First – thank you so much to everyone who has donated so generously so far for Snoopy’s care. Your donations have enabled us to do the tests necessary to figure out the best way to care for our little old man.
Right now, Snoopy is living in foster care with a little senior Pomeranian, Wallace, and two cats who keep him in line. We had a little scare last week that he wouldn’t make it long enough for us to get all the tests done but he has rallied, maybe thanks to all your good thoughts and definitely thanks to the amazing care he is getting from his foster mom, Hillary.
He is still frail and, despite our best efforts has lost a little of the weight he put on the first week we had him. Eating is still a challenge because he is so picky. We’ve tried every type of dog food imaginable, and are wondering if perhaps his previous dad, as he fell on hard times, stopped giving Snoopy dog food and transitioned him to a portion of whatever human food he, himself, was eating. Snoopy has selectively noshed on cheerios, plain hot dogs, ice cream, cheese pierogie, chicken, cottage cheese, and duck jerky. We should all have it so good. However it is Hillary’s constant struggle to figure out what it is that Snoopy will feel like eating on any given day. Many times it is whatever she has chosen to eat that day and she happily hands it over. Over the last couple of days, she’s had some success with a diet of turkey sausage, cheese and multigrain cheerios. We are making a Costco run this weekend to stock her up as those are not items we typically keep in stock for our fosters.
Snoopy gets to go to work every day with Hillary and Wallace at the veterinary hospital. He shares kennel space with Wallace and they can often be found cuddled up together in one corner of the kennel. He loves every person and dog he’s met. He’s particularly fond of small dogs and men. His bony tail wags furiously when he knows he’s going to some love from the male staff at the hospital. However he’s quick to smash his little old face into any welcoming hug. Hugs are plentiful because it is hard not to want to let him know that he is cherished. Everywhere he goes he makes friends.
When at home, he spends time on whatever soft spot he has the energy to climb onto and is rarely without a feline overseer. He will occasionally attempt to climb up on the couch but typically stops about mid-climb and naps.
We get a daily report from Snoopy’s foster mom so that we all stay on top of his quality of life. Yesterday morning, Snoopy’s foster mom noted that he woke up in good spirits “Snoopy bounded up to my end of the bed and woke me up with a big face kiss this morning and then leapt off the bed on his own like a wild man. (Wild man being a relative term) Then on our morning walk down the block, my sweet old neighbor who is always out walking his dachshund in his robe and slippers gave us $20 towards his care. Everyone loves this dog!”
Your donations have enabled us to run multiple tests to help us determine exactly how we can best help Snoopy. It has been determined that Snoopy has a carcinoma in his lungs. It is inoperable and he’s too fragile to consider surgery in any case. We are exploring the options for palliative (comfort) care and don’t have an idea for what kind of time that we can expect for him. He was put on a round of prednisone earlier this week that seems to be helping. Just this morning, Hillary sent us a note saying “Snoops is more active than I’ve ever seen him. He’s actually beating me up the stairs now, wrestling with his bed, always wagging his tail, loves meeting little dogs”
As long as Snoopy is happy, eating, playing and loving, we will care for his every need. Your donations make that possible.
If anyone has connections with Cheerios, cheese, flaxseed oil or sausage donors, let us know. Snoopy would appreciate it!