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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 Ranger’s Final Refuge family:

Ranger was adopted from a shelter as a young dog and then years later was surrendered again when his owners could no longer care for him. Now a 16 year old dog, he had many  medical issues that needed treatment.  He was obviously in dire need of a dental, and had two large masses on his body. The pedunculated tumor hanging off his hind hock was like a ball and chain on this little guy; he couldn’t take a step without it swinging and wrapping around his leg. Unable to move normally apparently left him feeling vulnerable and lacking in confidence.  Likely as a result, he was also  quite shy and nervous.

Ranger joined my other ODH dog Trixie, and my “youngster” Scruffy. Ranger’s been with us for 5 months now and what a positive change I see already! The vet  found he had a heart murmur, minor arthritis in his spine, many missing and decayed teeth, and besides the “ball and chain” had another large fatty mass on his chest, which the vet said is not of concern. The leg tumor and a few teeth were removed, and Ranger has been doing well ever since.  And boy has his confidence increased!

It is such a pleasure to watch him scamper around now, try to put Trixie in her place when she gets too rowdy, and do a bit of bouncing with Scruffy. He has also been seen occasionally trouncing one of the many toys scattered around the floor, which he had absolutely no interest in during his first few months here. Naturally
though, at his age, he spends a lot of time curled up in bed burrowed in his blankies, or, literally, singing to me. He has an amazingly high-pitched voice which he uses often throughout the day, telling me various stories and asking me questions. At first I thought he was in some type of pain, but have come to believe that’s just how he
communicates. How I wish I had the ability to translate his language!

Thank heavens for Old Dog Haven and our loving and generous donors who do so much to ensure quality of life for these precious, unwanted dogs, who despite their challenges still have a lot of life and love to offer. I’m so grateful to have Ranger and Trixie with me they help keep the fun factor in my home running at a high level, and it
appears they are enjoying it, too. Thank you ODH!


Before surgery

Resting up after surgery.

Ranger is sponsored by:

  • in honor of Adelaide - Lifetime Sponsor