This cute little dog arrived over the Memorial Day weekend from San Antonio, Texas. She had been rescued from the city’s overcrowded animal control facility, where she had ended up after being found as a stray. She was blind, completely matted, filthy, and elderly. The group that saved her, Alamo Rescue Friends, has spent the past several years pulling hundreds of at-risk dogs from this shelter. ARF gets the dogs vaccinated, spayed/neutered, behaviorally evaluated, and into foster homes, and then transports them to New England humane societies … which are able to adopt them out to families in the region. You can read more about this wonderful group at their website here.
ARF spent a small fortune on this girl, who they named Grandma Mabel because of her age. She went to the groomers, had much-needed dental work done, and had three surgeries to remove multiple mammary tumors. (Because of her age and condition, the vet concluded it would be easier and safer to do shorter surgeries than keep her under anesthesia for a long, sustained operation.) She is blind from hyper-mature cataracts, and also has KCS, or dry eye, for which she is being treated. Of course, no one knows exactly how old she really is, but it’s easy to tell she’s well into her senior years.
We’ll be taking Mabel to see our veterinary ophthalmologist in the next few weeks. For now her eyes seem very comfortable. I will be forwarding the full set of medical records that ARF gave us to our internal medicine specialists at Peak to see if any other medical work is needed at this point.
Mabel is quiet and timid, though she will bark to let us know she needs to go outside to pee, or if she wants something. She is house-trained, which is a blessing! While she likes to be held, she doesn’t really interact much with us yet. She’s fine with the other dogs, but doesn’t pay any attention to them. She’s still learning where everything is, but is making quite a bit of progress in developing that “mental map” of her environment.
She’s not an easy girl to photograph, though! Mabel is always looking down, and moves her head around a lot, so getting a decent shot proved something of a challenge yesterday when Alayne took these photos. You can see she’s missing one ribbon — it fell out on her way to the farm, but the other one looked so cute we decided to leave it in. I know our own groomer will look forward to working with Mabel!
She’s a tiny thing, weighing just under 10 pounds. To give you some idea, here she is with Wilbur the Chihuahua:
Who knew anyone could make Wilbur look like a hulk?
Mabel spends her days sleeping in a round foam bed with fleece in the living room. At night we put her in an identical foam bed and fleece on a cot in the dog room, where she sleeps contentedly until about 7 a.m., which is when she lets us know she’s up and ready to go outside. She has a great appetite, and looks forward to every meal with gusto.
So please join us in welcoming Grandma Mabel to the farm!