So for weeks Stella was buoyed only by machinery and tethers.
"We were treating those bites and working with her trying to build up her strength and getting her to gain weight," Whitney recalls.
Her spirit would have to do the rest.
Stella started putting on weight, eventually gaining several hundred pounds, every ounce critical.
And then, she found her feet.
"She started going on short walks," Hanson says. "Then she started going on longer walks. Then she started running."
Today, it's hard to imagine the apocalyptic vision Stella must have once appeared on that lonely country road.
No longer a vision of the Apocalypse.Humane Society of North Texas