March 20, 2005 One week ago today we were given the charge of Donovan. From the start, he had been protected by angels. A woman from another rescue group was picking up a dog from her breed. She had noticed two dogs in a corner and asked about their future and was told they had none! She asked if she could have them and was told, yes! This is how this special little man with black socks on came into CPCRN. His transport started the 10th of March and he arrived on Sunday the 13th.
Donovan was in rough shape having been a mill dog for nine years. He had never been inside a home. He came to us weighing 9.1 pounds. His teeth are so bad that during his layover before transport, he had a couple removed without anesthesia. His heart is enlarged; it is twice the size of a normal Cairn's heart. This was seen on the X-ray from this past week. The output functioning of the heart is good but a clot is forming. This was seen on the ultra sound. The Vet has put him on anaerobic antibiotics. The Vet, who has been very good with this guy, has a theory that if the clot will dissolve with the antibiotics, Donovan could then have a dental and be neutered.
He is now on heart medicine and 1/2 of a baby aspirin per day along with the antibiotic. He is eating canned dog food with yogurt and herbal supplements. He also loves a piece of cheese and popcorn along with other dog treats. Donvan has the spunk of a much younger Cairn. Friday he had been watching the others run up the stairs and he managed three out of five stairs all by himself. This was of his own volition. He gets to the third stair and freezes so, we pick him up and bring him in. He does have the drive and desire to please, that "can do" attitude that Cairns possess. Earlier this week, he picked up a small T-bone nylabone and started gnawing on it. Last night I heard a soft squeek, squeek and it was him discovering toys.
Now that he is in the Colonels' care he will improve. This little guy could use a Special Guardian Angel and some prayers. With Spring now here it will be a pleasure to watch this guy blossom into the Cairn Terrier he was meant to be. I will be keeping you updated with his progress.