Bull

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Today I’ll share the incredible story of Bull with you.

Bull is a male dog of about 1,5 years old and (like most of my amigos in the shelter) was found wondering the streets. He was caught and taken to the shelter. After a few days it became clear nobody was looking for him and so he became the latest addition to the big family of abandoned dogs.

It was clear from the beginning that Bull was not a healthy dog. He suffers from a Rectal prolapse* which in short means that part of his rectum comes out of his butt. It’s not a painful condition, more than anything it’s just very annoying.

This medical condition can only be cured through surgery, but this obviously requires money which the shelter doesn’t have. Therefor a fundraising event was created to collect money to pay for this operation thanks to many good Samaritans the money needed was raised!!!

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An appointment was made with the vet to plan the surgery, but unfortunately Bull was diagnosed with Ehrlichia**, which meant that he had to be treated with medication until he was better again and strong enough to undergo surgery.

So everything was postponed one month in order for Bull to finish his antibiotic treatment.

After one month he went back to the vet, but his blood test revealed he still suffered from anaemia, probably the result of an uncured Ehrlichia.

My mommy and daddy then decided it was time to take action to take him back home with them in order to take care of him and make sure he would be 100% cured so he could finally get his well-deserved surgery.

For me this meant I got a temporarily foster brother and my mommy and daddy weren’t sure if I would accept him (in the past I’ve been known to react aggressive towards other dogs)

Although I was a bit sceptical of Bull at first, I’ve no problem with him staying with us until he recovers from his illness and his surgery. He’s a sweet dog and I feel sorry for all the bad luck he’s already had in his young life. And I don’t have to worry about getting ill myself, because our mommy makes sure we all get treated against ticks, so there’s no chance of transmitting the Ehrlichia.

So at the moment I’m taking care of Bull and showing him how a good dog should behave. Because he’s still young, he looks up to me and when we go for walks, he follows me around all the time……a bit tiring, but I can’t blame him 😉

Tomorrow is a very important day cause Bull has an appointment with the vet and if everything goes well he will be operated.

I’ll keep you posted how things turn out tomorrow!

Big lick from us

Aros and Bul

 

* Rectal prolapse is a condition in which the rectum (the last part of the large intestine before it exits the anus) loses its normal attachments inside the body, allowing it to telescope out through the anus, thereby turning it “inside out”.  While this may be uncomfortable, it rarely results in an emergent medical problem.  However, it can be quite embarrassing and often has a significant negative impact on patients’ quality of life.

 ** Ehrlichia is a disease caused by a parasite called “Ehrlichia Canis” which is transferred through ticks. This parasite is commonly transferred via the “Brown Dog” tick, a species that very common in a country like Spain, but for example does not exist in other European countries. The symptoms of this disease are: high fever, lethargy, decrease in appetite, vomiting and anaemia.

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Ceguets

This is the story of Ceguets.

He came into the shelter as a pup in august 2016, together with his brother: both had been the victim of animal abuse.

They were brought in with hypothermia, because they had been thrown into a canal. Fortunately, they were spotted by a farmer who got them out of the water and took them to the shelter. It was close, but both dogs survived the horrible ordeal.

It turned out that that one of them was completely blind and was named Ceguets (which means “blind” in Catalan)

Ceguets’ brother was adopted quickly, but he unfortunately remains in the shelter. There are not many people out there who are willing to take a chance adopting a blind dog.

So Ceguets is still waiting for a special family that is willing to give him a chance. I’m keeping my paws crossed for this special fellow.

With love,

Aros (and Ceguets)

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Drak

Today I want to share the story of my amigo Drak with you.

Drak is a male of approximately one year old. He’s been living in the shelter since he was a puppy. He was one of 5 puppies and all his brothers and sisters found a home, except for him. Drak (like many other dogs in the shelter) suffers from something which I call “the invisibility syndrome”. It means that because he’s not the biggest, loudest and most forward dog, people just look right passed him. When you’re alone with him, he’s amazing: super friendly and cuddly, just wants to sit on your lap and give you kisses.  But in the midst of 200 other dogs that are all trying to get your attention, he goes completely unnoticed.

Speaking from personal experience myself, I can totally relate to Drak. In the shelter I was also shy and didn’t stand out much. Many people had walked passed my cage and nobody was ever interested. You could say that at least I have one advantage over Drak and that is that I have a distinctive and funny black eye. Poor Drak is “just” black and there are many black dogs out there.

Going back to my story: In March 2016 it looked like luck had turned for Drak and he was taken home by a couple who were very enthusiastic about adopting him. The standard procedure in the shelter is that the adopted dogs go home with their new owners and have a “trail period” of one week. This week is both scary and crucial cause sometimes the dogs don’t adapt to their new homes and the adoption fails. But in Draks case, everything went great and after one week the adoption was made official.

We’ll never know what exactly happened but 3 months later Drak was returned to the shelter. His owners gave no explanation, just a simple “we’re sorry but we can no longer have him”. We know it was not due to him misbehaving or causing trouble, otherwise the couple would have mentioned this for sure. We can only assume that it was due to personal and private human matters and poor Drak had nothing to do with it, but in the end was the one who ended up losing his home.

It happens a lot that dogs are being returned for no clear reason and it breaks my heart. We don’t understand how one day we’re loved and cared for and the next day they we’re back in the stressful environment of the shelter. We are not like humans, whom you can explain things to and make understand what is going on. We don’t have this concept of understanding and we simply have no idea what is happening. One moment you’re laying on the sofa, head resting on the knee of your owner whilst being cuddled, next moment you’re laying on the cold, hard ground surrounded by dozens of nervous dogs that are barking all day.

In fact, unfortunately Drak has turned into one of such nervous dogs himself. Before being adopted he was just shy, but now he’s nervous and runs up and down the fence of his cage. He is worse of now than he was before he got adopted. Knowing what it is like to have a normal life, has made him desperate to leave the shelter.  In his case it would have been better not knowing what he’s missing.

Drak, stay strong and think positive: there’re families out there looking for a true companion like you! There’s hope!

With love,

Aros (and Drak)

Lola

As I mentioned, in my blog I want to capture some of the stories of my amigos from the shelter.

I’m starting with the story of Lola.

Her story starts the 27th July 2016. That day a female pup of about 3 months old was found in one of the cages. The poor dog was crying and completely shaken and scared. The strange thing was she had never entered the shelter and nobody knew her. Where on earth did this dog come from????????

In order to solve this mystery, the owner of the shelter looked at the footage of the surveillance cameras and what she saw send a cold chill down her spine: the puppy had literally been THROWN over the wall!! On the video she could clearly see a woman walking up to the wall surrounding the shelter, holding a puppy in her arms. When she got to the wall, she lifted the dog up and just tossed her over.  It was almost as if she was throwing away a piece of garbage.

The next day the owner wrote a message on Facebook threatening to expose the lady if she didn’t come forward. On the footage the license plate of the car the suspect drove, was clearly visible and the owner wanted to take this evidence to the police. Surprisingly the accused lady got in touch and explained her side of the story. She claimed she found this pup on the streets and thought she was doing the right thing by taking it to the shelter. When she got there and it was closed, she simply did what any normal person would (NOT!!) do: throw a small, vulnerable, defenceless pup over a 3 meter wall. Not once did she think about ringing the shelter asking for its opening hours, taking the pup home for the time being or even worse: about the consequences of the impact of a 3 meter drop on the delicate body of a puppy!! In the end charges of animal abuse were never pressed, although some of us do not agree with this decision and would never let a person get away with such a horrible thing.

In the meantime the dog was given the name Lola and nowadays still lives in the shelter. She remains a very shy and scared dog and spends the whole dog hiding in a plastic house that stands in the corner of her cage. Not only is she scared of humans, she’s also very submissive towards the other dogs in her cage. She hides away all day and only comes out when it’s feeding time.

But when she’s taken for a walk, things change! You can see a sparkle in her eyes and she lights up and comes out of her shell. She gets so excited she doesn’t know where to go! All she wants to do is jump and run!! There’s no time for peeing or pooping, she wants to enjoy every single second. And she’s always grateful for being taken for a walk, even if it’s only once a week or (unfortunately) even less 😦

Lola desperately needs a home where she can learn to trust people again and where she can go for walks and enjoy life to the fullest. She’s not asking for a lot, just somebody who dedecates some time and attention to her.

Please help her: she deserves a second chance.

With love,

Aros (and Lola)

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