It is with a heavy heart to inform you that Mia-Josephine (the latter named after Jose Alfaro Martinez) crossed the proverbial Rainbow Bridge. The bloodwork came back good. The surgeons were prepared to amputate her leg, but they noticed she had labored breathing. They decided to take X-rays of her lungs. Cancer.
The bone fractures in her leg were actually caused by the cancer. Because it was never treated, the cancer metastasized and spread to other parts of her body, including her lungs. Amputation would not have saved her. Chemotherapy would not help – particularly since she’s estimated to be about 10 years old. She was worthy of love all along; it just came too late.
For the ones to whom we know we must say goodbye, Crossing Guardians likes to give them a good meal before they leave us – a meal they would love and one we wish we could give them while healthy but know it’s not good for them. Today, Mia was given delicious taco meat. She was showered with love as she took her last breath. Allowing her to leave this earth with dignity and feeling loved was the best we could do for her. She is going to be cremated and her ashes will be placed in a cedar box, along with her paw print.
Please watch this video, because Mia’s life mattered.
It gets overwhelming to rescue animals in the Mexico-California areas, but that’s Crossing Guardians’ mission. These animals – domesticated by humans to serve our desires, which they do loyally – are treated so horribly by those who domesticated them.
We’ve seen many die, but it never gets easier. Michael Dog-lous was the most recent victim before Mia. After we treated him for anaplasmosis, he started feeling better. Then his stomach suddenly started to bloat. More testing was done and he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his heart. He was suffering. We had to let him go. These two will not be the last of the tragic endings, as it is very, very bad in the border areas.
Crossing Guardians cannot thank everyone enough for their moral support and to all who donated towards Mia’s care. There is overage, but it could be used towards surgery to repair a fractured femoral head and post-surgery rehab for Anabelle, as well as a front leg amputation Max needs, also followed by rehabilitation. (See photos below) These are just two of many who are under the ongoing care of Crossing Guardians.
Please share Mia’s story, for there are a multitude of “Mias” out there who need help.
Rest well, sweet Mia-Josephine…