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!