Pup

14 Apr

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ADOPTED!:  Pup, a chihuahua mix, was found as a stray wandering the streets of Overbrook in Philadelphia in July 2010.  His foster mom immediately took him to the Vet to get him examined and vaccinated.  The Vet determined that, although otherwise in good health, Pup had a cataract in his left eye and the left eye appeared to be a bit larger than the right eye.  Therefore, the Vet recommended an appointment with an ophthalmologist.  A couple pictures show Pup at one of his appointments with his ophthalmologist.

The ophthalmologist determined that Pup had a large cataract which, in its end stages, had burst and caused the eye to get glaucoma.  Poor Pup’s eye was swollen from the pressure that had built up from the glaucoma and was probably causing him a degree of discomfort.  The ophthalmologist prescribed eye drops to control the pressure and for a time they worked very well.  But over time, the drops stopped working.  Since Pup could no longer see out the eye, the ophthalmologist recommended that the eye be removed.  Doing this would essentially end the discomfort that Pup was experiencing and keep the situation from getting any worse.

So in February 2011, Pup had his eye removed.  He was a real trooper through all of this.  He is doing so well and doesn’t seem to notice that anything has changed.

Pup is approximately 4 to 5 years old and is an absolute angel of a dog.  Naturally, he loves people and he gets along so well with the foster family’s dog and all the foster cats.  He loves to go for walks and then come home and snuggle into his bed for a little nap.  On chilly nights, Pup loves to snooze under his own little fleece blanket.  He will be a great companion to some very lucky person.

Please contact us if you would like to inquire about adopting Pup.  To help ARN pay for Pup’s veterinary care, please click on the “DONATE”  button at the top of the page.

5/27/11:  Pup went to his new forever home tonight.  He now lives in South Philly with a lovely married couple, Liz and Jason.  Liz and Jason recently rescued a senior dog, Anna, estimated to be 10 – 13 years old, from ACCT in Philadelphia.  Anna was going to be euthanized if not adopted.  So you know Liz and Jason are great people.

I guess I don’t have to tell you I got terribly choked up and cried when I had to say good bye.  Pup and I have been through a lot together this past year with his eye problems and I absolutely love him.  And he’s such a sweet dog, so it was difficult to say good bye.  But I can rest knowing he’s gone to such a loving home.  Thank you, Liz and Jason, for making room in your lives and home for Pup!  May you enjoy many happy years together.

5/31/11:  Just rec’d the following email from Pup’s new mom, Liz……..

Hi Terry!
We had a great first weekend with Pup. Lots of walks on Saturday, pretty chill on Sunday, and then a little road trip up to Allentown with Anna yesterday for a cookout with my mom, where he met his chihuahua mix cousin, my sister’s dog Lucy. She took some great photos I haven’t gotten from her yet, but the two of them had a ball running in circles around one another, and we took him for a long late afternoon walk by the river where he wore himself out and then slept the whole way home with his head and front paws dangling off the back seat of the car (photo attached). He and Anna are getting along just fine, whenever we’re getting ready to take them for a walk he likes to spin around and under her, and she just stands there watching him. 
Everyone loves him (my sister is obsessed with him, photo attached) and he seems to be settling in really nicely. Hope all’s well with you!
Thanks,
Liz
6/3/11:  Liz sent us another ‘Pupdate” as she calls it……….(cute, huh?)
Hi Terry!
Just thought you’d like these two little updates… Pup and Anna reached a major step last night (attached). Pup often claims Anna’s bed and mostly Anna’s been sighing about it and laying on the floor until we get them straightened out. Then last night she decided she just didn’t care anymore.
Also last night we took our first trip to one of the dog parks in Philly… When we got there almost all of the dogs there were HUGE, so we brought pup into the smaller dog area, but it was clear he wanted to be running with the big dogs so once it became obvious that there were no aggressive dogs in the mix, we took him out and let him off his leash. The video quality is poor, but pretty much, this is what happened for 40 minutes. He fell asleep the second we put him back in the car.
Anna spent our time at the dog park hiding under the bench we were sitting on. I’m hoping by the end of the summer she won’t be so overwhelmed. 
Have a great weekend!
-liz
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