Gus was my foster dog for a short time in Sept 2011. Gus was elderly, in a lot of pain and had a hard time moving around. He had been found wondering in a flooded area, dirty and alone. Gus was taken to a shelter, wearing tags, but no one returned the calls when the shelter tried to locate his family. They knew he'd have a hard time finding a home with them and they were even more overcrowded because of the flooding. The shelter reached out to a husky rescue a friend of mine started. When she saw him, she knew she couldn't leave him there, even though he wasn't a husky.
Gus at the shelter:
I had been following the story on facebook. The rescue was looking for a foster home, I thought I had a good set up and time. I have a ramp so Gus wouldn't have to negotiate stairs. I volunteered to take him. When I first met him, I honestly wondered if we had done the right thing. He had such a horrible time walking and seemed so tired and sad. My friend was thinking the same thing and we agreed to give him 2 weeks to rest and a decision would be made then.
Gus wasn't the best house guest, but that was ok, he didn't feel good. He developed a bacteria infection that caused him to not have full control of his bowels. He really didn't like Abbey much at all! But with in just a few days, with rest and care, he was feeling better. His eyes were brighter, he seemed to enjoy being outside and laying in the sun and he loved to be petted and massaged. I knew then that we had done the right thing, he had some living yet to do.
It only took a few days and a family applied to adopt Gus. Over the last few months they sent pictures and updates. He settled in nicely and had 2 kids to spoil his and a stay at home with him Mommy. They got him his own overstuffed bed. They were a great family and loved him.
Yesterday I got an email saying he had taken a turn for the worse. He was in a lot of pain and having great difficultly standing up. It said they could see in his eyes that he was ready to cross the bridge and run free again, without pain.
Gus went to Rainbow Bridge today.
I am so thankful to my friend for saving him. He was loved and cared for in his final days and best of all, he has a family to wait for at the bridge now.
RIP Gus! You are a good boy!!