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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

Nikita Milagro came to ODH at the age of 14 years.  She had been locked in her crate and left by her owners when they vacated their apartment.  When she was eventually found after an unknown period of time, she weighed just 52 pounds even though she has the size and frame of an 80-90 pound German Shepherd Dog.  It is an understatement to say she is severely emaciated.  Thankfully, Nikita Milagro was released to Old Dog Haven.

Her life-long name is Nikita, but when the Shelter took her to the veterinary clinic for a Cruelty Exam, the clinic called her Milagro, which is Spanish for “miracle” – maybe because it is a miracle she survived at all.

Nikita Milagro is very tall with huge feet and a pointy muzzle.  She was infested with fleas, and has large areas of hair loss along with crusting, redness, itchiness, ulceration, and a yellow greasy film all over.  The fleas are now gone, and she gets medicated baths, but at this stage in her life and with her starvation and severe skin damage in general, her fur may never grow back.  The fur she does have is severely matted.   But because she is literally skin and bones, without any muscle or fat, any brushing or combing is painful for her.

Her ears were severely inflamed and completely obstructed with yellow wax.  She has had three cleaning treatments, and her ears are slowly improving, but she is completely deaf.  So far we still cannot visualize her ear drums, but in all likelihood they were ruptured years ago as a result of long standing infection.

Nikita Milagro has difficulty walking.  This is partly from weakness from her emaciated state, loss of all muscle mass, and being folded up in a crate for an extended period of time.   But she also has severe age-related spinal disc degeneration, most noticeably affecting her left rear leg causing her to knuckle over when she walks.   Most sadly however, she has multiple old fractures of her pelvis that were never treated, and which therefore fused abnormally over time resulting in narrowing of her pelvic canal.  She would have been in great pain for many months when this happened.

Thanks to Old Dog Haven, and all the wonderful donors, Nikita Milagro is finally getting the loving care she has waited so long for, and that she so rightly deserved for her entire life.  Her final chapter will probably be fairly short, but that’s OK.  She will be well loved, kept pain free on her comprehensive pain management plan, and always have a plethora of cushy beds to choose from.  She will also have FOOD to eat 4 times a day.

First nap in new home – finally able to relax

Ready for a walk with the blue bootie to help her left hind foot not turn under

So many beds to choose from

She likes EVERY bed – even the ‘too small’ ones!

Yard napping is good too.


Nikita Milagro is sponsored by:

  • Mary Wagner of Seattle, WA
  • Eileen Rella of Portland, OR in honor of Sunshine - Lifetime Sponsor