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Old 01-17-2013, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oliver had a good night and seemed to get some sleep. I have him in the master bathroom with the baby gate set up, but he was a little vocal about wanting to sleep in the bed with the girls and me. But once I turned off the light and everyone settled into their sleeping places, he got into his bed and slept through the night.

We went to the Vets the morning. After going through all of his records last night, I found that he was being taken to the Dermatology Specialist. I thought the office was in Santa Fe, but found they are actually here in Albuquerque and go up to Santa Fe once a week to see patients.

My Vet and I called the clinic while I was at her office. She refers all of her patients with skin issues to this Clinic. The Dermatology Clinic knew Oliver very well. Apparently they last saw him in March, 2012 which was about the time the husband got really ill. The son and daughter-in-law or the daughter would bring him for his appointments and they were making progress with his skin problems but the instructions seemed to be getting lost in the translation. They had new meds for him to try that were never picked up after March. I have an appointment with the Dermatology Clinic on Tuesday morning.

My Vet wanted to also check with them to see if she could up his Predisone to 2 pills a day and told them what skin products she had at the clinic. They instructed us to use a hydocorizone lotions that she had in stock once a day and said it would be fine to up his Pred for a week. After they see him on Tuesday, we'll see what changes we need to make.

My Vet described his outbreak as mid-level as there are no open or weeping sores, but his skin is dry, scally, itchy, hot, red and smelly. Of course, he has also been under a lot of stress which may be a contributing factor.

The good news is that the Dermatology Clinic said that when they were seeing him, he was making a lot of progress and that they think if the instructions, meds, etc. were followed, his condition would be extremely managable (which is much more encouraging than I had originally thought).

He does seem to have a slight problem with one of his rear legs although he is getting around on it OK. My Vet says that it feels like scare tissue at his knee and will xray at a later date if I want.

He seems healthy except for his skin and she felt that he could interact with my girls without any health concerns as he is fully vaccinated. He is also micro-chipped and she, too, was pleased with his teeth. She said that he just seems to be a "poorly bred" Maltese (from BY, but he is so very sweet and loving and cuddly. She said it's obvious that he's been someone's lap dog.

He weighs 6.4 lbs and she says that she wouldn't but any more weight on him until we check out his knee.

I still have him separated from the girls, but will begin introducing them more this evening.

And, my Vet, the clinic owner, the Vet Techs and the office manager all looked at me and laughed when I told them I was ONLY FOSTERING him. They know me too well. Their looks were "priceless".

From reading the info from the Vet at the shelter, it does appear that his skin has been improving since he arrived at the shelter. I'll be anxious to see what the Dermatology Clinic suggests. Hopefully we can get his skin condition to become manageable and clear up and find a nice home for him.

My charge for today's visit including the lotion was $42 which was so nice of my Vet's. I was also glad that we got to conference with the Vet at the Dermatology Clinic. He gave me a lot more insight into his surrender, care, owners and it really encouraged me that his problem might be very manageable. He just seems so uncomfortable that it breaks my heart.

I feel sad for his newly widowed owner. When Jerry passed in April I went through so many emotions. I wanted to add more fluffs to my household and then I wanted to get rid of all the fluffs. Then I wanted to get rid of all the fluffs except Lacie. Of course, the feeling passed and I didn't do anything extreme. I do have the previous owners info (name/phone/address) and wonder if I can get his skin problems under control if she would want him back. I will give it some time and at least contact her to let her know how he's doing and that he's not in the shelter, but is being well cared for.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would definitely contact her and let her know that her boy is being spoiled and well care for. It might make her feel so much better, the poor lady. Maybe offer her visiting rights to come visit him sometime in the future after he is well settled in with you and feeling better. I'm not sure I'd offer him back to her at this stage. She might take him back on a whim but actually be at a point in her life where she will never be able to give him the care he needs. Just knowing that he is ok may be all she needs.
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I'm so glad that the news on Oliver good. Sounds like he will heal very nicely with the appropriate care. I LOVE that your staff laughed when you said you were fostering lol!!! . Oh and I think giving the owner some time and contacting her with an update on him and his condition is a truly lovely gesture. Maybe (IF you decide to keep him) you could invite her to visit him on occassion. My concern for returning him is that if she is not financially or physically able to care for him, she might get him back and then his health decline again. Something to consider in prayer I guess.
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Great news for Oliver! I think it is nice that in time you want to tell his previous owner how he is doing. I think she would be happy to know he is cared for and loved....in his new home with 3 sisters!
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I am so glad that Oliver is doing well. It sounds like you have a great vet and that his condition is very managable as long as instructions and medication is followed up on. I think it is extremely gracious to contact his previous owner so that she has some peace of mind knowing that he is being cared for. I am also not sure if it is the best idea that he ever return to that person though. As Bridget said, due to circumstances out of her control, the previous owner may end up in a situation again where she is unable to follow through with meeting his needs. Perhaps sweet Oliver is right where he needs to be!
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I doubt that I would offer to return him, but I would like to talk to her and see what she has to say. From one recent widow or another, I know how emotional a journey this can be. She surrendered him on 12/21/12 so only 4 days before Christmas. I know the holidays were hard for me and I was in Paris, so I know that the 1st Christmas without your DH can put strange emotions and thoughts into her head.

I would like to give her peace of mind that Oliver is doing well -- and will leave everything else open ended.
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Oh my, she must have been incredibly depressed . Just a few days before Christmas and after losing her DH? Oh I cannot imagine. I know for 2 years after Daddy passed, well....everything is merely a blur from the depression. I'm sure she would like to know that Oliver is safe, loved and getting along great with the girls. Do you think that having that conversation with her will make you feel obligated to keep him and ensure his well being, or would you still be able to find a "furever" family for him?
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Lynn, I am on my way to bed but I just want to say that Oliver seems to be just where he is supposed to be for now. . . who more could possibly understand & emphasize w/this dear lady than you--absolutely no one! May God grant you true wisdom in this journey you are navigating. I have no doubt that this story will have a beautiful ending.
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It sounds like he was well cared for until her husband passed. And it could've been even up to the point until he went to the shelter and was without his meds. How sad for the lady to lose her husband and then feel that she didn't want the dog. I wonder if she now regrets giving him away and misses him now. I'm sure she should after having him for so long. That would be so sweet if you let him visit her!! I can't wait to hear how things continue to go!! It's such a touching story! I hope you can feel comfortable soon in letting him sleep with you and the girls soon.


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Lynn, I think she would much appreciate having that peace of mind. You are such an angel for taking care of Oliver. I'm anxious to hear what the girls think about him.
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