Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!
What kind of dog is this?! ADORABLE and one that makes everyone smile. His Old Dog Haven foster took one look at him and thought he looked like a character out of a Dr. Seuss book so he received the name “The Mayor Augustus May Who of Whoville”, AKA Augustus, Auggie, Gus or Mr. Mayor. When ODH was asked to find a Final Refuge home for him he was almost hairless, with stinky, greasy, yeasty, VERY itchy skin; this guy was pretty uncomfortable. He had severe dry eye which has left him visually impaired. His ears were both badly infected. On top of all of this, he was underweight and his breath is pretty rotten, due to teeth that very badly need care. He is pretty arthritic with an odd gait, his front legs are badly bowed and when he walks, his back legs don’t bend much. Augustus is a dog who has required a lot of work to start back to a healthy state (if he ever was before).
Thanks to Old Dog Haven’s donors, Augustus has seen an animal dermatologist. He gets weekly medicated baths, medication to help with his itching, and a good quality diet. Augustus has also seen an animal ophthalmologist. He will need prescription compounded eye drops twice a day for the rest of his life in addition to the over the counter eye lubricant drops he’ll receive three times a day. Next up will be Augustus’ mouth: he’ll need a dental, likely with a dental specialist. Augustus is slowly gaining weight, he is no longer smelly nor itchy, his eyes look comfortable and it is really wonderful to see him feeling so much better. Augustus’ fosters describe him as “a real joy to have around”.
He came to his foster home and settled in immediately, Augustus is a very nice boy. Long-time neglect combined perhaps with bad breeding has created a dog who will be high maintenance for the rest of his days. Augustus is worth every bit of it! It is incredibly rewarding watching a dog who no doubt suffered silently for a long time become a happy and as healthy as he can possibly be.
None of this could be done without Old Dog Haven’s supporters and we are so grateful to them.
Augustus is sponsored by:
- Jacob Zeller of Seattle, WA in honor of Katie, Ben, and Mike
- Jennifer Aleksich of Arcadia, CA in memory of Aguie (10/31/2020)
- Rebecca Skover of Portland, OR (12/31/2020)
- Shannon Rasmussen of Edmonds, WA (12/31/2020)