My First Few Days at the Humane Society of Southeast Texas
As I stared up at that tree, the last of my energy drained away. I didn’t think I would ever be able to play a game of fetch or chase a tennis ball through long grass again. I had no strength left. Yet I sensed a presence near me, and for a brief moment I had a glimmer of hope. A dog ran along the side of the fence. He seemed happy and carefree. He stayed close as if he knew I needed him. Even when the people nearby tried to get his attention, he stayed close and directed them to me.
Suddenly, I was surrounded by people lifting me up. I could hear the concern in their voices. I wanted to wag my tail, but I could barely move. I could barely breathe. I was so cold. I had so many fleas, and I couldn’t remember when I last ate.
These gentle ladies bathed me, removed the fleas, helped me to regain my body temperature, and reminded me what human touch felt like. I felt love for the first time in a very long time.
The vet’s first prognosis wasn’t very good. My eyes had thick green discharge built up in the corners, and my temperature was 90.8 (extremely low). I was diagnosed as heartworm positive with multiple parasites. I was completely emaciated, so anemic my gums were completely white, and had a dangerously low blood count level. Initially, I was only given a 25% chance of survival. But my new companions didn’t give up on me!
It has been a few days now. I have been so tired. I know I am not out of the woods yet. My bones are still protruding, and I often feel too weak to stand for long periods of time. But I am starting to feel stronger every day! And today I even wagged my tail!
Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for! A beautiful day with my wonderful, new friends. A roof over my head and a warm and cozy kennel. I even enjoyed a short walk in the sun. And of course a Thanksgiving feast fit for a King. I don’t know what it is, but the girls are always calling me handsome and touching my face. The belly rubs are the best! I think it should be Thanksgiving every day!