This cuddle bug has spent his entire life, a long 8 to 10 years- tethered to a chain, starved and abused. He was supposedly used for breeding at some point and we are not exactly sure how but at one point his leg was very badly wounded causing extensive bone damage. Due to lack of care the bone tried to repair itself overtime, so he walks with a permanent limp. He is timid and scared of everything but loves people so much already. Looking into his sad eyes, you can tell he’s never felt a loving hand, so he soaks every second up that he can, lying in your lap, just wanting to be with you, never knowing what the next second will bring. He needs to put on a lot of weight and has a long road ahead of him, learning to heal not only physically but learning that not all humans are bad. He has such a special sweet, sweet soul we can tell already, that’s why he deserved a special name- Dillon, meaning “Ray of hope” because that’s truly what he is
Update on Dillon! It’s almost been a week and he’s learning he doesn’t have to be scared of everything. What we’ve learned of him is that this sweet boy was the perfect gentleman for his first bath, loves food, belly rubs and being in the chair right there with you and loves being read to at story time…at this point we think he’s just completely in love with…
Update on Dillon, this sweet baby is learning there is a whole world out there he never knew while he was tied to a chain. We’ve learned he’s really good at car rides, loves watching over children like it’s his new job to keep them safe, is not dog reactive and seems to be really good with other dogs so far… he just keeps on strolling…he had a great vet checkup, fecal test, is heart worm negative and had all of his important shots! His ehrlichia test did come back positive (from a tick bite that can leave him feeling really crummy, which is why it’s important to have your animals on a tick preventative) so we are waiting to hear back from the vet what the next plan of action is. Keep your fingers crossed with all that he’s been through, that this sweet, sweet baby will get good news soon
Just when we think things are starting to look up for Dillon, this poor guy just keeps getting handed more and more. They ran a CBC on him because of his ehrlichia and found he had low levels which worried them that he could have abdominal bleeding somewhere. On top of that, he began to cough frequently on Wednesday night which he hadent done prior. They had us rush in yesterday afternoon to do X-rays and ultrasounds to make sure they were missing something. They didn’t find any bleeding luckily but think the ehrilichia is causing him to have low blood counts, so we started him on antibiotics and are watching him to make sure it doesn’t drop any lower. They think his tummy is little full looking/bloated but think it’s from his body trying to heal itself and figure out how to completely process food all over again, since he went with such little for so long. On top of that, they think he caught kennel cough from his last visit to the vet office for his vaccinations. Keep your fingers crossed that he would start to continue to receive good news from here on out, he sure deserves it. ⛅
Happy 4th!!! Hope you are staying cool out there!
With heavy, heavy hearts we have to announce Dillon passed away peacefully last night, shortly after his favorite little girls came in to say goodbye. When animals have ehrlichia for a very long time, it can eventually reek havoc on all parts of your body especially those with weakened immune systems. If caught really early, it can be treated without many long term effects. However, they think Dillon suffered with this tick born disease for a very long before he came to us, along with the neglect and starvation he endured at the hands of his owner. Despite all the testing, treatment, back and fourth to the vets over the past couple of months, they think that his little body just learned to live with it over the years-especially now that he had something to live for. “Dill Pickle” spent all day the day before as usual-chasing his girls around the yard and watching over them wherever they went playing “nanny”, tail wagging in circles. He seemed a little more tired than usual, but nothing that would set off any alarms as he would do anything to play with them. The next morning he just wanted to sleep all day. They think overtime it was just more of a toll on his body than he could handle and he just went down so quickly. They say some rescues hit you harder than others but man this one hurts. He was such a joy in the short time he was with us, always wanting to be by your side. He was one of those dogs you just fell in love with as soon as you met him-many people did. We buried him under his favorite shade tree with his beloved stuffed monkey, in his foster moms front yard-after all this time he was finally at home, with people he loved and people who loved him.