Frosty was rescued from the euthanasia list about 2 hours before closing. Everyone else passed on him and Dogtree Pines was his only hope. I had a wonderful dog lover that volunteered, with little notice, to go down and pull Frosty. He was supposedly old and had trouble walking. Frosty was skin and bones, 35 lbs for a Siberian Husky. The notices from the shelter stated that he wouldn't eat.
Upon arrival, he went to the vet for a full exam. As it turns out, poor Frosty had severe dental disease which is why he was not eating. One upper canine had fissured into his nasal canal and was causing congestion and nasal discharge. We got him in for a dental asap. Four hours later, he had 9 teeth removed as well as a suspicious growth on the back of his neck. Three days later Frosty was finally eating, albeit Costco rotisserie chicken and Sprouts turkey dinners, fed by hand. Whatever the boy wants, he gets!!! Although he was not the biggest medical challenge we’ve had, he WAS the biggest mental challenge. He had “checked out”. He was like a hollow body with nothing inside, no signs of life. I think he had simply given up.
We worked with him for months, coaxing him to eat and trying to get him to show some sign of life. It seemed like it took forever. And then one day, HE AWOKE. Like coming out of a coma, he just came back to life, making eye contact, trotting around & showing personality.
Since that day, he has continued to improve and is just a funny, crazy dog now. Often times, he won’t eat dinner simply because he’d rather play and HE LOVES HIS WALKS! He runs all the way down the driveway out of excitement. Frosty is one of my favorite saves and always makes me smile.