Wink wishes mostly for treats and squeaky toys,
but my wish for this brave puppy is simply to breathe like other dogs.
At three to four months old, Wink suffered a severe blow to the face and was left at the Mobile, Alabama, county shelter to be euthanized. Jacki Armstrong of Noah’s Animal Refuge Centre in Wilmer saved Wink’s life. With a small budget and a huge heart, Noah's financed a two-month vet stay that included the removal of his left eye and a long, painful recovery.
Wink’s breathing difficulties have persisted due to a crushed sinus cavity. He breathes through his mouth and sleeps restlessly, waking often to clear his throat of nagging mucus that also drains from his nose. Wink puts on a happy face, but he is clearly uncomfortable.
My connection with Wink began late one night from my home in Mississippi while searching Petfinder.com. There he was ... his adorable, proud picture nestled between hundreds of adoptable dogs. It was love at first sight. Since that moment, I have fully committed myself to Wink's recovery and have given him a forever home with my family.
Knowing that reconstructive surgeries would be very expensive, I started the "Wink's Wish" project to share Wink's story and invite others to help. I'm deeply grateful to our friends who have made Wink's journey possible by contributing to his care, adopting a plush puppy, ordering a custom pet portrait, buying a cookie or two at a bake sale, volunteering you time, and offering encouraging words and prayers.
Wink is currently in the final stages of nasal reconstruction and will undergo his eighth procedure on March 27, 2017 at Texas A&M University. To read Wink's full story, you're invited to visit his photo diary pages.
Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them. I’m so glad Wink found me.