Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gusher, the puppy with 9 lives

A few weeks ago, we got a hysterical phone call from a rescuer friend. A friend of hers had been fostering a puppy (she frequently had foster puppies in her home) when this little puppy was picked up by the head and shaken by another dog. She was distraught and didn't know what to do; not only was the puppy bleeding from the wound in his head, but he was also "acting funny". One of our volunteers came to the rescue. She immediately picked up the puppy, Gusher, and took him in to one of our vets to see if anything could be done. They kept him overnight for observation, then sent him home with us to continue "observing". Puppies with "shaken baby" syndrome generally start recovering pretty quickly... or they don't. We kept our fingers crossed for the next few days as Gusher tried to recover. For the first few days, it was really touch and go. Every time he tried to stand, he would fall over. Eating out of a food bowl was impossible, so Gusher's new foster mom fed him pieces of kibble one by one. However, by a few days out, Gusher was looking much better; now, instead of falling over, he just tilted his head to the side and was able to take a few tentative steps. He mastered eating and drinking again, and then started figuring out how to be crate trained! We've now had him for a few weeks, and he looks like a different puppy. He still tilts his head to the side, but he can run up and down stairs and play with the other dogs in his foster home, just like a normal puppy. Now that we're convinced he's through the woods, Gusher is meeting potential homes. We're of course quick to warn any potential adopters that he may suffer from seizures in the future, but we're hopeful that he'll grow into a happy, normal dog albeit a little bit tilty...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Good News (and a picture of Squinty)!

On the right, the picture you've all been waiting for... Mr. Squinty in all his squinting glory. Anyway, on to the real reason for this post...

Late last week we got the good news that Ashley, the high school Girl Scout Senior interested in helping our organization, passed her Gold Award interview and can now start working on her Gold Award project. Why is that so exciting for us? Well, for the simple reason that Ashley's Gold Award project focuses on helping our organization! Over the next few months, Ashley will be helping us to finish our website (that has been floating around in cyberspace for over a year), design a Cares4pets calendar, set up adoption events, and help us stay in touch with all of our wonderful adoptive homes. We're planning to meet up this week to start planning her project. Very exciting!!!