I was impressed. The progress made with most dogs was wonderful; with one, it was phenomenal - a dog who, if a purebred, is ready for the show ring. I encouraged everyone, somehow, to video this dog and handlers because people on the outside will not believe the focus this team achieved.
PF comes with a multitude of trouble, for him, not for me. He is, as Sweetie Pie was, a smallish Beagle (21#), earnest and comfortable in the pack from the get go. He immediately went on a course of antibiotics and then a panel of blood work completed on Monday:
- TEETH - his teeth look like they have a second complete solid layer of tarter, almost calcified; remember Walter's? PF's are WORSE and so is his breath.
- EARS - both ears are draining; the left one is painful to touch and examine.
- HEART-WORM POSITIVE - no murmur, lung sounds are clear. IF we treat this, it will be last.
- BALD SPOTS - some bald spots; cause unknown - previous vet scraped it with negative results.
- INTACT - IF he tolerates his dental anesthesia without a prolonged course, we will neuter him at the same time; however, it is a lesser priority - he is going nowhere and no one here will come into heat. His teeth and ears will take precedence.
|Pink Floyd - tired old puppy|
- his extreme sweetness,
- his tender gentleness,
- the way he followed my luring hand into an under the chin pet soon after I met him.
- his calm demeanor among many new dogs.
I am not going to worry, though. PF has come a long way thanks to very many caring, rescue community people. He is sponsored for his treatment (thank you, God and Kelly), he did well with the dogs in his foster home and now seems comfortable here. He is exhausted after a very long, full day.
Is PF the last, new dog for sure? Inquiring minds want to know.....
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