Our family recently rescued an adorable 10 year old beagle. His name is Danny, and here is his story….
Steph is a very good friend of ours, and like us, she is a huge animal lover. She discovered Danny at the home of his former owner. She found him caged outside in a small, dirty, flea ridden pen. He looked like he was on the brink of death. The poor thing had been kept out there for years. His beagle mommy just passed away, and so he was left all alone. At the owner’s permission (who clearly didn’t care), Steph took Danny home and called me.
Within the next few days, Danny came to live with us. He is the sweetest, most precious little ball of fur. This little guy went through more pain, trauma and neglect than any animal should ever endure in their lifetime. And yet, his tail is constantly wagging, and he follows Caylee around like a lost little puppy. He even cuddles up in bed with her every night. He is just so lovable and friendly!
This past Monday, I took Danny to the vet. The visit was very difficult….it just broke my heart to learn about all his ailments. Apparently, he suffered a severe allergic reaction to something in the pen he was caged in. As a result of the allergy being untreated for so many years, he lost most of the fur on his back side, including his tail. His little butt is bald! He has sores and welts and scars all over his body, mostly in his legs. The allergy affected the elasticity in his skin. So his skin is saggy and droopy and even has folds like a sharpei. He’s in a lot of pain and he’s itches constantly. His ears have suffered many years of untreated infections, which have resulted in “cauliflower ear.” This is a condition where the scar tissue builds up at the base of the ears and creates a permanent deformity. The scarring is so thick inside his ear canal that he has trouble hearing. That’s not all. Danny’s teeth are so rotted and covered in plaque and tartar, that you can’t even see the whites of his teeth. There is a thick ring of tartar that lines his entire gum line. This is actually holding his teeth in place. So he needs surgery to extract most of his teeth. He is on three different antibiotics right now, and we have to give him a medicated bath once a week. And on top of all that, he has cataracts and one little tiny doggy testicle. Those aren’t a result of neglect, but c’mon! Can’t the little guy catch a break!
Needless to say, the vet bills are adding up. We are asking that if you find it in your hearts to help Danny out, we would welcome donations in ANY amount. Every little bit helps. Thank you so much!! And feel free to pass this link around to anyone else.
Melanie & Mike Canfield