He’s an enigma. Close to death from starvation, the little poodle was matted to the skin but clean as a whistle. He was anemic but from lack of nutrition, not from the load of parasites inside and out we usually see with anemia. His eyes were glued shut with green infectious goo but it was only on the eyelids, not down into the fur. It had to have been wiped out within the last few days.
It makes no sense. Who would starve a poodle? Who would let the eyes stay matted shut but wipe them down too? Who would bathe a poodle before putting his emaciated body out in a busy apartment complex where someone was bound to find him quickly?
Fortunately, once that happened things turned around fast. This poodle was finally in the right place at the right time. Just a few hours after he was turned in as a stray, CPR’s director was at the same shelter to make a routine pickup of several dogs. Front desk staff, worried about the miniature poodle they had named Wistful (because it was a synonym for sad), showed her the still little body. He laid limp in her arms, too weak to lift his head. She could feel the heart beating but very, very slowly. He weighed in at 6 lbs. He should be 12 lbs.
Two hours later, Wistful was at the emergency clinic receiving lifesaving IV fluids and antiobiotics and ultimately, a whole blood transfusion. That was Saturday night. Our vet’s assessment was that by Sunday morning, Wistful would have been dead without that medical care. It was that close.
Who would starve a poodle? Why would you starve one while making sure that white as starlight hair stayed sparkling clean?
We will never know.
He is a bit messy from the medical work but he is safe, he is eating and he is drinking. He is on life-giving fluids and antibiotics to heal the damage to his liver. He is on eye medications to heal the ulcers on his eyes. He still can’t see well and may never see well again. If you look closely, you will see the hole in one of his corneas. But, he is giving the vet staff some back-talk about getting his eye drops and that is good. He will eat from a bowl or from your fingers and that is great. His blood chemistry is slowly returning to normal and that is fabulous. With any luck, tomorrow he will be strong enough to shave him down and free him from those tangles and mats.
In the week that we celebrate bountiful blessings with good food and good friends, I am hoping you’ll help us help Wistful and the many others like him that are neglected, abandoned and starved whether for food or for love. Wistful’s vet bills are most likely going to top as much as $ 3,000 before he is finally healthy and, if his liver is at all damaged, it could be more.
A generous donor has agreed that Thanksgiving is the season to be thankful that animal rescues don’t always turn their back when the cost is high and that Wistful is being given a chance. He’s offered to match dollar for dollar every donation that comes in for Wistful. Any amount that comes in over Wistful’s bills will be used for our parvo puppies and all other monies will go towards our emergency fund.
Can you help? To donate. Please specify: Wistful