A dog who was found with her muzzle brutally bound with electrical tape was treated to a day of pampering in honor of her resilience and amazing recovery.
Caitlyn, an American Staffordshire-Terrier mix, captured the hearts of millions earlier this year when she was discovered severely abused on the streets of South Carolina by the Charleston Animal Society.
But the pup underwent multiple surgeries, recovered from her injuries and was given the ultimate gift by BarkBox to celebrate her comeback: her best day ever.
“Caitlyn is every dog. Every dog who’s been abused, neglected, she’s like the face for other dogs. And because of her bravery and her survival, I think that’s why Caitlyn deserves a dog’s best day,” Kay Hyman, director of community engagement with the Charleston Animal Society, said in a video captured by BarkBox.
Caitlyn started her day by being gifted the doggy version of a key to the city by North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey.
“We’re here today giving an award to this wonderful dog Caitlyn. And since she’s from North Charleston, we didn’t want to give her a key to the city, but we do want to give her a bone to the city,” Summey said as he placed the canine’s medal around her neck.
She then played the ultimate game of fetch, getting to chase as many balls as she wanted.
The pup also got to be the honorary firehouse dog of the day. She was spoiled by her one of her favorite humans, a firefighter who spent hours with Caitlyn during her recovery.
“I love you Caitlyn… let’s go rescue some more puppies, huh?” St. Andrews Firefighter Josh Allen said as Caitlyn bestowed dozens of kisses on him.
She also went to Starbucks, where Hyman often brought the pooch during their days out and about, for a little treat.
The beloved pup ended her day with a toy and treat bonanza with her shelter family.
“Have you ever seen so many toys and treats in one place?” Hyman said as Caitlyn went crazy.
Charleston Animal Society was presented with $1,000 for their work, as well as blankets for all the other dogs in the shelter.
“I think Caitlyn made people see that there is hope. If you can come back from what happened to Caitlyn, there’s hope for others that are out there,” Hyman said. “It’s gonna be hard when we finally let her go be a dog in a family. She’s a dog that will be in my heart forever.”