Sadly I had news last week that Greta, one of the LL Old Timers, had passed away. She’d been a LL sponsor dog as she came into rescue with a metal pin in her back leg (which she was unable to bend) from a previous ‘incident’ and as she got older this leg caused her some problems. She was on various Meds and rescue covered her vet bills as her insurance became a ridiculous amount as she got older.
As some of you are aware. Bubba, who’d been a LL resident and also a sponsor dog had to be PTS in June, as he lost the use of his back legs and was very distressed………..so we are “renewing” our sponsor dogs because we have a few oldies who’ve come to us and gone into “permanent foster” homes. This way they get the comfort of a home of their own and 1:1 care, instead of being stuck at the rescue HQ, and the lovely people who take them in know they will have back up from the rescue, both financially and with any problems they may have.
So let me introduce you to the new kids on the block :
Chuck is about 11 now and came back to LL after his owner became very ill and unable to look after him any more. This is Chuck's original rehoming thread in 2009: http://www.lurcherlink.org/llink/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=62878&hilit=Chuck+bull
He's more of a "Chunk" than a Chuck these days (is on a diet!) but he still does his little tap dance at food times He now has a permanent foster home, where he can spend the rest of his days in peace and comfort, rather than having to be cooped up in our noisy, busy house with all the other dogs.
Rod was signed over to LL after his owner was admitted to hospital and couldn’t look after him any more. He’s nearly 12 years old and wasn't vaccinated or neutered, but as he had some absolutely rotten (literally!) teeth that had to come out, he had everything done at the same time. He had all of his canines out plus a couple of his carnassials, and can eat proper food again now, instead of mush. His breath no longer knocks people out when he wants to kiss them too!
He had a RTA as a pup, resulting in his left front leg being broken and repaired and having some metal work left in it. This could cause his problems with arthritis as he gets older. He’s now gone to a new home on a permanent foster agreement, so LL will be responsible for his vet bills for the rest of his life.
Wendy (now "Hetty) came to us as an owner surrender as she was being picked on by the other dogs in the household. She's a young adult of around 3-4 years, but sadly Hetty /Wendy has been diagnosed with kidney failure - not too bad atm (Stage 2) but it's still a shock as she's so young
Because she has to have a special renal diet and meds plus regular tests etc, Lurcher Link will be responsible for those expenses as her new owner won't be able to get insurance for her to cover that. Obviously we didn't realise she was ill when she was rehomed, but are going to treat her as if she was still in our care, as she'd still need all the treatment if she was here with us. So we will be having Wendy / Hetty as one of our Sponsor Dogs to help raise funds for her treatment