Whiskey was “owned” by someone for 6 years, but she ultimately failed to be his guardian. He had a good life for the first 3-4 years, but after his adopter had babies, he became severely neglected for the following 2-3 years until Forte Animal Rescue took him from this miserable life. His owner even told the rescue group that after a new man entered their life and moved in, Whiskey was shoved in a cage most of the day. Consequently, he became scared of strangers, especially men.
His teeth were left to rot and he was suffering a lot of pain. The veterinarians said he had the worst case of dog periodontal disease they’d seen. They extracted many teeth, but a specialist will have to work on the rest. The first procedure cost the rescue group $915, and the estimate from the dental specialist is $1,800, which is with a rescue discount.
When people give up their adopted dogs in the first two weeks or so, it’s more understandable because that’s the time they find out if their existing animals are not welcoming the new comer, the dog is afraid of their children, and so forth. But after 6 years, your trial period is over, and every strand of his fur is your responsibility.
What made this case worse is that not only his owner severely neglected him, but she lied through her teeth and said that her vet gave him many dental treatments, and nobody could remove the “discoloration” on his teeth. I lifted his lips, and voila, there were thick bricks of plaque all over covering his teeth, which would not have happened if she was actually giving him the dental care as she claimed.
Why lie? What if nobody physically checked his teeth and believed her words? He was perceivably in a lot of pain, and had he been left in that condition, who knows what type of secondary diseases could have developed.
Despite the hardship he was put through, sweet Whiskey is still great with children, even toddlers, and deserves to have no pain but only happiness.
Whiskey is smart, loving, cuddly and loyal, and would make a great companion for any family looking for a medium-sized, soft-coated canine pal.
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