    Hope little Maddox gets well soon... And your nerves are calmed.

    Xoxo B.

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  84. oh my gosh this is horrible! thoughts to you and your pup. stories like this are so heartbreaking to me because it's the owners that make dogs like that mean and it's the dogs, or someone else's dog, that end up paying for it.

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  85. That is horrible...I am so sorry to hear this happend, I have a 5 year old beagle named Gus and don't know what I would do without him!
    Best wished to your and your pup...
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  86. OH MY!!!! I started tearing up while reading this!! I'm so glad your baby is okay! I'm an animal lover myself and I can't even imagine going through what you went through!!! My thoughts are with you and your little guy- he's sooo cute!!

    Take all the time you need sister, family comes first!!

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  87. oh my gosh. This is so terrible. I am truly sorry about Maddox but thank goodness that he is alive! The owner of the other doggies should be seriously in JAIL for not socializing the pit bulls properly! Thinking of you.

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  88. This is so sad. I really hope your building and these people pay.

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  89. what a nightmare! i'm a dog-mommy too, so i can understand the mix of fear, shock and panic you must have felt.

    my thoughts are with little maddox. and i wish him a speedy recovery.

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  90. I am so so sorry that this happened to you. My puppy is my child and I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. Doggies are tough and I'm sure your little guy will pull through.

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  91. OMG I own a dog myself and this really tore at my heart for a number of reasons, one that your dog went thru that and two I own a pitbull and she is the sweetest thing ever, and the fact that people don't properly socialize their pitbulls really upsets me because it really is what gives the breed a bad name. I am praying for your dog, I don't know what I would do if this was me anything happening to my dog is my worse fear it gives me anxiety!!

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  92. i wish the best for him and his recovery that is just unbelievable so glad he's ok, best wishes to you too!

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  93. Oh my gosh. I have tears in my eyes! I want to kill those pit bulls!!! I have two little dogs, so I can imagine your fear of losing Maddox. So, so happy to hear he is doing fine! We send our love!

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  94. I don't think it was pitbulls fault...They don't deserve to die like any animal...People who are not responsible for them must be punished...I hope Maddox get well soon :)

    Eliana

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  95. Omg my heart was pounding just reading the post!!! I am sooo glad he's ok and I know he'll be fine with your caring. I bet it was such a frightening situation. At the end the most important thing is that he and you are ok. I will be thinking of him. I know how it feels to go through scary things with pets :( XOXOOXOXO

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  96. Oh how DEVASTATING!!! SO glad your baby is going to be alright, what a nightmare! :(

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  97. I hope Maddox is mending quickly. My dogs are my children, so I cannot imagine what you went through! Lots of prayers!

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  98. This post makes me cry. The thought of anything happening to my maltese poodle makes me so sad. I am so sorry you had to see your baby like this :( I am glad he is doing better!

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  99. This just made me cry :( I have two Maltipoos and they are like my children too and I would JUST DIE if anything happened to them. I am so angry at your neighbors and I wish they could be held responsible for what they did. I know karma will take care of them though. Your baby is definitly a fighter, I know he will be okay through what you guys are dealing with now.

    Sending you ALL my love + prayers!!!!

    xoxo
    Natalie

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