Dog Tortured in South Korea gets second chance

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The inhumanity of human's can be unbearable.

Gi (translation:  Brave) is one of those horrifying, heartbreaking cases that brings us to tears in rescue.  Gi was discovered emaciated in South Korea with open wounds on his head and neck, and burns across his frail body.  He trembled and cried in pain as well as out of fear of humans. They didn't think he would make it. 

At 3 years old, Gi was advertised online for $50 with the caveat that the seller was not responsible for his health condition or survival.  He would only need 1/2 cup a food per day and could be used for breeding.  The seller had he and a female that he was trying to breed but the female died giving birth.

The couple that responded to the ad, found him outside tied up with wires around his neck and snout.  When they took him home, he kept whimpering and trembling.  They quickly realized he needed more help and contacted SCGRR's rescue partner who rushed him to the vet where they shaved him to get a better look.  Clearly beaten and abused, Gi's skin revealed open wounds and severe burns.  We can't confirm if it was a chemical burn or water burn, but they suspect it was hot water from either trying to boil him alive, or to give him a bath with scorching hot water.   It's unimaginable.

Gi is making progress. With a kind hand and better care, he has started to wag his tail and accept affection from humans.  Eye issues once thought allergies are now confirmed to be uveitis which will require preventive treatment and possibly surgery.  His 3rd degree burn wounds and open sores are starting to heal with treatment.  His hair is starting to regrow a bit. Gi still has a long way to go and will need more medical care when he arrives here.   

We are excited to welcome Gi into the US this weekend. Knowing the vets in the United Sates can provide care unavailable in South Korea, we are anxious for his arrival.  Gi's transportation is graciously covered by the Tracey and Anne Coats Foundation.  We also have a very generous ANONYMOUS MATCHING DONOR for this GoFundMe to cover his care upon arrival in the United States.  Every dollar donated to this campaign will be matched 100% up to $7,000.

We are totally dependent upon you, our friends, for help with all of the vet bills and rehabilitation. Your donations are always so very much appreciated so we can always be there for dogs like Gi - whether they've suffered domestic or international abuse.
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Gi continues to hang in there. He is actually showing more energy, confidence and interest in the world at large although his front lymph nodes (parotid, submandibular and prescapular) are growing quickly now. Thankfully his kidneys and fecals have normalized which makes his care much easier. We plan to have him as a special guest at Wine and Wags on the 18th ( https://scgrrescue.org/eventsview/).

His bucket list accomplishments meanwhile continue to grow: tree a squirrel, host a cinco de mayo party, dinner at Lazy Dog Cafe, a reikki session, long massages and scratch sessions, hike by the bay in Costa Mesa, jog through the park, snug with fur siblings, meet a horse, more puppacinos (one can never have enough), stealing slippers, stealing toilet paper, counter surfing, visiting a WWII vet and more! We are looking at perhaps a duffy ride/party and next Wednesdy he has a phone appointment with Terri Steuben the animal communicator. He is watching his fur siblings play and trying to figure out how to engage but is still a bit nervous. And will all of his steak, chicken, pasta and burgers / buns....we are actually seeing some fat rolls on him! YAAAY!

Thank you again for all your support and good wishes for this boy. His "Gi Squad" of supporters is a true village rallying to make sure his days are filled with love, care, good food, fun toys and amazing experiences.
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Yesterday Gi had a wonderful outing with one of his greatest supporters. They went to the single dog runs at the Mission Viejo dog park to give Gi some free time without being harassed by other dogs (he can be a bit nervous), then off for 3 patties at In and Out Burger followed by a car nap and rubdown. He was tired and happy!!! Thanks again for giving this boy a chance to know the best in life!
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As promised..another big day for our big footed brave boy. The 2 champions that coordinated his transport to the US drove down from LA to join the fun. First we had to lather on some sunscreen while the visitors stowed all the yummy treats, homemade food and toys they'd brought. On the way to the beach, there was no riding in the back for this dude...he was all cuddled up with the humans. He also prefers to hydrate directly from a jumbo cup instead of a bowl. Why not?

The beach was a big experience with so much to see, hear and smell. Seagulls, families with ruffles potato chips, kelp, sand, surfers and more. He managed to dip his toes in the water but wasn't a huge fan of that. But it was amazing though to see the puppy in him...start to play bow and do a zoomy with the excitement when the waves would rush in. We helped him discover digging in the sand but he just wanted to eat it lol. We flagged down the Newport Beach lifeguard for a visit and photo op also.
Afterwards there was more snuggling and resting on the drive home with a dash into Starbucks for his new favorite - Puppuccino!!! Then on to home for a yummy lunch and some doggy ice cream which he snarfed in 2 chomps right down the hatch.

While he napped, his fan club fed themselves, toasted him with bubbly, cooked up an instant pot full of steak and peeled / cut up yams for the week. Then it was bath time and rehydrating with coconut oil on his dry skin.

Although he is bonding with his foster momma and loving life, we are actively looking for a permanent foster home who can provide him all the love an attention he deserves while living in a comfy home with free access to a shady outside area for his frequent potty stops. Those kidneys seem to be doing great but he does appreciate being able to run outside whenever the mood strikes him.
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Gi continues to do well. We are making every day count but he does tire easily so we keep it short and sweet. Thursday we drove to Just Food For Dogs for chicken strips right out of the kitchen still warm and to get some high quality fish oil. Then we swung through Starbucks for a Puppacino which he LOVED! Tried to climb in the front seat and eat the cup lol. And finally to Healthy Spot for the gentlest shampoo we could find and some doggy sun screen....oh and we couldn't resist an Easter "chick" cookie for him. Then it was home for a good nap.

This morning we drove out Silverado to the site of next year's Goldiepalooza! It was gorgeous...with views of a lake, rolling hills, room for doggies to frolic, picnic tables to climb on (he really liked that) and some of his fans and supporters who came bearing gifts of toys and treats. Again he tired quickly and was happy to back in his familiar surroundings for lunch, a big bowl of water and a nap with his new Hedgehog.

Tomorrow we are thinking about the beach and a bath but we may need to pick just one so as not to tire him out too much. And we hear a fan might be taking him to In and Out Burger on Sunday.

If you have ideas for his bucket list that aren't too tiring, please let us know!! Just gotta love this sweet boy!
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