The Tale of Two Tails
In December, near Christmas time, we were contacted about a “wolf” near Anderson, SC, whose owner was moved to assisted care, and whose animals needed rescue. In speaking with an anonymous angel (friend of the family), I learned that the owner had engaged caretakers to care for him and for the animals – caretakers who were delinquent in both of those jobs. There were 9 dogs, including the reported “wolf,” in various stages of neglect. I was sent pictures and a video of an animal and his little Chow mix sidekick. I was asked about the clumsy gaits that both animals had, and replied I suspected spondylitis, arthritis of the spine, and/or hip dysplasia as being the primary cause(s).
I posed the question to our Board of Directors about bringing in another animal, whom I strongly felt was related to the SC animals (Wolves of Honor) that I rescued in 2010. It was agreed that the approximately 9 year-old male could be taken in by Full Moon Farm. I contacted the ‘anonymous angel’, and she was overjoyed. She was going to contact the family of the elderly owner and see if they could offer any financial assistance toward the rescue. I replied that money was helpful, but not mandatory, as helping this old guy was paramount.
We got through the holidays and I heard from the ‘anonymous angel’ that most of the other animals were heartworm positive, and would need treatment. There was one more glitch – the little Chow mix sidekick had no place to go. He was deemed unadoptable, and there just are not any “dog sanctuaries.” I went back to the Board, and they all agreed that the Chow could come with the old woofer. In the meantime, the family of the owner sent a donation to help us with some of the expenses of the rescue and vet care. (We are very grateful.)
Meet Mozart and Yaqui, the pitiful pair, or “the grumpy old men”! The day of the rescue, we realized that, while these old gentlemen had hitches in their giddyups, they could flat out move if they did not want to get caught! We got them crated, and transported to the veterinarian’s office in the morning. Exams and x-rays determined that both are heartworm positive, both have spondylitis and arthritis, and both have severe hip dysplasia, with Mozart (the woofer) having the worst hips the 3 vets in the office had ever seen. If they were not heartworm positive and suffering from a bit of malnutrition, they could be candidates for hip replacement surgery. However, neither the condition of the animals nor Full Moon Farm’s bank account would allow such an expensive surgery, and pain management, heartworm treatment and lots of love were the best we could offer our new “odd couple.”
They have been at the Farm for 6 weeks, spending the nights indoors, sleeping on comforters and blankets. Both have bonded deeply with Nathaniel, our caretaker, who has more patience than mere mortal men! Rimadyl has helped, and we elected the slow kill method for heartworm treatment. I am happy to report that the first round of doxycycline and ivermectin has been completed without any harmful side effects. The veterinarians, and we at Full Moon Farm, have had great success with slow kill treatment, and are remaining positive that the boys will be heartworm free within the year. We will be searching for a vet school to possibly help by donating a hip replacement surgery for at least Mozart. In the meantime, we are keeping them comfortable, well fed, and loved tremendously.
If you would like to sponsor Mozart and/or Yaqui, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or see our website for sponsorships here.