The Heartworm Dilemma.

As many of you already know, Ray’s first medical checkup after moving in with us tested positive for heartworm. Further testing produced an assessment of Stage 2 (Stage 4 is considered terminal) which could possibly be treated. The cost was high and the process could kill him; the treatment period was long at 6 months, and he would have to be kept as calm as possible throughout the treatment period to give him the best chance of surviving it. Euthanization was also an option.

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The harness incident – Part 2

Getting Ray into his car harness and then into the car was easier than I expected. Continue reading

Dog Adoptions!

There have been a number of Posts recently that address the “Adopt don’t shop” mantra, or have otherwise promoted the humane value in adopting from a shelter. A lot of people are instinctively wary of adopting a rescued dog because of a perception that it will be trouble. Continue reading

Four Years Ago!

Four years ago yesterday, we saw Ray’s adoption notice and, after a brief discussion, decided to take him out for a short walk. He was, not surprisingly, quite indifferent to us. He didn’t know us after all and, at that time, people in general were not his favorite species of creature! Continue reading