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!
Mieko, a charismatic siberian husky, wound up as a stray at the shelter in 2019, for at least the second time since 2015. He was woefully thin, with bad skin covered with masses on his rear quarter prone to bleeding. After his stray hold expired he was neutered and found to have testicular tumors which we hope were “cured” by the castration. (Another reminder of the health consequences for unaltered animals!)
The senior dog volunteers at this shelter helped place him in an Old Dog Haven Final Refuge home with other senior dogs. Blood and urine tests showed mild anemia and chronic kidney disease. Although his appetite was poor at first, he eventually started to gain weight, although after 8 weeks he still had a way to go.
He got along well with his new pack mates (especially once his hormones subsided and he stopped trying to mount his new friends). He also got on well with guest dogs that came and went in his new home (although playing with a two year old guest dog might have been too much on his aging body and he took a few days to recover after all that exertion.) With dry baths using a medicated mousse his skin is healing, and with daily does of an antibiotic ointment his infected eyelids show signs of improving.
Mieko exhibits the husky trait of howling when his foster dad leaves the house, and has gained confidence on his daily walks in the woods behind his new home. He spends his days curled up on a couch with a new friend, or in the fenced dog run hoping a squirrel will jump into his mouth. We’re looking forward to a fat-and-happy new version of this nice guy.
Mieko is sponsored by:
- Jen & Mike Sevigny of Mount Vernon, WA (01/31/2020)
- Sheron Metevia of Annandale, VA in honor of Ron Kerrigan and all his hard work (Lifetime Sponsor)
- Katherine Busching & Richard Smale of Mill Creek, WA in memory of "Shuckston" (10/31/2020)