After a really long day Sancho has made it safely to Duluth. Sancho is a 12 year old pure bred male Golden. He is currently fostered north of Duluth, MN. On his arrival home he has had a good long drink and is out with Joe and the fur kids in the back yard. The greeting was careful and very civil, with all the usual sniffing. He rode home like a perfect gentleman. Asked to be petted with a gentle pat with his front paw. What a sweetie.
Sancho is in pretty tough shape. He is emaciated with very dry skin and an open sore on his front left paw. There are many lumps on his legs. One of the transport drivers reported that he has worms. His skin is so very dry and he scratches madly. But if I ask him to stop he will put his head in my lap and look at me. Rubbing between his ears seems to calm the scratching.
We contacted our vet by email on the way home and told him that we would like to have Sancho seen tomorrow. He was also driving home and emailed that he would check the schedule when he gets home and will give us a call tonight with a time for Sancho to be seen.
We will try to get more pictures sent very soon.
Wonderful news about sweet Sancho...we contacted our dear vet by email on the way north from the Cities. He arranged to see him at 8:40 today. To my surprise Sancho only has a skin infection...no cancer, which was my fear. He will be on 3 weeks of cephalexin 2 times a day. Will take hydrozyzine to help with the itching. That will have to clear up before we can have him neutered. No worms, heartworm and lymes free, Ears will need to be cleaned. Only weighs 62 pounds...but we will see that he has good food and a happy home. He has settled in with our three fur kids and had a visit with our housekeeper's dog today. With all the activity I expect that he will sleep well tonight.
Sancho has spent his first day alone with his new fur family. No one said what they did all day but everything was back in order when I arrived home. And now everyone is sound asleep...maybe they had a party.
He has the sweetest face. The grey looks almost like freckles rather than the way our other senior dogs' faces have aged. It is almost as if he is a little red haired boy with freckles. He always looks as if he is about to laugh.
Senor Sancho medical news: Our vet just called with Senor Sancho's blood work. Things were fairly close to normal but the overall take on his health is that SS is suffering from malnutrition. No liver or kidney disease. He felt that the slight abnormalities were due to the lingering skin and dental infections.
He is scheduled for his neuter and teeth cleaning on the 6th of August.
He is such a sweetie.
Sancho has been here for two weeks now. He has had lots of visitors who have all fallen in love with him. "He is so sweet", "What a dear boy", "Look at him smile". Everyone wants to take him home. He won't last long when he is ready to find his forever home.
Sancho's health is improving greatly. His leg sores are nearly healed and his scratching is nearly gone. He will stop scratching if we ask him to. His hair shines. We have not heard him bark, even when the other dogs are going nuts. Our husky is teaching him to talk some. Mostly he seems to mutter to himself. He gets along very well with the other dogs.
Even with his severe malnutrition he doesn't guard his food or wolf it down. He walks away when he has had enough.
Our dog physical therapist was here on Saturday and was really impressed with his condition. She questions that he is 12 years old. His condition and behavior suggest to her that he is younger. He really enjoyed her checking him over and allowed her to trim his nails. He is very strong but has some weakness in his muscles in his rear legs...she expects that better food and more activity will improve this quickly. He prances when he walks, almost like a horse prances. It is as if he is just so happy to be alive.
Sancho isn't much of a retriever...runs to where the ball lands, looks at it and at me as if to say "Yep, it's a ball, you'd better pick it up or some one might steal it". So far he is training me really well. He has learned about the process of dinner time and peanut butter time---everyone gets omega 3 fish oil capsules in a taste of peanut butter every day. Quite a crowd of furry faces bobbing and weaving. He had to learn to take his turn but has learned the order of things.
He will have his neuter on the 6th of August and after a time to heal will be able to go to his forever home. He is a charming fellow who will look for a home full of love. He will give back more than he gets.
It is hard to believe that Sir Sancho has been here for nearly 3 weeks. He has come such a long way. His infections are gone and he is doing so well...no more scratching. Happy and active.
Tomorrow is a big day for him. He has his teeth cleaned and will be neutered. I will give an update when he comes home.
He is so happy to be here with the three fur kids. Sancho gets along with everyone and everything! He is mellow and loves to lay at your feet and keep you company. He is beginning to want to sit in my lap. He is a bit more than a "lap dog" but he doesn't think so. He will put his head in my lap and smile at me. But, he also has a nice amount of spunk and loves to run with the fur kids in the back yard. He keeps up just fine. He hasn't read that he is a "senior." He loves car rides and hops right in. He particularly likes to go to the hardware store with his foster Dad. He loves to watch over his shoulder and instead of sticking his head out the window prefers to look out the sun roof! He is a perfect passenger.
As soon as his recovery is complete he will be move in ready. Sancho has free roam in the house all day. He would fit in almost anywhere. We don't know about cats but he loves everyone else. He just loves to be loved. He is the kind of dog that you can tell by looking in his eyes how thankful he is to be loved and to be rescued. If you are interested in learning more about Sancho and becoming the love of his life contact your placement advisor and we can chat.
My husband commented tonight how much of a snuggler is, and he IS... it is adorable because he just loves to bury his head in your lap, or your hand, or your leg... you get the picture! He just loves to be close, and it is very charming. You really can't help but fall in love with him. He is one of those dogs who is so happy to greet a kind hand, and over the moon to be kissed on his head and told what a good boy he is. How could that not make you love him!? It makes us pretty darn happy to give him all the things every dog should have. It is clear that this poor boy had to go without but he is doing really well. I am so thankful he is one of the lucky ones and was rescued.
Try not to look past the seniors. We did too...until we came to love our own senior girl who crossed the Rainbow Bridge after 4 years with us at 15 1/2 years old. Until you have loved a senior and been loved by a senior dog, especially a senior rescue dog... you have no idea what love is! They adapt almost seamlessly into your life. They are thankful for each and every moment of love, which in turn helps you to be thankful for each and every moment. Sancho looks at you with those big sweet eyes, and that freckled face, and you melt. Sweet Sancho will be a blessing beyond measure for someone who will take a chance on him. To love him, to give him his very own home and family for the rest of his golden years. Until then... we will keep on enjoying and loving our big guy :)
Sweet Sancho is home from his neuter and teeth cleaning. He is a bit low key but he has a beautiful smile. His vet is very pleased with his progress. He is looking much, much better and has put on 2.5 pounds. His coat and skin condition have really improved with 2 capsules a day of Omega Three fish oil.
He will be ready for his forever family in 2 weeks. He is a really dear boy.
Senor Sancho is doing great after his neuter and teeth cleaning on Friday. Here are a lot of pictures of him running and playing in the back yard today. He absolutely prances when he runs. What a happy boy. Looking for his forever home. He does well with other dogs and knows what a leash means..."we are going for a walk". He does pull a bit but responds well to us telling him to take in easy. He would be a great dog for a family of runners.
|Such very sad news to report about our senior boy Sancho. Yesterday at some time in the morning, he passed away suddenly in his sleep. The cause is unknown. Sancho was looking like a new dog and seemed to be doing so well. We are in shock. It is so hard to lose these furry angels. No matter how long or short their time is with us they dig their way deep into our hearts and leave a paw print there forever.
Sancho came into RAGOM emaciated and in poor shape. His foster home cared for him lovingly and loved him with all of their hearts. Sancho is now running free at the Rainbow Bridge. We are so thankful to his fosters, Joe and Cheryl for taking this sweet senior boy into their homes, giving him care and showing him what the golden life of love is all about.