Windzor, May, 2001
This little chocolate Lab puppy was dropped off at the Bowling Green, KY, Humane Society by the person who produced his litter. Evidently, this pup could not be sold because of a scar on his tail, so at seven weeks of age he became dependent on the kindness of strangers.
Luckily, the puppy was soon adopted by a loving family and taken home to begin his new life. Named Windzor, the little guy quickly adapted to his new surroundings and played happily with his two new canine siblings. Then this fairy-tale ending took a dark turn: Windzor became quite sick with vomiting and diarrhea. Rushed to the vet, the gloomy diagnosis was that Windzor was infected with parvo virus, an illness that is often fatal to puppies.
Windzor was placed in isolation at the vet clinic and given intravenous fluids and supportive care. His new owner was determined to give Windzor every chance, and she promptly started to raise the funds to pay for Windzor's medical treatment. The Bowling Green Humane Society offered to pay for part of the treatment; Windzor' new owner and her mom dug deep into their pockets, and LABMED was happy to contribute the rest.
Then came a few days of agonizing suspense while Windzor fought for his life. Severely depressed, the puppy was unable to eat or drink. But slowly he began to improve, and there was great joy at LABMED when we heard that Windzor had finally had a meal of solid food! Pathetically thin and weary, Windzor improved enough to go home a few days later.
Then we were delighted to receive this update on Windzor! "Windzor is doing much better today. He's eating and drinking and putting a little bit more meat on his bones. He's also playing with his brothers and has A LOT more energy. We are working on housebreaking but that could take a while because he's still not back to normal yet. Right now, he's sleeping on my husband's chest. I am so thankful for everything that you have done. Without all of this help from you guys at LABMED, the Humane Society, and my mother, I'm afraid that he would not have made it because I couldn't afford the extensive treatment by myself. Having him home this weekend made my 24th birthday day the best ever. We are whole again.
Update, October 2001
We received this note from Windzor's mom:"Hi, I just thought I would send you a picture of Windzor since his COMPLETE recovery over parvo. He's now 7 months old, and weighs about 70 lbs. He is huge, the parvo didn't stunt his growth at all. Here is his picture, and Thank YOU all again for helping to save his life. I couldn't imagine Life without him."
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