This is off topic but I know most of you on here are big time animal lovers. I'll post this on the cute pets thread too. I have a heart breaking incident that happened today and I know I can count on you for your prayers and positive thoughts/vibes for this fur baby (he didn't pass away but is very sick). My story is in the spoiler along with a couple pictures of the doggie. If you have a soft heart I recommend not looking at the pics.
I'll call him Boxer (since that's his breed). I live on a busy street across from a park. When Boxer showed up on my block yesterday he obviously looked lost so I tried to lure him with food to our yard which is fenced in, but as I would get closer he would run away. He eventually ran across the street into the park and I knew I couldn't catch up to him. My mom and a neighbor walked around the park looking for Boxer but didn't see him anywhere. I noticed it was urgent he received medical attention as you'll see in the pictures.
I called animal control to pick up Boxer, which I've done before with other lost dogs that show up that we don't recognize as belonging to anyone in the neighborhood. I have a serious soft spot for any animal especially one that is hurting. So I hoped and prayed all afternoon/last night/this morning that Boxer was found and safe.
Around noon today I hear the dogs in the back yard barking like crazy so I look out the front window to find out whats going on and I see Boxer stumbling around. I felt so relieved he came back. He was in the next door neighbor's yard (which also has a fence) so I ran over there and closed the gate. Poor Boxer just layed himself in the dirt exhausted. I could tell he didn't have the strength to stand up anymore.
I called my mom on the phone and had her bring me a leash and an old bed sheet. We picked up Boxer and put him on the sheet then used the sheet to carry him to our yard and layed him on the soft grass. His body felt so hot. I called animal control again but they told me it might take them 3 days to send someone out to pick him up because they're really swamped. I wasn't sure what to do. He is in really bad shape. Literally skin and bones. It surprised us how heavy he was, we struggled to carry him.
I decided to call the animal hospital we take our pets to for advice. After explaining the situation they told me to feed him a little bit of cooked white rice and give him small amounts of water. They also advised me to contact the local humane society. I called there and was told to take him in since they don't do pick ups. He ate the rice and drank some water then we put him in the back of my truck on a dog bed. My mom rode in the back with Boxer and I drove.
When we got to the humane society a woman walking a dog in the parking lot noticed we were having a hard time trying to get Boxer off the truck.
She asked " Is that your dog? "
I said " We found him "
She came a little closer and yelled " That dog is in distress! Run into the office and tell them Maureen says to bring help! " Then she ran into a different office.
I ran into the main office and told the girl " I'm the one who called in about the boxer and Maureen said to bring help. " You should've seen those people move! I went back outside and four men were at my truck picking up the dog bed with Boxer laying on it so helpless. They rushed the dog into the clinic so fast I barely noticed 3 of the guys were wearing orange jumpsuits from the dept. of corrections.
Me and my mom went into the clinic along with a couple of girls that ran over from the office I had barged into.
We did some quick paperwork then a man came out to ask me questions regarding how I found him and told me Boxer was so dehydrated they couldn't get a blood sample right away because his veins were so thin. They were going to have to wait a couple of hours for the IV to plump up his veins and try it then. He also said Boxer has a microchip but it isn't registered so no information is on it. They estimated his age at 2 yrs. The man said they are going to try everything to find the owner. I told him I could put up flyers at the park I live by and he said they would take care of that. I told the girl at the counter that I was extremely concerened for Boxer and asked how I can receive updates on his status. She gave me an ID # that is assigned to him and told me to call in and ask about him. Then we got in my truck and drove home.
My heart hurts for Boxer. I really hope he gets better. I really hope they find Boxer's owner and if not I'm sure I can find someone I know to adopt him. Please send him a little prayer or send him loving thoughts to recover soon. He was so cute and gentle. I know Boxer will love you so much for it
Here are 2 pictures I took of him laying in the grass:
Thank you all soo much for reading this and just know the love and kindness you send out will be received with Boxer's open heart!