heart worm

Tallulah, the Labrador Retriever/Whippet Rescue dog (Part 1)

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“I’ve always loved dogs.

I got Tally when I was in college, two years ago.

I got another dog first, but he was already sick with heart worm.

I didn’t want him to die in the shelter, so I adopted him and got him treated, but he died six months later from a grand mall seizure, related to his heart worm.

I knew I wanted to get another dog, so I waited until I went back home to Florence, Alabama and went to the local shelter, where I met Tally.”

 

 

Charlie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 2)

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“Her last dog was a Labrador Retriever, and they bond with more than one person.

Charlie is a Ridgeback Redbone Coonhound mix.

He was so sweet and gentle and she was just happy that I liked him and agreed to get a  dog that she said yes, to adopting Charlie.

He was great from the start, but six months later we found out he had heart worm.

That was challenging because he had several months of exercise restriction, including four weeks of just walking outside to go to the bathroom and then having to go right back inside.

He was confused and it was the only time I understood the concept of one day at a time.

He used to exercise four times a day before the heart worm diagnosis and all of a sudden he didn’t know why he couldn’t chase squirrels and rabbits and do his thing.”

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (she said, part 3)

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“My boyfriend turned to me and asked, do you like this dog?

I answered, do you, guy who doesn’t want a dog, like this dog?!

He said, I love this dog.

And that was the beginning of Charlie.

We took him home,  I looked at him and called him meatball, but my boyfriend said, he didn’t like dogs named after food.

I liked the name Charlie.

I called him Charlie and he responded, so it stuck.

He ended up having heart worm.

He was under exercise restriction and had to have daily shots in his front leg muscle for 6 months.”