We are so excited that Abigail Jen has been adopted by a wonderful family. Abigail’s new mama and daddy report that she is being properly pampered and spoiled. Abby also has two-legged brothers and sisters, as well as a four-legged brother, Zeke. Her new mimi has joined in on the spoiling as well, lavishing Abby with a new outdoor bed for poolside relaxation and treats. Abby’s furever mama reports that she continues to gain weight, was a good girl at the groomer for her pawdicure and has had her first swimming lesson! She enjoys laying out by the pool on the new bed from mimi, chewing on her toys and bones and relaxing with the family.
When my mom saw me, all she could do was cry. She hugged me close and we cried together. You see, she had just returned from a six-month deployment. She had left me in the care of a trusted friend and came home to find me in a horrible mess. I had lost 11 pounds. My skin was dry and scaly, and half my fur had fallen out. My eyes, ears and nails were horrible too. My joints hurt so bad, I could barely walk. I was malnourished and severely dehydrated.
With tears still in my mom’s eyes and overcome with guilt, she took me to the vet. There were so many things wrong with me and they wanted to run so many tests. Mom didn’t know what to do. She could not afford the care I needed and she knew she might be deployed again in the future. How could she ever trust anyone again with my care? She and the vet staff talked about options and she decided to contact a rescue. They could get me the care I needed and find me a home where I would never be neglected again.
So here I am. My name is Abigail Jen and I am 4 years old. I may be a mess now, but I am determined to get better and be the beautiful Bulldog girl I was before, when I was with my mom. I have developed a slight heart murmur, but they think it is because of my condition and it will improve when I get better. Can I come home with you and finish my healing?
Please say a prayer tonight for me and my mom. We really miss each other.
12/28/18 Update: Abigail Jen came to us covered with fleas and missing much of her fur as a result. Well, she has gained three pounds in the past two weeks! She is also so full of life and energy. She loves to go outside and run and play with the other dogs. Our friends, Erika Wesson and Pippa Lou with P Dawg Accessories for Bulldogs sent her the collar and leash she is wearing.
2/21/19 Update: Little Gabby Abbi is settling into the routine in our crazy little home and what a cutie she is!!! She is quite the talker and is quite the snorer for such a little petite thing.
After a month in foster care, we are still working with Abigail to help her overcome the emotional issues from the abuse and neglect. She is finally learning that my hand is for petting and not for slapping and she no longer cowers when I cross or move my legs suddenly. But she is still suffering from neglect issues from being left outside. She is so afraid that when she goes outside that she will be left there, so she will barely get off the back porch. Therefore, we are working on her skills in the art of taking care of her business outside. She feels more secure if I go out in the yard with her. No standing on the porch for me….she wants me in the yard with her.
She has not had much work done with her so she is quite the handful. We are working on her manners. Despite the fact that she is 4 years old, she likes to chew on my hand like a puppy and hops around the house like a baby goat on springs.
Abigail is making some progress on gaining weight. When I pick her up to put her in the bath I can tell she is heavier than she was when I got her. Her skin doesn’t seem to hang as much as it did and she is getting a little more fuzzier. She is getting 3 square meals a day, yummy goats milk, and treats on demand! She has gotten very good at the “ON DEMAND” part of that statement.
I do believe that Abigail is finally feeling comfortable. She is starting to learn how to play with toys, loves her Benebones, loves putting on new outfits and is quite the “Cheezer” when posing for the camera! I love coming home to her and being greeted by her toothy grin, wagging little nubbins, and her unbridled joy and happiness.
Abigail will be on “Medical Hold” just a bit longer until we can get her to grow a little bit more hair and a lot more fatter!!!