(SRC#1936) DUSTY’S VIEW OF LIFE
My name is DUSTY (SRC#1936) and SRC’s vet says I am still very young. I weigh almost 10 pounds and love to be held and cuddled but give me a ball or a rope and I am ready to play! I am a Toy Schnauzer who might be part Papillon due to my tiny size. Once groomed it was obvious I am mostly a Silver and White Parti-Schnauzer with a touch of Papillon. If I could only talk, I would tell you how badly I was treated while I was lost on my own in that huge world! It was so scary because all I see is shadows, and I am so tiny that I was considered easy prey for so many huge animals. You cannot imagine how scared I was or how many times I almost lost my life out there alone. I don’t want to ever be that way again!
When SRC rescued me from the shelter where I had been picked me up wandering the street, they started me on the road to recovery. I was sick with a serious skin infection and yeast infections in both ears. My hair was matted to the skin and fleas bit me constantly. I was skin and bones at that point too so I would not have lived much longer had kind humans not reached out to help me. Later I found out I also have juvenile cataracts in both eyes. If I only could tell you how bad my vision is, they would have have known immediately because this scares me most of all! I feel I should be able to wipe the smoky haze away from my eyes yet they dim more daily. At first my vet thought it was just one eye, but I now almost totally blind in both eyes so there is a cataract forming on my eye I can still see from. I will be completely in the dark soon if someone does not help me! I panic just thinking about not being able to see! I already bump into things and have trouble finding my ball when it is right in front of me. It will be very hard for me to play ball, or even to find food and water if someone does not help me soon. It isn’t my fault and I want so much to play and have fun now that I have a foster home. I have already suffered so much. If only I had a hero or two who would help me to be able to have the cataract surgery then I understand this will bring my vision back! Only $2500 will bring me that gift of sight once again!
SRC has already paid to micro-chip me, had all my shots brought up to-date, heart-worm tested me (I am negative), neutered me and would have done a dental yet I have great teeth so I did not need a dental. I am being evaluated by my foster family who are located in Shelby, NC and they say I am a wonderful pup but it breaks their hearts to watch me try to find the ball when it is so close and still I cannot see it. What an amazing difference cataract surgery could make in my life and I could easily have another 10 to 15 years left here on this Earth. I was treated for the skin infection which may have been caused by poor diet and it is doing much, much better. My ears have cleared up. If I could just have both my juvenile cataracts removed my life would be perfect! I know that some great family would adopt me then! Could you help make that wish come true for me? SRC had me thoroughly checked by two different vets, both of which said I am definitely young (2-3 years old) and should be a great candidate for this surgery. SRC needs $2500 to make this happen. Would you donate and partner with SRC to help me with the gift of vision? Every penny of your donation will be earmarked for this surgery if you just request it.
Here is some info about the Papillon breed if you are not familiar with them: The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant toy dog with a fine boned structure. He is light and dainty, yet still lively, and is distinguished from other breeds by his beautiful, butterfly-like ears. They are known to be happy and alert little dogs that are not shy or aggressive. They are not known to be hypo-allergenic.
The people at SRC say that I am a very popular little boy and have had many inquiries and therefore there are a number of applicants interested in adopting me. My current foster parents who will be helping me during my cataract surgery will have the first option to adopt me and I really like them. Any applicant who applies to adopt me must live in SRC’s approved adoption area (NC, SC, VA, or TN). I am most definitely a “love bug” and really love people! Although I do enjoy children my minute size makes me quite unsuitable for small children because I could be so easily injured. Once you meet me you will see that I have personality plus! Funny thing I am so delicate yet I definitely have that huge “Schnauzer Bark” which apparently humans all love! SRC has made an appointment for the surgery with Dr. English in Cary, NC to schedule that these cataracts are removed as soon as the funds are raised. I would be the happiest little puppy in the whole world if I could see again because it is scary not to be able to find my ball when it is right in front of me! Somehow playing is discouraging and I am too young to give up this early. Won’t you help me with the gift of vision? I will carry you in my heart forever if you could do give something toward my surgery. I am told there is a short window for this surgery to be an optimum and that I need to have it done very soon. Please help me before it is too late!
A PLEA FROM DUSTY'S FOSTER MOM:
Dusty is a miniature Schnauzer mix. He has many typical Schnauzer characteristics: the bark; the boldness when ‘protecting’ his people; the part Schnauzer coloring; etc. However, his small build leads us to believe there is more than Schnauzer in his lineage. He has larger ears that are often a guide to his emotions: when he is anxious, they take the angle of “Yoda” ears; when is particularly happy, one ear flops and the other stands straight up; the size is obvious, but cute as can be. His fur is soft, scruff and exhibits whorls and cow licks in various places. All of these things are just accents to his personality.
This little guy apparently had ‘good care’ early in life: his tail is docked; he had the basics of grooming at one time. However, he lost his way at some point and spent time on the streets resulting in malnutrition, skin infection, ear infections, as well as flea infestation. When brought to a shelter for safety and basic medical care, a new phase of his journey began. Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas stepped in to make his life better. When foster parents (Larry and Jackie Kasufkin) in Columbia, SC brought him home, they made sure he had the more extensive medical care he needed as well as a healthier diet. The vets at Elam Veterinary Hospital diagnosed a juvenile cataract in his right eye. However, he seemed to show no serious loss of function as a result. He flourished under the loving care of the Kasufkins, as well as the friendly companionship of their pets and other foster dogs. It was in their care that he received his name, Dusty.
He now resides as a foster Schnauzer in Shelby, NC with my husband and myself (Wayne and Carole Barr). We have homed rescue dogs in the past, including a senior rescue and a Schnauzer rescue. We are retired and able to provide the extra care a rescue with special needs requires. Upon moving Dusty to Shelby, I introduced him to our local Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital to establish a relationship with the staff and a health baseline for possible future needs. At that time, he was diagnosed with the beginning of a cataract in his left eye in addition to the fully developed cataract in his right eye. Because of the many changes he was experiencing, it was determined that a ’settling in’ time should be observed before pursuing cataract surgery. He still has some visual function, but it is felt that as quickly as this cataract appeared after his initial assessment, it could also grow quickly and present more serious visual issues. We observed his play and noticed that, as the cased his ball, he often could not see the toys very close to him, or completely missed the direction of the roll even when he had eyes on the toy in hand.
He is settling in very nicely at his new foster home so pursuing cataract surgery earlier than planned seems to be in order. He is such a playful little guy. You can bet you will get tired of playing before he will. He could chase a ball (indoors, of course) for hours. He has the playfulness of a puppy, though all of the doctors think he is 3-4 years old. Watching him search and miss a toy that is very near is heartbreaking. He sometimes bumps into dark pieces of furniture when going after toys. He gets anxious in low light and sticks very close to us. Having had cataracts in both eyes myself, I understand that anxiety. The almost immediate miracle I experienced with surgery is something I always share with friends who are considering the procedure. I would like to see him experience that miracle for himself.
In spite of his high energy and playfulness, he is the perfect gentleman. He waits for playtime and is calm when travelling. His time on the streets did, however, teach him extreme caution about running motors. He quickly backs away from idling cars and vacuum cleaners.
He is, without a doubt, one of the most lovable foster dogs we have ever had in our home. He wiggles his way in the hearts of those lucky enough to spend time with him. Our grandchildren are in love with him already. He has also wound his way into my 88-year-old mother’s heart. He content to lounge in your lap or his bed. He walks well on leash and is a great traveler. He is not an annoying barker, but will readily let you know when someone is at the door and if it happens to be a stranger, he will growl softly until you let him know the person is okay.
This little guy has so much love to give and with his energy and you, it is critical to give him the eyesight that would allow him to develop his full potential and flourish in his permanent home when he is adopted. I cannot image what life would have been like for me with cataract surgery. He deserves the opportunity to see all of his world, as well.
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