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*This is the story of Paddy (now known as Archie). Please be aware that some of his initial pictures are quite distressing.
FROM HELL TO HEAVEN
He`s eating well, he's enjoying a high protein diet, chicken and fish and he loves brassicas, especially broccoli. Always has his Weetabix with soya milk, hardly any dairy products at the moment dressed with fresh fruit, the first of several pieces a day, again loves bananas and pears. Midmorning we share toast and Marmite, he then has fish and biscuit for dinner.
When we visit the village bakery the ladies always give him a slice of carrot cake which he loves in the afternoon, he doesn`t like tea though so again he has that with a little soya.
Evening meal can be almost anything, baked potato mashed with a little cheese and chicken, perhaps bolognaise although we reduce the sauce and serve with a little biscuit, he enjoys home made soup with toast and shepherds pie is a firm favourite.
He has a strange habit of rubbing his nose after food, really quite aggressively causing the wounds on his head and nose to re-open. To counter this we read the point at which he`s just about to rub, open the fridge door and give him a soya yoghurt. The strategy is proving a success, his focus now is the fridge door rather than rubbing...we still get the impression he`s somehow duped us though!!
The idea of several small portions rather than one or two large meals appears to be working, the need to monitor is weight is important. The urge to feed needs to be offset with care for his joints which are still weak and inflamed, too much too soon is a very dangerous urge.
Coming to terms with that is the hardest step, also falling into line. When we first saw Archie/Paddy all we knew was that he needed care and protection and we wanted him here, all the rest was an obstacle to that goal, the waiting, homecheck etc was just red tape, only in the light of day is it possible to appreciate the value of these precautions.
Meeting Graham who dropped by to give us our homecheck was a genuine pleasure, not only is he a nice guy he gave us a valuable insight into not only the upside of re-homing but also the flip side, an issue that, even after living with Bull Terriers for 20 odd years caused us concern. How do you come to terms with an aggressive dog? Is having to make that ultimate call failure or simply facing facts, and how would either of us feel if the other was injured?
Following the homecheck a visit to Cathy was arranged to meet Archie/Paddy and again to be inspected ourselves. Praise just isn't enough for the work she and Andy are doing as well as living with three bullies of their own, how she finds time we just couldn't guess,
Archie at the time was being cared for by Cattle's brother who unfortunately we didn't meet but would like to thank for the time and care he spent in the days following Arch's release from the Animal Rescue centre.
One week after that meeting Archie came to live with us. The process from the point when we saw the first heartbreaking photographs of a frail and abused Archie until he joined us here took two weeks. A rollercoaster ride of emotions and decision / indecision, questions, emails and phonecalls. Tears of sadness and happiness, anger and frustration but if asked, we would do it all again and more.
Finally Jo, what can you say? Ours was just one special BT, how she copes with multiples on a daily basis is truly amazing. Yes, she`s a bully and a tyrant with a harness fetish but she's the top of our Christmas card list.
Thank you so much Jo.
Sorry to ramble on but we really wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped along the way.
His recent visit to his dermatologist has produced amazing results, the lesions and sore bare patches are clearing by the day and his hair regeneration is incredible. His ear infection seems to have cleared and as soon as he is off his skin medication, we will pay a visit to the Morton clinic for an eye check.
Everyday brings new and fantastic experiences for us all, it's almost like he is recalling a previous life. We may be wrong but it appears that he once lived in a happy and comfortable home and then an intermediate period when he was perhaps sold or stolen which resulted in the terrible state in which he was found. It's this previous time he seems to be recalling, opening doors, climbing on beds, lying in the sun and being able to do things without being scalded or abused. It's a fantastic time for all of us.
He now weighs in at 53lbs and his joints are getting stronger day by day, although he will probably always be plagued by inflammation, but cod liver oil capsules and diet would appear to be doing the trick. One of the lovely things are the people that you meet when out, either in the street or pet stores, he comes everywhere with us and recently whilst at our local plant auction he literally drew a crowd, and people are so nice and he responds to them. When you consider the awful things that people have inflicted upon him, its incredible that he would want to see anyone again.
We could go on for pages and pages but will cut it short to say once again thank you very much for caring and sharing.
Al, Jules & Archie"