|His new stomping grounds. Yesterday we saw 4 deer drinking from the creek..until he barked and scared them off.|
Thank you for all of your comments and concerns about my new Foster Dog. I've kinda changed his name to Bubba since he doesn't seem to know his real name.
Today is May 1st. If Bubba wasn't re-homed before today, the owner was going to take him to a shelter, so thank goodness he was rescued. According to the rescue coordinator, he would have been an unlikely candidate for being kept at the shelter. Depending on the town there they are taken, the policies vary, and often dogs such as this one are euthanized because they have too many issues to be adopted out in a reasonable period of time. She told me that the city he was from would not have kept him at the shelter. So fostering him was his only hope. He certainly came with some baggage.
- Bubba has not been exercised in a VERY long time. He has weak muscles.
- He is a really chubby boy, needing to lose 30lbs. (him and me both). His weight makes it difficult for him to move around without being sore and out of breath.
- He's got bad legs and arthritis and a very odd gait.
- He cannot manage hardwood floors.
- He can't do stairs.
- He can only walk for 15 minutes at a slow pace.
- He eats lying down. He belly crawls around like a beached sea lion grunting.
The good news is:
- Rescue got him a HUGE bottle of Metacam, an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever
- He loves to walk. He is having a walk along the creek and a lap of the playing field 4 times a day.
- He minds his own business. No chewing, cat chasing or mischief.
- He is settling down and feeling at home
- He's a gentle and sweet dog
- The vet thinks with regular exercise and good food, he will lose the weight and be way more agile and happy, and hopefully won't need meds all his life.
Yesterday I was feeling very annoyed at his owners for putting him in this situation. Over feeding him, not walking him, general lack of care, shots not updated, nails not cut etc. Turfing him out. I was mad all day yesterday as I observed his struggles.
I took him to the spa yesterday to get fixed up. He's all shiny and sweet smelling and he's had his first dose of pain meds an hour ago, eating a low cal salmon based diet for his figure and his bones, and so he's on his way to his former glory. He must feel like he's gone to BOOT CAMP.