Age: 19 Years Sex: Male Weight: 1-10 lbs
Leave a bone for Collin
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June 18th 2010
June 18th 1997
Calvin, being held, and chicken
Cameras. Seriously...no cameras please!
after being in a cone for so many months, Collin is fascinated by his unmentionables
Rabbit mixed with Dr. Harvey's pre-mix, and Evangers chicken dinner
wherever Mommy goes
Heart melting and cuteness overload
I found Collin on June 18, 2010. I work from home and was not planning on leaving the house that day, but my boss called and asked if I could come to the office. A block from my house, there is a small park with a few picnic benches, a grassy area, and a basketball court. As I was passing the park, a small object on the basketball court caught my eye. Tiny and still, I thought it was a paper bag, but then I saw that it had fur, and I stopped and ran. It was almost 100 degrees that day and as I approached I was horrified to see that the small object was a little dog, tied to the post of one of the basketball hoops with a 6-foot piece of rope. I scooped him up, and as I was struggling to untie the knots so I could free him, a woman pulled up and said she had seen him there that morning at 6:45 (it was now 2:30). She said she assumed he belonged to a jogger. Nine hours he had been there on the hot asphalt, and he was in terrible shape. I took him home and put him on the cool tile floor in my kitchen while I gathered supplies. His face was so matted I could not see his eyes, and he was listless. I tried to give him water with a syringe but he would not take it. I cut the mats from his eyes so I could get a better look at him, and when his eyes finally opened, and drained, I could see that he had cataracts and ulcers. After cooling him the best I could, I rushed him to the nearest vet. He had no microchip. As I have experience with animal care, the vet sent me home with sub-q fluids and I cared for him at home that evening. The next day I took him to my vet for an exam. Finding out that he had a grade 5 heart murmur and a raging infection in his mouth, er devised a treatment plan. After he had recovered somewhat from the external neglect related issues and a visit with a canine cardiologist, it was determined that his remaining teeth had to go. Six painful surgeries later (the bone structure in his mouth was so riddles with holes due to the infection so he had several open fistulas into his sinuses), Collin proudly sports one tooth and a delightful, pain free smile with an unruly tongue. He is perhaps the most corageous dog I have met, and he is such an amazing snuggler. We think he is at least 12, and although he has heart trouble and is deaf, he has shown us that yes, he DID need a second chance, and he is absolutely, 100% up for more fun and love in his life! We are so lucky!
His story is so much more than the basketball court and the surgeries. It involves a ton of people getting together to help him get the care he needed. Thank you so much to Susan and Erik K, Dr. Erin Perkin, Dr. Ken Burns (a people dentist!) and to all of the people who held me as I cried for him during his 8 weeks of painful recovery.
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