As she can only hold the dogs for a short period of time, and his time being well passed, I decided we needed to take another route. She had noticed he seemed to have lost weight while being in the pound, regardless of the good treatment she gave him and was now exhibiting a cough. I wanted to have him neutered and checked out so I picked him up for a vet's appointment yesterday. I also had an appointment to have his picture professionally taken by our wonderful Collette Marie Photography studio (thank you Collette!) and wanted him bathed and all decked out in his finest.
I was totally unprepared for what took place between me and this dog. First of all, he was in a collar and leash I borrowed from one of my doggies and looked like a kid with new clothes. He was sporting that old collar like it cost millions. Then, he ran to my truck and jumped in the front like he was certain he belonged there, jumped over the seat to love both the children and constantly went from one of them to the other, loving on them for all he was worth. Never a growl when Sarah grabbed him around the neck to hug him and squeezed him a little too much.... only kisses of gratitude and excitement from Snoops. All the way to the vet's office he sat as close to me as he could possible manage, snuggling under my arm and showing his affection. Remember, I am still a stranger to this dog. He only knows what he feels and he feels loved.
First stop, vet's office. Snoops little ribs showed as I lifted him onto the table..... not a good sign. He has been fed well by the caring Linda at the pound. Intestinal parasites were discovered first -an easy fix. Next blood was drawn for a heartworm test. He did just fine until they removed the needle and it must have stung him because he started yelping and crying loudly. I was behind the dog and he was being held by the vet tech. While he was crying, his head swung around looking for me - still a stranger to him- for reassurance. He was released from her hold and jumped into my arms.
Test results showed a full blown case of heart worms. His neuter was cancelled for now and he came back home with medication and an estimate on the cost for his treatment. And I came back home with the most appreciative little doggie with a heart full of love to give to anyone who will accept it. I have pondered why he wasn't already adopted and now I know. God knew he needed medical help and he needs it fast. This he will get without a blink of an eye.... we will find the money for what he needs. I also believe this dog is a special boy and he is marked in my heart for a special person. He will NEVER stop saying thank you and he will NEVER stop saying "I love you" to that special someone. I fell in love with Snoops yesterday and couldn't wait until my husband got home to tell him about the grateful little Snoops. I had to return him to the pound last night for safe-keeping until I can make room for him here but rest assured, Snoops, I will return. We will find the means for the treatment you need and we will find you that forever place that will love you back as much as you love them.
Snoops is now heartworm negative! He is a happy healthy boy and is lookinig for someone to call his own!