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!
From his final refuge family:
Gus, a 10 year old retriever mix with long term obesity (around 100 lbs), covered in mats, and mobility problems, came to ODH by owner surrender. He had a prior diagnosis of malignant melanoma with surgical removal, and two seizures within the past year.
ODH placed Gus with us, and then worked on getting this sweet guy the health care he needed.
First things first, we gave him a bath while he was on the floor. Worked on his mats and taking out all the dead hair. Nails done. Gus now looks like a show dog!
We took Gus to a vet the next day and x rays showed that he had ‘one of the worst hips’ she’d ever seen. We will be monitoring him for metastasis of his melanoma and he was started on various medications to help with his mobility. This is great because Gus LOVES to walk even if it’s just in the yard or to the next house (his spirit is strong but the body will take a little bit longer). He has this marvelous ‘Isaac Hayes’ deep bark for joy when he sees us. He blocks the doorways with his immense poundage to ‘check stage passes’. And is already loving our other hospice dog Aldo who has shown him the ropes here. Our little ODH and shelter dogs give poor Gus the ‘what-for’ while Satchel (ODH) just pretends Gus is invisible (which we find hard to do).
Dear donors who make this possible, Gus is a gentle soul. He’s lucky that you are here to help him no matter how long or how short. He is worth everything. Thank you.
“Dear humans who walk with two paws – With the help of ODH over almost four months, I no longer have to lug around my largess – I’m now slim and trim at 71 pounds! My vet says I have end stage renal disease too along with my cancer. Sheesh, so much stuff in one ‘tiny’ dog. Good for me that the prescription food and pain medications are working well. And it’s covered by ODH and their donors. They are all aces in my book!
“I grab the leash now and bound with joy to go for my walks. I can run! With distance! Fast! It use to be I could only go a little ways before a rest. Now I’m going with GUS-to! I love playing in my pool (‘grab that hose!’). I also practice baying really loud in case if someone can’t hear me a mile away. And I know exactly by my watch (if I had one) that it’s time for chow anywhere. My life is good!
“So don’t feel sorry about my ‘stuff’. With ODH’s ongoing care and my forever mom, I am a handsome slender cuddle bug that loves my great life. Licks and Scritches, from Gus”
Gus is sponsored by:
- Yifan Ma of New York, NY in honor of Ruby (05/31/2023)
- Katherine Busching & Rick Smale of Mill Creek, WA in memory of Sophie & Dee Dee (05/31/2023)
- In loving memory of Rick and Doogan Bueller, best husband and golden ever (11/30/2022)
- Sharon Scherer of Seattle, WA in memory of Raven my Flat-Coated Retriever (09/30/2023)
- Deanna Woodruff of Sammamish, WA (05/31/2023)
- Cara Trimboli of Huntington Station, NY - Lifetime Sponsor
- Sarah Sutherland of Seattle, WA (12/31/2022)
- Barbara Maurer of New Bern, NC in memory of "Missy", "Kinsey", and "Sneakers" - Lifetime
- Jeannie M Lane of Vancouver, WA in memory of Rudy the Diabetic Doodle who would have been 13 on July 21, 2022 (07/31/2023)
- John Strampher of Puyallup, WA in memory of "Mia”, “Maizie”, “Ebby” & “Duchess" (12/31/2022)
- Susan Boyle of North Haven, CT in memory of Sabrina (12/31/2022)
- Stacey Spicer of Vancouver, WA (10/31/2022)
- Suzanna Westhagen of Seattle, WA (02/28/2023)
- Rhiannon Reeder of Seattle, WA in honor of Otis, the goodest of boys (10/31/2022)
- Cindy Knapp of Bothell, WA in memory of Gilly (10/31/2022)
- In memory of Brigetta Delgado Emmel - Lifetime Sponsor