Gizmo – now Sir Gizzie – came to us in May from a Baltimore shelter. Ida did the ‘jail break’ for Gizzie and them met his new foster mom and made the exchange.
Gizzie had been treated for fleas at the shelter but he was in bad shape.
His coat was overgrown and matted, his eyes were dry and matted, his mouth was a disaster, he had not been neutered, he was under weight, he had an awful wracking cough and he was so very weak.
The vet was extra diligent monitoring him and he came through.
He began to eat small amounts of soft food the next day and, after adding puppy food to his diet, he began to gain some ounces.
The cough that he had was a respiratory virus which was not Bordetella. After many, many different anti-biotics, the cough began to disappear.
As his physical health improved, bits of his personality began to come out.
He could be very lovable and sweet while he also began to show a vicious, aggressive side.
Despite a combination of anti-anxiety and pain meds, the aggressive behavior became more frequent and more severe.
The risks to the foster moms and the other pets were increasing significantly. After much discussion with the vet, it was decided that those risks were too many and great.
Despite all that you do for a rescued dog to heal them physically, it is not always possible to heal their emotional spirit. They have scars that are too many and too deep."
Sherry wrote Sir Gizzie's farewell. It was hard to do. She spent many visits and calls with the vet trying to help Sir Gizzie, but his mood swings were not safe. It was the advice of the vet to gently let him go. We rely so much on our vets because when these decisions are made, it is so hard and so emotional. We have so much of our foster heart involved and wish we could just fix them. It's not always possible. So, with great sadness, she let him go-- free of pain, free of confusion, and free to run and play. Farewell, little one. We are so sorry.