Here’s the latest news on “Mr. Howell” – one of our dogs featured in our summer fundraiser -
In June a 9 year old golden was found wandering down Howell Branch Road in Orlando. GRRMF took him in. He went to the vet for evaluation and was found to be heartworm positive. Mr. Howell was placed in a loving foster home. Mr. Howell initially did very well, except for passing lots of unconventional things (stones, 4 latex gloves, a plastic bag, and several paper towels), which he apparently ate while wandering because he had no food. He had quite an unconventional appetite as he has attempted to chew the TV remote, the computer mouse, a hand towel, a camera – probably because he was starving. His upper 6 and lower 6 front teeth are worn down to the gum and his bottom canine teeth are split from top to bottom, almost in half. So it seems he's possibly spent his life chained or caged, obviously never taught what was inappropriate to chew and Lord knows how long he was straying and learning to supplement his meals - if he had any - pretty much on his own. Mr. Howell also had terrible skin and experienced a seizure requiring emergency treatment.
Well, Mr. Howell’s life has really turned around. He is doing great! Most of his health issues have been taken care of or are under control. His ear and skin infections took close to 8 weeks of treatment. All the bare spots on his body, including the top of his tail, are now covered with a full coat of fur and his ears are clear and healthy. He has had no seizure activity at all since starting phenobarbitol, an inexpensive seizure medicine, which he takes daily. He is also on medicine to help the mobility of his rear legs and he is doing well on it.