“I don’t know how he lived,” Rogaishio said. “To be able to see him stand again is just a miracle. My wife and I don’t have any kids, so Thor is like our child. He sleeps with us and goes everywhere with us.”
In the midst of the financial stress of needing to pay an estimated $20,000 veterinary bill, another unsuspected glimmer of hope emerged. A neighbor — one whom Rogaishio had only met on the day of the accident when she happened to be driving by the scene and stopped to help — had started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to cover the bills.
“She lives all the way on the other end of the street and has three dogs,” Rogaishio said. “Just as we had gotten Thor into the back of my truck that day, a woman stuck her head in the window and was crying her eyes out. I told her, ‘Please, just pray.’ It was her — and she showed up the next day at my house with a plant and some zucchini bread and told me she wanted to do to help us.”