Meet BobbleHead Beaux.
Even with his good behavior and impeccable manners, he was dealt a crummy hand, but he's not folding yet.
This little 1 year old has had a rough start to life, evident by his malnourished frame, lack of coat, and swollen and inflamed skin. We were told he was found in a dumpster and when the finder was going to take him to the shelter, his friend asked to take him instead, knowing Beaux would likely be euthanized, as it was a high-kill shelter and in his condition, could be seen as un-adoptable. After a few days and a costly vet visit, she realized she was in over her head and wanted to get rid of him. Shar Pei are unique in that they require special attention with their health and maintenance care; this is why they're considered an expensive breed. On 9/24, she reached out to a Shar Pei owner in her city, New Orleans, who contacted me, asking for advice and help. Upon seeing photos of this poor boy's condition, we knew we had to jump in and save him, before he ended up on the shelters kill floor. Thankfully, she was more than willing to relinquish Beaux to our care. (Below is the first photo we saw of him, where we immediately knew this was life or death for Beaux.)
After being picked up that evening, he was introduced to other Shar Pei, without an ounce of aggression. With a good meal and an epsom salt soak bath, he was tuckered out, in a temp foster for the evening. Come the morning of 9/25, he had, what was likely, his first morning of freedom and fresh air with a walk at the lake; time for a new life.
At a new Pei savvy vet, he had the human equivalent of a spa day (complete with a pawdicure) totaling a whopping $704.47 that included his exam, vaccinations, lab work, preventatives, medication for his ear and skin, etc. He's heart worm negative, so that's encouraging. (Please see attached invoice; this does not include the vet clinic's boarding fees.)
Internally, Beaux is in fairly good health and everyone at the clinic can't get over how sweet and adoring he is. With all the upheaval in his life, he is experiencing some gastrointestinal upset, but that's to be expected and once he settles into his new routine, his belly should sort itself out. The veterinarian did not feel comfortable scheduling his neuter or entropion surgery until his external inflammation is significantly reduced, which is understandable; this guy has to feel good first. (Below is an accurate representation of the condition of his skin.)
We still wanted to include estimates for both procedures, so everyone knew where our figures for the goal are coming from. We want to be totally transparent in all of this. All funds donated will go directly to his vet bills; we'll cover the cost of food, toys, activities, etc. If we exceed our goal, I can assure you, any additional funds will go to a Shar Pei Rescue to continue helping other Pei in need. (Please see attached estimates.)
We are not a rescue group, although someday we’d like to be a 501c3, but because of this, there will be no rescue discounts at the vets office, so everything you see is the price we're paying.
Anyways, thank you, immensely for taking the time to read through this and if there's even a dollar you could spare to help this guy start a new life, we'd be beyond grateful. If you can't donate, could you possibly share? The more people we reach, the more likely we can impact Beaux's life.
Once he is healed, healthy, and happy, we will be looking for a Pei-savvy, loving home for him. Again, he's in the New Orleans area, but I'm confident we could coordinate a volunteer transport to get him to his best home, no matter the distance. He's currently in boarding at the vets with round the clock care, but once he’s feeling and looking better, we’ll want to find him a great place.
Pros: Crate Trained, Good with Dogs, Great with People, Loves Cuddles
Cons: Is fussy with ear and oral meds. <3
Amy via @Crinkle.Cuts, Kelly via @NolaSharPeiLife, and Taylor via @MollyGrace_SharPei