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  1. #1
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    Unplanned rescue

    I always say I should NOT look at craigslist! But I do because I have a message I send out to folks who have lost a pet (dog or cat) which lists 14 things to do to try and get the pet home.

    Saw a posting for a bichon. Weak, vulnerable time, having just lost Lacey. So I emailed. Four days later (and after the woman had changed her mind about rehoming the dog once) I went to pick up a bichon on Wednesday afternoon (yesterday). From speaking with the neighbor who had posted (the woman did not post herself) and from speaking with the woman, I knew this dog was in a tough situation. Not about to be PTS, but not in a proper setting for a bichon. I am glad I got him, he NEEDED help. The woman called me back after she'd had 2 phone calls from men living in Providence, who had strong accents. Providence has a high population from Haiti and Dominican Republic, where dog fighting is a 'sport,' and she was getting scared they would use her dog for bait. So she asked if she just GAVE him to me, would I take him. I said yes.

    In my car
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    There's that bichon smile!


    Went straight to my groomer, no way this was something I could tackle myself. Had him walk for a pee first.











    Stand by more of this story to come . . .
    Last edited by Freedom; 08-01-2013 at 04:30 PM.

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    She had a folder full of paperwork. Told me the dog is age 4. He is actually 3. His shots are all out of date. He is in tact and hence a marker, so he goes out on the porch at 6 AM and comes inside at 10 PM. He has never had a collar or harness, does not get walks, just pokes around in the back yard. She and her husband both work, and he has twice got out of the fence, she is worried he will get hit by a car.

    My GROOMER tells me: his coat is 7 to 10 inches long, and he has been doused in Avon's Skin So Soft -- people do this because it keeps the bugs away. The mats were hard, and his coat was like a pelt. There was nothing to do but shave him down.










    The Skin So Soft means his skin was quite wet underneath, and he was greasy. After removing the coat, she had to degrease him three times and still his has a slippery feel to him.

    Two hours later, back outside before returning to the car.









    More to come, please wait!
    Last edited by Freedom; 08-01-2013 at 04:31 PM.

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    Look at the curl in that tail!






    His name is Gizmo. He has had no training, and does not know his name. If I keep him, the name will change. I have discussed him with a bichon rescue group, and they will take him, have an opening in a foster home.

    Next we started in the back yard to meet the other fluffs: Riley came out first.


    And promptly let him know who is boss!




    Though I wanted Tasha to come out next, Willy insisted so both came out together. Tasha immediately tried her play bow out on him!






    More pics to come
    Last edited by Freedom; 08-01-2013 at 04:34 PM.

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    Gizmo and Willy had a pee fest going for an hour and half in the back yard.


    Willy also tried to show who is boss.








    Tasha again




    Five more photos to share and the rest of the story
    Last edited by Freedom; 08-01-2013 at 04:33 PM.

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    Last night, bedtime, he watched the others and then joined them, with no words from me!


    Willy: this is how you do it! Giz: OK!


    This morning I had him in to the vet. He got his rabies (good for 1 year) and his combo (good for 3 years as we have the paperwork on his prior shots). He has tested positive for Lyme, and has a month of meds. He is not eating, that is part of the Lyme disease. He is schedule to EITHER go to a foster home on Sunday or get neutered at my vet on Monday.

    He gets along fine with my dogs, and is fine with cats (we didn't know about that as he'd never seen a cat, so this was a nice surprise for me).

    Leaving the vet this morning to come back home:






    He weighs 16. 2 pounds. His pee is SO stinky, due to being in tact; once he is neutered the smell goes away over 4 to 6 weeks. He will likely continue to mark. He is wearing a belly band -- so is Willy who decided he has to show who owns the place. He is from a puppy mill in Missouri - not a mill rescue as he was one delivered to a pet store as a puppy. He has the same b*tch as his grandmother on his mother's side, and as his great grandmother on his father's side. He has no physical issues -- teeth and ears are fine, no knee issues, no eye issues. He is a sweet personality.

    He came through the local pet store, so my vet hospital was where he got all his puppy shots. Then he got sold, and something happened as he landed at animal control 4 towns over. He was adopted from there at age 5 months by the woman I got him from yesterday. All his documentation stayed with him, rare under the circs.

    So now I have to decide if I am keeping him or sending him along to the rescue.
    Last edited by Freedom; 08-01-2013 at 04:33 PM.

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    Thank goodness you rescued him. He must have been miserably uncomfortable under all that perfumed and matted hair! He looks much happier now!
    I've Been Frosted

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