May of 2005, I received a call from my friend Melinda. she said there is a dog starving in our street, we are trying to entice him with food to help him. If we can capture him, do you want him? he looks like a boxer mix and you said you like boxers.
I ask you to look at that first photo and say you would not take this dog. Most of you would not. the moment Hubby and I laid eyes on this starving mutt with marks where he had been hit and kicked, a scar across his small nose, we were SUNK.
we picked him up and brought him home.
Picked up on Thursday, Vet on Saturday for shots. Sunday he refused to eat, he collapsed and on Monday I rushed him to the vet and left him. they called me at work and said, Jake has Parvo, we need to put him down. there is no cure for Parvo, a disease that eats holes in the intestines.
Weight 12 pounds, should be 20
We had him only 3 short days, but our hearts had engaged, in tears I said can't you do anything? He said IV and antibiotics with maybe a 50/50 chance of survival, at least a week on IV.
I called home and said to hubby, "what shall I do?" they say even after a week he might still die. Hubby said
"tell them to do what they can for him and give it a try"
8 days later we brought him home, the above photos were taken the day we brought him home from hospital. he could hardly stand.
(the vet said since we saved a street dog he would cut our bill in half, 600 instead of 1200) Cooper is our other dog, deceased now
Above is 8 weeks later, Jake was 4 months when we got him, now he is 5 years 4 months old and looks like this.
He is very smart, very loving and our beloved Jake (see sidebar for current photos)
current weight is 47, perfect for his build