My intent for these next few posts was to introduce you to Zabora, tell you a little more about her back story, and show you how well she fits in to a family. I’m tweaking that a little, though, thanks to my first experience with a foster emergency. Nothing like jumping straight in, right?
Usually when I am fostering or dog-sitting a dog they come to work with me. Zabora had to wait to become “the office mascot” for a few days while she recovered from her spay. Five days post surgery I finally bought Zabora to work. She happily slept at my feet all morning with intermittent bursts of “nesting” with the towels I brought her. She seemed content. After visiting with some humans and giving tail wags galore, out of no where Miss Z started bleeding extensively from her suture site. Sure that it was a busted spay stitch, I rushed her to the vet. Shoot. There goes another few days of recover and definitely lots more dollars.
Turns out Zabora actually didn’t bust her stitches (phew). But what she did have was a ruptured blood clot. A big one. A combination of factors caused the extreme bloodiness. She was in heat for the spay and, because she was bred so many times, she had excessive mammary tissue and vasculature at the incision area. Poor Zabora, as usual, had everything working against her. The rupture was inevitable as she healed. She now has a drainage tube and lots of bandages, and the worst part is she is stuck at the vet for the next two days. I’m so relieved she is fixed, but it feels so weird without her at home!
There is an interesting twist to this story. Remember that incredible volunteer I told you about who facilitated the entire rescue of this little girl? Well, she also happens to be the author of a very impactful blog, as well as a high-profile member of the online community of pitty/elderbull/rescue advocates. Lucky for our girl, this wonderful volunteer used her resources in the social media community to launch a fundraiser for Zabora. The results? Mind blowing. People are giving like this elderbull is one of their own. I am going to dedicate an entire post on the remarkable generosity of these individuals, but for now let’s just say… Zabora’s expenses are well taken care of.
Now we just need her to have a speedy recovery so she can come back to where she belongs: in a safe home where people love her. The faster she gets back on her feet, the faster we can start (continue) telling the world about how great she is, the sooner she can find her forever home. I know there is the perfect family out there, I just hope we don’t meet too many more speed bumps on the road to finding them.
Hope you’re feeling okay, pup. See you tomorrow!