The phone rang, it was the lady from the dog rescue ‘Got room for another one?’ she said.
Well, I was taking a break from fostering but this situation was desperate. A seven-year-old chihuahua had been taken to the vets by his owner to be put to sleep apparently because he had developed epilepsy.
Within a few hours Harvey arrived, the transporter was concerned. I looked at the tiny dog in front of me struggling to breathe and at the point of collapse. I knew I had to get him to the vet.
I rang the rescue lady and they agreed to cover all costs.
Within an hour we were at the vet’s. I could tell by the look on his face it wasn’t going to be good.
He was admitted for the night, not expected to last until morning. Harvey had been denied medication and as a result, he was terminally ill. He was in the final stages of heart failure
Next day we dreaded the news but the vet rang to say he could come home.Amazingly he had responded well to the medication, by fighting for his life he had gained precious weeks, maybe months. It was my job to make sure he enjoyed every single minute.
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The Rescue Dog, a Guide to Successful Rehoming by Vanessa Stead and Ann Stead.
Many people believe that rescue dogs are troubled, traumatised, strays with long-lasting problems. While this view may be true in some instances, the majority of dogs in rescue centres are there because their previous owners have simply abandoned them. Every year new homes are found for thousands of these ‘rescue’ dogs by dedicated charities but in order to make this re-homing a success, the new owners need considerable knowledge, patience and understanding. The Rescue Dog takes the reader through each stage of the re-homing process, from choosing a dog, to preparing the home and garden and settling the dog into its new life. With chapters which examine the elderly dog, puppies, avoiding misunderstandings, training and common concerns, the authors have produced a fully informative and practical guide. Topics covered include: Where to go to find a rescue dog and what to expect; The early days when the dog is settling into its new home; Canine requirements; Common behavioural concerns; Children and dogs. This invaluable book offers new owners a practical guide to responsible ownership, and is illustrated throughout with 143 colour photographs and diagrams.