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Help Find Andy!!

Meet Andy – a sweet 11-year-old male Pembroke Welsh Corgi who has been lost in Connecticut since January 1, 2012.

On New Year’s Eve his family traveled from Massachusetts to visit friends in CT. Andy got spooked by the fireworks and bolted. He has been missing ever since.

The complete story, including more pictures and up-to-date news of sightings in the area are on the blog entitled Bring Andy Home.

If you live in the area, please be on the lookout and do all you can to help find him!

 

Thomas – On the Road Again Soon – Chapter 7

Thomas has come a LONG way since that first day when he arrived in rescue and got to play in the snow. When he first arrived he weighed quite a bit more, but that sweet happy character came shining through!

Now, with some serious surgery under his belt Thomas continues to do well with recuperation. But he’s got one more round to go. Next week he goes back to Kansas State Veterinary Hospital to have the remaining bit of skin cancer, that they weren’t able to get previously, removed.Currently the plan is for the surgery to be performed on Wednesday, October 12th and for Thomas to be ready to go home on Friday, October 14th. These are dates when the Blog Mistress will be out of town, so I may not be able to post until I return on October 19th.

We know that there are a lot of you out there pulling for Thomas! Please continue to send those good vibes to him and think special thoughts for him next week. I’ll update you on his status as soon as I return!

And remember – saving Thomas wouldn’t have been possible without those wonderful people at CorgiAid! Thank you Angels!

Thomas – In Recovery Mode (Chapter 6)

Here we are on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Thomas was the penultimate Companion Dog this morning, helping with the chores. His recuperation is going well and he’s acting more like himself now that he’s past those first few days since his surgery.

Here you can see that the incision on his throat is healing nicely.

OK, so I get the drill and the measuring tape, but even if I HAD thumbs, I wouldn’t be able to use the sander!

As a reward for working so hard, he spent a little time at the playground too. Yahoo! The slide is my favorite, but I’ll have to wait awhile longer before I’m ready for that ride again!

Feeling well enough to kick up his heels a little!

Certainly there’s nothing wrong with his hearing. He takes in all of the goings-on while at the playground.

All those stitches are starting to itch – a good sign of healing!

Thank you for my outing. This has been a nice day. It is SO good to be home!

Think I’ll take a little nap before dinner. Awww…nothing like a good spot on the couch with some cozy blankets. Sure hope the hair on my backside grows back quickly. It’s a little breezy back there!

Thomas you’re doing a great job with the healing process! You can have as many naps as you like! Best wishes from all of your viewers and your extended rescue fan club here in California!

Thomas’ Trip Home (Chapter 4.1)

Because we now have some nice photos of Thomas’ trip home from the veterinary hospital, we’ll reverse time to show them to you. As you know he’s now back in foster care, where he’s recuperating.

The poor guy is on a boatload of medications, which tend to upset his stomach. As a result, he’s not eating all that well, even with an anti-nausea drug. His foster mom is checking in with the vet and perhaps they’ll have a suggestion.

Otherwise he continues to do well and his recovery is progressing without any surprises. This morning he accompanied his foster mom out into the yard and enjoyed relaxing with her while she did some gardening. All in all, a nice day.

This is what his departure from the veterinary hospital looked like this past Tuesday:

Coming out to the lobby to meet his ride home (foster mom).

This week he has a new veterinary student assigned to his case. She helps with his checkout process.

One last belly check. Whew, much less swollen!Okay Thomas, you’re officially discharged and free to go. (What no wheelchair ride out?)

Hmm…this seems familiar. Hard to believe I’ve been through so much since the last time I posed next to this sign on my way in last week. Bye Bye nice doctors. Thanks for all you did for me! Nothing personal, but I’m so much happier taking the outward bound photo.

OH LOOK…it’s my car! I’d know that scent anywhere. And a nice fresh blanket for the trip. Oh happy day!

Oh thank goodness they came to get me. This is just the BEST! I get to go home now. Did you hear…I’m going HOME! Yea yea, we’re on the way home! Can we leave now, huh? Are we there yet? When will we be there…start the engine!

Thomas – Good News…and Not! (Chapter 5)

Thomas returned to his foster home today. No more hospital kennel! He was pretty happy to see his foster people and enjoyed being out in the grass again. From this view, he looks like a typical corgi.

But from the back…

and the underside – not so much!

His doctors had some good news and bad for us as far as his test results go. The incontinence problem is showing very good signs of improvement and there is good reason to think he may no longer have this issue when he’s completely healed.

The thyroid mass was benign. However, they saw another very small node on the other side of his neck so they will do a followup ultrasound in about three months.

Unfortunately, the mass on his abdomen was a malignant Grade 1 Mast Cell Tumor and it was not completely removed during this surgery. Due to its location it was too close to the abdominal incision for the prostate and they couldn’t take as much as they wanted. Therefore Thomas is looking at yet another surgery so they can remove the rest of it in two to three weeks. At Grade 1 it is easy to deal with, but not so if it is allowed to progress, so it needs to come out now!

Sigh…this is such a sweet dog. Hard to believe all that he’s going through. But had the incontinence issue not presented itself the cancer probably wouldn’t have been found until it was too late. There are reasons for these things after all!

For now, he is delighted to be “home,” and able to sniff the flowers again. He gets his stitches out tomorrow and will have a chance to relax and recover for a bit now.

Again – thanks for all the good wishes. Please keep them coming!

Thomas – Soon to Go Home! (Chapter 4)

Just got a little update on our boy: Recovery continues to go very well for Thomas. Barring any unforeseen issues, he’ll be coming home on Tuesday!

For anyone interested in contributing toward the coverage of Thomas’ medical costs, please do so through CorgiAid, Inc. Click on the link below, and be sure to tell them that this is on behalf of Thomas!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Thomas – Day 2 After Surgery – Chapter 3

Today was day number two after surgery. Our little guy continues to heal very well and has been such a good patient.

The morning report from Thomas’ attending vet student:

Thomas is doing well today. They did blood work and will probably pull the IV and catheter if all looks good. They’re paying special attention to the thyroid results to make sure it is functioning properly. They also checked his abdominal fluid and will pull that drain today if all things are progressing well. They will stop the IV pain meds and put him on oral meds for pain today too. His progress is really good!

His vet again mentioned that Thomas is a complete sweetie. He is an easy patient, very compliant. When they need to check his incisions he just rolls over for them. (But we knew what a little gem he was going in!) Still, it is really nice to hear that his temperament has impressed his medical team! And we’re pretty impressed with them too!

Pictures from today:

Sigh…the E-collar, not a dog’s best friend – but so necessary in this case. 

As of this morning he still had all kinds of tubes attached.

And his belly is packed with gauze.

Ouch! Of course he’s very swollen. Given the multiple procedures, no wonder!

Ahh…this feels better – ice packs for the neck, belly, and pellet-removal incisions.

OK, now this is more like it. By afternoon the drainage tubes and catheter were out. Much more comfortable and out for a little walk with the medical team. Thomas thinks, “Whoa…all this attention just for me!  I LIKE it!”

Seriously, you all came out here just to see me do THIS? (Yup, that’s right!)

Of course, there was some time for petting and attention, which is what Thomas is all about!

This evening’s report from the medical staff:

Thomas continues to do well. The IV catheter and drain tube is out. He is urinating pretty well on his own. Looks promising for a complete recovery, but we won’t know till some of the swelling has gone down. Right now, he’s on track. His thyroid is low/normal so they will keep an eye on that. If he continues to do as well as he has these past couple of days, we’re expecting that Thomas will be able to come “home” to his foster mom on Monday or Tuesday!

Keep those healing vibes coming in! Clearly, they’re helping this great little guy!

BTW, in a previous comment someone asked about donating on behalf of Thomas. As we mentioned previously, the incredible CorgiAid, Inc foundation is paying his medical bills. If you wish to donate to CorgiAid, Inc. on behalf of Thomas, please visit their website to do so. And be sure to indicate that this is in support of Thomas!

We will also look into whether the veterinary hospital will accept donations directly in order to help offset some of Thomas’ costs and post more about it when we see if that is an option!

In the meantime, thank you to all of you who’ve sent well-wishes! We SO appreciate it! (And huge thanks to those who’ve sent the photos! It is great to be able to see what’s happening for those of us who are miles away, but keeping Thomas in our hearts!)

Good night Thomas – we will check on you tomorrow!

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