Well... I got an email this morning from the shelter. They got two 7 wk old Husky/Beagle/? pups in the other day. The people that had been fostering them had to leave for 5 days, so she thought of me. The female, Joy, is spit and vinegar and a normal pup. They think they might have her adopted when she's ready. Teddy, the little male is a different story though. He might be with us for a while longer. He is not up for adoption yet, b/c he was attacked and shaken by a German Shepard, I think. He doesn't walk too well, and his rib cage seems to be affected. Just doesn't feel like the shape it's supposed to be. He breathes okay though, and eats well. His toes look to be palsied in some way. On all four paws, they go off at an angle, almost like a severely arthritic hand. His left eye seems to droop a little as well.
I am excited to help, but as you can imagine, angry as h*ll too. First of all why was a beagle mix not spayed? Then the fact that they didn't protect the pups and keep them away from big prey driven dogs. Ugh! I know you guys understand, I just need to vent!
There is a possibility after I get back from a church conference next week that at least Teddy will come back to live with us as a foster for a while. It is so hard with a little guy like that. Will he have quality of life? He seems to be in pain, is it selfish to not put him down? We are gonna wait and see how he grows, though. I have seen pups come out of it with a little TLC, we'll see.
Here are some pics! Enjoy a puppy fix! If I could upload the puppy breath I would!
Savannah, His wounds have healed, but he is so messed up structurally that I think that is causing him some pain. He's okay when I gently pick him up, but if his sister tries to play with him, he just trips trying to get away and cries out. I'm sure that the owner who surrendered them didn't take him to the vet, otherwise I have a feeling they would have put him down already. His nervous system seems to have been affected. I'm guessing that when the dog had him in his mouth he tore some nerves or injured his spine. I have seen injuries from shaking quite a bit. Sometimes they come out of it, sometimes not. Only time will tell...
So happy that you have them they are precious! I'd give him a while to snap out of it before you consider PTS, he's made it this far.... Perhaps the yelps when he is being chased because he is afraid. It could be a mental issue leftover from his earlier attack. His feet don't look bad in the photo. Hopefully his structure will perk up after a while of eating some good food at your place. Malnutrition can lead to some funky bone structure issues but if caught early enough can usually be corrected to a degree if not compleetley by some good feeding and loving caregivers ;)
I prefur to have my Bordeaux with fur instead of a cork and bottle ;)
Yeah, I'm just concerned with how he walks. Sometimes he gets sorta playful, but it doesn't last long. Then he collapses (literally) and whines as he tries to get comfortable. He really does seem like he's in pain.
Yep, like I said, we are definitely waiting. As he grows he might come out of it. I would just hate to have him suffer, he is just such a sweetheart. On the other hand, if he can have some simblance of quality of life. He would make someone a great house pet. I just don't want him to suffer... That is my main concern. It's only the first day, so I'm interested to see how he'll do.
They are adorable. Most dogs with handicaps will learn to adjust to them and live a normal life. Just give him lots and lots of love and he will flourish. We filled out our application and are waiting to do our first foster. Had one that we almost got, but was really bad with demodex so they put him in a home with a man that has dealt with it before. Hopefully we will be getting an English Bulldog soon or maybe even another frenchie . We signed up for either breed.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Husky, you have a heart of gold and you will know what the right thing to do is in your gut, whatever that may be. You know you have all our support, we are here for you no matter what. Trust your instincts either way!! You're great.
Thanks everyone! I'm sure we'll wait several months, at least. We want to see how he grows out. As he grows it might get better. I'll get him back after my conference, his sis may be adopted by then.
It's so cool to see Sierra with them! She is going to be such a wonderful mother some day if it's in the cards. Little Teddy is not afraid of any of our big dogs, so that is awesome! He kind of waddles between their legs, and they seem to know to be extra gentle with him. Yet they don't coddle him, they still play with him too. The only dog I can't let play with them is Summit. He is still too young himself to know to play gentle.
First night went well. I heard a whine at 12:30, but I think they were dreaming. They didn't wake me until 4:00 to go potty! I couldn't believe it! Not bad for 7 wk old pups!