Meet Brynnie — a 2-year-old mini goldendoodle mix whose active life came to a sudden halt when she tore ligaments in both her back legs.
Just like when a human tears their ACL, Brynnie’s injuries prevented her from being able to stand or walk comfortably. Her parents were determined to help her get back to her playful self, so they brought her to a vet for treatment options.
“We wanted to make sure she had a full life ahead of playing and running, so we chose to have tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery,” Brynnie’s mom, Christiana Yebra, told The Dodo.
Although Brynnie’s two knee operations were successful, the recuperation process was challenging.
We attempted to maintain our composure and concentrate on recuperating for months, according to Yerba. Brynnie’s veterinarian advised against her engaging in any physical activity for a month following surgery to aid in the healing process.
Eventually, Brynnie’s vet cleared her to go on 5- to 10-minute walks, but with summer temperatures spiking in Brynnie’s home state of Texas, her parents decided to bring her to a local dog-friendly store with air conditioning to practice walking again.
With wide aisles and plenty of room to move around, Home Depot became Brynnie’s go-to spot.
Every weekend, we started walking around the aisles to remain cool and gain muscle, according to Yerba.
One day while he was browsing the store, Brynnie caught Maddie, the manager, in her eyes.
We jokingly say that Brynnie needs to say hello once you establish eye contact with her, Yerba said. And that’s what took place.
Brynnie caught Maddie’s attention and hurried over to her to meet her new buddy. Maddie greeted us with a smile, and Brynnie strolled right into her office, according to Yerba.
Maddie was told in detail by Brynnie’s parents about the dog’s previous operations and the several laps she had completed around the shop to heal from her wounds.
After hearing Brynnie’s tale, Maddie, who had fallen in love with her right away, informed Yerba that she wanted to buy the adorable dog an unique present. She chose a member of the month apron for Brynnie and took the family to a private room.
“Maddie grabbed a kid’s apron for us that we knew she could fit in and wear as ‘Pawssociate of the Month,’” Yerba said.
Yerba placed the apron on Brynnie, which fit around the pup’s body like a superhero’s cape, and snapped a quick picture. In the photo, Brynnie’s smile is bigger than ever before.
The gift from the shop manager meant more to the family than she realized. Maddie’s efforts that day were more more significant than a really adorable apron, according to Yerba.
Here you can watch Brynnie’s first day as the Pawssociate of the Month:
Although Brynnie is still recovering, he is becoming stronger every day. She may soon finish her rehab laps at Home Depot, but she will always be an honorary Pawssociate, and her family is especially grateful to the employee who made her feel at home.