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« on: April 02, 2015, 03:35:32 PM »

Sunday night I was tagged in a FB post asking for help for a senior named Charlie who found himself at Philly Animal Care and Control Team. his time was to be up at 8pm Monday, and could we help. we (personally) quickly said yes, and then worked with both ERU and Kevin Martin to figure out a plan for this guy's safety.

Monday we drove to get him and boy was he a sad sight. he was terrified, back in the E-room, emaciated, and matted in dried vomit and feces so badly that on our way home we stopped at a doggie bath house to wash him off. in the sharing of his plight, ERU was contacted by a local reporter who wanted to share Charlie's story in the paper's Pets Blog section.

Charlie is now safe with ERU, and while we await the vet's report, we know he needs some weight on him, a few bumps and lumps looked at, a dental, and his vision & hearing assessed. he spent 48 hours with us and after about 12, he was sweet as can be. he relaxed, realizing  he was safe, and ate and slept like a king. it was awesome to see. even more so than usual, since he's a senior. 

I spoke to the reporter Tuesday night, and today he published this in 3 local papers. any little bit helps.

http://www.theintell.com/news/eskimo-dog-living-the-good-life-thanks-to-rescue/article_51027992-58fa-5a60-9a78-6bfee45bdb37.html       
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 05:00:57 PM »

That is SO awesome!!  The seniors really tug on my heartstrings.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2015, 04:34:57 PM »

so we've had Charlie about 2 1/2 weeks now.

he's had a dental (12 extractions) and had a few old dog lumps and bumps removed. he's such a sweet guy. he's been giving us a run on the housebreaking, but judging by his condition he probably hasn't lived indoors in a long time, if ever. for a 13 year old blind dog he's doing ok with the rules Smile milo seems to be more tolerant of him than snoop- he tends to bump into the other dogs a fair amount, and then not know when they are giving him the 'back off' look. I don't think he hears, and his vision is shadows, at best. no glaucoma or anything.

we'll put Charlie up for adoption and sponsorship next week. hoping someone has a corner of their house he can sleep in, that seems to be about all he needs. but if not, he'll stay with us in forever-foster status.  Smile
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2015, 07:24:09 PM »

 Thanks for the update on Charlie. Glad to hear he is doing so well.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 01:38:08 PM »

Thanks for saving Charlie and giving him a safe place to be.
Blind dogs are loving and usually get used to their new homes and the other dogs.
We've had two blind dogs here. Keep us updated, we liked reading about him.


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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2015, 09:23:21 PM »

That's great Jen what you are doing.

For having a fully blind dog here (PRA and cataracts) - Tako is doing very well. He adapted quickly to his situation. It is worst for us than him. He does pratically everything he did before turning blind.

I think dogs that are confident before, are doing better than others. He's a real trooper and still enjoying life even at 12 years of age. For those who wonder how a dog can manage, this is a video taken of Tako. If you saw him, you'd barely know he can't see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erhqXF_FV94

He does not walk/run the same (more like floating/feeling his way) as before but you can bet he's got great speed when he knows his area. We are super careful with his surroundings as he can't see and we don't want him to bump into something and hurt him or mostly his eyes. He won't cling his eyes if he bumps into something so our yard is turned safe for him. Inside and outside we had foam bumpers on corners, etc. Even installed a baby gate at the top of stairs...but the little guy is so good we removed most of it and never used the gate.

So I'm sure Charlie will do just fine, especially with you Jen.
 
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2015, 10:38:45 PM »

The video of Tako is wonderful!  Do you think he has any sight outside in bright sunshine?  He sure acts like he can see some stuff.  I'm so glad he has you both as his mom & dad because you've taken such good care of him.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2015, 11:36:58 PM »

According to eye specialist we saw before he turned blind from both eyes  (was only one eye then) she said it will totally be blind. But brightness he may react differently. Which he does. He cannot stand any bright flashing near him, like a led light from flashlight, or laser when we play with cats. Drives him very nervous and he freaks out and tries to run away, hide. Daytime he is also better then when very dark. So his eyes may "see" some shadings and it guides him. I can see a difference when we take him out for a pee during daytime vs nights. But ophtalmo we saw was 100% sure he would not see due to his pra combined with cataracts. Cataracts we could have (and would have) surgery done to fix it at 3000$. But once diagnosed with pra, within 7-8 months, the dog is totally blind so cataract surgery would do nothing and you can't do anything to correct the pra when there as you know.

At 1st it was bothering him, like he wondered why the annoying stuff would not get away from his eyes. He would scratch his face on the grass. Poor thing. Opthalmo confirmed he was in no pain. Just the process of not seeing well bugged him...with every right. He never complains, always the 1st one ready to go somewhere, always leading in the front. Hihi if he had been depressed or showed signs of not adapting, we would have not make him go through this. We were very careful in watching him go through this major change in his life. And he's doing excellent. Very strong and positive little fellow. An inspirational living thing.

I read once a story about a blind woman and see had said that bright sun was "seen" through her brain. Like flashes.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2015, 07:07:59 AM »

What a great video of your pup's. Look's like there is no slowing Tako down.What a beautiful spirit he has. Thanks for Sharing the video of your fur kids.
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2015, 08:02:08 AM »

Jennifer -

It's more-than-great what you and Grant are doing for Charlie.  Wish I lived in  Phila. again so I could help him.  This is the most inspiring thread I've ever read on the Eskie board.  Just imagine being rescued from certain death!  And a senior too!  Way to go!
Forever-fostering!  You are the GREATEST!  And thanks for writing about it.  Keep us posted.
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2015, 12:06:58 PM »

so we have had Charlie about 3 1/2 weeks. he's doing great. he had some old dog lumps that were biopsied, and clear, so that means, he is eligible for adoption.

he's just a guy, who is looking for a couch and a yard to spend his days in, soaking up some sunshine and relaxing in his retirement years. his vision and hearing are limited, but he's adapted better than I ever thought. I was terrified to have a senior with extra needs and he's been a dream. he's taught us a lot in a short time.

if you or anyone you know might be interested, let me know. spread the word for Charlie Smile
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2015, 12:42:27 PM »

Charlie was adopted!!!
12 weeks to the day that we pulled him, he found a home. a great home. I couldn't have been happier than if he lived with us forever Smile

I cannot say enough what an amazing experience it was, to see a dog blossom from 100% Shut-Down, to asking for belly rubs. hands down the most rewarding foster experience we have ever had. im so grateful to ERU forth work they do, and for allowing us to be a part of charlie's transformation.
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« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2015, 09:32:42 PM »

 Great news about Charlie! Glad to hear he went to such a good home! thanks for sharing. what a great story! Great Job!
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