Little Lewis

This darling boy is named Lewis. We’ve had Lewis since last Sunday. We were out doing outreach, super hot day, of course. We turned a corner in NE and there was an apparent homeless guy, pushing a cart with a pet taxi in it, standing on end.  My first thoughts were “surely not??”. I pulled up beside him, afraid of what we’d find. I rolled down my window and asked him if he had an animal in there and he said, “Yes, a puppy. I’m trying to find a home for it”. I said, “we’ll take it” and he said “ok”  and started to get it out of the pet taxi. Heat index 110+. This poor little guy was about 4 mo. old and he was sick. We got him back to Chain of Hope and I ran some fluids on him. He would not eat or drink at first. I gave him a cool bath. He was pretty lethargic and he had some scabs and sores on him. After he got a bath and I got him all set up in his kennel for the night, I thought I’d offer him some canned food again before I left. He scarfed it all down! His tummy was really bloated. We went ahead and de-wormed him. He drank some water and laid down to go to sleep on his Teddy Bear. The next morning, he was kind of the same-lethargic, tummy was still really bloated and there were not any visible worms in his kennel. I took him over to the Humane Society of Greater KC (my heroes!) and they didn’t like the looks of this little guy either. They had me leave him there, they got him on IV’s and started trying to figure out what was wrong with him. The final thoughts were that we were dealing with heatstroke from Sunday and also his belly was full of gas. They gave him some meds, kept him on an IV and kept him for two days. I picked him up on Tues. and brought him back down to Chain of Hope. He is doing quite well. He is eating really well-he loves his canned food! We think part of his kind of being shut down, lethargic was also due to him being so frightened. The poor little guy was scared to death and just kind of shut down. He is doing much better. We gave him a roomie and they really like being with each other-it has helped both of the dogs because both of them were pretty shy.

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3 Responses to “Little Lewis”

  1. jennifer hague Says:

    What a blessing you are, thanks for posting this story, you are amazing… cant tell you enough!

  2. Cindy Prince Says:

    God Bless you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  3. chainofhope Says:

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for contacting us about what dogs we have for adoption! So sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We have many wonderful dogs up for adoption and many that need foster care, even if it’s just for a short while to give some of them a break from the boarding kennel. You can see all of our animals in our program at: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MO541.html. We have a coucple of more shy ones that really need some TLC. Let me know if you’r interested in any of them. Feel free to get hold of us with questions. You can call Michele, in our office, at 816-221-8080.
    Take care,
    Kate

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