490… This turned out to be Wylie’s lucky number. On his 490th day in rescue, Wylie found his furever family. We knew there was someone out there who would be happy to adopt this special guy with a handful of special needs. The moment we saw Wylie fall asleep in the lap of his furever pops, we knew today was the day. Even better, Wylie’s former foster brother, Tank Tyler, is now his very own furever brother! What a day for these two!
Please welcome Wylie to our rescue family! He writes: I came to rescue today, thanks to a number of great Bulldog people. Bill and Donna got up very early this morning to meet my transport lady … and me!
I was pulled from a shelter down South, and I’m sure glad I was. There was no A/C where I was and my breathing became labored. I only got hosed off to cool down. I guess I’m tough because I survived. I was at the shelter a few days, but no one came looking for me. And I am glad. I’ve been neglected for a very long time. Because of past untreated ear infections, my ear canals are closed and I can’t hear one thing anyone says. My new friend tried cleaning them, but they are closed tight.
My eyes? Well, they are a mess too. One eye is better than the other one, but one eye is pretty cloudy. And I don’t smell exactly like roses either. Oh well… I have been rescued now and better days are ahead for me, Wylie. I’m really a beautiful brindle Bulldog. With proper vet care, I’ll be like a caterpillar. I’ll go through an amazing transformation and become a beautiful butterfly. Except, I will still look like a Bulldog. Thank you rescue friends for taking me. I am going to make everyone so happy for not leaving me down South sitting in the heat. Your new friend, Wylie
10/8/18 Update: Wylie entered rescue a mess. His eyes and ears needed a lot of work and he was nearly deaf and blind. Today his eyes are much improved. But his ears have been an entirely different matter. Both ear canals were totally calcified and it appeared that he could not hear at all.
So after further examination he underwent a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA) last week. His ear canals were totally removed and sealed off. They were as hard as rock including the ear drum. So he is now totally deaf. He has two external drains for a few days. Wylie did great during and after surgery. He is now back at Bright Star and will stay there for a couple of weeks to recuperate and get special attention.
He will need a foster after that who can help him learn life without hearing, and can also help as he continues to heal from surgery. He is also hypothyroid and we have upped his medication to better handle that situation.
1/26/19 Update: We have nothing but good things to say about Wylie. Over the last couple of months, his attitude has greatly improved, his skin has gotten much better, his house training is near perfect, and he has gotten used to all other dogs in our house; however, he does prefer to be the only dog present.
Wylie’s favorite activities are breakfast and dinner. He is very food motivated. Because Wylie recently lost his hearing, we have been trying to teach him some basic hand signals in an effort to better communicate with him.
Wylie is searching hard for a furever family that is patient, does not have small children, and willing to work with his special needs. He does require some daily medications and prescription eye drops. Wylie has nothing but love to give, and is patiently waiting for his furever family to come along.
4/15/19 Update: Wylie and his tooth wanted to check in and let everyone know how great he has been doing. This handsome guy is very confident there is a special family out there willing to adopt him, and keep up with his special needs.
For those who do not know, Wylie is deaf, and also has very limited vision. Although he’s become accustomed to being around other dogs, he is happiest and much more comfortable being the only dog around.
11/3/19 Update: Wylie recently went to the vet for an exam and to stay up to date on his shots. It has been about a year since Wylie left the clinic, but the entire staff remembered everything about him, and was was happy to see him.
For those that don’t know, Wylie is deaf, and his vision is very limited. He is on a few different medications, and needs to be an only dog. Wylie is a wonderful Bulldog, and loves people, but does not care much for other dogs. Wylie isn’t necessarily aggressive toward other dogs, but due to his limited vision, he can’t see clearly what’s going on around him, so he’s always on defense. Wylie is fine with other dogs in the house, but only as long as they leave him alone.
Wylie’s furever home would be best without small children. He is great with people, but unfortunately his depth perception is off, so he tends to “chomp” if offered any treats.
A funny quirk about Wylie is that he often somehow slides off of dog beds, and just acts like it is something he meant to do in the first place.
We know there is a wonderful family out there for Wylie. Please share his story so we can help find his happily ever after!