Ozzie the "miracle stray" Australia fell in love with needs your help again

PURE LOVE: Nicole Marchment with Ozzie.
PURE LOVE: Nicole Marchment with Ozzie.

Three years ago Ozzie became a viral sensation.

The adorable stray puppy was rescued off Koh Chang, an island in Thailand, by Bonny Hills couple Nicole Marchment and Darren Budini on their honeymoon.

"He was injured and dying at the time and we scooped him up," Ms Marchment said.

The tiny puppy had been hit by a scooter and suffered nerve damage.

He also had blood parasites, severe mange and was struggling with malnutrition.

Due to the poor medical facilities on Koh Chang the couple made the drastic decision to abort their honeymoon to focus all their energies on saving Ozzie.

"My husband knew the moment we found him that was going to be it, that I wasn't going to leave him," she said.

"I would have done it for any dog.

"What he needed was very specialised medical attention, he needed surgeries to save his life."

INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN: Ozzie with his paperwork to leave Thailand and his first "chewie". Photo: supplied

INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN: Ozzie with his paperwork to leave Thailand and his first "chewie". Photo: supplied

So began the "mammoth" task of saving Ozzie.

"A disabled dog on the streets has little chance of survival, so we flew him to America to try and find a home but sadly didn't find him a match," Ms Marchment said.

Ozzie spent 180 days in America because the quarantine laws in Australia are so stringent regarding dogs.

He racked up medical bills in the thousands of dollars.

Ms Marchment said it was the financial generosity of so many people which made the difference between life and death for Ozzie.

Ozzie became literally the little dog which captured a nation's heart.

He was featured on Channel 10's The Project and on various other media outlets.

People shared his story and donating money towards his recovery.

HONEYMOON ABORTED: Darren Budini and NIcole Marchment with Ozzie on their honeymoon. Photo: supplied

HONEYMOON ABORTED: Darren Budini and NIcole Marchment with Ozzie on their honeymoon. Photo: supplied

"Kindness is magic"

Three years on Ozzie is a totally different creature.

The precocious dog lives happily near the beach in Bonny Hills.

"His favourite activity is running on the beach and playing with his dingo friend Gypsy," Ms Marchment said.

"Ozzie is very protective of the children and adores his home in Bonny Hills."

The scars of the past are never far though.

"He is disabled and his front leg will never work appropriately but the good news is he is happy," she said.

Now, the couple want to help other homeless dogs on the island where they found him.

"They are not cared for, they are basically a wild population, they are not controlled," she said.

Ms Marchment has just finished writing a children's book 'Ozzie the Miracle Dog'.

"The book is a derivative of our incredible journey," Ms Marchment said.

Funds will go towards helping other dogs not only survive but thrive in Koh Chang, with a percentage of sales going towards desexing, immunisation and microchipping dogs.

As for the message of the book?

It is pretty simple.

"Kindness is magic," she said.

"If you are kind and do the right thing and don't give up, anything is possible.

"We achieved the impossible, there were thousands of people that donated, shared his story, talked about it and that is how we did it."

A Kickstarter campaign has been developed to raise funds to publish the book.

If the book is successful Ms Marchment plans to write several titles about other real life rescues to share with children all over the world.

SPECIAL BOND: One of the images from Nicole Marchment's new book. Photo: supplied

SPECIAL BOND: One of the images from Nicole Marchment's new book. Photo: supplied

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