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Ramsey was found in a milk crate shivering with only a note that read, “Ramsey, Toy Poodle, 4 years old, He Blind”. He weighed 3.5 pounds, he was so thin, his eyes were crusted closed and he smelled terrible. He seemed so grateful to be found, so I had to do something. I got a donation to do the heartworm test which was negative and the road to a new home began.

His first visit to the vet proved that he was not blind, but only needed special drops to keep his eyes lubricated. He gained some weight and got neutered. For the first month, he had seizures, which the vet said he’d probably had all his life and never been treated, just like his eyes.

We started him on seizure medication and he became a new dog. He quickly doubled his weight and became more playful. In the 4 months that I fostered him, he’d never barked. One day, he sat quietly waiting for crumbs then barked so hard, he came off all four feet. Everyone in the house was so excited and made such a fuss, that he started running circles around the house. He was finally a whole dog!

The search for the right permanent home was difficult. He was so small and tender that he couldn’t be with small children or other dogs. He was adopted by a nurse who lived alone and had just lost her toy poodle. When I handed Ramsey over to her, he started licking her face like he’d been waiting for her his whole life. Everyone cried. It was the happiest ending to one of the hardest foster journeys of my time with St. Martin Humane Society, Breaux Bridge, LA, USA. This is what rescue and fostering is all about!

Amanda Black
Breaux Bridge, LA

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