After years of supporting from a distance, it finally came time for me to get more involved in the Alabama Pug Rescue & Adoption. But, because I get so attached, I’ve never been able to commit to being a foster parent…
Last week, I learned from APRA that a stray Pug had been brought to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. She was heartworm positive. Translation: long-term (min. 5 mos. ) foster commitment. Was I willing to take her?
Of course! (duh)
But, will I be able to give her up in the end…??
A few days later, I learned she did not do well after her spay surgery. She was very frail, and things might end sadly, which could be difficult on a first-time foster parent. APRA would get her from the GBHS and take her to their vet for a more thorough assessment and let me know.
A day or two after that — Good news! In addition to heart worms, she’s just anemic, is extremely malnourished, has an ear infection, and may be deaf. She’ll be fine!
In celebration of The HOL Dog’s 1st Birthday (woot!), I picked her up on Monday while I was off work for the holiday. (Thank you, labor unions, for my last work holiday till November) (Thank you to my followers for an awesome 1st year).
Everybody, meet Evelyn!
She weighs a whopping 11 lbs.
Less than half what Pearl weighs.
Pearl is a hoss, but still.
Not sure how old she is. Tough to say for several reasons.
- She’s had at least one litter of puppies, but the vet said she hasn’t had many.
- She’s gray in the muzzle, but her teeth are very clean and it looks like she has a full set.
- Her coat is a wreck. It’s thin, rough, and she has multiple bald patches.
- Her ear is torn.
- But, she is spry, energetic, loves to play, and clearly is happy to be in a home.
Maybe once she adds some weight, we’ll get a better idea.
She loved the car ride.
She’s been around people, is not afraid of men, and has lived inside a home, possibly with a cat.
She blew past Chester like he wasn’t standing there, and let him come get a good sniff a little later sans reaction.
Once she explored the yard and the house, I fed her what is surely her first raw meal.
I mean, she is a little sack of bones. Why make her wait till 6pm?
2 ounces of Answers raw goat milk (aka, miracle food) #pouralittlelove in a bowl in the crate so she can drink it undisturbed by her
always starving to death foster siblings.
They need to get a good look & recognize. IJS.
She lapped it up and wanted more.
2 hours later, 2 more ounces. Then, she found a comfy spot for a good nap.
3 hours later, dinner consisted of a whole raw farm egg (pasture raised chicken egg from a great local farm) mixed with 2 ounces of goat milk, a pinch of unrefined sea salt, and a bit of powdered kelp (for iodine & hair growth).
I’ve decided to stick with the egg & goat’s milk regimen for the next few days to see how she does. She needs easily digestible proteins right now, and probiotics.
Powerful antibiotic (heartworm eradication process) + ear drops + eye ointment AND abdominal surgery = gut in need of gentle repair.
I’ve never seen a dog this skinny in real life. Ever. We’ve got to take it easy.
My hopes are up, but I’m trying to remain realistic. I don’t want to get over-zealous in my desire to heal this sweet pup and end up doing more harm than good.
Big shout out to the GBHS for working with Pam Mayes and APRA so that we could give this starving, neglected little angel a fighting chance. I’m honored to have been chosen for the task.
I’ll keep you posted.
pugs & kisses,