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Dexter has been a wonderful dog –  housetrained, great with us, the kids, the other dogs, the cat, and SUPER sweet.  But, we realized that there is no way we can keep him.  Our plan was always to have two dogs.  Toto changed that plan when he showed up at our house.  I think that three dogs is stretching it.  Three dogs is a lot of work, especially when one has cancer.  We just don’t have the room or the money for one more dog.

The good news is that we have had about six different people who were interested in Dexter.  The bad news is that, as of now, we still haven’t found a home for Dexter.  We brought him to the vet on Thursday to have him checked out.  We also got his shots and heartworm test.  That is when we were dealt another blow.  It turns out that Dexter is heartworm positive.  So, anyone who was interested in taking Dexter before is a lot less interested now. 

We are still trying desperately to find him a great home.  We have been contacting everyone we can think of.  One thing we learned from Toto is that rescues will not touch him until he has gone through animal control.  I guess when you find a dog they are supposed to stay at animal control for a set amount of time before they can be given up.  So, our only other option is to give him up to a city shelter.  I don’t know if I can do that.  Dexter was so nervous when we found him, but he really has grown to trust us this past week.  I don’t want to turn him over to a shelter where he is scared and alone.  My other fear is that he won’t make it out of the shelter.  Living in a big city, an insane number of dogs are euthanized each day.  I am afraid that a nervous, heartworm positive dog wouldn’t make the cut.

As we continue to look for a home for this poor guy, we also are looking into the treatment options for heartworm.  Unfortunately, it looks pretty rough.  It is supposed to be expensive, very painful, and there is a chance they can die from treatment.  Furthermore, you need to keep the dog inactive for something like 6 – 12 weeks.  If we can’t find a good home, or good rescue, to take Dexter, we will have to start treatment for the heartworm soon.

All of this has been pretty stressful and overwhelming.  But, I can’t just be another person who has let this dog down.  Dexter deserves a second chance.  I just want to give him that.

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9 Responses to “Dexter”

  1.   Peyton's Path Says:

    You are such wonderful people to care so much about Dexter. He looks like such a sweet boy. It brought tears to my eyes reading that he is heartworm positive, the poor guy just can’t get a break can he! You are wonderful to care for him so much in such a short time. Good luck finding him a home! He deserves a family as wonderful as your family to love him!

  2.   Emilysmom Says:

    I am so sorry about Dexter. I wish I could take him but with the heartworm being positive I just can’t. We are still mourning Emily and just can’t go through another sick dog. I’m sorry.

  3.   Tazzie Says:

    Oh Man, Toto! Dexter looks like such a sweetie and he is so lucky to have found you. But I understand that your parents can’t take a 4th dog into their home permanently, then a 5th or 6th…

    I sure hope someone stumbles across his story and contacts you. What part of the country (I assume you are in the US) are you in?

  4.   jakesmom Says:

    Such a sad story… 🙁 He looks like such a sweetheart!

    Maybe we can all work together and get his information together in a flyer and send it to all our vet clinics and rescue organizations all over the country!!

    Post more pictures of Dexter so we can copy them, tell us exactly what the vet said about him… is he neutered, approximate age and the extimated cost of the heartworm treatment, etc. Where are you located? How is he getting along with your doggie and other people…

    There are alot of animal-loving people with big hearts and big wallets out there! We just need to find them!!

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  5.   anyemery Says:

    🙁 So sad to hear the latest about Dexter. I think Angel Jake’s Mom has some great ideas, though! Let us know where you are, and we can try to mobilize!

    We’re pulling for you, Dexter! And we’re so glad Toto’s family is looking out for you in the meantime – let’s hope for the best!
    Holly and Holly’s mom

  6.   anyemery Says:

    I just read through the last post again, and see you are in the Chicagoland area! So are we! I will call my vet tomorrow and see if they will post a flyer about Dexter. In the meantime, could you send me more specifics about him? Either reply here, or send me an email.

  7.   ThreeLeggedMax Says:

    Where in Chicagoland are you? Max and I are the south suburbs and we could also ask our vet about putting up a flyer.

  8.   Tazzie Says:

    Yes, do give specifics and we will make sure to post it in the forums. I thought you were on the east coast, not Chicagoland . . .

  9.   tootsweets Says:

    Have I told you lately how wonderful you all are?? Thank you so much for all of your advice, support, and well wishes. I have been waiting to post because we have a potential home for Dexter! I should hear something back tonight… I will let you know when I have an update.


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