Dylan came to LHAR over a year and a half ago. He was 7 years old and lived his entire life in a crate at a puppy mill. He started his vet visits with a neuter surgery and then a dental. Due to the lack of care he had all of his teeth pulled. They could not be saved. When neighbor kids ask why his tongue hangs out, I explain that he doesn’t have any teeth to hold it in. He also is missing part of his lower jaw. His next issue was pancratitus which many times is fatal. He fought 2 rounds and won that battle. Things were going well for him until another dog bit him on the mouth. With his jaw already in poor condition, it was broken. He was on pain killers for a week or so to help it mend on its own. The broken piece was too small for surgical repair. Though his body has healed, he is having panic attacks from loud noises such as thunder or fireworks. If I can’t be with him, I take special precautions if I know it’s coming. He is normally a happy little guy. He has never really barked but has a quiet noise that I say sounds like a cute little alien. I recorded it on my cell phone and whenever I need a pick me up, I listen to Dylan chattering away. For all I know, he could be chewing me out.
Many of you who have been following along for a while may remember our trip to the puppy mill auction last year. We still have a few of those precious pups with us today. Dylan is one of those dogs. He’s had a few chances at adoption but health issues always seem to get in the way. His “foster” shared his story with me.