It is looking good for Jimmy to get to the foster home in Tennesee...the lady who does the fostering for ES rescue there runs a grooming shop, so he would be looking handsome in no time! I will stay in touch with the ES Midwest coordinator tomorrow, to be sure that all turns out as planned.
Thanks to all who are working so hard to make sure Jimmy is safe! Will update this thread as I know more...
He is going to the vet tomorrow and will be getting the full spa treatment. Then he will be picked up by his new foster Mom, who is in OHIO!! Since this is a national organization they have foster homes all across the country--and were able to find Jimmy a place not too far away. Look for him very soon on the NESR website and on PF, depending on his recovery from surgery and acclimation. Jimmy's new foster home is on a horse farm, and the gal has two other English Shepherds. Nancy from ES rescue tells me that the lady who will foster Jimmy is good at giving them lots of TLC!!
So some REALLY good news today for all who were concerned about this sweet boy...
Wendy, Jill and I received a sorta urgent email from the volunteer who was helping us figure out how to get Jimmy to Jill in FL. She believes that Jimmy is already neutered and has already received shots but the vet Jimmy is scheduled to see will not honor the shots he just got 2 weeks ago. She's concerned that he is on the old side and getting revaccinated so soon will be stressful on his body. She recommended a different vet that will honor the shots he's recently received. She also mentioned that Jimmy should be tested for tick borne diseases since the poor fella was covered in so many ticks when he arrived at the shelter. I can forward you her email if you'd like. She just wanted to make sure that folks are aware that he's likely been neutered (he was far too matted to tell when he arrived at the shelter but after grooming him out she can tell he's not all there if you know what I mean and has been vaccinated and should be tested for tick related disorders-she seems very concerned about his welfare as she's spent alot of time tending to him and she just received word that Jimmy isn't heading to Jill so she just wanted to get the word out about the unnecessary vet care he's about to receive tomorrow. Sorry for the run on sentences but it's late and I'm trying to type all this on a lil cellphone. Ok off to bed. I'll check the board and my email in the am in case you need anything from me or wish to read the email I received from the volunteer.
I did pass along your message to Nancy with NESR, so they are aware of the vaccination issue and also that he is neutered. It was my understanding that he was an adult dog, but not a senior. So maybe 6 or 7 years old? In any case, Nancy has the information and I will update if I hear back from her. I'm sure they also have his best interests at heart and will do all they can to ensure he is not over vaccinated, if they can get the paperwork on his previous shots. I will PM you her email addy, so you or the volunteer can get her the name of the other vet. It's puzzling to me why a vet would not honor shots from a couple of weeks ago if they had paperwork on it, and would insist on revaccinating an already stressed dog.
I am so sad to pass this information along...but Nancy of ES rescue asked that I let everyone know.
-Wendy M. _________________
Jimmy went to the vet this morning for his check-up. He was loaded with heartworm, had loss of muscle mass, and was determined to be between 10-12 years of age. I talked with Dr. Akers and Lorie and determined that treatment would be very painful and most likely fatal for him. The decision to have him euthanized was a step that none of us wanted to make but knew it was 'right' decision for this situation.
I sit here with tears in my eyes for a dog I never met. Jimmy touched many hearts near and far and we wish him God speed. Another dog we'll meet at the Rainbow Bridge.
Please pass this sad message on to all the people who were touched by Jimmy and his plight. _____________________
i am devastated to hear about sad Jimmy, it breaks my heartto think someone threw him away,but yet there were so many people that loved him thru these boards and all the volunteers at the shelter, I know he knew he was loved and cared about. I will dedicate a section of my rescue site to the seniors and special needs kids in his honour, and for me he will never be forgotten. Sweet sad Jimmy, rip, I am so very sorry but you are are whole again now and not a broken dog anymore
OOOHHHHH noooooo no no. I won't repeat here what my mind has said. I'm sitting here crying too, for a dog I never met. But man how I wanted to. Jimmy had a great welcome into his next life, I'm sure. Jimmy's "owners" need to have their well, OK, enuf. But it really makes me mad that people can be so gd cruel. Heartworm = preventable. See you someday on the other side, Jim.