3/26/16: My name is Sally. I donít feel very good, but I do feel a whole lot better then I did last year and all the many years before. You see, my life consisted of being on a chain out in the yard. They say it was at least 8 years. I really donít know how old I am because no one every wished me Happy Birthday. I donít remember anyone ever making me feel special. At least not until I got off the chain and moved to rescue Jan. 1, 2016. Start of a new year and a new life!
I had never been in a house before, so I really wasnít sure what to do. I did what I had always done; paced in circles. Only this time it was in a big room and no chain. After 2 weeks, I started watching the other dogs. They had nice soft beds and there was even one for me.
I got special food. The other dogs were a little jealous. They
did not understand how sick I was. The vet had checked my blood
levels. I was severely anemic and many of my levels were very low.
No one was sure I would recover. After 6 weeks, my blood levels
were normal and I was no longer anemic. I underwent a spay and a
major dental. The vet said he was amazed that all my teeth could be
saved. No one had seen my teeth in a long time because my gums had
infected so much that they covered right over my teeth. It had been
really hard for me to eat since I only had gums to chew with. But
all that home cooked food was so good, even though it was ground
into mush for me to eat without having to chew. I get kibble now.
I am still fighting an ear infection in both ears. It smells
really bad and I feel embarrassed. The vet just did another
culture. This time it is being sent off to a special place. So far
the medicines have not been helping. I really wish I could hear the
sounds I remember from so long ago. Birds singing. Humans
talking. Other dogs barking. Golly, I even wish I could hear
myself bark. I know I do, but I donít know how loud or pretty it
is. The vet does not know if I will hear again someday or remain
2/28/16: Sally is on her way to a healthy body. Dental is complete. All her teeth were saved. She is now spayed. Non-malignant tumors removed. Ear infection healing. Blood levels within normal range. HW and Ehrlicia negative. She should be eating kibble in about 2 weeks when her gums heal. Her sweetness is improving because her pain is decreasing. She does have some arthritis in a back leg and some minor hip dysplasia but typical of a senior dog. She needs a loving senior human to cuddle with for her remaining years.
2/2/16: Sally is 8 years old. She spent
her whole life on a chain. All she knew was to pace in
circles, which she did for the first 2 weeks here. It was hard
for her to understand she could walk anywhere she wanted. It
was hard for her to understand she did not have to stay outside and
lay on the cold, hard ground. Her collar was so matted into
her neck that it took very careful and patient snipping to get it
off. Her coat was so matted, especially between her legs that
she had trouble walking. The doggie door was a challenge so we
removed the flap. She was still uncertain. Staying
inside was a whole new experience. She became comfortable
being inside. It took a month before she would lay on a soft
Sally has been here about a month. She is still not quite ready for adoption. Her blood levels will be checked next week. If they are in the normal range and she is healthy enough, she will have extensive dental work so she can chew kibble again. She will have a separate surgery to be spayed because she would be under anesthesia too long for both the spay and dental.
She gets along with the other dogs. She is good on leash and in the car. Good inside manners. She is just an old girl who needs someone to love her for her remaining years. Something she has never known before.