On January 19th, Luke and his sibeling Dora made their way to MaPaw foster homes. We had originally been contacted by the shelter where they were residing because both pups were quite shy and the shelter felt rescue would be their best chance. We were making arrangements to bring the pair into rescue when we got the call we were dreading ~ the shelter had an emergency and needed Dora and Luke out immediately. Our volunteers sprung into action and soon were on their way to pick up the pair.
When our volunteers picked them up, it was clear that Luke was quite ill and Dora seemed under the weather as well. Both were taken for immediate vet care. It was determined that both suffered from kennel cough, hook worms and whip worms. Luke and Dora were prescribed antibiotics for the kennel cough and Panacur for the worms.
On Wednesday (January 25th) afternoon, Dora was taken back to the vet because she was lethargic. The doctor administered some fluids and started her on another antibiotic. After the fluids, Dora was in better spirits and seemed more comfortable. Very early Thursday morning, Dora took a turn for the worse. Before she could be rushed to the emergency vet, Dora left this earth in the arms of her foster Mum blanketed by love and tears. We were robbed of the opportunity to get to know her and the joy of helping her find her forever home.
In the few short days we had to spend with Dora, she quickly formed bonds with her foster Mum and Dad. She was shy, yet would sneak a gentle kiss when you weren’t looking. Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe how we all feel. We are grateful that she knew love and knew that people cared for her before she left us so quickly.
Because of Dora’s quick passing, we watched Luke for any change in his condition. Our worst fears were realized just yesterday afternoon when his breathing became labored. He was rushed to emergency care and admitted immediately. Chest x-rays revealed that our poor boy suffered from pneumonia. IV fluids and several antibiotic injectables were administered. All we could do was wait and hope that he would be okay. Finally this morning, the update from the hospital was good news. Luke no longer had a fever, no longer had difficulty breathing and the best news ~ he could return to his foster home! His appetite has returned and he is now resting comfortably at his foster home.
Luke has a long way to go in his recovery, but we are ecstatic that he is making improvements. He will have a follow up in 2 weeks to have another chest x-ray done and to assess his progress.
Dora ~ You left us far too soon. We are so very grateful for the time we got to spend with you. Your gentle, sweet kisses are sorely missed and you have left your paw on our hearts. Wear your silver harness proudly, dear friend.