Little Luke is such a very special little angel. We were driving down Haskell Street in KCK when one of the volunteers noticed a couple big dogs in a dirt backyard. We pulled over, went up to the door and met the owner. Nice guy, totally uneducated about dogs and litters, spay/neuter, etc. He had 2 unaltered females and one unaltered male in the backyard. The good news is that they are not chained, they run free in the backyard (nice change for us to see that!). The bad news is that there are 2 unaltered females and one unaltered male in the backyard and one of the females had had a litter fairly recently. He had already given them all away. He was receptive to spay/neuter. He is poor and I told him that he had to come up with the money for one of the dog’s surgeries and Chain of Hope would pay for the other two. It was important that he have a vested interest in this
and have to come up with some money. We gave him some ear gel, fly bags and food. We asked him if we could go around and give the dogs some pig ears and he said that would be fine, that they don’t fight over them. We went around to the back and sitting there in the muddy backyard with these three big dogs running and jumping all over everywhere, sat little Luke. Luke was shaking uncontrollably. He could not stop shaking and I mean his entire body was shaking. I said to the guy “you didn’t tell us that you still had a puppy” and he said “yeah-that one is sick so I didn’t give it away, but I don’t know what’s wrong with it”. I was very worried about the little guy. I asked the owner if we could take him and he said yes. We drove straight to the vet and Luke was diagnosed with an underdeveloped cerebrum-in other words, his brain did not fully develop normally. It is something that is untreatable. Luke only weighed a little over 2 lbs. He was
about 7 weeks old and was very, very thin. Little Luke was really struggling trying to stay alive in that backyard. It was very difficult to watch as he shook uncontrollably. Thank God our volunteer spotted that yard and said something so that we backed up, discovered Luke, and got him out of there.
Luke will just always be a special little guy. He does not shake when he’s sleeping. He is playing and running around. His biggest problem was eating. It took a little bit to help him eat and for him to almost learn to swallow. Now, he’s figured it all out and his foster mom tells me that he is ravenous and eating everything! She’s been fixing him a raw diet with lots of good vitamins and supplements and he is putting on weight and getting stronger. He is loving life now and enjoying playing with her other dogs. The foster mom has a 9 mo. old baby and the baby and Luke really enjoy each other. Luke is happy and Luke is safe and Luke is loved. Thank you for your support. We couldn’t do it without you.