I’ve blogged about Hara before, but I just had to show everyone what a gorgeous girl Hara has turned into. Of course, we all thought she was beautiful the day we laid eyes on her. She was living on a chain, emaciated and suffering with a horrible skin condition. We were able to get Hara relinquished from her owner, who was mentally ill and could not care for her.

It’s been a long, long journey for Hara. She had mange, a severe bacterial infection, and she scratched constantly and bled. Poor Hara was miserable. We bathed her and the water ran dark red with blood. She was put on antibiotics, anti-fungal medication, she received regular medicated baths. Through all of this, she was not gaining weight, her skin was still bad, she had a very foul odor. I used to say that I could smell Hara when I was unlocking the door in the morning-it was that bad. We had her back and forth to the vet. Her drug protocol was completely changed after Hara was not getting better. Still, she was not able to kick whatever was going on. She scratched and scratched and pretty much lived on Benedryl all summer. Finally, after lots of tries of different regiments, we took Hara to Dr. Senter at Mission Med Vet. He is the dermatologist there and he was a great help to Hara.

When he skin scraped her, he still found lots of bacteria. In fact, he found several different kinds that had been resistant to the medication. He also found a fungus on her, which we weren’t surprised by. She had been on an anti-fungal medication, but it wasn’t doing the job. Poor Hara, after 4 months she was still battling. Through it all, though, she was happy. She LOVES to be outside. She would go out with the other dogs and eventually end up laying in the sun. She has a very sweet, gentle spirit. She is a little aloof. She doesn’t necessarily want or need to be a “lap dog”. She just loves to lay outside on pretty days.

We did some more blood work on Hara and discovered that she was hypo-thyroid. Kind of surprising-she was still thin and just didn’t look like your typical hypo-thyroid dog. After a very thorough examination and more tests, Hara was put on different medication yet again-for her thyroid, her skin fungus, her bacterial infection. Finally, Hara started turning around. One of our volunteers, Brittney, took her home to foster her and try to get her healthy. We really missed her around Chain of Hope-she’d been with us all summer. It was good for her to get a break and go to Brittney’s though. With her new meds, Hara began healing. Her scabs and crustiness started drying up and coming off. She was less and less itchy. She began gaining weight and her hair started growing in. She felt more like playing with the other dogs and would play-bow and run around. Sweet, sweet Hara. She’s finally feeling well for the first time in years, I’m sure. It’s been a long, long road, lots of vet appointments, lots of medicated baths, etc. but Hara is now ready for adoption. She is about 5-6 yrs. old we think. She’s absolutely gorgeous. Thank you to all of the vet staff at Humane Society of Greater KC and to Dr. Senter and staff at Mission Med Vet. Thanks to all of the volunteers that cared for Hara all summer and bathed and medicated and loved her. Thanks to Brittney for opening her heart and home so that Hara could have a home environment to heal and recover in. What a blessing you and Greg have been to Hara.

These are the kinds of things that keep us going when it’s so depressing day after day. We know and can see that we’re making a real difference in so many animals’ lives. Thank you for your support and thank you for keeping us out there!


6 Responses to “Hara”

  1. Paige Says:

    Thank you for posting the beautiful pictures of healed & happy Hara! She is absolutely gorgeous! Always nice to read a story with a happier outcome, especially after reading the post about Odie. My continued gratitude to all of you angels with Chain of Hope! My “Christmas Wish List” this year consists of only one thing… donations to Chain of Hope.

  2. Andy Whiteman Says:

    Hara is a beautiful dog! I would have been afraid to touch her in the beginning from fear of getting an infection. Dr. Senter worked miracles! I suggest putting Hara’s portrait on a a rescue calendar. Some of the groups put out calendars. Or maybe you could sell the portrait to a commercial calendar company. There are many calendars featuring dogs by breed or generically.

    I hope everyone goes to
    and votes for Chain of Hope. I already voted, I have 8 votes but can only vote for each organization once.

  3. Tammy Lynn Garrison Says:

    Oh my, she’s grown into a beautiful, fancy dog 🙂

  4. Sarah Estlund Says:

    GORGEOUS!!! You guys – and especially Brittney – did such an amazing job rehabilitating her. Look at her – just simply GORGEOUS.

  5. Brenda Piña Cee Says:

    Adopting Hara has been an incredible life event. I was captivated by Hara since the first time I read her story. My heart went out to her and to all those who joined their efforts in saving her life. When I found out that she still needed a furever home, we sent in our application immediately. Couple days later, Hara was in our home for a week test trial.

    During her stay, though comfortable with me and playful with our current pup, we immediately saw that she had some hesitation being comfortable around my male counter part. Wherever part of the place I’d hang out at, Hara was right there beside me.

    Overtime, she saw that Joe, my counterpart, was the household’s care taker. Although we both continually showed our affection toward’s Hara, Joe made a substantial amount of time to ensure that Hara was cared for and that he could be trusted. He took extra time out of the day to hang out with Hara before and after work, even if it meant Hara ignoring him for the first half hour. Hara was coming around, and I had gotten very attached.

    Eventually, Hara began getting accustomed to spending so much time with Joe and I, her insecurities about Joe melted away. She lays right by the front door awaiting Joe’s arrival so that she can play with him and our other dog Bumble. You should see them all play together. It is such a site to see everyday! Hara will nussle Bumble, our mixed terrier, in her tummy; Bumble will tease Hara and give her kisses to almost annoy her until they start chasing each other; and they will both run towards Joe to see which one of them can win over his affection.

    I have to say my favorite part of the day are my morning walks with Hara and Bumble. Hara’s continued curiosity and her good nature spirit come to life on our walks. She is so eagar to explore and meet other dogs. And the best part of the walks are at the end. When she is done with walking, this jolt of excitement strikes her, and she leads both Bumble and I right to our front door. Makes me smile to see her excited about our place.

    On another note, Hara and I just got back last week from a follow up appointment with Dr. Senter. The recheck examination concluded that the infections are resolved and Hara is looking much better. Since there is still some itching of the face, Dr. Senter is concerned about underlying nonseasonal food allergy. We are putting her on a novel protein diet – prescription dog food. We are going to track to see how she does on the Rx food for the next 6-8 weeks. We will continue to post her progress.

    Thank you Brittney and Kate for giving us a life we never thought we could have. We don’t know how our lives would be without our Hara.

  6. andywhiteman Says:

    It sounds like Hara has been abused by a man in the past. We adopted a miniature Doberman from the San Diego pound back in ’85. Spike went into a rage when I went to view him in the kennel. They got him out and since he didn’t feel cornered, he calmed down, but it took a few days before he would accept me. After we were past that, I happened to be up a ladder when my wife let him in. Spike saw me and started barking. After I spoke to him and he realized it was me, he calmed down. Whenever my wife walked him, he would become defensive if a man approached her.

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