Poppy is Fiji’s most famous dog and her amazing journey has helped to highlight the desperate plight of animals in Fiji. Poppy arrived at the Animals Fiji Clinic with a brutal facial injury in March 2012. It appeared she had been struck by a cane knife, amputating 50% of her muzzle. With a dreadful open wound, she had been left to fend for herself, and by the time she reached the Animals Fiji Clinic she weighed half of her normal body weight. Had a Good Samaritan not found Poppy and handed her in, she would have died of starvation or as a result of her wounds. Due to lack of funding, the Animals Fiji Clinic did not have a vet on staff. However, thanks to a fantastically successful fundraising appeal, Poppy was airlifted to Australia in October 2012 for reconstructive surgery. Her journey was documented by the Australian television show, Bondi Vet. Poppy’s story is one in a million. Sadly, so many of the animals she left behind in Fiji suffer and die every day without treatment for illness and injury. Poppy’s book, The Poppy Project, is intended to raise awareness worldwide for the plight of animals in Fiji.
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About the Author
When award-winning children’s author Fiona Ingram first read about a little dog called Champ that miraculously survived terrible abuse, she was moved to write a book to help the rescue site raise funds and spread the word to say no to animal abuse. Since then she has become committed to other stories to inspire people to support animal rescue organizations, and to pay tribute to the growing army of caring people that donate their time and skills to saving animals, both domestic and wild. Find out more about Fiona’s projects on her author website FionaIngram.com or her site dedicated to animal rescue stories, Caladrius Books caladriusbooks.com.
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The Poppy Project: How Fiji's Most Famous Dog Got Saved! based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
In this true and heart wrenching story, we journey with Poppy. A little dog who knew nothing but suffering from birth. Poppy’s story begins in inland Fiji. Her owner removed her ears so that she would be a good pig hunter. It is unknown how her injury happened, but half of Poppy’s snout was severed. When Poppy came foraging in a local school, the headmaster noticed. He reached out to Animal’s Fiji who kindly took Poppy in, but were unable to offer the specialist care that she needed. Word got around and Poppy’s story made its way all the way to Australia. Social media put Poppy’s plight out there and the people responded, including one very compassionate and determined little girl who, with her family, made a significant donation towards Poppy’s care. Brave little Poppy came to Australia, endured many procedures, was loved and cherished by all she met, and today is a healthy and happy Ambassadog for the Animals Fiji foundation. I felt so moved by Poppy’s story as I read. Her injury was horrific, but her heart was strong and her will to survive even stronger. As we journey with Poppy, you can’t help but fall in love with this little dog, who holds no grudges. Suffering more pain than most could imagine, this little battler found her way into the hearts of many, but the fight was still hers to overcome. I loved reading of the generosity of those that helped her, and of the determination of a little girl, moved to fundraise for Poppy’s care. In the end pages of the book, we learn more about Poppy’s homeland of Fiji, how her plight managed to overflow into generosity to others, and how we can help. I believe this would make a great addition to any classroom, or home library, as we endeavour to teach our children that no one is without worth, not person or animal. If we all join together, pool our resources, whether that be money, or time, or expertise, we can make a difference. At the conclusion we learn that Poppy means: The Promise of Resurrection. In my opinion, The Poppy Project is evidence of exactly that. A truly uplifting story and a call to arms….Note I obtained a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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