This is his story (before it was edited when he became a finalist):
Hi, my name is Miles. I was rescued while stumbling alongside the highway next to a township in Cape Town. Even though I could barely keep on my feet (that's how weak and sick I was) I was so scared of humans (because I was abused by them) that it took my rescuer and 4 men 90 minutes before I allowed them to catch me. I was named Miles due to me walking for "miles" before being rescued and having my rescuers walking for "miles" to catch me. The wonderful lady that rescued me didn't kick me, hit me or starve me but instead, for the first time in my life, I felt the gentle caring touch of a human hand and she also took me to the vet! He said I was badly dehydrated and suffered from various parisites including mites which gave me severe demodectic mange. That is why I barely had any hair on my body. My mange was so bad that because of it my skin was inflamed and I suffered from secondary skin infection. So the vet put me on a drip and started my treatment. He said I could make it but it would be a long process that would need weekly treatment for an extended period of time. After a couple of days spent at the vet I went into foster care. I was there for roughly 2 weeks and then flew to my new mommy, Esmari Coco van Huyssteen. She fell in love with my picture on Facebook although a lot of people thought I looked and felt gross. Brigitte Reeve Taylor, who rescued me, was so inspired by me that she decided she wanted to start an organization to make a difference. So she started Dancers LOVE Dogs, a non-profit organisation that helps to sterilize animals in need all over South Africa. They have raised over R850 000 and sterilized more than 4000 animals with these funds, and still continue to sterilize more. My mommy (who is also a proud team member of DLD) continued my treatment after adopting me. And even though my recovery was a long one, with lots of love, dedication, care and medication I am a happy doggy today that overcame many obstacles. Because of the severity of my mange and having lived with abuse and a weakened immune system, my mommy always has to keep an eye out for any signs of a setback. I have had 2 small flare ups of the mange again over 2 years but got immediate treatment and quickly recovered from it. People who hear my story often cry and can't believe I'm the same dog in my before and after pictures. My mommy tells me its because I'm so special and that I've helped many other animals from being born into poverty. She says I will always be her hero.
Lots of love and licks! Miles xx http://m.heroictails.co.za/finalists/view/32/#
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