Around Thanksgiving last year, I received a SHH email with the latest dogs needing fosters. There was picture of this two-year-old pit-mix with the sweetest face. I responded within minutes without even thinking. I picked Barley up on December 8, 2019. He was even sweeter than his picture looked. Barley slowly came out of his shell. It took him several days to first bark and luckily he's still not a barker. He's just a chill, mellow dog that doesn't feel the need to talk much.
Barley was not a cheap addition for SHH. They probably knew they were going to have to some dental work, but that was just the beginning. His first trip to the SHH Vet Clinic was for his "weird nipples" which thankfully just landed up being "odd skin flaps" but it kicked off his 4+ month adventure of medical visits. The day after Christmas, he had a horrible consistent cough. On our way into the vet, I caught his paw under the door jamming his toe nail & cutting it. Blood everywhere he walked. They gave him meds for the cough but weren’t sure what it is. They think it could be related to allergies and his consistent licking/chewing on his paws/legs.
For his dental surgery, they took out 12 broken teeth. They think Barley must have been trying to chew through a metal kennel or breaking open metal cans. He no longer has any front teeth. At his follow-up appointment, I asked them to x-ray his chest and hips and check his ears. Barley was coughing again, either ignoring me or couldn’t hear me and his back legs would give out at times at random times. We discovered that he has issues with his trachea either from allergies or a virus, he had double ear infections, and he has severe hip dysplasia. The balls of the joints are only about 25% into the sockets with arthritis already set in. Because of the damage, we estimated his age was wrong and he was closer to eight years old. He's too big to do anything about his hips except make him comfortable for the rest of his life. As for his ears, it took about 2-3 months for his both of his ears to finally test clean. Now he can hear me!
By this point it was mid-February and Barley was ready to be medically cleared for adoption. One night as I’m petting him, I find a lump on his shoulder. Yes, he has a mass-cell tumor. Luckily, I caught it early and it's small, but this is Barley. Removal of the tumor was the easy part. It then took over two months for it to heal after a seroma (pocket of fluid) busted open when his stitches came out. I lost count of the number of infections he had after that. It took the SHH vet director going in, cleaning it out, stitching multiple layers of muscle/skin, keeping him basically sedated, and wearing a turtleneck for 14 days for it to finally fully heal. But finally, he was able to return to his normal life which isn’t that much different than his sedated one except we can go for walks.
Barley finally cleared medical on April 27, 2020 and I officially adopted him on April 28. With all his medical issues, I'm not going to let anyone else see him into his senior years. And after being home together 24/7 for the last few months, there's no way he was going to leave this house without me. SHH must have spent thousands of dollars on Barley. I would like to raise some money to repay them for the love and happiness they have brought into my life. Please join our team and help Barley and I do so.