Post # 1
Many of you have met Lord Nigel, my favorite cat.
A day in the life of the most awesome cat you’ll ever meet
So now it’s time for you to meet Reilly, my favorite dog.
This guy is a special case. I started working for a vet at 18. I was just fresh out of high school and planning on going to vet school. About a month after I started working there my favorite vet(the most awesome female vet you’ll ever meet) rushed in with this awful looking dog. I ran to assist her in setting up the surgery room and for about two hours we worked in silence. Finally she told me she was on her way home when she saw this guy(about 8-9 months old) in a pool of blood on the side of the road. It was clear someone had hit him with a car and left to die. Thankfully she saved his life that day and for the next 6 months he stayed with us at the hospital while she and I worked to nurse him back to health. When he first came in he was severely dehydrate and malnourished. He had one of the most severe cases of sarcoptic mange I’ve ever seen.
Very similar to this.
*BE WARNED THIS PICTURE IS HORRIFIC.*
From being hit he suffered cracked ribs and a broken leg. To this day I honestly do not know how he managed to not only survive but thrive. It’s a testament to this dog’s resilience. He is a lover and a fighter through and through. I had become extremely attached to this dog over the 6 months he was at our hospital. But the moment I decided to keep him was the moment he curled up in my lap after physical therapy and fell asleep. That was a defining moment for me because he was very nervous around people in the beginning. He had become so comfortable and trusting of me despite everything so I knew he didn’t belong in any other home.
I wish I had pictures of him those first few months but we weren’t legally allowed to bring cameras in to photograph the animals due to privacy issues. However I’ll treat you to pictures of my spoiled rotten pooch these days.
One month after I brought him home. In six months he had gained about 10-12lbs and was only slightly under weight here.
He always tried to eat the camera in the beginning
He loves snow!
But he hates getting a bath.
After becoming Canine Good Citizenship certified.
One particularily fat, lazy winter.
Life is so tough for him now 😀
Post # 3
Oh my goodness! He looks WONDERFUL!
I know this doesn’t even compare, but I adopted my furbaby, a toy poodle/maltese? mix. When I first got her, she had so many hot spots from severe allergies and her teeth and hair were one hot mess! For a while, I had to give her frequent oatmeal baths, steroids, and spray her with something from the vet to help soothe her skin.
After about 2.5 years, I was moving back home and when I went to the vet for a travel certificate to take her home, they looked at her original photo and couldn’t believe how great she looked! She didn’t even look like the same dog!
When I went to look at her before adopting her, I picked her up, and she feel asleep in my arms.
Isn’t it funny how they almost choose us?!
I can only imagine the things you have had to do for this little guy. You are an awesome dog mom!!! Again, he looks wonderful!
P.S. I love the picture of him in his cap and gown! Too cute! 🙂
Post # 4
Awwwwww! I do love his cap and gown. He certainly deserves a good education. He looks quite content in your home. Also happy to notice he is fixed.
God bless you, the doctor and the others on staff who saved this sweet guy. You’re right, he does deserve a lifetime of TLC. Good work. I hope he brings you many more years of joy to come.
Post # 5
It’s wonderful when you see a positive change in them, isn’t it? That’s the best part for me and probably why I love this guy so much. I can’t even begin to recount the time, money, and tears I invested in this guy. It really makes you happy and proud.
Post # 6
I’ve spent most of my working life in Vets and shelters so no purchased dogs or unaltered dogs for me. Especially in the case of having an unaltered dog. Unless it’s not medically possible there is no point in not getting your pet neutered. Most people aren’t knowledgeable or capable enough to dog what it takes to properly breed an animal and really with the amount of animals we have in our shelter we could stop breeding all dogs and cats for the next several years but still euthanize many due to lack of home availability.
But once he learned to not eat the camera he became a camera hog and total ham. He loves to “sit pretty” and have his picture taken.
Such a ham!
Post # 7
You know what? You could be my favourite Bee ever. Loads of hugs to you, Lord Nigel and Reilly from us across the pond. I wholeheartedly wish there were more people in this world like you.
Post # 8
AWWWWW I just want to squish their cute little faces!
I love all animals but I’m such a sucker for a Beagle. My ultimate goal in life is to open up a non-profit Beagle rescue since we lack any in my area despite the fact that Beagles are abundant(lots of hunters around here)
Post # 9
Seriously? It makes my blood boil that people could ever be cruel to animals. If it were up to me, the house would be full of waifs and strays, but Fiance says I have to wait until we get a bigger house…
I’ve always said that when I have some money I’d love to open an animal shelter. I was going to be a vet, but after years of working in shelters/surgeries, my heart was breaking on a daily basis. (I bawl at the WSPCA adverts…)
Beagles are great! Mine is as soft as (and as daft as) a brush. She is scared of the oddest things. My cat is fab, a real character who will bite you as soon as look at you. I found out that Beagles are the most common dog to be used in testing and experiments due to their kind nature; since then I’ve avoided any company who has any links to testing. Do you have a Lush over there? They’re awesome.
Post # 10
Ivy I like you more and more. I LOVE LUSH! lol Their bath bombs are heavenly.
Thankfully in my area our animal abuse and neglect numbers are outrageosly high(especially considering I live in a big city) but our animal abuse laws are some of the worst in the nation so the ones that do these criminal acts are rarely caught or punished.
Like you my aim was to be a vet but after working in hospitals and shelters I realized I just couldn’t do it. It’s a taxing job as it is but the lack of respect coupled with the lack of financial earnings(when you compare it to the education and amount of hours worked) just broke me down after too long. I did get a degree in Biology and Veterinary Technology though however I am going back to school and looking to change fields. My heart has always been geared toward rescue, rehabilitation and behavior modification.
We have a couple of Beagle rescues around my state. One on the east coast called BREW(Beagle Rescue Education and Welfare) and then Midwest BREW but there isn’t a Beagle specific rescue in the tri-state area. It’s pretty sad to because next to Labs and Pits, Beagles are one of the most common breeds found in our shelters.
Post # 11
Beagles seem pretty rare here. When fox hunting was banned, there was uproar from those opposing the ban, seemingly concerned about the welfare of the hounds that would have to be rehomed, but I havent seen much about that since. (Well, aside from some truly awful stories about how some were disposed of rather than rehomed)
It seems as though there is a massive trend over here for people to have Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Pit Bulls (Actually not recognised as a breed here, so ‘pit-bull-type’ dogs) are illegal and if found, usually destroyed. Unfortunately, in certain circles, dog fighting is rife so people try to manipulate breeds for this purpose. Makes me furious.
I love labs too. (Labradors, not places of research..). Fiance used to have one. He passed away 18 months ago, but he was an amazing dog. (Actually tearing up now!). I actually went into law instead of veterinary medicine with the intention of punishing those who hurt animals, but the great irony is, the only animal cases I have done, I’ve been defending… (We can’t pick and choose).
I’m a great believer that karma is a bitch however…
Post # 12
Pits are so undervalued and misunderstood. Yes they are strong dogs. Yes when they are bred improperly and mistreated(like any dog) they can have certain dangerous behavioral issues. Yes IF they attack you are more likely to be seriously injure(like with any large dog)
But there is no real proof that shows they are inherently aggressive. The issues seen today have more to due with irresponsibility, ignorance, and lack of laws punishing the real criminals who have caused these dogs to become so vilanized.
I’m thankful I live in an area that although not perfect is far more Pit(and animal friendly) than others. One thing I oppose with all my heart is breed specific bans against certain “types” of dogs especially because all those bans have done is shown most people can’t even properly identify a pit. In the states anything that is of medium build, stocky, and has a short coat is described as a pit or pit type dog.
I have a friend who has a labrador/ridgeback mix. She knows what mix because the mother and the father were abandoned by her neighbors and she took them in so the mom could have her pups then found all but one a new home. When she had to move to an apartment she had a hard time securing a location because every place kept telling her she had a pit bull.
Over the years some of the best dogs I have ever had the pleasure of working with are Pits. There is one person I work closely with in nursing homes and hospitals. We often take our dogs in together and his dog is a pit named Conan. He is an amazingly intelligent and gentle thing. A good 65-70lbs of solid muscle but everything he does is delicate and sweet.
One of the first dogs I ever rescued was a pit. He was as old as dirt and gray all over. He spent the last year of his life cuddled up next to my niece(who was 5 at the time) during nap time. A total nanny dog. He would run to her if she fell down and would gently tug on her shirt if she started straying to far. He was very protective of her but was never aggressive toward any adult when they touched her(like some protective dogs can be) My beagle reminds me of him in a lot of ways.
Post # 13
I completely agree. It’s massively flawed to generalise that way. A good (or perhaps bad!) example is Cesar Milan’s pit – Daddy. Soft as they come, loyal and a fantastic dog. I saw him live just after Daddy passed and he repeatedly made the point that you can’t condemn a breed based on the actions of a few. I firmly believe dogs can be rehabilitated and will behave how they are taught to. (I should add that our Beagle, Ivy, is spoiled rotted and has the rule of the house…)
Ivy (as with most beags) is such a pack dog! We are her pack and she hates not being with us. She panicks like mad if she’s not with us, refuses to sleep anywhere other than our bed and is convinced that she is one of us. I suspect she is! Foibles aside, she is a wonderful addition to our family.
I suspect that if, in real life, I saw a mistreated/abandoned/homeless beagle it would be in my possession faster than Fiance could say no. I think he lives in fear as to what I’m going to do. It really just doesn’t compute with me how people can be cruel to any animal.
Post # 14
Wow. This made me cry! I love animals, especially dogs, and I have more compassion for them than people most of the time because they are so helpless. And when humans treat them horrificly, they have no way to take care of themselves. You are a wonderful person and I am so glad that Reilly crossed paths with you and the Saint of a veterinarian you worked with. He is absolutely gorgeous and so healthy, and it warms my heart to think that for all the bad in this world and all the unspeakable cruelty to animals to happens every day, there are people like you and your Vet who are doing wonderful things like this.
My Vet told me that of all of the crazy people they have coming in with animals that have clearly been neglected until their problem could not be ignored anymore, and the animals that people dump off at their door – unwanted, they have people that are kind enough to act as “donors” for money to support procedures and care for these animals. We live right outside Fort Lauderdale, which is a pretty affluent area and there are so many people here (not us!) that have million dollar yachts with crazy things like helicopter pads on them. Apparently some of them have a soft spot for animals, and my Vet said that when an animal gets left there because he/she needs a massive surgery that the owners can’t/won’t pay for, and the animal is suffering, they call these “donors” who have like AmEx black cards on file for them, and the donors will pay for whatever is needed for the animal.
That made me feel happier to know that although we see so much bad and misery and suffering that people inflict on animals, there is a lot of good that happens out there too. You are part of that good! Thank you and your Vet for what you do!
Post # 15
I’m so happy to see him looking happy, relaxed, and so loved!
Post # 16
@jholler25: It’s people like that (Amex card people) that restore my faith in humanity.