“She’s just so brave.”
This is all we could manage to whisper as our little fighter, How Now underwent her initial veterinary examination, so speechless were we otherwise rendered. With a mobile x-ray machine at the ready, our gentle and compassionate veterinary team set about uncovering the answers to questions we have been asking since the frail and forlorn hen landed in our care just under one week ago. How had she gotten so unwell? What had caused her to become so thin? And how on earth could we help her?
It didn’t take long before those answers were revealed, with images showing not one, but at least two metal nails located deep within How Now’s stomach cavity. It is safe to say, this discovery sent us into a spin and raised just as many questions as it had answered. How long had the foreign objects been ailing our dear girl? What conditions could she possibly have come from to have ingested them? And, of course, how on earth was she still alive?
Resilience, they say, is the ineffable quality that allows one to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever, to overcome challenges and even to find a way to rise from the ashes. We think it’s safe to say How Now has this in spades. Despite her life-threatening ailments, this resilient hen already has us wrapped firmly around her tiny little claws. How Now has continued to respond to our care and is now gobbling up grains of goodness on her own and gaining strength by the day. This dear girl has already discovered the gastronomic delight of grapes, letting us know the smallest, sweetest ones are more to her liking and they must be sliced up just so. What can we say… it is only our utmost pleasure to oblige her every desire.
With pain relief and necessary medication administered, it is now up to How Now to continue fighting the good fight with all those who love her right alongside her. This will determine our future veterinary interventions, which may include surgery to remove the offending items once she is strong enough to undergo such a procedure. For now, our brave and resilient friend’s only job is to continue to gain strength so she may one day discover even more wonders awaiting her in this world filled with kindness.
And of course, speaking of kindness, How Now’s treatment and veterinary care have all been made possible due to the kindness of our Five Dollar Friday community. For just the price of a coffee each week, this generous and incredible group of supporters continue to help us provide life-changing and life-saving care to animals like How Now. If this diminutive hen has stolen a piece of your heart as she has ours and you are able, we ask you to be a part of the community fighting alongside her to bring her and others like her back to health. You can find out more about our Five Dollar Fridays and pledge your support here: https://donate.edgarsmission.org.au/Donate/5Friday
As you can probably tell, the arrival of a little hen named How Now has been the cause of countless questions that now race through our minds, some of them answered some of them not. And whilst we will leave no stone unturned as we, along with our Five Dollar Friday community, seek to answer those questions, there is one we will forever continue to ask on behalf of all creatures like the brave little hen we now know and love:
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”