Carl was wandering the streets of LA and was picked up by Animal Control. He was in pretty bad shape. His coat was matted, he had painful foxtails imbedded in between his toes, ear infection, skin infection and a horrible upper respiratory infection. The shelter did what they could for Carl with medication, shaved his coat and removed the foxtails. However, there was no public interest to adopt Carl because he needed an expensive hip surgery.
Carl’s only chance of exiting the shelter was if rescue came for him and when we found out that Carl had been lingering there for several months, we knew we were his only chance. Oddly enough, when we arrived at the shelter, there was a person in line ahead of us there for Carl, but again, Carl was turned down because of the cost of surgery.
Carl needed time to recover from his upper respiratory infection and once he did, he had his surgery. He also had a dental at the same time and thankfully he did because foxtails were found imbedded in between his teeth! Overall, he did well only losing a few teeth, but had he not been on antibiotics for his upper respiratory infection, his mouth could have been much worse.
Carl has several weeks of rehabilitation ahead of him. We are doing range of motion exercises and short walks to aid his recovery. He is now using that leg and walking on all fours which is something he hasn’t done since coming to rescue.
Living on the streets and shelter life took a toll on him, but thanks to WestieMed, Carl has a new lease on life! This incredibly sweet and playful boy will now live pain free thanks to the surgery. This is something that he probably hasn’t had in a very long time.
Thank you WestieMed!
Karen Simondet – WROC
Update May 25, 2023:
Rehabbing Carl had to be the easiest rehab of any dog we’ve fostered, hands down. He is such a calm and well behaved dog that is happiest being with his person. Our precious little man was adopted just a few days before Christmas, making this his best a Christmas ever! Carl has fully recovered from his hip surgery and is now enjoying life at the beach in Santa Barbara with his new mom and dad, Karen and Bill.
With WestieMed’s help, another deserving dog will never be neglected again.
Update February 8, 2024:
Is been a little over a year since Carl was adopted and he continues to do great! He is a very happy dog that loves his walks at the beach and his hip no longer bothers him. His adopters continue to successfully manage his skin allergies and overall, he is doing fantastic. He has quite a few friends in the neighborhood and for being the smallest kid on the block, he has the biggest personality and is sure everyone knows he is the boss!
Thank you WestieMed for giving Carl a second chance!