Thanks to CAWS, for the first time in a long time, Jack is living in a house.
Jack was pulled from a local shelter, right in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley. When I went in to see him, he was so shut down. He just hoped I would leave him alone and refused to make eye contact with me. I promised him I wouldn't nor couldn't leave him there. CAWS did not hesistate to help him and made immediate plans for him to go straight to the vet. The first photo is when we were waiting for the vet to see us that first day.
For the first two days, Jack had to be carried just about everywhere (and he was 48 1/2 pounds of skin and bones). He was so shut down. His first bath was a complete disaster and I finally had to climb in the tub with him, jeans and all. The water was filthy and he smelled like skunk. The next day he got another bath that went slightly better and I managed to get some soap on him. He was also coated in ticks. I cannot count how many ticks I pulled off of him the first night and after a tick treatment, I was finding dead ticks everywhere. The scabs are still healing.
Over the next few days, Jack slowly started to settle. The first time I saw him get up on his own and take a few steps was when he met Elise. For everything going on with him, seeing a little four year old girl made him happy. He started whining, then thought about it and slowly stood up, went over, and gave her a sweet little lick on her arm. As he settled, I started bribing him with stinky treats to get him in and out of the house. The first couple of days he slept a lot and in between naps would roll around on the grass.
X-rays revealed that Jack has been shot twice. He has a bb in his abdomen area as well as buckshot buried in his front leg. The vet thought he might have a broken pelvis, but the radiologist feels it is not. However he does have absolutely horrible hips and his right hip is bone on bone and hardly in the socket at all. And for whatever reason, he has very limited range of motion in his left front leg as well.
Jack will need two hip surgeries and these aren't just little surgeries. Each hip will require a Femoral Head Osteotomy, where the head and neck of the femur are removed. I'm not even sure how much these surgeries run, but they are not easy nor cheap. He will have one surgery and then recovery and then the other and then recovery. The entire process is expected to take about 12 weeks.
As we wait for the first surgery, Jack is on multiple pain meds. He tries to run around the yard and sometimes tries to get the other dogs to play with him. It is so bittersweet, as even though he is obviously happy, I cannot fanthom the pain he is still in as his whole back end is wobbly and stiff.
In preparation for his long recovery and physical therapy, Jack was just groomed. His coat is in such rough shape, even that will take awhile to improve, but he was so sweet. The groomer was amazing with him and didn't push him and I think he sort of liked the pampering.
Most of all, Jack is an absolute angel of a foster dog. He has loved every person he has met and once he realizes other dogs are okay and aren't going to hurt him, he likes them too. I have no doubt he once had a family as he is house trained and while he likes everybody he meets, Elise is his favorite. Just this morning he greeted her with a little kiss on her arm.
Jack's journey to a new life and his multiple surgeries are just a small part of the lifesaving work CAWS does. That's one of the most amazing things about CAWS, Jack's story is one of handfuls of awe inspiring and inspirational stories that CAWS is involved with on a yearly basis. They can only continue to do it through donations. Every donation, no matter how small, made to Strut Your Mutt is a cornerstone of this fundraising.