Age: 4 Yrs. Old
Adoption Fee: $600
Special Needs: unknown
ON TEMPORARY MEDICAL HOLD!
It was 105 degrees on the day I was wandering around town, and I really felt like I would die.
What in the world was I doing out and about in the middle of an August day in Texas?
I found some relief when I slipped into a garage with an open door. I was looking for some water, some shade and a cool place to lay down.
The homeowner was surprised to find me just hanging around. She told me the dogs inside would not like me, so she put me on social media with hopes someone would recognize me. No one came forward and I was shocked.
True, I am not in the best shape. I have some eye problems, some skin problems and I sure don’t smell like Ralph Lauren Polo cologne for men, but I am fixable!
I am still feeling a little under the weather from getting too hot and too dehydrated, but with my face in the fan, I’m a lot better than what I was.
My new rescue friend calls me her “little shadow.” But I’m timid when she tries to touch me and I’m afraid of her husband. They’ll help me gain my confidence.
I don’t think I am a old Bulldog… just a neglected Bulldog. I’m told better days are ahead and I am looking forward, not behind.
I am going to sit with Dr. Larsen today and she will love me. I hear Dr. Larsen loves a brindle Bulldog. Well, she really loves all Bulldogs, but I am going to make sure she loves me the most.
There is nothing not to love about me, Mr. Howell. My new friend who picked me up named me. She said she loved that show and Mr. Howell was her favorite character. How cool is that? I’m finally someone’s favorite.
8/9/22 Update: Unfortunately Mr. Howell’s lab work came back and he is heartworm positive and will have to undergo treatment.
8/12/22 Update: From Dr. Larsen: Mr Howell is a little depressed. He’s heartworm positive and a lot underweight. We are trying and offering everything we can to spoil him, but he’s not very responsive.
8/16/22 Update: Mr. Howell moved into his foster home yesterday and has met some of the resident Bulldogs. Foster girl Bella Bea is very concerned about him and hardly leaves the side of his pen.
He’s eaten pretty well in the last day and even went outside to explore the yard and get some sun. Poor fellow is so skinny and is very timid right now, but hopefully that will change as he settles in to the house. We will be focusing on putting on some weight, so he can have surgery and start the heartworm treatment.
He’s got a long road ahead of him, but he’s not giving up.
8/25/22 Update: Mr. Howell is not a morning dog and prefers to sleep in until 10 or 11 before eating his morning meal. Foster Pops still tries to get him up early for his meds and food, then it’s outside for a potty break.
Mr. Howell is a sweet dog and loves attention, especially his belly rubs. He’s drinking lots of water and his appetite is improving. He usually eats about 3-4 cups of food per day. He is learning what treats are and loves his bones.
He still has a long road ahead of him. He needs to get snipped to “lose that loving feeling,” get his eyes fixed and go through heartworm treatment. Thank you for keeping him in your thoughts!
9/6/22 Update: Mr. Howell is spending more time outside his pen, getting his morning stretch and some fresh air. He is starting to eat and drink more, which is helping him put on some much-needed weight. Dr. Larsen said when he is around 45 pounds, she will do his surgery and start heartworm treatment. He’s still got a few pounds to go.
Mr. Howell has reached 40 lbs and will be going next week to be neutered and have his cherry eyes fixed.
Over the past couple of weeks his personality and playful side has really started to come out and He has also found his “voice” for when he wants out of the pen. He has a few quirks…he likes fresh water and will not drink out of the community dog fountain, he does not like a dirty pen and will not eat his food if anything is mixed with it. His meds have to be crushed up and mixed with scrambled eggs.
9/14/22 Update: Mr. Howell has gained weight and is doing very well in his foster home. He had his neuter and bilateral cherry eye surgery. We will be doing heartworm injections after he heals from surgery.
9/23/22 Update: Mr. Howell continues to put on weight and is settling in nicely in his foster home.
He has discovered the sofas on the patio and in the living room, and enjoys spending his time relaxing and sleeping.
His personality is starting to come through and he’s a bit mischievous at times. He has learned to run the other direction when it is time to go back to his pen and he’ll spin in circles when he is excited.
He will start heartworm treatment in a couple of weeks and will be on crate rest for at least 30 days. I’m sure that will not make him a happy camper.