On January 28, 2010, Mae Pagan of Graphite, NY was looking
for her dog, Dixie, a black sixty
pound lab mix. As a saved dog,
Dixie was normally too frightened to be out on her own, even in
that day, she’d been playing with Mae’s son’s dog and they ventured away
As Mae was searching, she first heard a piercing cry of an
animal in pain. Too loud to be a
real animal, she recognized it for what it was. A signal to help her
find Dixie. She’d heard a signal only
once like that before and it had saved her life.
That day it saved Dixie’s.
Turning in the direction of the sound, she found herself
approaching the back yard of a neighbor.
“You looking for a black lab?” He came to the porch.
“Yes, have you seen her?” Mae asked.
“Well, I’ve never seen a black lab up here, but there’s one
laying on the back of my property and I think maybe the coyotes got
Rushing to the back of the property, as fast as she could in
knee deep snow, Mae found Dixie lying on the ground. The tip of her tail
“If I’d known then how badly injured she was, I would have
been shocked she could even move her tail. But I simply didn’t know.
There was only a little blood on
her collar, and she couldn’t move.
All I could think was that she’d broken her leg.” Mae recalled.
Calling for help from her daughter, sister and a different
neighbor, they picked up Dixie and rushed her to the nearest animal
Dixie had hypothermia
and internal bleeding. X-rays
indicated a bullet lodged next to the spine. Dixie had been shot through
The next twenty-four hours were critical in elevating Dixie’s
Mae called the sheriff, to alert the community about a
possibly dangerous situation.
The sheriff paid a visit to the neighbor on whose property Dixie was
found. He admitted to shooting Dixie with a
.22 caliber scoped rifle, thinking she was a coyote, and was charged
torturing, and injuring animals in violation of Article 26, section 353
New York State Agriculture & Markets Law, a misdemeanor.
In the meantime, the animal hospital said they couldn’t do
anything more for Dixie, once her hypothermia was under control.
between a 30-50% chance of living,
Dixie needed a surgeon and better x-rays to determine her chances of
Mae first drove Dixie about an hour and a half to Burlington
Emergency and Veterinary Specialists in Williston, VT, meeting with a
who recommended a neurosurgeon.
With only three available on the east coast, she then went to the
Upstate Veterinary Specialties in Latham, NY, driving about five hours,
to see if one would be willing to do the risky surgery.
warned her it would be
extensive, invasive, and expensive.
More tests were needed.
Mae drove to Cornel University Hospital for Animals, another
three hours away, for the tests to determine the condition of the spinal
bullet missed the spinal cord and major organs but had smashed C-6 and
vertebras in the back of her neck.
After nine hours of surgery to fuse her spine, but leaving
the bullet, Dixie was still surviving.
The doctors said they weren’t sure if she would ever walk on her own.
“I think that for the first three days, I lived in my
clothes, and slept in every waiting room chair there was,” Mae said.
“The Doctors told me that 90% of the pet owners would have
had Dixie put down by this time.
They think, ‘oh it’s just a dog. I can’t spend that kind of money on a
The costs for the surgery were high, and so were the costs
Bringing Dixie home after the surgery was challenging
because Dixie was so compromised. She couldn’t be moved. She stopped
drinking. She wouldn’t go to the bathroom.
That’s when Mae contacted Shaker Veterinary Hospital in
Latham, NY to see if they could help.
They said they’d keep her for two weeks until other opportunities for
rehabilitation were available.
They gave her acupuncture, pressure point chiropractic work and tons of
Two months after being shot, Dixie was able to come home for
a weekend. In a harness that Mae
held with both hands, Dixie was able to stand, but not on her own.
Dixie had lost muscle mass in her legs,
and the messages going to her legs had changed. She was unable to walk,
but was able to have subtle
movements with her body. She was
unable to urinate or move her bowels without someone massaging her
bladder. The prognosis looked
Coincidentally when Dixie was allowed to come home for her
first weekend, Mae held a class in her home called Integrated Energy
(IET) for Pets. This therapy
connects with angels and helps animals to release abuse and trauma plus
stress taken on from nearby humans.
On Friday, March 26, during the IET class, Mae was directed
in the placement of her hands on the nine cellular memory areas. Three
other practitioners assisted in
directing the angelic energy to Dixie.
Unlike other animals that have a lot of trauma to release, Dixie stayed
very still. Almost in a deep
sleep. And she stayed that way
The practitioners intuitively received the message that
Dixie had a “soul contract” to help raise the collective consciousness.
As the embodiment of unconditional
love, she taught others how to give and receive. She also was brave
enough to raise awareness of animal abuse
through her experience. She needed
Mae to live her part of the contract, as the two-legged to help her.
Sunday, Mae took her back to Shaker as had been
pre-arranged, for more rehabilitation.
Tuesday March 30, Dr. Brunke, Dixie’s vet, sent Mae a
surprising and miraculous video showing Dixie walking! With difficulty,
but up on all legs,
supporting herself and moving forward! There was much rejoicing. See http://www.youtube.com/iettherapy
to see Dixie walking.
still much rehabilitation needed, but she is mobile and her body
restored themselves. This sudden
and miraculous recovery has amazed the veterinarians. She is exhibiting
behavior that is at least one month ahead
of what was hoped for with the recovery.
During the time of Dixie’s rehabilitation, many people came
forward in support of animal rights and Dixie. The community pulled
their outrage over the shooting.
Animal right activists from all over New York picketed the
A letter was available for copy/paste to District Attorney
Hogan asking for the case to be taken more seriously due to the threat
community. She drafted a response
detailing all action taken up to that date.
There were alleged incidents
neighbor and his family toward Mae and the community that indicated
was escalating. Fear and anger
pervaded the community. But the community pulled together, united in
insistence that healing be the pervasive force.
Mae had sent requests for prayers from everyone she knew
from the moment she found Dixie.
She and her sister had performed Reiki on Dixie. Who knew how many
other distant healing
sessions had been sent to her?
“Throughout this whole thing, there was no way I was sending
anything but love to Dixie. I was
not going to send her my anger over the situation. That wouldn’t help
her heal. Only love heals. And that’s all I
wanted her to feel,” Mae said.
Mae has held a state of love and gratitude for all the
blessings she received from this experience. Deeply in debt, challenged
on an almost daily basis by the
neighbor and his family, it would be easy to understand having feelings
anger, frustration, fear.
blessing that could come from this is the raising of the collective
consciousness about the understanding of animals and why they’re here.
They are all about unconditional love. I
believe that this story shows the validity of energy healing combined
western medicine. Dixie would not
be where she is now if it weren’t for
the surgery, healing and nondenominational prayers sent to her. Love
heals. And that’s the big thing.”
It’s not quite everything however.
“Indeed, that unconditional love needs to be sent to my
neighbor and his family next. If
everyone sends him and his family unconditional love, we can all work
no matter what our beliefs are!”
In all, Mae is over $20,000 in debt due to the expenses of
surgery and rehabilitation.
Although restitution is being asked, it is questionable if it will be
granted or received. If you would
like to be a part of this miracle story, sharing your loving energy
your donations, Mae has set up a fund.
Donations may be made for Dixie’s expenses by sending checks to:
The Dixie Fund
Glens Falls National Bank
123 Montcalm Street
Ticonderoga, New York 12883
Other ways you can contribute to this miracle story include
sending prayers, love and healing for everyone’s highest good and
Envision the perfect outcome of a world where there is no
Envision a loving world that supports all life.
Envision the coming together of all people united in a
common cause, using love as their device for changing the consciousness.