|Bunty is one of our oldies, and she needs a feeding tube to "eat"|
|Stinker's skin has been left untreated for a very long time|
I took a fourteen year-old beagle from AFCD today, surrendered by his owner as is usually the case. His skin is awful and he stinks, and I wondered out loud how anyone could ignore the smell and do nothing about it. I was told the now ex-owner had said he was rarely in Hong Kong so the dog would have to lie in pee and poo, so from that I assume he was in a cage and just left for long periods. In fact the smell is from the skin itself, not anything the poor boy has been lying in, and his ears are horribly infected and smelly too, so the first thing we'll do is start treatment for yeast and bacterial skin infection and make sure Stinker (yes, I had to call him that) has a decent and appropriate diet for the first time in his sad life. His blood test showed everything to be quite normal so he's not a sick dog as such, just old and neglected, and the most heartbreaking thing - happy. This boy is just happy to be alive, happy to be able to walk around, happy to sniff and be free. It's worth the cost and everything else to be able to offer dogs like Stinker what must seem like a real home, even if they have to share it with lots of annoying puppies (actually Stinker seemed to quite like them).
|Handsome and large Oreo is just a year old|
|Mister is 100% love for everyone|