Passed over the Rainbow Bridge September 2017
Several years ago we got a dog in Rescue who was in the worst shape health wise most of us had ever seen. She was grossly overweight, had no hair and was covered with scabs. Her eyes and ears were both badly infected. But she had the sweetest disposition and was well worth saving. Her name was Black Velvet111 (Velvet). Elaine B. worked her magic and soon Velvet began her long road to recovery. She turned into a beautiful little Black Cocker Spaniel who made her way into my home as a foster. She was adopted and returned because her new parents didn’t have the time to take care of her properly. So I adopted her. She was so sad when she was returned but soon became comfortable here again and was with me for 5 years. She was always the same sweet little girl even though she never overcame some of the problems and developed new ones as she got older. The only thing she did not like to do was walk. It soon became apparent that she had problems with her spine and had difficulty with stairs. At the age of 12 I realized that she was in too much distress just getting up and down and decided it was best to let her go. I believe she knew what I was doing because she just passed away very peacefully. I miss her very much but can imagine her finally being able to run free with no pain and it gives me great joy that I was able to do that for her. Now she can walk at her own pace. Rest in peace sweet Velvet. You certainly deserve it.
Velvet [Adopted June 20, 2011] is a 5-6 year old female who has an amazing history. We first heard about Velvet in July 2010. She was being cared for by a wonderful woman who ran a small rescue in North Carolina Velvet weighed 73 pounds. She suffered from severe dry eye and her body was covered with scabs. Most of her hair was gone. Velvet was hypothyroid.. She was started on thyroid meds and her weight started to decrease.. She was in such bad shape she could hardly walk. In her condition, she could not make the long trip to Wisconsin. Finally in September we were able to get her on a Pilots and Paws flight to Illinois. She weighed 53 pounds at that time. We started to treat her dry eye and she continued with medicated baths to remove the scabs. She slowly started to move a little faster. Today Velvet weighs 32 pounds which is still about 5 pounds too much but she is working on losing some more weight
Velvet is a quiet dog who loves attention. She is totally housetrained and crate trained. She most likely will need drops in her eyes for the rest of her life. We have been able to reduce the strength of the drops. Her ears will need to be monitored and she would benefit from being bathed with medicated shampoo when she is groomed.