Not that it matters to the dog,but how can you tell it was a "Bullet Wound"????
My dog came home 2 weeks ago with what "appeared" to be a deep "Machete" would on his back,but I can't tell for sure.
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Actually, I think it might matter quite a lot to our canine friends who can't actually tell us what has happened. Dr Bob removed 18 escopeta pellets from him this morning! There may be more. Two shots were heard around 8 am that morning allegedly and the dog was discovered shortly afterwards. I didn't arrive till around 4.30 pm because the people who found him couldn't find anyone willing to transport him earlier on. There was a big round hole in his ear flap and a smaller, deeper one immediately behind. This dog is lucky to be alive. It's amazing half his head wasn't blown away. The last time I dealt with a gun shot wound it was a child who'd been shot in the stomach. They eventually took out 126 pellets. He subsequently lost a leg as a result of the complications. We managed to get him sponsored to go to a Shreiners hospital in America for a prosthesis.
It is not uncommon for people to lash out at dogs with machetes, especially if they run after their motor bikes or vehicles.
This dog still has a long way to go, but he consumed about 1 lb of minced meat followed by a big slurp of water in front of me today. He is sticking out for liver pate and mince! Is this because he is taking advantage of the situation or is it because it is too painful for him to eat dried food???
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Excuse my ignorance, but I am no expert in gun wounds. If he has lots of shot in him does this mean he was shot with a shotgun? which would almost certainly immediately point the finger at PN or security.
Either way I'm glad he is pulling through and eating some. Sounds like he is on his way up, thanks to you and Bob.
I am absolutely no expert on guns, but I am told that when an escopeta fires there is like a rain of pellets /pieces of shrapnel that scatter inside the wound. I am also told that the weapon jerks upwards so actually shoots higher than where it is aimed, which might suggest that someone fired at the dog's feet to frighten him but hit him instead. Security guards have them, but so do a lot of other people and it is allegedly quite easy to get hold of one. Even I was offered one, which I refused, I hasten to add!
The fellow is clearly fed up with his affliction and his ear is a horrible mess. He still struggles to get to his feet, but he will eat if you give the meat to him personally and he accompanies being stroked with a low growl, the doggy equivalent of a cat purring, it seems.
Thanks to those who have offered contributions to his care. We have the ground work covered, but these things also cost, unfortunately. I visit him at least once a day and am doing what I can in terms of liaison. Together we will know we have done what we can for him. Who he belonged to is still a mystery.
Dr Bob has had to cut the fellow's lower ear off as it had died because it no longer had a blood supply. There is more shot inside which he says we have to wait for it to start to push its way out.
The boy was standing up wagging his tail at his chow neighbour who was also about to be killed by someone for killing a chicken, so he needs a good home too. Buck is older than we thought at first and is not a pretty sight, so his hoped for future home has not materialized. Is there anyone out there with a big heart who can give him a home when he is well enough? Or is there anyone who would fund my splitting off a section of my garden and building him a kennel to keep him away from my other dominant males and chickens [rottis are notorious with chickens!] and then sponsor his care for the rest of his life? I just have no resources to do that with all the other animals I have on site.
I would still like to talk to the woman who was living at the house but who has not been located, so that I may eliminate her from my search for Buck's owner. She may have moved away, lost her dog and not realized he went back to the property. She may not read this site. Does anyone know how to contact her?
if someone can donate the materials i can arrange collection and i will build the fence with my helper to devide you garden and i will pay his wages to work with me,,,,,,,,,,i will pm isabell my contact number
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With all due respect it is sometimes best to back off if it is that much of a hindrance. If you are taking on something so that you are then relying on someone else then it is a road to disaster and stress for you, and probably this will filter somehow onto the dog. Do you really have time for him? it doesn't sound like you have time or finances.
I've been cornered myself a few times when I've just had to say, no, enough is enough, I can't pay out any more money for this, something needs to happen, someone needs to help, and no one does. It is a road to disaster, and soul destroying looking at all the dogs needing homes, month on end, eating away at money meant for the family, cleaning up every day after more than is appropriate.
I'd advise strongly against forcing more on yourself (you sound like you have a lot going on already) if you need to rely on others helping you to be able do it, and for the rest of HIS life. As for unwell old dogs, you are going to be very very lucky to rehome him, it'll take a special someone with a special heart and commitment and time to the country. Even finding sitters for old dogs is tough.
I know you don't need told about this, I hope I don't come across patronizing, but if you are going to commit to helping this dog and finding a route back into life, society, normality, family, then unfortunately in DR you do have to pick and choose where you put your heart, effort and money.
Being tough is important. Sometimes flogging a dead horse (excuse) is counter productive, if it is taking up room for a flow of hopefuls where one may have no hope.
Probably sounds harsh from me, but the bigger picture is so relevant when dealing with the dogs of DR, it is an endless mission, heart breaking and soul destroying, but the big picture is important and self control.
I know I would have appreciated someone telling me it is okay to turn my back on cases when I have felt it my duty to do otherwise, it's tough. Good luck, you obviously have a great heart
Anyone can help the easy cases. It's so much easier to find homes for the cute puppies and kittens. Are you saying because this dog is mature (his age has not been stated, only that he is older than first thought), he is not deserving of help?
No, (and you are well aware that I am not saying that, and so stop twisting words and my intent for dramatic effect, its cheap and transparent so save it).
I am saying all needing dogs deserve the help, and all the help we can offer. Unfortunately there are so many in need of help, and so many cases that it is often counter productive to put so much of yourself into a case whos future is leaning further in a not so positive direction. Sure the dog deserves all the help and love in the world, but this lady is willing to take something on where she herself is going to be relying on others to fund, which is a disaster, she is asking for charity for the rest of the dogs life, this is not security at all, not in a domestic setting.
If the funding continues then this is great, there is no issue, if the funding stops (which in my experience it does) then it all comes down onto her, and she has stated that she can not take this on herself. I've been there several times ending up with large packs of dogs and absolutely in a position I could not control or see a way out of, and it is not fun. Ending in my lifestyle suffering tremendously and leading to all sorts of stress, but because of our nature and need to do what we can it happens now and then.
My point is on a domestic scale, I advise against taking on any animal you yourself can not afford to fund and support, if need be for life.
You would think so wouldn't you, well have you tried to home bitches in the DR? Street dogs? Dogs found in bags all over the place? in the river? thrown in your garden? Nothing is easy to home in DR, unless you are very lucky and have a good network or pedigree who are on order. This is why the big picture is so important, there is so much to do it is impossible to help all the cases that come our way, absolutely impossible, pups or not. And no, not anyone can do it, far from it.
Originally Posted by EllaTO