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HEALTH UPDATE

December 2021
ASHER has had an unexpected health problem emerge with a severe platelet count drop. We are testing each week to sort out if it could be a medication reaction or if not, then an auto-immune system issue. This will take a number of weeks or months to sort out, sadly. So, we’ve postponed his neuter and dental surgery for now.

Asher is happily enjoying life without any symptoms of a problem. This was discovered in a routine ultrasound where his body had unexplained bruising and then bloodwork results show a very sudden low level platelet count just one month after the first lab work done on arrival.

He will move to unavailable to adopt for now. Thankfully, he’s a trooper with all the vet runs and seems to understand the car isn’t so bad after all!

Thank you for sending him lots of love and good thoughts.

ASHER'S HISTORY

At age 10, Asher is finally inside warm and cozy getting real meals each day. He is no longer fending for himself. This is a huge change since he lived on his own ALL HIS LIFE as a stray. Neighbors reported him wandering for the past ten years until someone found him curled up on their porch and felt he would not survive another brutal winter. We could not turn away from such an incredibly sad story so moved him from North Carolina to Glen Highland.

A gentle natured Border Collie mix, he arrived in very rough shape but Asher has taken to life inside just fine, mixing beautifully with five other Seniors and lounging on the couch or bed where it’s truly THE BEST! Had to laugh to see his choices were instant and his desire to head outside was equally as clear - no thanks - out to do his business and right back inside! He is a skittish fella who doesn’t want a lot of touching but we are finally getting tail wags and that expectant happy look when he sees a full food bowl coming his way. He consistently dodges from touch and darts away with any gesture that seems scary but then comes from behind for a careful sniff. We are building a few steps toward crossing a very long bridge of trust.

While Asher’s emotional needs will take time to heal and he may never trust fully, he also has significant medical needs. Upon arrival, we tackled infected eyes; live fleas and a flea allergy; a fungal skin infection to ease his constant itching; a urinary tract infection and lyme disease. Asher also has a massive mouth infection with decaying teeth that must be extracted but he needs to be stronger before we can tackle this. His neuter also needs to be postponed til better health. These are thankfully all treatable conditions so we are optimistic he will do well but we are carefully monitoring him for any undiscovered illness.

A true ‘diamond in the rough’, Asher deserves a better life than a street dog. We are humbled by his stamina and survival to date. His first two weeks he slept non-stop, only moving to eat but now, there is a bounce to his step with some energy.

Special thanks to Mike Wyatt who transported from from the NC shelter and Judy Colvin who drove the 2nd leg to meet us. And, a deep appreciation for Denise Rubino from the Ashe County Animal Control who made it possible for Asher to find safe haven.

Sandy & Mike Fazio, GH adopters:
“Live on dear one... You’re now safe!"

Cathy and Steve Bouck, Ziggy & GH alum Lincoln, sending love, strength and courage as you heal on this journey to a new life

Sue & Bob Strange, Dyson, Snidely & GHF alum Jack: “Thank you for never saying no."

Judy Colvin, Bella, Swayze & Lucy

Pete & Renate Goodloe, In memory of GH alum Doc

Eugenia Reardon:
To a deserving Border Collie

“All who wander are not lost.” He found a home at GH. Best wishes from Connell, Anney, Sky & Linda

With Love from Jim and René Duffy

 

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