Help "Lil' Stevie" overcome neglect

My name is Marcie, and I am a huge animal lover.  I own two dogs of my own, and I am constantly pulling over to the side of the road when I see a dog that looks lost.  I have had so much success reuniting pups with their owners, and I just hope that someone would do that for me if my pups were ever lost.  Unfortunately, the last dog I found was a different story.

About a two months ago I found this poor little pup in the middle of the road trying to find his way.  He has suffered severe neglect, and as a result is blind, deaf, and needs serious dental help.   At the time I found him, his hair was so long  it stuck to his eyes, and he could not see.  He has a condition called "Dry Eye," so his eyes do not produce tears.  Had his previous owner given him the eye drops he needed, he probably would not have gone blind.  On top of that, he is deaf and had so much grime in his ears that they had to cut out his hear hair and do a deep cleaning.  It took my boyfriend and me  4 1/2 hours and 5 baths to clean and shave him as he had an unbelievable amount of fleas eating at him, stickers matted into is fur and smashing into his tummy, and worst of all...flea and dog feces matted into dreads all over his coat.  Here is how I found him:





He was so submissive when we were cleaning him.  I think he was just so greatful to be found.  Here are some photos of how handsome and happy he was after his extensive grooming:






Because the vet bills were piling up, a friend of mine referred me to a vet that would do his dental probono.  However, that unfortunately fell through.  

I have been working on getting him a dental, but knowing the intense work needed, it was hard to find someone who was willing to help.  Just a few days ago, I found him in the middle of the night bleeding profusely from his mouth.  The ER vet said if I didn't find him or bring him in, he probably would not have made it through the night.  The vet stated that this was obviously a result of dental neglect.  He was, however, hopeful that with the proper dental care he would be much healthier.  

About $1500 has already been spent on Lil' Stevie for his vet visits, ear and eye medication, ER visit, and all the tests ran.  The vet who just saw him estimated his dental work could be equivalent to that if not more.  He also has to have eye drops twice a day for the rest of his life that cost $150-$200 a month.  Any donation for Stevie would help immensely and be greatly appreciated!  Stevie has fought a good fight and is finally wagging his tail again, running around, getting into mischief, and loves to go on walks.  He is SO smart and very self-sufficient.  He knows where his water bowl is, where his bed is, how to let himself out to go to the bathroom, and he is very trusting on a leash.  I do not believe it is the end for Lil' Stevie...infact, his new beginning.  I believe he could have a very happy life if he could just get this final step of his dental work taken care of.  Thank you all for you help and compassion towards Stevie and all animals!

(Here he is happy today...)




He may be blind, but he sure is stylish!!!


He also loves his new friends...


Love, 
Lil' Stevie
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Marcie Bochenek 
Organizer
Carlsbad, CA
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