Caddo Takes A Walk In The Park
Caddo Takes A Walk In The Park
Juana Arnold reports: It was a pretty good day here at Straydog. We’ve been trying to get Caddo to let us take him for a walk to the park but he wasn’t really interested as soon as he saw the leash, but today it was different. First, Caregiver Destiny was able to put the leash on him and he walk with her to the park but once they made it there he sat down and didn’t want to go anywhere.
Our crew called me (I was preparing our inside dogs meals as it was close to our 2 pm feeding) so I came over and started talking to my sweet boy. He immediately saw me and started wagging his tail so I took the leash and off we went walking around the park. Once in while he would look around and see all of our caregivers plus the mower going and he would stop. I kept sweet talking to him and he would continue walking off and on though he would try to reach around to the leash and bite it, we’re still working on that.
We all understand it’s hard for him to trust again but we will get there by taking it one day at a time. Just look at Caddo so far and how much we have been able to accomplish!
Finally, with a little help, we made it back to his kennel. He loved on me like saying thank you. Yes, I had made myself a new buddy. ♥
Caddo Comes Home To Straydog
Juana Arnold reports: So today besides our regular routine at our shelter we had the welcoming of our new rescue dog Caddo. Everyone already knew about him and they were all excited to meet him! I’m sharing some photos as we report about his long, upcoming healing of his open wound from the gun shot through his shoulders and whatever trauma this poor soul had gone through. Caddo, now here at home, will learn to trust humans.
Our caregivers will give him nothing but care, dedication and lots of love in addition to three meals per day until he gains his weight back to normal (special needs like Caddo, under weight or puppies get three meals per day), then he will be eating like most of our normal dogs, twice per day.
He will get park walks, lots of caregiving time (which means personal one on one petting him, loving him, giving him treats, brushing him if he allows us to and eventually trimming nails and bathing him), he will get trips to the vet and we will be doing this until he heals completely of these open wounds. His heartworm treatment has started so he won’t be able to run free in the park but we won’t be doing that anyway until he learns this is home, plus he can’t be left lose without a leash because of the treatment he is going through. There’s a lot of good stuff already happening to lucky dog Caddo. We all already feel a special love for him, he for sure had a rough beginning of this young life but that’s all over with, it’s time for the good life to start here at Straydog!
The Rescue Of Caddo
Juana Arnold reports: As soon as we got to Gayle’s house, she directed us where this doggie was hanging out for 24 hours, lying with what appears to have a broken leg. I had called our vet Dr. James Morton and had asked him if I could give this dog some diazepam to help him not run off. Gayle had said she tried to rescue him and he had taking off running, on three legs, he wasn’t using his leg front leg at all and that’s why she thought he either had gotten hit by a car or shot or even both. At this point in time we really have no idea what was going on with this sweet big fella. So as soon as we arrived, I offered him some can food from my hand with the meds and he took it without any problems at all. He seemed very calm and sweet, I trusted him. We were all around him waiting for him to fall asleep but I think that as soon as he felt dozing in, he all of a sudden got up and started taking off into the woods. I walked towards him and got him out of the woods but then I got stuck on some thorns. Gayle’s friend then reached out to grab him and he just took off full speed across their street into some people back yard and behind the woods. Destiny (who I had asked to accompany me, she works for us as well) took off running behind him. Thank goodness I had taking her, she stayed right behind him and even though we had almost lost him she kept going. Gayle and her friend couldn’t jump the barbed wire but another young guy, his name is Corey, kept right behind Destiny and myself, well right behind both of them lol. I had leashes with me and the can food too. We all three lost him into the deep woods but we kept walking through it. Finally, after walking for a long while, Destiny spotted him way over by a cow pasture and we all three kept running. We ran another mile and back into the street he went and into some people back yard. So after two miles of running and cows, donkeys, mud, poop, sticks & thorns, we kept going up and under several barbed wire fences not giving up. Finally he went into these people’s back yard. Corey said he knew them so we didn’t stop. Corey went to knock on their door while Destiny and I kept running after him. Destiny was able to catch up to him and I yelled at her to grab him by the tail so she did, I was able to catch up and throw the leash over his head. We got him! He was tired and kind of just gave up. At this point I think he knew it was ok. Corey and the neighbor, owner of the yard we got in, came running towards us, Destiny and I had the dog already on two leashes and was not letting him go anywhere.
We found out this doggie has been hanging around this area for three years. That is what this guy said, he told us he had called Animal Control and they couldn’t do anything because it’s the country. This man said the dog seemed to have been hit by a car and that’s why he wasn’t using his leg left and also he thought the dog had been shot. No telling what this poor fella has been through but it was over and now he will be taking care of. We called Gayle to ask if she could drive my car over to bring the crate we had taking, after the helped arrived we loaded the crate up with new rescued dog, Caddo. We named him after the little county town we rescued him, Caddo Mills.
On the road towards Athens we called our vet and arrived right around 4:30 pm. Two vet techs came out and helped us carry the crate in with Caddo. Our vet was able to anesthesia him where we were able to get him out of the crate, lay him down to get X-rays. There were no broken bones but several BB gun shots through his whole body. You can see his stomach very shrunk, starved with no food for God knows how long. You can see the swollen of both shoulders specially the left one. Vet Tech Ashley shaved him around the wound area but no bullet. Dr. Geisren said he probably did get shot but the bullet more than likely went thru one side and out the other.
While he was asleep they vaccinated him. Doctor got him neutered, so they didn’t have to anesthesia him again. Unfortunately he is heartworm positive, they went ahead and did his first treatment. He stayed at the vet clinic and we will get him tomorrow. Caddo will be recovering slowly, he will be on pain medication and antibiotics. I’m hoping he will be able to use his leg, I can’t wait to see him tomorrow. We will report more as the days go by, every day will be a better day for Caddo. We will love on him and he will be taking care of. Hopefully the past of whatever trauma he went through will be just that and will not affect trusting us humans again.
Thank you all who were involved on the rescued of sweet handsome boy Caddo.
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