I first met Wes when he came to the Adams County Ohio Dog Pound a month ago. He was brought to the pound by the warden who had a call to go pick him up in the country. The people said he had wandered into their yard. Wes was in bad shape upon arrival. He was as blind as a bat and thin because he couldn't find food. We have no idea how long he had been wandering around on his own. He was wobbly on his feet, too. He was put in a large pen off to himself away from the rest of the dogs, so he could have a little peace while adjusting to his new surroundings. He was given a soft bed, fresh clean water, and stinky canned dog food, so he could easily find it.
After a couple of weeks, he was doing better and was less nervous about his surroundings and was gaining some strength. Many people showed compassion for Wes by helping him find a good rescue or adopter. Folks even tried to find a nice sanctuary for him to live out the rest of his days. Nobody had room for Wes!
Then something wonderful happened! A couple of very nice ladies who had helped with getting another Adams County Pound dog safely to his rescue in Michigan, wanted to help Wess! Sandra wanted to foster him in her home, but she needed a rescue to sponsor her. Gaye started pounding the keyboard and made phone calls and found a good rescue that would take Wes. Last Day Dog Rescue has saved many shelter dogs in need! So, now we had a rescue and foster for Wes. All I had to do now, was go to the pound and pull him and take him to the vet for an assessment, shots, and a health certificate. My husband Ed did this for me since I was working that day. Our plan was to get him ready on Tuesday and take him to meet his transport on Thursday.
That plan started falling apart! Our Country Vet is a very smart caring lady, who just happens to love Australian Cattle Dogs. Once she saw Wes, she knew he was older than 8 yrs, which was the age in his bio. She guessed him to be more around 12 or 13. He was very blind and had been for years. He suffered from diabetes and cataracts. The pressure behind his eyes was very painful. Jenny did a heart worm test on Wes, next. His results confirmed what she suspected. He was in the final stages of heartworm disease. This was also contributing to his imbalance when he walked. She advised that due to Wes's age and health condition, he would not survive the necessary treatment and surgeries needed! We were all devastated!
Ed brought Wes to our home where we made him a nice comfortable bed and gave him fresh clean water and more of his favorite stinky canned dog food. All of us involved with rescuing Wes from the pound took our time to discuss our options. We came to the very hard decision to let Wes go to sleep and not suffer anymore. On Friday morning at 8:35 am 8-17-2012, while I held Wes and hugged him one last time, with tears in my eyes, Wes slowly went to sleep and his life faded away.
Gaye had worked so hard to find Wes a nice place to live in Michigan. She feels that the right thing to do by Wes, is to let him complete his journey. She is having Wes cremated and his ashes sent to her home in Michigan. Our Crazy Michigan Dog Lady has a heart of gold!!!
If anyone would like to help with the cremation expenses, please contact Gay Pierce @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....