Sunday, January 11, 2009

Beach Dog Update

I am a volunteer for  ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation of Rincon)   and they sponsored this beach dog's visit to the vet.  This dog has been living on the beach for a few weeks.  We'd been taking turns feeding him and trying to find him a foster home.   Finally we found a foster father.   

 Roger from Surf787  lent me his travel cage and  I picked up the beach dog, now Rusty from Step's Beach.   We needed to make sure Rusty had no  contagious diseases.  His future foster father has 3 dogs.

I took him to Dr. Marrero's office  in Mayaguez.   They discovered  Rusty has no mange, but a skin condition.  The locals say if you use burnt motor oil on dogs it will kill their mange.  Dr.  Marrero said, dogs get skin irritations, and not all of it is mange.  Rusty has a skin condition and the Doctor recommended soap.  Dr. Marrero said  burnt motor is not an appropriate treatment for mange.

So they gave him shots, worm treatment, and medicines to treat his ears, skin, and intestinal parasites.  They poked him, probed him, drew blood, gave him shots, and worm medication.  Rusty behaved.

We bought him a red collar,  took him home and gave him a bath.   I could feel all the bones in his body.  Rusty has no body fat.  He has never had a bath either.  We bathed him twice.   He has never been in a house either.  He refused to come in.  My son picked him up and carried him.  He has suffered from hunger.  He thought everything I held in my hand was food, from my cell phone to the remote.

Rusty is still a young dog.  He wanted to play.  He'd paw my foot, nibble my hand.  He wanted to go outside with my other dogs, but they were going berserk.  The hardest part of having 5 dogs is giving them the love and attention they need.  Dogs need our touch.  At times they're jealous.

This is Rusty.  5 hours later, after a bath and visit to the vet his life changed.

Ed took Rusty in.  His 3 dogs accepted him.  Now we need to find him a permanent home.

ARF has several fund raisers a year.  You can find out by visiting their website: ARF of Rincon.  Proceeds from the fund raisers also sponsor health clinics.   The next ARF Dog Health Clinic is on Saturday, January 24th from 9:00am-12:00pm.

The Coqui of Rincon is also a great source of Rincon and ARF activities.  Thank you Ed, and Roger (check out his Surf School) and thank you ARF.   

Rusty isn't the only dog.  ARF has many looking for homes.   If you can donate your time or a few dollars, well, they're needed.  ARF of Rincon


Mary said...

Thank you for rescuing that beautiful dog - the world is a better place because of people like you.
I invite you to take a look at our affiliate program - you can simply post a banner on the ARF site or blog and any sales resulting from clicks through that banner would raise money for the group.
We are helping several rescue groups already
Feel free to email me with your questions marymosc13 at patriapet dot com

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