Kevin was picked up as a stray and landed in a shelter. His owner declined to take him back and surrendered him. He’s 15 years old, mostly blind and deaf. When he arrived at the shelter, he was a mess. Heavily matted, super long toenails, horrible mouth. While in the shelter he was cleaned up and shaved and had all his teeth pulled. They discovered a mass on his anal gland with possible enlargement of nearby lymph node. It is likely malignant. Given the location, prognosis, and his age, he is considered a hospice dog. But he doesn’t know that!
Kevin is settling into his foster home with a pack of 3 other small dogs. He’s a cheery little guy with some strong opinions. (like “it’s dinner time” or “I want…”) He gets along well with the other dogs and joins the chorus when it’s time for meals.
He’s had his intake exam with our veterinarian and there were no new issues. Kevin’s eyes are not as bad as we thought. His dry eye is under control with daily ointment. No vision in his right eye (corneal scarring and cataract). He has cataracts in his left eye, but he still has some vision in it.
He’s learned to navigate his new home quite well, even mastering the steps up to the sofa by himself. He likes to be with people, but he’s not clingy. Not a lap sitter.
We don’t know how long Kevin has, but he’s home now and will be loved and cared for the rest of his life.
Update: After just over two months, this dear boy’s health failed suddenly. He was sent on with much love and will be greatly missed. He settled in quickly and made the most of every day he had. Even though we knew he was likely a hospice pup….he really enjoyed is last chapter.