Dog Stories 2
We got a call from our friend that volunteers at the very busy South LA Shelter about a small puppy that had tested positive for Parvo. Due to the highly contagious nature of the disease they cannot have Parvo positive animals on the property and look for rescues to help with these dogs. We took one look at her cute face and knew we wanted to help. We got her to one of the best 24 hour urgent care facilities and they began treatment. They inserted a feeding tube to make sure she was getting proper nutrition, ran IV fluids as well as a cocktail of antibiotics. Parvo is a tricky disease because it change on a daily basis.
Luckily Latke had a big fight in her tiny puppy body and after 4 days of hospitalization she was released to a foster home. She continued to get stronger by day and then was ready for her forever home. The couple that ended up adopting her had their new rescue dogs name picked up before they meet her. And – that name was LATKE. What are the odds? We knew this was more than a coincidence and this was the perfect forever home for her.
Henderson is a pitbull puppy that defied the odds. When we first round out about him he was at the Riverside shelter. He had been brought in the day before by someone who found his lifeless body laying on the sidewalk. When he arrived to the shelter he was in urgent need of medical care. Our local shelters are so busy caring for the healthy dogs in their care – they don’t have the staff of resources to care for a dog as critically ill as Henderson.
We had him rushed to a local 24 hour vet. He was too weak to even make the drive to our local vet. He was just bones, weighing a mere 17 lbs (half of what a healthy weight should be). His skin was taught on his skeletal frame, his eyes were cloudy and covered with mucus. He did not look good.
We had him tested for everything. There are so many deadly diseases that can cause similar symptoms we did not know where to begin. It turns out he had bacterial pneumonia which can be fatal in dogs – especially a puppy as weak as Little H. was. He spent 4 days in the hospital and finally began eating on his own. Finally he was sent off to a foster home to continue his recovery.
His foster mom was meticulous with his care. She even kept a food diary for him to make sure he was getting everything he needed. Some days he did great and ate well and kept everything down. Other days he would vomit and had not appetite. He was not gaining weight at a healthy rate. So we decided to take him to a specialist for more testing.
After a costly ultrasound it was determined his intestines were twisting in on itself. He needed emergency surgery and there was no time to waste. We knew it was a risky procedure as he was so weak and emaciated. But we had not choice.
Happily the surgery was a success. They were able to remove the damaged piece of intestine and stitch him back together. He spent 4 days there recovering. His gentle nature and happy personality won over the hearts of the staff there and he was even invited to join in on staff meetings.
Happy Ending, he has been adopted by his foster family. He is strong and healthy – and so very lively. Thanks to everyone who donated for his special puppy’s medical care.
THE LEO STORY
Where to start.
Leo loved sticks and balls. If you throw a ball Leo would go through a wall, if necessary , to get at it. If you offered him the choice between a steak or a stick, he would go for the stick. Leo loved to find sticks while hiking in the woods. He would grab a large branch and run full speed up and down the trail. But be sharp and quick, as evidently he will turn and run in your direction, just to show off his toy, carried a knee height. Look out. !
And he was self assured. Leo would looked directly into your eyes in every encounter. If he wanted to play, a ball would be deposited at your feet and Leo would back up a few feet, sit and wait. Wait 5, 10 or 20 minutes, starring . Usually one either played or left the room. And Leo slept very soundly, most often in the most traveled doorway, forcing you to step over him. He never moved a muscle, no matter what. !!
And Leo was brave but afraid. When he saw sneakers hanging off the telephone wires, not knowing what he was looking at, he would bark furiously. He was scared of baby carriages. He farted one day, and was so startled that he jump up and started barking while running around looking for the noise. When challenged, even though not very aggressive, he woulds stand he his ground. He was not fearless yet he was very, what I would call, unflinching.
More to follow…