Last year, Danielle Meraz-Alvarez left her home in Ontario and moved to Vancouver. She and her pup would run and play on the large stretch of land at a family farm near their former home, something which they cannot do in their new location.
You see, dog parks are not an option for Danielle and her 3-legged pup Skore. Skore’s human is 8 months pregnant and has PTSD. Both of these things kick the pup’s protective instincts into overdrive in crowded areas, especially with other dogs around.
But that’s not all. Skore is dying. The beautiful 7 year old Rottweiler has terminal bone cancer. She has undergone chemotherapy and a leg amputation to save her life. It has been 2 years since the pup’s diagnosis. Danielle fears she does not have much time left with the dog she calls “my best friend, my daughter, everything to me.”
In an attempt to bring joy and peace to their final few months together, Danielle made a heartfelt post on Reddit this week. She asked if any fellow Vancouverites would be willing to open up their large backyards, fields or farmland to Skore. She could run around safely and freely on these properties.
“In Vancouver, I have no friends, I don’t know anyone with a backyard, or with land. I would really like to be able to bring her (off leash) to an open field, a quiet orchard… anything… for a few last times. To bring us both some peace.”
The response to her plea was overwhelming. Many Redditors offered to let Danielle and her dog roam on their property. Those who did not have adequate space offered rides to transport the pair to areas where they could play. Others gave suggestions for public places that may allow her and her pup to run.
Danielle told the CBC:
“I was just awestruck to see how many people — a random person is just posting a request on the internet, and so many people have such nice things to say, or so many people want to go above and beyond.”
If you live in Vancouver and have a place where Skore can run free, you can contact Danielle by sending her a message via Reddit.