I had arrived at the shelter several hours late, but the waiting volunteers were kinder than I would have been to be kept waiting for so long. Lisa couldn’t hide her excitement and she strode off to bring me a ball of stinky sweetness with boatloads of charm. This was the unwanted shih tzu with no name. The shih tzu was a last minute addition to the transport that came with a frantic phone call asking if we could take just one more dog?
She was sick and had been dumped at an Ohio shelter by a mass breeder with instructions to euthanize. Clearly she was useless and discarded. She was under five years old, her belly was still swollen from being pregnant and she had a bit of milk. Her body sunk low to the ground and her eye contact was fleeting, but her tail never stopped wagging. Lisa walked over with the shih tzu in her arms and plopped her on my lap. She looked into my eyes for a fleeting second before her body shook with the effort of wagging her tail.
I felt my eyes well up as I smelt the horrible infection in her ears and skin. Her muscles were atrophied from being cage-bound and her eyes were cloudy with scar tissues. My heart nearly tore open when she looked at me with those eyes and stuck out her tongue in a very Jackson-like way. I ran my hand over her matted hair and could feel all the lumps. Her teeth were rotten and added to the smell of infection. This young dog was a big hot mess, but we help heal big hot messes, so she was in the right place. She was quiet as we loaded her into the crate for the trip home. The only sound was of her tail thumping against the floor. That tail just didn’t stop.
Did she know?
Did she know this was rescue? Did she know she was saved? Did she know her life was about to get incredible? Did she know we gave her a name?
Sundae – like an ice cream treat
Her feet were wide and swollen from standing on a wire floor bottom and they soon erupted into pus filled abscesses that made it nearly impossible for her to walk.
She looked sick – except for that tail.
We took her to see our vet Aunt Rachel who was very concerned over her physical presentation and declared she was too ill to be spayed. We took blood and urine for analysis and swabbed her ears to determine what horrible bacteria was causing this infection. The results came back surprisingly good, except… there were basophils in her blood work. I asked Aunt Rachel what that meant and she said “I’ve never seen it before”.
It either meant nothing or something — we’ll have to wait and see. After a few days Aunt Rachel called and asked how Sundae was doing? Happier was our answer. Less sick, but very visually impaired.
Partially Blind & Lumpy.
Sundae went in for her first surgery on September 28, 2015 where Aunt Rachel completed the spay and removed at least ten cysts – one on her chest looked like cancer, but Rachel gave it a wide margin and declared her cancer-free. They also lanced the huge abscesses in her paws and let them ooze dry. We’re hoping they won’t be a long term issue, but Aunt Rachel feels whoever adopts this sweet treat should be aware that it might be an ongoing problem. Sundae is resting now and looks a little like Frankenstein as she heals, but she’ll be free from lumps (at least for now) and cancer. Next up in a few weeks Sundae will have a much needed dental and more cysts removed…
Sponsor Mama Danielle!
Danielle is kind enough to sponsor sweet Sundae! We are so grateful to know her vet care will be covered by this kind and generous person! Many thanks to Danielle for her kindness and generosity. Danielle has a young daughter and she’s teaching her a wonderful lesson about paying it forward and giving back! It was a pleasure to meet you both!
Sundae’s Medical 411
Medical issues: corneal scarring – she’s partially blind and there will be costs involved in her future for eye care. Infected skin, ears and uterus. Common in puppy mill pups. Multiple cysts and one cancerous tumour. Has been developing abscesses between her toes – unknown etiology.
Sundae is under five years old.