To get him on the road to recovery, we started Abner on symptomatic treatment. We began his care by getting him started on injectable medications at the clinic and then brought him home, where his foster gave him fluids under the skin multiple times each day. When we found he still wasn’t ready to eat, we began force feeding him multiple times each day as well. Quickly after that, we saw his condition improve greatly. After a few days of intensive care by a dedicated foster as well as a loving and committed veterinary team, Abner got to the point he was no longer vomiting, was eating and drinking well on his own, and had a little life in him to even attempt playing!
A Mop Dog from Mille Lacs
Two weeks ago, our intake team received an inquiry regarding a small, intact male dog running around the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation. One of our fosters had seen him wandering the area multiple times and, in an attempt to find his owner, had started asking people in the area if they knew where his home was or if he had any people looking for him. When we followed up, we found out he had also been posted on Lost Dogs MN for over 10 days but no one recognized him or wanted to claim him. With his stray hold over and no one there to claim him, we agreed to try to catch the pup and bring him into rescue.
The foster who had found him saw him running around again and finally attempted to approach him in an effort to get him out of the cold. To her surprise, he happily went up to her, eager to be cared for in what was obviously the first time in awhile.
The dog, whose hair was so severely overgrown and matted that he looked like a mop, was named “Wookie” in honor of his messy-haired appearance. His foster worked to get some of the mats out of his fur shortly after bringing him home, getting him groomed and turning him into a completely different dog in the looks department! She also worked on socializing him heavily, bringing Wookie into work with her to capture the hearts of all her coworkers with his friendly personality and handsome grin.
In just a few short weeks, Wookie has made a complete turnaround from the life he used to live on the rez. While we don’t know much of his background because he was found as a stray, it was obvious he was entirely neglected and, without the concern of the foster who brought him in from the cold, may not have made it through the impending harsh winter. But thanks to Ruff Start, he will be up for adoption shortly and will continue to experience love for the rest of his life.
With your continued help, we’ll be able to help give dogs just like these Christmas miracles all year round. If you can find it in your heart this holiday season, please donate today in honor of these rez dogs who so desperately deserve a second chance – and are getting one thanks to the hard work of our fosters and volunteers.