Thursday, February 18, 2010
SOMEHOW THEY FIND US - PART TWO
We took him into the Vet's office and quickly received the bad news, fleas, worms, tapeworm, malnourished, dehydrated, and a severe infection in both ears. In addition he had a heart murmur. I started to cry. Toby had a heart murmur and I couldn't face going through the expense and the sadness again. That was when the Vet said "This is abusive treatment, whatever you do, do not give this dog back to those people!" So there we stood, between a rock and a hard place. My husband and I looked at each other and we knew we couldn't turn back. Dallas was now our dog.
(The picture above is of Dallas. I apologize for the glowing eyes, they are actually black. I'm not a photographer.)
It is expensive to own a pet. Animals need health care just as people do, and if you can't afford to take care of a pet you shouldn't own one. They need regular exams and vaccinations, and treatment when they have health problems. Animals also have feelings, they are not like stuffed animals, they feel pain and fear. They deserve to be treated with respect.
I didn't like Dallas' name so I call him Dustbunny, although his name is still Dallas. He is a pretty quiet pet unless he wants something, then he becomes very vocal. He doesn't like to be left alone so he usually travels with us when we go to the coast for a few days. He travels well in the car and is good in the motel, but he llimits our ability to go into food establishments. We travel in warm weather so we pick places where we can eat outside...or occasionally in our car.
Shih Tzu's have bug eyes and they are very suseptible to injury. Sadly an accidental injury made it necessary to have Dallas's eye removed recently. He still gets around okay, but he looks a bit like a pirate.
We have had Dallas for three years and we were feeling that Amber and Dallas made for a good sized family...then it happened again.
To be continued...