When you rescue an animal, and it becomes a part of your family, it’s as if the animal has come to your rescue as well. Despite its cliche-ness, it is true. This is one of such stories, which centres on a woman named Kesley and a dog named Kardi. When confronted with the ups and downs of life, the two of them show what it is to be in love, have companionship, and be resilient.
Kelsey intervened and saved the life of Kardi, a two-year-old French bulldog. Kardi had spent her whole life with a breeder and had spent the bulk of her time in a cage. Despite her initial fear and shyness upon meeting Kelsey, Kardi quickly adjusted to her new existence. Due to Kelsey’s status as a college student at the time, the dog followed her everywhere she went and made many friends due to her charming personality and lovely smile.
Only a few years after Kardi’s rescue did the dynamic duo face health problems. The happy pup was paralyzed at the age of four due to intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), a disorder that affects the discs in his spine. Kardi has never regained use of her legs and is chronically incontinent of both the urinary and gastrointestinal systems.
Kardi, on the other hand, has not succumbed to her severe health issue. After learning to walk only with her front legs, she was given a pink Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, which significantly helped her mobility and mobility training. While engaging in the exercise, she learned how to back up and down steps and around corners.
The good news is that Kardi’s health issues have not ended. Kardi was diagnosed with bladder cancer in March 2020 after genetic problems were discovered due to poor breeding methods. There were no viable therapy choices for her, and her physicians gave her three to six months to survive.
Kelsey was heartbroken by this news; she had just gotten engaged in September 2020 and had set a February 21st, 2021 wedding date. Kardi was the only person she wanted to accompany her on this momentous day. Fortunately, her wish was fulfilled! Kardi has now been cancer-free for almost a year. Apart from attending Kelsey’s wedding, she “wowed” everyone by donning a tutu and a flower bow! They posed for pictures, and it is in these images that we can feel the depths of their love for one another. Kardi gives her human a big smile on this crucial day. According to her interview with My Modern Met, Kardi’s attendance at Kesley’s wedding meant a great lot to her. And that she has supported her throughout her life, through both good and bad times. Additionally, she expressed appreciation for Kardi’s presence on her special day.
Photo credits: Kartin Kardi