BLOG ON KHALEESI
On the morning of the 12th May, Tony noticed that someone had posted on the RSDR fan page asking if we could help a dog in another town. The dog was in a terrible state being extremely thin and with severe demodex. There was a link to a news article showing pictures of her and they were asking if someone could catch her and put her to sleep as people were worried that she was diseased.
We know the abuse that even a healthy looking street dog will suffer, getting kicked, chased off and having things thrown at them, so we could imagine what might be happening to this poor dog.
Several years ago we took in a pup from this same town. He also had severe demodex but after a lot of nursing he became a happy healthy boy and Odin was adopted by one of our team members in Holland. I know a lot of people?s initial reaction would be to put this poor dog to sleep but we wanted to see if we could find her, help her and at least give her a chance.
We set off on the 70 km journey only knowing a rough area where she might be. At this stage we had no contacts of anyone knowing the area. Nikolai, who works at the shelter came with us. Anita kept in touch with us via text messages and was very busy trying to find a contact for us and someone who knew the area where the dog was.
We were contacted by two ladies, Slavena and Meral who had both offered to meet with us and help us to try and find her. Two hours later we arrived in the area where the dog was and we started to look whilst waiting for Slavena or Meral. I suddenly spotted her on the other side of a roundabout and set off towards her whilst Tony was shouting at me because I was oblivious to the traffic. LOL.
Tony called the dog and she came straight over to him. She was cowering as she approached but she was just so desperate for contact. She has to be one of the saddest cases we have seen. She was so thin and had no hair. She was covered in fleas and tick, her ear was torn and her skin was so sore. It also appeared as if a front leg had been broken and healed badly. Tony just picked her up and carried her to the car. If it wasn?t for the fact that we were in a busy town with so many people watching, I think I would have broken down and cried. The poor girl had suffered so much and yet was still so loving and trusting.
I phoned Slavena to thank her and let her know that we had found the dog. Meral was already on her way to meet us and arrived just as we got her in the car. We are really grateful to both of them for their help.
On the way home we were thinking of a name for her. We wanted a name that meant something but every name that came to mind, we had already had. We were then thinking of strong female figures because we knew that if she was to make it she had to be strong. I decided to call her Khaleesi after the character from ?Game of Thrones?.
We arrived home with her at six that evening. There is no room at the shelter and we wanted to be able to keep checking on her through the night so we took her to the house and put her in the kitchen. Some of the lads who work at the shelter came to the house after work and they were visibly upset by her condition. It didn?t stop them giving her a fuss and reassuring her. Even though it was 8 pm by this time, they still said they would go back to the shelter to get some meds that we needed for her.
She was given pain meds and antibiotics, wormed, bathed and had a treatment for demodex, ticks and fleas. A lot of the dead skin came off during her bath. Over the next few days it should all come off and then with the treatment she is getting, her hair will start to grow back. She then settled peacefully on her blanket and slept. She was quiet and slept all night.
Khaleesi has a good appetite and despite her abuse and neglect and the discomfort she is in, she is so happy to be around people and manages to wag her tail. She seems to have a deformity in both front legs which could be congenital or through malnutrition so she has extra meds for this. Once she is a bit stronger and in less discomfort from her skin, she will have her front legs x rayed and also full blood works done.
She truly is a beautiful girl. She lets us know when she needs the toilet by standing at the door. After she has done her business outside, she quite happily goes back to the kitchen and her bed.
We will continue to post updates and pictures and videos of her progress.
We are very grateful to everyone who helped us yesterday and to everyone who has donated towards this special girl. (Diane)
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