HILLSVILLE — Of the dozen or so dogs and one cat in attendance at the Blessing of the Animals Saturday, Stephanie Burnette thought her companion might be the poster child.
Maddie had been diagnosed with cancer in June, and Burnette learned that the dog might have days or weeks to live.
Despite that, Maddie continues to hang on and to receive treatment for her malady.
“She plays,” Burnette said. “She enjoys life. To me, it’s been a miracle, an absolute miracle.”