Julian – Notes On a Rescue Dog

When I first met Julian, he was sitting in an outside pen at the Humane Society where I work.  He was a mess.

Julian had been picked up by animal control because a resident called to report a dog fight.  I don’t have details about exactly what happened or what became of the other dog, but Julian got chewed up pretty badly, especially his head.  We were giving him antibiotics to fight infection and help his wounds heal.

He was sitting, with his feet all bunched up, on a toilet seat cover.  Someone gave us a bunch of them to use as comfies — we use them mostly for cats in their wall crates.  But here was this 60 pound boxer bunched up on this woolly toilet seat cover like it was the best thing in the world: an oasis of comfort in an otherwise miserable existence.   It was funny and heart breaking at the same time.

Over the weeks, Julian began to mend and he proved to be gentle and friendly when we worked with him.

Then we tested him for heartworm … and the test came up positive.  Our boss wasn’t surprised: Julian had obviously been neglected and allowed to run loose.  It was no shock to find he was not on a preventative.  She said the best thing to do was to put him down.  With his scars and the HW+ there was no way he was going to get adopted, and we don’t have the facilities to treat his HW anyway.

We discussed that decision, and it ended with me offering to foster him through HW treatment and help raise funds to cover the expenses.  He came home with me today.  We will provide him with the needed care and quiet environment to get him through his treatment.  I will also work on healing his remaining scars … vitamin E oil works wonders!

If you would like to help with the medicine and veterinarian expenses, please use the button at right to make a tax-deductible donation in any amount you choose.  If his expenses are exceeded by donations, all the excess will go into H.S.J.C. Medical Fund and will be used to help other deserving animals.

April 12, 2017 by Doug

Julian is one happy boy!

Julian has been here two days and has settled in nicely.  He has met and gets along with all the other dogs here, and he LOVES our big play yard.  He’s fond of just sitting in a shady spot of grass and chilling.

I’m having a hard time getting him to eat.  I’ve tried several brands of kibble and he keeps burying the dish in the gravel floor of his pen.  That’s going to draw bugs and maybe vermin.

April 15, 2017 by Doug

Playing keep-away

Amy Huff brought Sylvia for a visit today and brought her teenage daughter, Jessie, with her.  Jess has the stamina to run and play with Julian and the two of them had a great time playing keep-away with a ropey toy.  By the time they were done, both were exhausted.

April 17, 2017 by Doug

Julian can be such a silly boy!

At the moment, Julian’s heartworm treatment consists mostly of antibiotics.  He has had a dose of Heartgard, but will not get his Immiticide shots until June 5th.  At that point, he will go on strict activity restriction and spend a month being kept as calm as possible so his heart and lungs don’t suffer potentially fatal damage.  Once he’s through his 30 day recovery period (assuming no embolisms developed) he will be ready to be adopted and go on to a happy, healthy life.

April 27, 2017 by Doug

Josephine has become Julian’s best friend and constant playmate.  They will chase each other and frolic around for hours.  Today Josie invented a new game that seemed to frustrate Julian.

May 1, 2017 by Cochise

JulianOver the weekend, my Peoples were bringing Julian inside to have dinner with us. He stayed in his “room” and watched how civilized dogs behave.

JulianNow he tends to hang out on the back porch (when he’s not playing with Josephine). Sometimes he peers in, asking to come in too, sometimes he just snoozes out there.

Today HairyFace brought him in to watch while Blondie and I got our toenails trimmed.

Then Hairy trimmed Julian’s front toenails. All of this went well, so Hairy let Julian out of his crate to wander around the house a bit. He checked everything out … then peed on Josie’s crate. A token of his affection.

Julian is back outside now.

May 7, 2017 by Cochise

Julian relaxingHairyFace has been inviting Julian inside when Hairy is home and in the house.  Julian always accepts and has come to calmly accept that most of the time being indoors means being in his “room”.  He is no longer combative about going in there and does not fuss about wanting out.  He’s just happy to be with the rest of us.

JulianOn Saturday evenings, HairyFace makes a custom pizza and salad for dinner.  While Hairy was making the Saturday Night Pizza, Julian paid close attention: the scents of pepperoni and cheese held his interest.

Julian had a nice long session of playtime and occupied himself with various chew toys and bones while lounging in front of the fireplace.

At bed time we all went outside to empty out for the night then back inside to snuggle into our beds … including Julian.

JulianHe used to hate being crated and whined and fussed the whole time.  But now he’d rather be crated inside with us than outside on his own.  He’s watching us Good Dogs and following our example.

Julian is going to be a GREAT family dog for someone!

June 7, 2017

Julian not feeling well
Julian is not feeling well

Julian came home from the vet yesterday. He’d spent a couple of days there getting his Immiticide shots (treatment for heartworm), so he was feeling a lot of pain. Doing better this morning than yesterday evening, and will be better yet tomorrow.

But he’s especially clingy right now. “Don’t ever EVER leave me again!” and he’s right by my side at every step I take. If I go out on the porch to put something in the trash can, he must go with me, even though he can see through the door and I’ll be back in 20 seconds. Poor fella. It’s a good thing I have today off. I do need to run out for a short errand this morning, but I’ll be as quick as I can.

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