I’m guessing anyone that read my last post is wondering how, in Maggie’s words, the “sickie” dog that I went to get on Sunday is doing. Well let me just tell you, someone forgot to mention to Hollie that she looks sick, because she sure doesn’t act like it! This girl has got SPUNK!
Ok, so she might look a little yucky, and a little like a hyena as some of you have mentioned, but she is a doll! When we got to the shelter, it was clear that the staff loved her. Like, really loved her. They quickly filled us in on her back story, the fact that since she was in such bad shape she would be the first to be put down if they got too full, and all of her quirks. The love they had for her was clear, and I can totally understand why.
Despite how bad Hollie looks, she is suprisingly healthy. She basically has a yeast infection on her skin which is why she has almost no fur. While yeast infections aren’t too serious, and very easy treat (Tag gets them in her ear all the time), if left unchecked they can have results like Hollie’s. Obviously she is an extreme case, but it happens. She also seems to have an ear infection, which we will get looked at tomorrow at the vet, but other than that (and needing to beef up a little) she is healthy! The biggest shocker? She is heartworm negative! So what does that all mean? That with time, love, a steady supply of food and antibiotics, we should have a beautiful dog on our hands in no time at all!
So what’s Hollie’s personality like? Well, like I said, she’s got spunk! And attitude. Not it a bad way, more like a I-don’t-want-to-come-to-you-you-can-chase-me-around-instead kind of way. Seriously, someone forgot to tell Hollie that she isn’t 110% healthy. She is so sweet too. She’s a little quirky about how you can touch her, her skin is very sensitive, but she loves to be right next to you. And kisses! She loves to give kisses.
And the kisses bring me to my next point. On kiss number 473 I noticed that Hollie’s tongue is almost completely black. No, she does not have some crazy disease, this is a sign that she does in fact have Chow in her! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that Chow’s are the only breed known to have black tongues which means that even if she isn’t 100% Chow, she must have some Chow in her. But at the end of the day, who really cares what breed she is, she’s sweet and that’s what matters most.
So Hollie is all settled in at my mom’s. She is doing great walking on the leash, she loves her crate which we put in the sun room so she can soak up the rays, and she is getting along with Tess (my mom’s lab.) She’ll be going in tomorrow for a vet visit but we aren’t expecting them to say much more than “continue with the antibiotics”. I’ll keep everyone updated on her progress but it shouldn’t be long at all before Hollie is ready to meet potential adopters! Yay!