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Friday, April 8, 2011

Another lucky one...

They don their red capes...
Pull up their tights...
(cue super hero music)
Here they come...
The Amazing Aja and her sidekick Puppy Pal Paul!!!
Off to save another Jack Russell!
Today's story takes us to the land of ugly mugs.
 A lonely little guy with one red and itchy disposition.
 Down swoops the Doggy Diva and the Canine Com padre...
Into their arms they scoop up a pup with a face only a mother could love...and the skin to go with it!
Parker is swept off his feet and whisked away into the land of love...
of good food and vets and warmth.
Here he will convalesce and become a real dog again...
going for walks, chasing balls, barking at the mailman...
and of course being snuggled as all dogs should be...
 P.S...here's what my daughter had to say...
I'm not sure of his entire story but here is what we could gather from the vet records that came with him from the shelter. 
 
He is about 2 years old, we gather he was bought as a family pet since he is named after a character from the Disney movie Cars.  At around age 8-9 months his previous owner started taking him to see the vet because he was itching and scratching at his fur and was losing some hair.  The vet prescribed some anti-allergenic food and the next visit was a few month after that.  Condition had worsened and he had lost a lot of fur and was prescribed a course of steroids and topical agents.  The owner took him in a couple times and though condition was getting slightly better, it appears the owner did not want to deal with it anymore, or maybe it was getting too expensive (or maybe he had just lost that cute luster that a new puppy has for some people) and he was surrendered to the shelter.   By the time he reached the shelter he had lost about half the fur on his body and was quite underweight.  The shelter started him on a hypoallergenic diet and a few courses of steroids and by the time he came to us he was "80% better" per the shelter, so I can only imagine what he looked like before he came to us.
 
He is a crazy little snuggle monster and he likes to lay down on the carpet and drag himself around using his arms only with his legs straight out behind him like Superman.  He loves to run at the park and is outrunning every other dog around so far.  He is still a bit timid and shy, especially if you scold him, he just tucks his tail in and curls into a scared little ball, but with time, he is learning to trust us and we are being firm but gentle with his discipline so that he knows we aren't mad at him, only his behaviour.  It has only been a week, but we have him on a grain free diet with some added hemp oil and aloe/cortisone for his skin and he already looks 200% better.  With a bit of stability, love and trust we are hoping his fur will start to come back and he will get back up to healthy weight and be able to relax and find a permanent home.
 

4 comments:

Ashley- OffTheHooks said...

oh gosh, this makes me so sad but really glad that someone has rescued him. looking forward to seeing the 'real dog'. poor little guy.

Ciara said...

Oh my heart.... :-o

Delighted he is in happy hands. x

the wild magnolia said...

I am proud to know you and your fine family!

The little guy is precious!

Thank you for sharing!

gz said...

So much dogfood has wheat in
They are just not built to eat it!