June 17th 2012 10:37 pm
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*** JUST FOUND OUT THAT OUR SWEET HOUNDY IS THE WINNER OF HIS CATEGORY, SASSY'S SENIORS!!! I JUST ENTERED THE CONTEST FOR THE FUN OF IT AND TO SHARE MY STORY. I NEVER DREAMED THAT HOUNDY WOULD BE THE CATEGORY WINNER! I AM BEYOND ECSTATIC. THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ***
Houndy is our sweet old dog. He started out as a foster for the rescue I volunteer with, and was with the rescue for 9 years, before we began fostering him. After fostering him for 9 months, we decided we were just too attached and could not let this amazing dog go! Here is our story:
Houndy was picked up as a stray and brought to a local shelter in May of 2001. The shelter estimated him to be around 1-2 years old. He sat in the shelter for few days, but then they decided Houndy's time was up and he was scheduled to be euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. That's when his savior, Four Paws Rescue of Logan, Utah, came in. They knew this dog had great potential and saw past his coloring making him blend into the cage. They took him immediately into their care. Lisa (director of Four Paws Rescue) started calling him "Houndy", due to his loud hound bay and hound-ish ears.
Now in the hands of Four Paws, Houndy sat, and waited, and waited, and waited for his forever home. He went to every adoption event, nobody ever looked at him, his bio was always on the website, nobody ever called about him. After several years, Lisa had almost given up hope that Houndy would ever find a loving forever home. She had decided to stop taking him to adoption events for a while, but leave his bio online.
After a couple more years, I was going through the dogs online. Being a volunteer with them since 2008, I knew most of the dogs, but had never met Houndy. For some reason, I was drawn to him - His beautiful, sweet eyes and pleasant appearance just made me want to foster him. The following Saturday, I asked Lisa if Houndy was still available and what his temperament and personality was like. She described him, and it fit everything I like in my foster dogs. I decided on a date I wanted to take Houndy home - Saturday March 19th 2011. Two weeks later, I arrived at the adoption event anxiously awaiting Houndy to get there with the transport of dogs. When they pulled up to the curb of PetSmart, the first thing I saw was a big kinda dirty black white faced dog. I asked if it was Houndy, Lisa said it was. I was in absolute love, his photos were taken when he was 1 year old, so he had no white and looked totally different, much cuter in my eyes! I got him out of the car, took him to potty, then brought him in to the store. I spent the whole day with him, and finally at the end of an exhausting adoption event, Houndy was finally heading to his new foster home.
When we got home, Houndy immediately ran up the stairs, took a big drink from the water bowls, met my two female dogs, Babe and Molly, and then lifted his leg and peed on everything. Over the next couple days, my dad wasn't too optimistic that Houndy would be staying with us for long. He pooped a couple times in the house and marked his territory numerous times, especially in my parents room on the laundry baskets. Over and over, I told my dad that we could get through this, we could house-train him. A couple weeks passed, and Houndy stopped having accidents and was the perfect dog! He just had to have some time to get used to his new surroundings and take a little refresher course.
Now that we solved the house-training issues, it was time for Houndy to find a forever home! I updated his bio and pictures on Petfinder.com and I placed an ad on Ksl.com Classifieds for him multiple times. I received several serious inquiries. During the 9 months, Houndy ended up getting adopted and then returned to us 3 different times, from 3 different families. Each time was due to no fault of his own, but human error. Despite the setbacks, we continued trying to find Houndy the perfect forever home.
8 months passed and everything was going wonderful. Then, Houndy began trembling. He was lethargic and could barely walk, wouldn't eat or even drink. Every time we would press his stomach, he would yelp a blood curdling scream. We ended up taking him into the animal emergency vet at 8:00 pm, fearing he could have twisted his stomach or worse. The emergency vet couldn't find anything wrong with him, they ran tests, X-rays, ect, but she knew something had to be wrong with him. The vet feared that he could need emergency surgery during the night and they could not provide him with the medical care he needed, so after 3 hours in the ER getting nowhere, Lisa told us to meet her in Brigham City, so she could take him to Mountain View Veterinarian Clinic. Thank goodness she was paying for all this.
It was about 12 am when they got to Mountain View, the after-hours vets and vet techs immediately starting doing all sorts of blood tests, ultrasounds, X-rays, barium studies, ect. Lisa stayed up all night at the vets waiting to hear results. They found nothing. Over the next week, they repeated the tests and pumped him with IV fluids and pain medicine. The only thing they found was on the ultrasound was where his bladder and kidney's connect, it is semi deteriorated. They said that could be a beginning sign of Chronic Renal Failure, but they didn't think that was the issue. After many setbacks, Houndy seemed to be feeling somewhat better. The only thing the vets could guess was that he had some type of stomach flu or he ate something that didn't agree with him, and he was severely dehydrated.
So, 1 week passed and they had Houndy on 5 different medications, but decided he was well enough to send back to Lisa's house. Lisa started him on Iams Lamb and Rice Dog Food (he had absolutely refused to eat the Science Diet food that the vets offered him) and finished off a couple of his medications.
After 3 weeks away from home, Houndy was well enough to come HOME! We finished off his medications, and he has never shown a symptom since. It was so strange. One of the weirdest medical issues I have encountered in a foster dog.
Houndy might have some medical problems pop up in the future, and after going through all we went through with him, we had realized just how much we really are attached to him. We love Houndy here and he deserves a forever home so much! We might as well just keep him. I don't know who is going to want to adopt an old black dog with medical problems, it's sad, but true. He can stay here, though! We love him and want him to be loved and comfortable in his last few years (or however long he has left). We are as perfect for him as he is for us!
After 9 years with the rescue, Houndy is finally in his forever home with a loving family! ♥ ♥ ♥