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    Kicked out of the Webelos bluebottle1's Avatar
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    My new houseguest

    This boy appeared on my doorstep about a week ago, and attempts to find his home have been unsuccessful. He's on the big side, but a real sweetie. While he's staying with me, I've dubbed him "Rocky."

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    Oh, he's so cute!

    He is fortunate indeed that he went to your doorstep, eh? I take it that he's not microchipped, tattoed, no collar?

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    how long have you lived at your place? maybe he was the owners before you and tried to go home? When I moved, my dog used to do the same thing. We got on a first name basis with the new owners because of it.
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    He had a collar--a rather old and weathered one--but no tags and no chip. Also, when I say that he showed up on my doorstep, he was one house down from me, crossing the street when I first saw him. I've lived here for almost eight years now. I know he doesn't belong to any of the neighbors in the immediate area.

    Anyway, even if the owner were to come along at this point, I'd be reluctant to give him back. He's clearly been neglected. He's at least about 10 lbs. underweight, heartworm positive, and had a pretty good case of fleas when I first found him. The heartworms are sufficiently advanced that he's had them for at least five or six months. I think it very unlikely this boy has been out on the street for that long. (His temperament is too good, and he showed absolutely no fear of me.) Anyway, that likely shows that whomever he lived with before didn't bother to spend the lousy six bucks a month it would have taken to get him heartworm preventative or to feed him properly. Just doing the former would have prevented what this boy's going to have to go through to get fully healthy again.
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    He's a good looking boy, and you will have to get us some more photos when he's shed his current coat and looks better .


    It sounds as if he has escaped to a better life.

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    If you can afford it, I'd recommend taking the dog to the vet for a checkup, shots, and an oil change.

    The reason I say this is because I try to take all stray cats near me to the vet for shots and checkups every six months or so, and I've ended up with cats with advanced stages of FIV and feline leukemia that had to be put down before they would infect other cats. Yes, its $1000-$2000 a year, but there are stray cats over a decade old still prowling around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    If you can afford it, I'd recommend taking the dog to the vet for a checkup, shots, and an oil change.

    The reason I say this is because I try to take all stray cats near me to the vet for shots and checkups every six months or so, and I've ended up with cats with advanced stages of FIV and feline leukemia that had to be put down before they would infect other cats. Yes, its $1000-$2000 a year, but there are stray cats over a decade old still prowling around.

    It sounds as if bluebottle1 has already had Rocky to the vet if he knows that Rocky isn't microchipped, and that he has advanced heartworms.

    But, that's still good advice.

    You are kind to take the stray cats in to the vet...I've done that before too, and with the same result of having to have them put down due to FIV and Feline leukemia .

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    If he's in that bad a shape, I doubt his owners want him back. I hope if you keep him long term that you become good friends.
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    Looks like he has bad breath
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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    It sounds as if bluebottle1 has already had Rocky to the vet if he knows that Rocky isn't microchipped, and that he has advanced heartworms.

    But, that's still good advice.

    You are kind to take the stray cats in to the vet...I've done that before too, and with the same result of having to have them put down due to FIV and Feline leukemia .

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    He has been to the vet, and I got him the regular battery of vaccinations--rabies, distemper, parvo, bordatella, etc. I have three dogs already, and since I figured they'd inevitably be in contact with him, I wasn't willing to take the risk of his giving them something.

    I'll likely be keeping him through his heartworm treatment. I'm in touch with a local rescue group for his breed (Great Pyrenees), and they'll subsidize some of the veterinary treatment. In the meantime, he and I have bonded well, so it'll be nice to have him around. We'll worry about finding his forever home once he's healthy.

    Right now, he could use a bath and a good grooming, but his coat's not in too bad a shape. That big nasty collar he has in the picture is gone. I actually had to cut it off of him with a pair of metal shears, it was so weathered and stiff. And his breath really isn't bad. Well, it's dog breath, but whatcha gonna do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebottle1 View Post
    He had a collar--a rather old and weathered one--but no tags and no chip. Also, when I say that he showed up on my doorstep, he was one house down from me, crossing the street when I first saw him. I've lived here for almost eight years now. I know he doesn't belong to any of the neighbors in the immediate area.

    Anyway, even if the owner were to come along at this point, I'd be reluctant to give him back. He's clearly been neglected. He's at least about 10 lbs. underweight, heartworm positive, and had a pretty good case of fleas when I first found him. The heartworms are sufficiently advanced that he's had them for at least five or six months. I think it very unlikely this boy has been out on the street for that long. (His temperament is too good, and he showed absolutely no fear of me.) Anyway, that likely shows that whomever he lived with before didn't bother to spend the lousy six bucks a month it would have taken to get him heartworm preventative or to feed him properly. Just doing the former would have prevented what this boy's going to have to go through to get fully healthy again.
    Oh man, fleas in a great Pyrenees coat, I feel your pain. I've been there twice. My girlfriend would be headed over right now to pick up Rocky if she had a larger apartment next year (her fav breed).

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    He seems like a happy guy, bluebottle. He's lucky you found him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
    He seems like a happy guy, bluebottle. He's lucky you found him.
    Funny thing. Until the last couple of days, he's seemed really unsure of himself--kind of tentative around the other dogs--and really only playful with me, and only that in brief moments when I first came walking up to the gate in the backyard. This morning, I let him and my other three out in the yard and walked out a little later to have coffee in the outdoors, as is my habit in comfortable weather. There were all four dogs chasing each other like puppies around the yard, with Rocky as the ringleader. Have you ever seen an eighty pound (should be closer to ninety or ninety-five) dog bounce like he has springs in his feet? That's what I saw this morning. It was good to see him acting like a dog.
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    Gorgeous - very lucky! Look forward to updates!

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    What a beautiful dog he is! Enjoy!
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    bluebttle1...that's so great of you to do that
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    AWwww he's VERY lucky. And it seems like he's taking well to being part of your family. This is an awesome story.
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    That is great to know you are doing your part to help just one dog. That is exciting indeed. Nice Looking Dog for sure ... Definitely Good News.
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    A quick update.

    Despite being initially unwilling and then nervous about coming into the house, Rocky has now quite taken to it. The initial shyness he had seems to be pretty much gone, and he is learning to appreciate a good tummy rub with new friends in attendance.

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    Yep. He's part of the family now.
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    Thanks for the update. I somehow think Rocky may have already found is forever home.
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    I need to hug him!

    I'm glad he's found a great family.


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    I would just like to commend you for taking in a stray into your home and spending some hard earned money him to make him well.

    I am just glad to read that you came upon this dog and not the original owner who probably didn't give a rats ass about the dog.

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    So nice of you to take him in! Poor guy!


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    Is he just a puppy? Pretty small for a Pyrenees
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