A few weeks ago we (Shelby and Sean) were sitting comfortably on the couch for a relaxing night eating dinner and catching up on House of Cards when our three pups starting going crazy at something through the open windows. I jumped up to take a look and saw a dog on our front porch. Shelby and I grabbed a leash and went outside to attempt get the dog to safety. We probably thought in the back of our minds we would find her owner and return her. Then we saw her condition. The dog we have come to know as "Sweet P" was emaciated and dehydrated. She also had puppies at some point in the last several months as we could see her teats hanging off her bones. We were dumbfounded. Completely knocked back on our heels. We didn't know what to do.
After three days at the Animal Medical Hospital, Shelby and I decided to accept the financial responsibility for Sweet P's stay and some medical expenses we agreed upon with the vet. We decided to take her in until we could place her with a foster home.
It didn't take long before we had gone from finding her a foster/rescue home to thinking "she's our pup, too." We had her vaccinated and a complete physical to learn that she had already contracted heartworm. It's a big financial setback but after already having decided she was in our pack there wasn't any question what to do. We have begun the heartworm treatment which is projected to cost nearly $2,000. This is in addition to the lost time from work and previous vet bills in excess of $800.
We were careful not to raise our voices or hands when she made a mistake because she was under a lot of stress and we didn't know what type of discipline had been used previously. We were very quick to give her praise and use positive reinforcement to help her understand what we believe are good behaviors. She's such a smart pup that it didn't take long at all before she was becoming more well mannered. Every day Shelby is taking time to teach her more discipline and even a couple of tricks.
It has been a little over three weeks since we found this emaciated, dehydrated dog covered in fecal matter and smelling to high heaven at our doorstep. We are really happy we were able to help out but it is very expensive having not planned for the additional costs associated with Sweet P's medical expenses and pet supplies. We know that moving forward we have another mouth to feed and keep medicated. We accept this burden. We hope to raise the funds to pay for Sweet P's veterinary bills, pet supplies and heartworm treatment to date since we were not expecting to have such a high cost.
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