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!
At 13 years of age, Fields came to us from his owner. After 10 years with his family, and starting to show signs of getting older, he no longer fit in.
He came with a long-standing eye problem that left him blind in one eye, and issues starting to present themselves in the other eye. He would consistently sleep facing the wall with his back to the room (which is very unusual for a dog) but possibly to protect his face and eyes from being hit or bumped in to. ODH made the earliest appointment for him to see the Veterinary Ophthalmologist, and for now he will keep his blind eye as long as twice daily prescription eye drops can prevent it from becoming painful. The “good eye” will be monitored for any deterioration or further loss of sight. Recently he has started sleeping on his dog bed the more “normal” way, i.e. curled so his back is to the wall, and his head to the room.
Untrained and stubborn was how his previous owners described him – maybe not so much that way earlier in his life, but definitely that way now – and getting more so with age (after all he is an old man). As soon as he figured out the routine in his ODH home, he started to enjoy his 3 walks per day. At first he resisted going up or down the carpeted stairs inside the house, but now he runs up and down with ease. When it is sunny, he loves to dig holes in the back yard wood-chipped area, and then lay in them and fall asleep – he does love to sleep most of the day.
Xrays showed extensive “ballistic injury” and fragments throughout his upper abdomen, under the skin, and imbedded in his rear legs and tail – obviously Fields was shot in the back-side in a previous life. So now his tail stays mostly down, is sensitive for him to wag or to be touched, but he still runs the doggie crazies around the yard – then retires to a dog bed and falls asleep.
Fields is sponsored by:
- in recognition of the Shelton Veterinary Hospital Staff in memory of "Merlin" (08/31/2017)
- Old Happy Dogs of Seattle, WA in honor of Louie the Lab's 15th birthday (05/31/2018)
- Georgia Lewis of Portland, OR (09/30/2017)