Well, it seems we just can’t catch a break. I guess I should expect that since we have so many dogs in our program, but it is still upsetting when something happens.
You all know we have a "forever foster" program, right? We take in dogs that are older or have serious medical problems which make them poor candidates for adoption. It’s very rewarding, but sometimes very expensive.
Mr Jock Barker is a gorgeous elderly gentleman who was turned into the Houston city pound just a few days before Christmas last year. At an estimated 15 years old, there wasn’t much possibility that he’d be adopted, so the shelter asked us to please, pretty please, take him.
I got him the next day and happy to see that he was heartworm negative and was a very pleasant, older lhasa boy – deaf and with serious cataracts – but very sweet. He immediately came to my personal home to live out the rest of his life. He gets along with all of my other fosters – including Voltaire, Dexter, Mandy and Eric and even puts up well with the annoyingly hyper Mandettes, Gwen and Kati.
He kindly posed for this cute Christmas picture last year.
Well, he’s been absolutely fine the past few months – eats well, is absolutely no trouble at all. But, last night, Dexter woke me up barking around 3. It’s very unusual, because he always sleeps well through the night. I got up to see what was going on and found a huge amount of blood all over my den, breakfast room and kitchen. Jock was laying in a large spot in the middle of the kitchen.
Well, I’ve seen a lot of issues and rarely does one cause me to run to the ER, but this was one of those times. Thankfully, GCVS critical care was there for us.
Jock spent the night there – he was dehydrated and his blood pressure was low – likely from the blood loss. They are doing an ultrasound this morning to find out what has gone wrong in his body.
Of course, his bills will be high – but I promise he is worth it. Your support is desperately needed.
We’re estimating about $1500 for last night and probably another $600-$800 for tests today.
If you can help our man, Jock, CLICK HERE for his paypal.
Of course, Jock says he’ll take checks too. The mailing address is:
PO Box 218075
Houston, TX 77218-8075
Thank you for considering our Jock!