Hector has quite a story. It started a couple of months ago when some kids around 18 yrs. old or so brought a sick little puppy into the vet clinic. He was very, very sick. The boys said that he was having diarrhea and was vomiting. It sure looked like parvo. He’d had no vaccinations, was about 9 weeks old and his sister had died in their back yard the day before with the same symptoms This puppy was terribly dehydrated, of course. He was very weak. I asked the boys where they got the puppy from and they told me that they had bred their 2 pit bulls. After further questioning, I found out that the male and the female adults lived on chains in the back yard. I asked one of the kids if he had sold the other puppies. He told me that they had sold some of the puppies and then given some away because they couldn’t sell them all (gee-you think the market is inundated???). They were keeping a male and a female puppy, but the female had died the day before. This was a bad situation.
Leah and I talked to these kids for quite awhile about spaying/neutering/breeding/parvo, etc. I basically told them that they needed to sign this puppy over to Chain of Hope and that they wouldn’t be getting him back. I told them that we were not paying for everything and save this little guy so they could put him out on a chain, too. Of course, they insisted that he was kept in the house. I then asked them why the female puppy had died outside in the back yard if these puppies were kept in the house? Leah had more patience with these guys than I did, which was a good thing. I finally told them they needed to sign this puppy over to us or leave with him and watch him die, because that’s what was going to happen. I told them that this little guy should’ve had an IV in him 30 min. ago, as soon as they walked in and here we were still talking about it. I gave them their ultimatum, told them to discuss it and I left the room. When I returned about 5 min. later, one of the boys was signing the relinquishment form and Leah was getting the fluids ready for the puppy. The kid told me that he guessed he really didn’t have a choice and I said, “No, you really don’t.” I also offered to spay and neuter his adult pits for free. I told this kid that we work in the area where they live pretty frequently and that if I ever saw his unaltered pit bulls in his back yard that I would call animal control.
The vet staff named this little one Hector. Poor little Hector. He felt so bad you could tell. We really didn’t know if he’d make it or not, but we all knew that we were going to give it our best efforts.
We set Hector up in isolation, got all of his meds started and hoped for the best. This little guy sure scared us there for a while. He was so weak, but such a fighter. After a few touch and go days, Hector started turning the corner!
Everyone fell in love with this little boy. How couldn’t we? He was an amazing puppy that was slowly getting his strength back. After the vet said it was safe, Hector began going outside for a little sunshine and fresh air.
Hector was finally able to integrate into our big room and start playing with other dogs. He was a feisty puppy now that he was healthy, and a little bit on the aggressive side. He had missed a crucial window of time for socializing when he was so sick, he just didn’t know how to interact. We were pretty concerned about his behavior at first and did not make him available for adoption. We knew we needed to work with him. We began putting him with a bigger, adult dog that we knew would only tolerate so much and then they would let Hector know that something wasn’t all right. We let the bigger dogs correct him. They never hurt him, but they definitely corrected him. That is the best way for a puppy to learn-they learn more from getting corrected by another dog than by a human. We let the other dogs teach Hector.
A wonderful volunteer named Ted had seen Hector when he first came in and was so deathly ill. Ted would always go straight to see Hector when he’d come down to Chain of Hope. He watched Hector start to get better and better, he’d always take him out for walks, etc. He really liked Hector and Hector really liked Ted. It wasn’t long before Ted told us that he really wanted to adopt Hector and give him his forever home! He worked with Hector very well and Hector was very fond of Ted. We were thrilled that Ted was going to adopt Hector, the brave little puppy! He’d been through so much and here he was-strong and healthy and much loved by lots of people! On July 4th, Ted came and picked up Hector! Hector had made it and was off to start his new life.
Here’s Ted and his daughter Chayla with the little wonder boy!
Hector has so many wrinkles!!! People swear he’s got Shar Pei in him. Whatever he is, he is pure fun and cuteness!
I don’t know who adores the other the most, Ted or Hector, but I do know that Hector is finally settled in his loving, forever home. Congratulations Ted and Hector! Thank you, supporters, for making this all possible!