|We are proud to announce our first opportunity to work with HARTT (Humane Animal Rescue & Trapping Team).
We were first contacted about Walter by our good friend Shelli, who volunteers for HARTT. It seems they had caught what appeared to be a white GSD in the far west valley and they were looking for a rescue for him. Shelli had met Walter and couldn't say enough nice things about him. According to Shelli: "I helped HARTT humanely trap a dog out in the desert last night. He's a beautiful white German Shepherd; he's neutered but did not have a chip. He is also extremely sweet but a hot mess, meaning he's very thin. He hasn't had any meals or fresh water for a little while. The lead trapper asked me to reach out to see if you had room for him or would like to meet him to see if he's a good fit for your rescue. Will do an owner search. He's going to go to urgent care today just to get checked over. And if you're interested in taking him but need time to you get a foster or you got one leaving next week it's all right if he stays at the shelter. They just like to hone in a date. ..." This boy was located in the middle of a desert, closest cross streets would be 287th Avenue and Sun Valley Pathway in Buckeye.
UPDATE 3/30: Walter is looking much better (and totally cute) now that he's cleaned up a bit and has some food in his tummy. ...and someone was even thoughtful enough to get him toys, which he thoroughly enjoyed. According to Shelli, he knows "sit" and possibly "down." This boy has been someone's pet. We cannot imagine how they lost him.
Walter will be seeing our vet tomorrow afternoon where we will be doing bloodwork and any other testing needed to get this boy back to health.
UPDATE 3/31: Walter saw our vet today (thank you, Shelli!!) for an exam and microchipping. The good news is that he has gained a pound! To say that Walter has had a rough life of late is an understatement. Now that his diarrhea is clearing up on the metronidazole, we're having to keep him on a soft diet so that he's able to pass stool normally through his ravaged system. His rear end is so irritated and swollen that the vet was unable to insert a thermometer to take his temperature!
Walter was microchipped during his vet visit, but we decided to wait for the bloodwork results before doing any vaccines. We believe Walter had an owner at one point and may have already received his vaccinations, but we don't want to overload his recovering system right now. We'll revisit vaccinations once he's healthier. He was given a steroid injection and ointment to help soothe and take down the swelling in his rectum, and we'll await the bloodwork results.
UPDATE 4/1: We received a call from our vet this afternoon and Walter's bloodwork came back NORMAL!!! The vet said apparently Walter hadn't been without food for long enough for his body to start metabolizing his muscle for nutrition, which is great news (especially for Walter). We are still waiting for the valley fever results and, in the meantime, our friends at HARTT are attempting to get a stool sample from Walter so we can check for worms and parasites. There was a fecal sample taken from Walter when he was seen at the emergency vet upon intake, but somewhere along the line the sample was "misplaced." We will get that done as soon as Walter cooperates with a poop sample. Now that he's receiving good nutrition and his diarrhea has cleared up, he's being a bit "stingy" with his bowel movements. It's just a matter of time before he provides a sample and we can get that tested as well. Good news for Walter today!
UPDATE 4/2: Walter provided us with a small stool sample this afternoon which was quickly rushed to our vet for analysis.
UPDATE 4/3: Walter's stool tested NEGATIVE. He is free of internal worms and parasites. He is eating well and providing more "samples," but his bowel movements have not stabilized as yet. He is being fed small meals throughout the day and we're allowing his swollen rectum to heal before we worry about controlling any diarrhea he might develop -- being able to pass stools is more important at this stage.
UPDATE 4/4: Walter is loving life!
He's always happy and he always has good energy
UPDATE 4/8: Walter saw the vet again today. There's good news and not-so-good news. The vet said that Walter was definitely improving in the rectum area and should now be able to pass stool normally so we don't have to keep him on a soft diet. The bad news is that because Walter's been on a special (soft) diet for the past week, he's digesting and using everything he's taking in and not producing much stool BUT he's lost some weight. The vet has approved a change of diet to puppy food (both dry and wet) to see if we can put some pounds on this boy. He's happy and active and loves to play. Other than the fact that you can count every one of his ribs, you'd never know there was anything wrong with him! He did SO much better at the vet's office today.
Adoption fee to be determined.