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Dog Tortured in South Korea gets second chance

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Raised by 164 people in 3 months
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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As a final tribute to Gi, we have submitted him as a candidate for this year's SCGRR Calendar photo contest. If you'd like to help make sure Gi get's featured, you can vote for him ($1/vote) here: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/scgrrescue/entries/164834
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RIP Sweet Gi. We vowed from the start never to let this boy suffer a second longer than he should and last night we made the difficult decision to set him free from a week of declining health. He was held and loved by his foster momma as he crossed over the rainbow bridge, one of his favorite unicorn plushies by his side. We imagine him racing along with his new found lightness and hope to see him again one day in another form.

It's easy to be so sad at the loss of such a special life but we take solace in knowing we gave him several months of the life he truly deserved. He got fat, he smelt nature, he learned to play a bit and experiment with light-heartedness...although he was far to regal of a personality to get too silly. He drank from the hose of life, slurped up puppacino's, feasted on burgers and chicken and steak and sausages. He ate ice cream and felt the power of Reiki. He went to several parties and visited with veterans as well as special needs folks at his local park.

Everyone that met him was touched by his story, his soul and his bravery. Gi...it means brave. He was all that and more. He had a huge fan club and a loving, dedicated "Gi squad" to help him with his adventures and stocking the fridge. Thank you all again for your support in Gi and all the dogs at SCGRR like him.
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Sorry it's been awhile. Busy weeks in rescue with more urgent medical cases to attend to. Gi has continued to enjoy life. We can add to his bucket list: more time at the beach, phone call with an animal communicator, center of attention and lot's of cheese at Wine & Wags fundraiser, stealing toilet paper, counter surfing for kale(?), taking a sun nap, finding a favorite spot, helping get a stray dog back home, more reiki, climbing on the sofa, pulling stuffed squirrels out of a stuffed tree trunk and more. He has continued to eat the best of food that his "Gi squad" cooks for him. Last week, he had his first rough night - not feeling great. We took him in for some fluids and found he'd gained a whopping 40 lbs! We upped his meds, got him some fluids and re-ran his blood work in case his kidneys were acting up. Labs came back ok- no kidney failure. Calcium still hanging in there. He rallied. Yesterday he started feeling crappy again and has been an unhappy camper today. Not eating his usual favorites: buns, puppacino, pasta, chicken, doggy ice cream. Today we are trying what we can to tempt him but he's not having it...even back on the antinausea meds and appetite stimulant. He's managed a couple very slow and short walks but wants to get back to his safe haven pretty quickly. Stools have gone downhill again. Our hearts are hurting to see him like this. We plan to give him another day to see if he might rally again but we fear this may have been the beginning of the end for sweet Gi. Please keep us in your hearts and again thank you for all the wonderful wishes for this amazing soul.
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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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