This week starts with the best adoption story ever. Mr. Lincoln has been adopted!
It was July 5th when I got a call from a man with a Bulldog who was dying … and it was a slow, miserable death. His Bulldog had stopped urinating, just a drip every here and there. The normally big, fat puppy was now skin and bones. The dog couldn’t walk ~ all he could do was stay curled up in a ball.
I reached out to my friend Deb who lives in the same town as the owner. Deb was walking out the door to go fishing with her family, but she said she’d pick up the dog first, take him to her home and we would meet in the evening.
The second Deb had him, she called me and said he was like a dead dog walking. She bathed him, started him on antibiotics and hand fed him chicken. Mr. Lincoln survived the trip to the vet clinic, but barely.
After getting his medical records, we learned Mr. Lincoln had made a number of trips to a vet clinic previously. He was given a handful of antibiotics each time and the vet’s note was always the same: “Recommend surgery or euthanasia.” Mr. Lincoln had been suffering for more than 30 days.
Mr. Lincoln had developed sepsis after suffering for a month with a blocked urethra. His bladder had rotted in one location, which had to be removed, and a bladder resection performed. The entire length of the urethra was torn and shredded due to previous trauma of jabbing a catheter in him to help him urinate. Mr. Lincoln’s penis had been broken.
Mr. Lincoln had a permanent perineal urethrostomy so he could urinate normally. His white cell count took over a month to get back to normal and he had severe anemia. I could write a book on Mr. Lincoln and all his medical problems.
Every day, the update started with, “Mr. Lincoln lived through the night!” Then it became, “Mr. Lincoln is not out of the woods yet, but…”
It was weeks and weeks of baby steps. There were a lot of prayers of “Please don’t let him die ~ he’s just a baby.”
It was weeks of going home with Dr. Larsen at night and then back to the vet clinic for the day.
It was numerous IVs to flush his kidneys.
It was a milestone when he could stand up and walk a few steps.
Then it became Mr. Lincoln barking at me, and then standing up and wiggling all over. Then he was running through the vet clinic. It was like watching a miracle unfold right before your eyes.
Now, here is Mr. Lincoln on adoption day with Mary, Cort and their two Bulldogs, Charlie and Buttercup. Mary was the loudest voice in Mr. Lincoln’s cheering section. Mary and Cort recently had to say goodbye to alumna Iris Jane. She had her own medical problems and was loved beyond measure. Unfortunately, Iris Jane passed before she got to meet Mr. Lincoln, but we know she would have loved him.
Dr. Larsen shed some tears when Mr. Lincoln left the vet clinic for his new life with Mary and Cort, and Mr. Lincoln shed some too. He knew she helped to save his life.
7/10/21 Update: His collar came and he’s still pouting about it, but he should be able to do more with this one.
7/13/21 Update: Lincoln is improving each day! It has been a week since his surgery. This morning, he went out on his own and had his best bowel movement.
7/15/21 Update: Today has been a good day for Mr. Lincoln. Though he looks like he has gained more weight, he has gained just over a pound in the past week. We think he probably lost a little in the days following surgery. His color and coat look so much better.
He had a blood draw today to check on his kidney function and the results will be back Friday. We are not expecting much improvement this early, but anything will be a cause for celebration.
He now has a very firm stool and he does a great job emptying his bladder almost completely on his own.
And finally, he had the staples from his bladder surgery removed and the stitches from his neuter removed. He still has some stitches from the area where his urethra was relocated.
His energy level is truly amazing. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, inquiries and donations.
7/23/21 Update: I know it sounds strange, but I have never been so excited to see a boy pee. You might have to enlarge the video, but when he squats, pee comes out in a good stream from his new pee-pee hole. It takes him a couple of tries to void his bladder, but he does.
Oh, and he has gained another pound in the past week and his color looks amazing. He is about ready to leave the vet clinic!