I couldn’t do foster work, I don’t think. When I traveled for Purina as a spokesperson and visited countless shelters, the hardest part was walking away from all those needy bewhiskered faces. Bringing a fur-kid into the house, only to later give him/her away into the loving homes of another, would be rewarding but –I know this about myself — it would flat kill me.
Thank God there are rescue organizations and individuals who can do this!
While it sounds romantic to raise up cute babies and unwanted dogs or cats and give them a much needed second chance, reality ain’t the same. Dogs and cats are dumped, relinquished, lose homes for no fault of their own but challenging behavior problems and/or health issues make foster care even more daunting.
Did I mention God has a hand in such things? And the human angels on earth sometimes are granted miracles–my colleague and friend Carol Duncan gave me permission to share the latest. It seems particularly timely because of the BOOM-BOOM noise phobias mentioned in the Woof Wednesday blog that caused Lulu–that gorgeous Border Collie–in the picture–such angst. You see, Lulu panicked during a thunderstorm and tried to escape her crate, resulting in severe injuries that required hip surgery. Yes, they can do amazing things these days with cutting edge medicine for pets–and the video puts a furry face on some of these techniques.
I’ve seen other video of Carol’s foster BCs, one called Possum that was so fearful–and the progress made until she actually PLAYED with Carol’s other dogs. Makes me weepy again just to think of how far some of these fosters can come with the right care. Now, it’s Lulu’s chance.
“I’m almost afraid to say anything lest I jinx myself, but Lulu, a BC is being adopted on Monday. Lulu is reactive to other dogs and needs to go to a home with no other dogs. Plus, she has hip dysplasia and is recovering from an FHO right now. And she has mild urinary incontinence. She barks a lot, too! And she is sound sensitive, terrified of thunder and fireworks. She is currently on Fluoxetine and Clonazepam. She’s probably around 6 or 7 years old — has a lot of years left, we hope, but not a young dog, by any means.
Who would want such a dog?
Well, a couple in El Paso contacted me. Their BC passed away in February at age 15. The wife is a high school teacher and is home for the summer. They chose to wait until the summer to get a new dog. The wife really liked the way Lulu looks and wrote to me. They have a pool and will be able to continue her rehab there. They specifically wanted an older dog. And the last time they had a thunderstorm there was 2006. They had a fabulous vet reference and their home check was conducted yesterday by a woman who is a herding trial judge who lives in El Paso.”
WOW! Who can dare argue that God didn’t work a miracle? Well, the Almighty and human angels, that is–the rescue organization, veterinarians, and of course Carol and her furry crew of doggy helpers.
Are you involved in rescue work? What challenges do you individually and your rescue organization face? What about dogs (or cats) with hip dysplasia–have you ever included water therapy for your pets?
The cool video, below, shows Lulu receiving underwater treadmill therapy (WAY COOL!) from the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, so that Lulu’s new family has a demonstration how to continue Lulu’s rehab. Carol works with Border Collie Rescue Texas which paid for a good portion of Lulu’s treatment–but Carol funded quite a bit herself.
Love doesn’t come cheap! Think about supporting a rescue group in your area. Have you had similar miracle matches–please share!
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