Update: October 16, 2020
I’m sure you all have been keeping up with me and I’m sorry I’ve been behind on my correspondence but::: I CAN SEE! The surgery was a success, but I waited until I had my check up to let everyone know! Here’s how it all came about. But first let me tell you about the great folks at GRRMF and all their donors. Without them I wouldn’t be able to write and tell you about my eye sight. Because of all my health issues, GRRMF has spent a significant financial amount for my immediate care and I will required ongoing care and monitoring for comfort and wellness. I took a peek at the books and GRRMF has spent over $10,000.00 on me!!! I know that because of all the fantastic donors like yourself!
I just don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have all the generous donations from all of you and my special GRRMF family to take care of me and love me. My mom sums it up the best by saying “ Leo really is a Super Dog with super powers – the powerful sense of smell, ability to hear the smallest of creatures and now to see what no one else can see!”
Let me tell you all that has happened since my operation was approved! On the day of surgery I had some good vibes that it was going to be amazing and it was; immediately after my surgery I could see again! Here’s a picture of me after surgery -don’t I look cool with my Super Dog mask -I hope it grows back black -wouldn’t that be awesome!
When I first got home I bounced like a bunny rabbit after a moth outside and did a Super Dog play bow to my brother, Barnabas. Mom only let us play for a few moments, but it was great fun. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be part of all the family activities again. I can catch delicious treats, play with my toys, do my special double paw sit and greet my mom with my signature nose to nose HELLO.
I have a new zest for life and I am enjoying my wonderful gift of having my eyesight restored. But in my heart I know it is all because of the wonderful people that donate to GRRMF – Thank you for my sight and restoring my health!
Update: October 11, 2020
I was told that my fans have been asking about me so I thought I would take a break from my Super Dog activities and give you an update. When I joined my permanent family a few months ago, my vision was beginning to fade. I was comfortable in my new home and enjoyed playing with my foster brother, running in the yard, catching balls and playing with my favorite stuff toys. My mom knew that my diabetes could cause the loss of my vision very quickly and it sure didn’t take long. I lost most of my vision shortly after I joined my new family. I didn’t want to play with my brother and I couldn’t catch my toys – it was very frustrating. Then I turned on my super powers and used my other senses to help me rebuild by confidence. I felt good about my progress and rejoined my brother and sister on swimming adventures, trail walks and dog park visits. Still, it wasn’t the same as being able to see all the beautiful things in life. I said my doggy prayers at night in hopes that I would get approved for the cataract surgery I needed to restore my vision.
Guess what! My surgery was approved! My mom took me to have blood work tests and a dental cleaning before by surgery so that I would be in tip-top shape.
Update: August 9, 2020
Woof, my friends!
I just wanted to let you know that because of my special medical needs, GRRMF has decided to place me in a permanent foster care status which we call “sanctuary”. I will live the rest of my days with my very special foster family who will shower me with love and provide the care I need for my medical conditions.
On top of my diabetes and pancreatitis, I’ve developed cataracts in both eyes and can barely see. I’ve called upon my Super Dog skills and am learning how to master my environment by using my nose, ears and paws to guide me safely to my destination. The vet said I’m a candidate for cataract surgery, until then, my mom is administering eye drops and antioxidant supplements.
I sure am one lucky dog to have GRRMF make my life full and complete. Without all of the support of all the generous people that donate to GRRMF this special program would not have been available to me. Thanks for helping me and all my buddies in the Sanctuary program out. As my hero Superman said “Dreams save us, Dreams lift us up and transform us.” My dream to live a full and happy life has come true – thanks to you!
Please keep following my story for updates. Remember, I am Super Dog – I will have lots to tell you about my new life.
My name is Leo and I’m a very cute, curious and smart boy. I thought I would give my foster family and the GRRMF writers a break and tell you my own story.
I came to GRRMF because I was very sick and my previous family could not afford my medical expenses. Luckily, they were kind enough to surrendered me to GRRMF where I could get the medical care and attention I need. Like many humans, I have diabetes and I am also dealing with pancreatitis. My foster mom is preparing special meals to help with the pancreatitis and she monitors my blood glucose and gives me insulin twice a day. My foster mom is working on stabilizing my blood sugar; she is very gentle, patient and kind – I really like her!
When I first got to my foster home, I was a little unsure of the surroundings. After some time passed, I felt confident enough to meet my furry foster sister and that seemed to go pretty well. Shortly after our introduction, my foster mom brought out my foster brother, we checked each other out and he gave his nod of approval. With all the formalities taken care of it was time for a swim! My foster sister showed me her baby pool and how awesome it was to get in to cool off – I decided to take a dip myself.
I’m more comfortable in my foster home now. I was kinda bewildered at first and didn’t want to eat, but now I’m being watched by my foster mom to make sure I don’t snatch my sister’s food and snacks. I like to observe my foster siblings and foster mom and I think I’ve got their routines down pretty good. The best part is when my foster mom takes us for walks, car rides, adventures at the dog parks, doggy swims, on trails in the woods and all the other fun stuff she plans.
Mom says I behave like a puppy when I’m introduced to something new. I become very alert, cautious and hesitant – except if you’re a cat! Then I put my superdog outfit on and fly out the door to see if the neighbor cats are out, if they are, I give my most serious bark to scare them. It’s great fun until mom comes out to calm me down and focuses my attention on something else in the yard. I think butterflies and dragonflies are pretty cool, I’m ho-hum about the squirrels and birds – you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.
I hate to brag, but I think I’m pretty smart. I know how to sit, down, shake, wait, back up, leave it, take it, off, look and here. As an extra bonus, I love people and dogs, I’m house trained, don’t need to be isolated (unless my siblings food or treats are available) and if you’ve been away, I will give you the most joyous welcome when you return home. So you ask, what could you do for me in return -belly rubs, car rides, grooming, toy play, fetch the ball, walks and swimming!
One more thing before I close, I naturally like to lay in corners or under tables. I’m not terrified of storms, but I don’t like when there is a downpour or severe weather. Don’t expect me to go potty unless it’s a light rain -I’ll just wait til that storm ends.
I’m looking forward to feeling better and getting my diabetes and pancreatitis under control; my foster mom is doing a great job taking care of me. I’m so thankful to GRRMF for taking me in and for all the donors and supporters that help all of us Healing Heart dogs. Boy, it sure will be great to meet more new people, especially the small and older children that I haven’t met yet. I will be updating you soon about my progress and I will be doing a doggy dance when I’m well enough to find my forever home.