We have had a busy Summer and have not posted in quite a while. We spent the last part of Spring rehabilitating a dog we found on the way to a Grizzly Bear concert. We have gone to a lot of great shows this summer, including Bonnaroo. We want to catch everyone up and post some pictures. We are also in the midst of a full site upgrade. Things should be better looking and we will be adding some new features. In the meantime here is our story of Griz, the dog we found and nursed back to heath. Pictures are included.
Over the past 10 years we have cared for over 100 foster animals. Griz is a foster dog that is very special to us. Early in April, the SWB staff was on our way to see one of our favorite bands, Grizzly Bear, in concert. We stopped at a Subway on Harry Hines to eat dinner. As we were finishing up our meal, we saw a brown dog crossing a busy intersection. He was sniffing around a trash can. We looked at each other, and instantly knew what we had to do. We went outside and coaxed him over to us. He was very nervous and apprehensive, but obviously desperate. We noticed that he was covered in blood and sores; and our first impression was that he had been in a fight with other dogs. Using a few scraps of food, we were able to lead him into the back seat of our car. He moved very slowly and had almost no energy at all. We drove him home and placed him into one of our large crates. Upon closer observation, it was obvious he had severe mange and skin infections. We fed him, gave him water, started him on antibiotics, and let him sleep.
Day by day Griz gained strength and energy, but his skin was not improving, despite multiple attempts to treat his mange. Operation Kindness accepted Griz into the foster program and we were able to begin new treatments for his mange and skin infections. He lost more hair, but his skin slowly began to heal. Even covered in sores and blood, Griz loved to be petted and hugged. His wounds were frustratingly slow to heal. We began giving him Zinc supplements and this seemed to help him heal faster. During this time we noticed signs that Griz was quite intelligent. He learned to open doors in our house, and he also started arranging similar items into patterns for us to find. We noticed his habit of eating certain plants outside and catching and eating every bug in site. It became evident to us that Griz had lived quite a while on the streets, and his intelligence and drive were the only things that kept him alive.
He turned from a shy, apprehensive animal, into an active, outgoing member of our household. We have 3 dogs, including a 5 month old 8 lbs puppy. Griz loves to play with all of them, especially the puppy, Scout. He is gentle with her and everyone else. His skin is healing well, and his coat is more full and beautiful each and every day. He is an energetic and loving animal. He is loyal and loves to please people and play with other animals. He is one of the most gentle animals we have ever been around.
Even today, there are still signs of where Griz came from. He has a small patch over his right hind shoulder that he still scratches at from time to time. He will still eat bugs, any chance he gets, and from time to time we catch him nibbling on some leaves. His experience has made him a dog that loves being able to enjoy his life, instead of constantly working to sustain it. Griz will be a loving, loyal, playful member of a forever home, and it makes us so happy to think of Griz in a forever home. Griz melts hearts with his Grizzly Bear Stare©.
A happy ending
Griz has been adopted from Operation Kindness by his forever family.