Buster4, July 2002Buster is the July Buddy Arnold Fund dog
I want to thank you and your organization for helping to fund Buster's heartworm treatment. Buster is a 110 lb black Lab who was rescued from a kill shelter by Animal Rescue Fund here in Little Rock. We recently met Buster's foster parents at an adoption event (they were there with another rescued Lab, a chocolate named Charlie) and they brought Charlie and Buster over for a play date on Memorial Day, and to meet our two sons, ages 4 and 8. It was immediately clear that Buster loved kids and was a great match for our family (and that we were too much for poor Charlie!) It was then we learned that Buster was heartworm positive, but that his treatment was being funded by LABMED and LLL. But for your generosity, I do not think that we would have been brave enough to assume such a daunting financial responsibility as well as a medical one, even though we were crazy about the dog. Buster was treated last week and released to us, his forever home, on just last Friday. Now we must keep him very calm and quiet for 30 days to allow him to recover from his infestation. So far, he seems to be doing very well. My sons fight for the honor of sleeping in a sleeping bag next to Buster, who we have renamed Jackson. You truly made his adoption possible.
Buster aka Jackson's Mom
Update, August 2002
I cannot tell you how much joy Buster/Jackson continues to give us, and how thankful we are that the generosity of your organization has made this possible. At this point, I think Jackson is finally starting to figure out that we aren't just another temporary stopover, and that he is finally, ultimately HOME. He is also starting to feel much better; heartworm treatment is so very, very hard on a dog, and they are not entirely well even when officially "cured." I am certainly a much more passionate advocate of preventive heart worm medication, having gone through treatment with Jackson. We are starting to see a lot more enthusiasm from him in terms of airborne greetings when we come home, and were so excited to take him to the lake for the first time where he jumped in the water, but was happy to come inside and take a nice, air conditioned nap. Presently, he's in treatment for a little red mange, and when that is cleared up in a few weeks, we are going to enroll him in some obedience classes. We love our rescue Lab, our boys love Jackson, and we love LABMED.
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