"My day took an unexpected turn this morning (1/14). Driving down CO 14, I saw a hiking trailhead which I might find interesting. A half mile down the road, I made a 5 point turn and doubled back. After switching into hiking boots, putting a knife on my belt, I set off up the trail. No more than a quarter mile up the ravine, I see this little lady, hair raised and growling. Dropping to my knees and talking sweetly, I convinced her to come closer after a few minutes. Once she smelled my hands, she licked my nose, walked past me and waited at the cattle gate before my pickup.
I had some of piper's food left, and she happily indulged before climbing into my pickup for a long ride to CSU Veterinary Research School for microchip check. Some days your intuition tells you things and you must listen. I was apprehensive and alert because of mtn lion warnings in the area. She looked like one through the trees. I think she and I both gave each other a scare, as that ravine isnt well traveled and her colors match that of a mtn lion. She did have a microchip. Her name is Amelia. Shes been missing for almost three months, and I'll be making sure shes picked up through Larimer City Humane Society in seven days, otherwise I'm making a long drive back to Fort Collins to make her mine.
The vet found a microchip and her name is Amelia. Shes currently registered here in Colorado, and CSUVH is contacting her owner. She was missing for three months. I am so thankful I followed my intuition up that trailhead. I just spoke with Larimer Cty Humane Society, and Amelia's family no longer is in the immediate area. They have spoken to LCHS and are making arrangements for picking her up. I expressed interest in helping with transportation to meet her owners if needed, since I'm fully mobile, as well as giving LCHS my information as a first option adoption if the family is somehow unable to retrieve her.
I drove back to Loveland today(1/25) because Amelia's owner has chosen to relinquish responsibility of her ownership due to "lifestyle changes", and is no longer in the area to reclaim his dog. Personally, it doesn’t feel like he deserves to have one, if he’s willing to simply part ways like this. I drove up here to adopt her today, but was told upon arrival that she has tested positive for heartworm, and is waiting for lab results to illuminate it's severity. The shelter is claiming protocol of a 4 week hold before a two week injection treatment, and I'm doing everything possible to assume ownership of her and circumvent the policy timeline of treatment, providing it on my own, responsibility, financially and through a private veterinarian service. Nobody likes seeing a grown man cry, and the district manager of Larimer County Humane Society is going to decide if they'll make an exception for this animal.
I made a promise to her when she trusted me to remove her from the woods, and I'm not going anywhere until I find out how long it's going to take for me to fulfill that promise." I'm asking friends and family to donate a few bucks to help with the vet bills, adoption fees, paperwork, and some food and toys for the rescued pup. Even 100 people donating $20 should get Amelia adopted, with all the medication, and a good start on food and toys.
normally, I would let the vets do their diligence and treat her before I adopt, but as I am traveling all winter, I will be thousands of miles away in six or eight weeks, making adoption nearly impossible. This campaign is raising funds for her adoption, X-ray, prescriptions, vet care and follow up vet care as I make my way around the country and home to maine.
Any excess funds will be donated directly to a animal shelter/rescue/organization of choice.
Monday (1/28) the district manager and lead vet for LHS will be meeting with me to discuss my ability for immediate adoption and private treatment. I am hoping that her blood tests come back with a less than severe reading on her HW count and prognosis. If this is the case, then I should be able to take her into my care and begin immediately treating her at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital locates here in Fort Collins, CO before we carry on to Utah. With heartworm, Amelia’s activity must be kept to a minimum throughout her treatments. Traveling with me will provide the absolute best situation for her recovery, as I will be able to provide for her directly as needed, while she receives comfort, rest and more than enough love while she heals, gains her weight and discovers what it’s like to have a human who cares for her unconditionally.