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An abandoned old couple

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    An abandoned old couple


    For over two months now, an elderly beagle couple has been roaming around my house. They have been getting thinner and thinner, but would not let anyone touch them. They followed me on walks, but not too close. Last night they were found in a ditch. I believe they collapsed out of sheer weakness. The man who found them took them to my neighbors, who in turn called me to help. They are emaciated, unaltered, and have nasty yeast infections in their ears. I got them cleaned up, de-ticked, ears medicated(Dale had plenty of his extra strength ear meds), and fed with satin balls. Luckily I had a few in the freezer in case of emergency. I need to get out today and get more ingredients to make more and some dewormer and vaccines for them. They got their rabies this morning along with a microchip scan. I will post pics soon.

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    They know to call an angel for help, so good of you to help those poor dogs. I hope they can recover and become healthy again. What are satin balls?

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    Satin balls are high calorie supplements made from high fat ground beef, eggs, multigrain cereal, flax seed oil, molasses, oatmeal, and wheat germ. They put weight on emaciated or sick dogs in a hurry. Some show dog breeders also use them right before shows to enhance the shine of the coat and fill them out if they need it. The total cost for my supplies for just the satin balls today was $50. It will make about 12 lbs. That's a steep price tag, but worth it. All the rescues I have called will not help out because they do not have a promising chance of being adopted. It makes me sad that this old couple is being looked over because they aren't cute enough. I understand that they cannot pour money into a dog that will not be adopt and make back some of their investment, but it still hurts my heart. Oh well, after Pete learns to love them they will have a permanent home here.

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    Thanks for explaining that NClady, interesting and you're so smart to have some on hand! I would think that an older couple would like to have those dogs, and take them both...but unless a rescue puts them up for adoption, it's hard for people to even find out about them. Awesome that you're willing to give them a forever home! How are your young hens doing, has the cat left them alone??

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    They are good, growing like crazy. I need to get an updated pic of them. They escaped about two weeks ago and Pete attacked one while the cat ran for cover. He tries to bat at them through the fence with no luck, but when they were out he was terrified. Pete released it and it recovered fully by the next morning. They are starting to call now at night. It's not the scream that they will do later on, but it's there.

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    Bless your heart, dear NClady.

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    Here is a picture of the male. You can see his hips, ribs, spine, and skull in this picture. They are already getting a good bit of pep in their step from the satin balls and would barely hold still for me to take this. The female is in a little better shape than he is. He steps back to let her eat and I'm sure he did the same while they were roaming free. Now to put weight on them so they can be spayed and neutered.

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    Aww...not cute enough!! The male looks very cute and sweet to me!

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    To look into an animal's eyes...

    He's still a good few pounds underweight isn't he, despite your love and care. Must have been skin and bones when you first found them.
    That being said, overall not too bad. The coat is in surprisingly good condition all things considered and the eyes are bright. They'll be okay - thanks to you.

    They're going to adore you! You can see the 'look of love' welling up already...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightofalbion View Post
    To look into an animal's eyes...

    He's still a good few pounds underweight isn't he, despite your love and care. Must have been skin and bones when you first found them.
    That being said, overall not too bad. The coat is in surprisingly good condition all things considered and the eyes are bright. They'll be okay - thanks to you.

    They're going to adore you! You can see the 'look of love' welling up already...
    They have only been with me for 24 hours. Rome wasn't built in a day. They weighed 8 and 11 pounds at the vet today so both need about 5-8 pounds or so to be healthy.

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    It is good that you got them in time, NCLADY , and it sounds like they are going to soon be happy and healthy again.
    Beagles are great wanderers, so maybe they took off chasing some small critter, and got lost. I remember one showed up at my house years back when I lived in Missouri, and she had been gone for a week or two is what the owners said. They had been looking all over for her, and just happened to see one of the ads that I had put up everywhere, for a found beagle .
    She had traveled quite a long ways from where she lived.

    You would think that a dog with that good of a sniffer would be able to smell enough of their own track to find their way back home, but they don't seem to be able to do that for some reason, since there are often ads for people that have lost their hunting dogs.
    Probably someone out there is looking for this lost pair of dogs, and hopefully you will be lucky enough to find the owners, like I was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NClady520 View Post
    They have only been with me for 24 hours. Rome wasn't built in a day. They weighed 8 and 11 pounds at the vet today so both need about 5-8 pounds or so to be healthy.
    Only 24 hours?! You certainly did a good job at sprucing them up. I'm wondering what happened to the owner? I can't imagine someone would just turn two elderly dogs loose...

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    A neighbor from the neighboring road claims to have seen a man dump them out a truck at the old abandoned store down the road months ago. I don't know how true it is, but it wouldn't surprise me. Someone dumped a cat out there last year with her litter box. It is a very popular dumping area. Newspaper ads, online ads, and flyers have been up since we first saw them two months ago. Nobody is looking for this couple. They lost their usefulness and now need a home.

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    Some people are so heartless.

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    Wonderful news everyone. I went to animal control with pictures of the dogs today for them to put in their database and in 5 days I will be the legal owners if no one comes forward. While there, the officer was able to refer me to a personal friend of his who owns beagles that run rabbits and as pets. I called him and he is more than willing to take them, but I will be getting them healthy and altered before I let them go. They will be so happy to be working again and just shown love. This potential new owner being close to an animal control officer makes me feel a lot better about letting them go.
    Side note, the ridiculous amount of worms coming out of these dogs has made it mandatory for me to treat my yard. I really don't need everything in my family to have tapeworms.

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