It should never happen to any animal....to be thrown out, alone
and sick after years of having a family is heartbreaking. He was probably
never taken care of properly....he was allowed to grow old without medical
care. He did have shelter and food and that's all he knew. Now at
about 8 or 9, he was alone on the side of the road, looking frantically at
every car that passed, hoping that "his" family would come back for
him. They didn't, of course.
A kind couple stopped and picked him up but couldn't take
care of him and began to search for someone who could. I took one look at
him and knew I was going to be that someone. He deserved a chance, a soft
bed, some good food and a whole lot of love. So off we went, this old dog that
I decided looked like his name should be Barney, and me....determined that if
nothing else worked, at least I would give him the love he deserved.
A visit to wonderful Dr. Shaw at Indian
Land Animal Hospital proved that Barney had an awful lot of
medical issues. He had massive infection in both eyes and both ears.
His gums were horridly infected and surrounded rotten teeth. His
thyroid had a large mass on it and he was missing patches of fur all over his
body. Dr. Shaw had her work cut out for her!!
We have managed to clear up both ear infections and his mouth is
healing after many major extractions and an awful lot of antibiotics! His
eyes are clearing up but he has a condition called Entropion
which has caused some permanent damage to his corneas. He will be having corrective
surgery for this in the next few weeks. The mass on his thyroid is gone
now and our Barney is starting to feel like a new "man"!!
(which is a joke as we also "fixed" him so he is definitely no
longer a "man"!)
Most importantly, Barney has lost his pathetic demeanor.
He looks around as if he is seeing the world for the first time.
He's curious....he's affectionate....he is HAPPY!! And we are
giving him back the life that he never had.
All of this comes at a huge cost financially. Dr. Shaw is
working with us but we know his bills have to be paid. We are approaching
the $2000 mark and that will continue to rise as his next surgery approaches.
Can you find it in your heart to help us continue to give Barney what was
denied him for so long? I know Barney would appreciate any donation you
could send along....we will all be grateful for your help. Donations can be
made directly to Indian Land Animal Hospital by calling 803-547-7000 or
sending a check to Indian
Land Animal Hospital 124 Fort Mill Hwy., Fort Mill, SC 29707
with a note to credit Barney Prather's account.
How wonderful it will be to see him run through the
grass chasing a toy...something most dogs take for granted.
Barney is just beginning to learn!!