Adopting a dog has such rewards. They’re cute and cuddly, funny and silly, and they make you happy simply by looking at them. As Natalie is beautifully demonstrating here, how can you look at her without laughing?
But there is a sad reality to bringing a rescued animal into your home… Natalie and I went to her vet’s appointment yesterday. I called to check prices for a check up and shot update – $135. Two hours and $260 later (and an estimate for $350 for two weeks from now), we found out how sick and neglected our poor little Natalie actually was.
She has hook worms, round worms, whip worms and tape worms. The only silver lining, she tested negative for heart worms. She also has a severe ear infection. Her tooth decay is so severe that the vet said we could clean them when we spay her, but if we elect not to do that, she would recommend removing several teeth because they are causing pain for the dog. She believes she has had at least 2, possibly 3 litters of puppies in her short life. And her fleas were so severe that her skin is damaged.
I don’t understand how anyone could neglect that cute little face.
She’s loaded up on meds, and our other dogs are up-to-date on their shots and started a preventative medicine to ensure they don’t contract any of those nasty worms.
And we’ve learned that Natalie absolutely loves chewy bones. Her favorite thing to do is hop up on the couch and roll the wet, half-chewed, gooey bone all over the couch while she licks it.
I’m learning the Basset Hound way of doing things…
Natalie is just a doll-baby and I love her messy ears and stinky paws. I am anticipating immeasurable joy from having her in our lives.