Mum says that during the Christmas Season we need to think of others and not just ourselves. That is part of what Christmas spirit is all about.
Timmy is a four-month old puggle who was surrendered to the Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba. How could anyone give up a puppy with this cute a face, you ask?
Well Timmy had contracted something called Parvovirus, a very serious virus and often killer of puppies. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Untreated, this virus results in death in 80% of the cases. If treated early, the success rate is about 80%.
It took Timmy almost a full week of intensive veterinary care to recover from his illness.1 His vet bills were very expensive, more expensive than some people can afford to pay, especially if the vet cannot guarantee that the puppy will recover. The really sad thing is parvovirus is very easily preventable through vaccinations and keeping puppies away from areas where dogs congregate, until they are fully vaccinated.
Timmy’s original owners did not know the importance of vaccinations and were horrified when they found out they could have prevented their puppy’s illness so easily. Sadly, they were unable to afford the costly vet bills for his treatment so they selflessly agreed to sign Timmy over the rescue.
The rescue was already up to its eyebrows in vet bills but was not about to turn away a dog in need. They immediately went on Facebook and asked for donations to help them out. It didn’t take long to reach their goal, thanks to the generous people on Facebook; Timmy’s story captured the hearts of many including mum, who requested to foster him.
He is due for his first vaccination later this week. He will not be eligible for adoption until sometime in January 2011 after his vaccinations are all done. Nor is he allowed any leash walks or pug parties until that time.
In the meantime, me and Timmy are playing lots together, and snuggling even more. I’m teaching him how to be the very best puppy he can be. He is still not quite comfortable with mum’s camera but he’s beginning to learn that the camera often means cookies.
Mum says Timmy will make some family very, very happy once he’s allowed to be adopted. I say that family better come to the pug parties and pug walks so I get lots of opportunities to play with my new friend.