Monday, April 21, 2008

Trooper Has A Sparkle In His Eyes: 3rd Update


Trooper (right) with his new friend Daisy (left)
Our Super Trooper has shown so much improvement over the last few days.

His breathing (the lungs) is still a concern but his foster mom, Kathy has placed a humidifier by his crate at night time & it seems to have helped some.
Trooper wears a t-shirt a lot so you tend to think he is better than he really is, the wounds are still horrible looking. At the end of the week, the stainless steel stitches will come out he has almost a 100 of them, OUCH!! You can tell by the picture of his face that he is starting to feel better. Kathy says that the eyes are looking better & he wags his tail more! Trooper seems to really enjoy the company of her husband & son. Also, Kathy says that he is still often afraid but is coming around really well & that he tires out really easy.

Trooper enjoyed some sunshine this weekend & he's enjoying all the TLC that he's receiving at Kathy's house. She's a wonderful foster mommy to Trooper!

Trooper Goes To His Foster Home April 14th

Trooper (left) is with his foster mom, Kathy, Tigger and Daisy

Kathy was excited to get Trooper into her home & to get him comfortable. He is eating well & taking his meds.

Tuesday, as we talked on the phone I could actually hear Trooper breathing hard while his head was on her lap. Also, his nose has been running a little & the color looked greenish & his legs started to swell.

He went back to the vet for a follow up. Dr Agustin reassured us that Trooper still has a lot of healing to go & that includes his lungs too. The lungs have an infection & some scarring because of injuries. He received some injections, (for infection & the swelling) this healing will take time, it's serious & he's not young.

Kathy & Trooper were walking up to the gated area at the vets & the other dogs were outside. They barked at him & he turned around as fast as he could to get away.... he was afraid.

The vet was considering keeping him again & they went to put him in the cage, he peed on the blanket right away. Kathy couldn't take it, her heart was broke... she knows that he will heal so much faster by being with a family rather than at a vets office & only being around people twice a day, we think he would be depressed & that's not good for the healing process. He received some TLC from everyone at the vets & Trooper was happy to see them but he didn't want to stay.

They joked about the stylish t-shirt that Kathy had on him. It keeps him from scratching the wounds & protects them, plus it covers up the worst areas (the stab wounds in the chest & the side) & he almost looks normal, but under that shirt he's a mess! The only part that doesn't have scars, wounds or stitches are on the rear end area. Dr Agustin said that the wounds with the stainless steel wire are healing well. He has some other scabs & a few have started to fall off.

Trooper was able to enjoy the sunshine today. He is resting well & he is adjusting. He has shown signs of being nervous & acts afraid of sudden movement....of course after all the stuff that he has been through, he has every right. Kathy said that the eyes still look sad & it's heartbreaking but I know when he gets feeling better...those eyes will shine! By looking at one time he was a beautiful dog, I love those colors (markings) on his face.

Things are going well with Kathy's other two dogs, they are such good dogs & having company doesn't bother them at all. As you can tell by the picture, Kathy is receiving a lot of snuggling time. The picture was taken on Trooper's first day at her home. You can tell Kathy is getting him calm enough to be able to sit with her and Daisy and Tigger.

Thank you so much for all the prayers & support that everyone has shown Trooper. One day at a time we will heal this dog. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Trooper Needs Our Help:Graphic Photos

Here is Trooper & his story. I received a call Monday, March 31st asking if I could help this dog, we have decided to name him "Trooper". Romeoville Animal Control contacted me because they remembered how we were able to save "Angel". (Angel is doing wonderful & is being spoiled in her loving home) If I didn't say I would help Trooper would have been put down.

The ladies that were there at the vets office when Trooper was first brought in said that he is a sweetie & even though he couldn't stand & was in severe pain, he licked them when they knelt down.

Trooper was transferred to AAmerican Vet Hospital after I agreed to save him. These pictures were taken after he was bathed, he was covered completely with dried up mud, and even in his ears (you couldn't even tell his color). He must have been put into a fighting pit (it rained the night before) & plus he was being literally dragged on his side by his leash down the road into the parking lot because he couldn't walk. The vet, Dr Agustin has to get him stable before we can find out more about his care that will be needed. He was having a hard time breathing & or resting but after the tubes were put in & meds given, he seems like the breathing is more stable.

Trooper, this name surely fits him, was dumped at a vets office in Romeoville yesterday by a guy that "claimed" he found the dog & said that the dog was hit by a car. This so called person was seen and caught on the vets camera literally dragging this dog on his side through the parking lot. He could not walk as his infection is so bad he just laid limp on his side while being dragged. Romeoville police were called and have a copy of the surveilance footage. The vet techs told him to hold on while they checked to see if there was a run available, when they returned outside he had tied Trooper to the pole and took off.

He CLEARLY was used in fighting, bait or both. Along with fighting, he was stabbed in the stomach, chest & side, probably because he didn't want to fight or he didn't perform well enough for the low lives that did this to him. He is a sweet boy and is just miserable. He has licked the hands that are treating him and looks so sad but we think he knows that rotten life he had is now over. He has a severe infection in his abdomen and the doctor is letting that drain thru tubes. He has numerous holes in him from battle wounds. They think he is about 6 - 7 yrs old as his teeth show lots of tartar. I don’t think this boy could of ever won a fight or even wanted to fight as he is just a sweetheart. How anyone could do this is beyond me. Thank god for people like us to help these babies.

The vets office that is treating Trooper saved another bait dog last summer. Angel is a choc lab/pit mix & her story was on WJOL Radio Station, Fox News, & in the Herald Newspaper. She has made a long & hard recovery but now lives a great life with the man that found her. She was infested with maggots and gashes all over her body. Our rescue wants to give the same outcome to Trooper.

Making a Difference Rescue will be setting up a fund for Trooper to cover his medical expenses. This boy deserves a better life than what he is used to. If you can help, please do. Along with financial support, please pray for Trooper. He is in critical condition & we are not sure of the care that he will need, it will be a tough recovery. Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Your donation can be made to "Making A Difference Rescue", which is tax deductible (a receipt can be mailed if requested). Please mail donations to:
Making A Difference Rescue
C/O Liz Bagley
PO Box 414
Channahon, IL 60410