“Trash ingestion, such as plastic bags, balloons and other nonbiodegradable plastics, are virtually impossible for us to detect with X-rays, CT scans or other diagnostics until it is too late,” Lauren Bell, a associate sea turtle and aquatic biologist at CMA, told the Dodo.
The team watched Chex very closely. His rehabilitation included monitoring his food intake and keeping him in shallow water, increasing the depth of his pool a little at a time as he became stronger.
Mariesa Hughes tried to remain optimistic about using human contact lenses for Gremlin. “I said I would try anything if it improved her quality of life,” she says. And in the exam room at Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital, “I had many questions, but before Dr. Lackner had time to answer most of them, the contact was in, Gremlin was off of the table and pulling me down the hall!”
Dr. Lackner recalls that moment, too. “I think all of us had tears in our eyes when she looked up, as if coming out of a daze, and took off!” she says. “It still gives me goosebumps.”
Now Gremlin can find her water bowl without a problem.
“Since she’s had the lens in, she hasn’t run into anything,” Hughes says. “She no longer flinches when the other dogs walk by her and she found her water bowl without stepping in it and dumping the water out.”
“There were people that wanted her because she was a pregnant pit bull, ” said Peters. “But no one had proof of ownership. They just wanted to have her.”
Two days before Christmas, Mary delivered eight puppies. Sadly, one was stillborn. But the rest of the litter is doing great. Peters calls them “little fatcakes of goodness.”
“Mary is just the sweetest dog, ” Peters said. “She is the nicest girl even with a litter of new babies. Even after her ordeal.”
Danielle Martin, executive director of Frankie’s Friends, told The Dodo that the first aid course was funded by Cindy Roberts, the wife of a fallen police officer.
“While the professional handlers of K-9 officers and search-and-rescue dogs are often trained in first aid for people, their knowledge of the K-9 anatomy is often limited,” Martin told The Dodo. “Knowing what to look for, health-wise, can identify issues before they become serious, or even save the dog’s life.”
Indo was rushed to the vet, where he was treated for burns to his face. He spent the next few weeks recuperating at home with Bergman. “At first his mood was down,” Bergman said. “He was very calm, which is not like him. As the days went on, Diesel [Bergman’s own dog, a boxer] brought his spirits up and he got much better.”
Despite the challenges facing him, Buggy was happy, curious and strong. Bird posted his picture to Norcal’s Facebook page. Bird said not all of the comments were words of encouragement, however. Some people decided that Buggy was suffering because he was deformed and shouldn’t be forced to live.
“One comment said Buggy needed to be rescued from us so he could be euthanized,” Bird said. “I began deleting comments. I wanted to keep positive thoughts only.”