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!
Dewey’s new life began in a shelter as do most Old Dog Haven dogs. Old Dog Haven volunteer transporters sprang him from the shelter and his new parents met them part way.
Dew is approximately 12 years young. When he arrived at his final refuge home, his new family met a frighteningly thin white and tan chihuahua with long splayed legs. His behavior suggests he was loved and cared for once; unfortunately dental cleanings were not part of that care, and he had completely lost all his teeth and his entire lower jaw. He also has a medium heart murmur. He weighed under 6 pounds, even though a chihuahua of his build should be closer to 10.
His final refuge family started feeding him soaked puppy kibble flavored with some baby food and pumped in the calories. When he was taken to the vet for a routine exam, which in his case entailed bloodwork, urinalysis, and x-rays, he actually turned blue from fear. Well, that’s one way to get out of having tests done! The second time, two weeks later after some sedation, the vet got a sample of blood and urine, but Dew absolutely refused an x-ray. A week later with more sedation, the x-rays finally were done. By this time, Dew weighed almost 6.5 pounds. Whew!
His tests turned out much better than expected. Blood work and urinalysis were good, and his x-rays showed his heart was not enlarged. He has some spinal damage and is now on medication to make him more comfortable. Dewey will be healthy from now on because of Old Dog Haven and their generous donors.
Dew is a very happy dog. He will sit at your feet with a loving look, patiently waiting for someone in his new home to pick him up. He takes everything in stride and is learning to share with his pack. He’s an enthusiastic happy little dog that just needed a home and a bed of his own to feel confident again.
Dewey is sponsored by:
- Gabrielle Flanagan in honor of Aaron and Olympia for their love of those Chi's! (06/30/2020)
- Jenever Burns (07/31/2020)
- Roxeanna Zaborac of Palmer, AK in memory of Petey (07/31/2020)