Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
Weight: 27 pounds
Kids: Not Tested
Cats: Not Tested
Dogs: Not Tested
Location: Anna, Texas
We became aware of this boy very late yesterday down in the shelter in the valley which as you know is always difficult for us to get them out of there and up to us. It is a 9 hour journey one way and our work is always cut out for us to rescue from down there.
He is injured with a severely embedded collar in his neck and he is in pain. Our plan was to send Raquel in there this morning and pick him up and drive him up to us. She has helped us numerous times in the past.
Unfortunately, we got word from the shelter that they accidentally put him on the transport van to San Antonio which is 6 hours away from us and we of course have no person in San Antonio to recieve him and he will arrive there at 1:00 with nobody there.
We have Ricky in San Antonio picking up the mama and her 11 babies, but he is only in his truck and wouldnt have room for him, nor is the timing right, Ricky will be long past San Antonio by 1:00 pm.
This is the kind of stuff that makes rescue work so much harder.
But, have no fear Laura will handle it, as she handles anything. She immediatly reached out to a previous adoptove family who lives near there, Brian and Julie Holly, to see if they could come to his aid. They were happy to help and Brian will head over to the drop off location, pick him up and drive him to their vet which is County Line Veterinarian who will begin giving him the treatment he needs.
We will have to work up a plan to get him transported up to us, but all that matters for the moment is that he is safe and getting medical care right away.
We thank you, Brian and Julie, for coming to his aid. We worried about just anyone handling an injured dog for fear of them getting bit because he is hurt, but Brian volunteers at their vet clinic and is informed enough on how to help move this boy about.
We will name him Abraham Vega after a Sheriff in Lynn County who has passed away from Covid.
Welcome to Dog Ranch Rescue Abraham
Brian Holly has come to Abraham’s aide and now has him at his vet clinic. He said he’s very afraid and has the look on his face and the eyes of a person suffering from PTSD.
It’s hard to not get angry at people who allow this to happen. It’s hard to try and make sense of why this happens, but I opt out on that. I opt in on people who come to help, people who are willing to donate to care for him medically, people like Brian who drop everything and run to help. I think it would do a lot of us good to not waste our energy on what it is that people are doing that isn’t good and rather appreciate the good that many do.
Brian has him at his vet clinic, he is heartworm positive and obviously somebody put a collar on him a very long time ago that grew too small as he grew larger and nobody bothered to care or look at the fact that the collar had cut into his neck. I’m sure you can all imagine the pain that he has been suffering with day after day, night after night.
He will be treated here, they will put him under anesthesia and debride his whole neck, scrape it, shave it and make sure it is all clean and free of bacteria. The rest will be medicine, time and pain meds to for once and all stop the pain he has suffered from for such a very long time.
Abraham wills stay in this hospital for the time being while we get him stable, and comfortable before moving him up to Anna.
They decided to wait on Abraham until this morning to take him to surgery. They wanted to have him on IV fluids, to eat a couple of good meals and get a good handle on his pain meds first. They took him this morning, put him under anesthesia and scrubbed this clean and closed it up. They also got him neutered at the same time. He will remain hospitalized for a bit before we begin the process of bringing him up to us here in Anna.
We felt Abraham was ready to join the pack today. For the last couple days we’ve had him observing the pack from the lounge side where he has his own yard but can also meet other dogs through a gate. With as shy as he is with people we wanted to go very slow with the other dogs, but watching him choose to lay close to the pack through the gate and showing no reactive signs we felt he was ready today. It was very interesting to see his reactions, he just calmly walks through the pack so polite and gently approaches for smells. He even engaged in a quick play chase! Today was good day because when you work with dogs like this it can be relieving to see what they enjoy and are interested in and then use that to promote more progress. One day at a time handsome guy.