Rudy's Life Saving Journey

  • Breed: Boxer Mix
  • Name: Rudy
  • Color: Brown
  • Size: Medium
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Senior

Rudy was found as a stray who suddenly vanished while her rescuers were looking for her owners. They hoped she had gone home, until two weeks later she appeared starved, and nearly dead. They brought her to Rose Acres Rescue to keep her from being euthanized.

She is 8+ years old, not spayed, not chipped, has poor dental, heart worm positive, severely malnourished, and has shoulder and hip injuries from being struck by a car. She really struggled the first week in our care and only gained two pounds despite her new nourishment and hydration. I had to help her to the food bowls and every time I went to check on her, I expected to have lost her.

We added to her diet and changed her feeding pattern. This week she gained three more pounds! The vet feels she will survive at this time but wants to do blood work next week.

We are looking at:
$250 for blood work including chemistry panels.
$500 for heart worm treatments.
$250 for x-rays. She continues to limp and her mobility is still limited.
$200 for spay due to age and condition or if complications and/or prolonged hospitalization. 
$300 for complete dental exam and care including: Sedation, fluids, cleaning, extractions (if needed) and postoperative medications. 

Please contribute it you can, she has the sweetest disposition and her tail has wagged since she got here. Rudy will probably take about 3 months to get medically ready to be adopted. Every dollar is greatly appreciated for her healing and forever home!


  • Rudy has stabilized but has a nagging cough. She is maintaining her weight. She is strictly inside living with free roam. Her crate is her sanctuary and where she puts her toys and any other toys she sees. She sleeps on the bed provided thru PoundWishes. She goes for walks outside with limited endurance. Her current treatment plan is to meet with Vet next week and make decision regarding Heartworm treatment. 

    February 22, 2018

  • It is bitterly cold in Alabama. Rudy is not a big fan of bitterly cold. It is 23 degrees and she made her 30 second potty run. She loves her new toy that was donated from her poundWISH Wishlist page. She is so cute and carries it around in her mouth. People always want puppies, they miss out on by not adopting sweet adults and senior dogs like Rudy.

    The Vet is giving her time to completely get over the Bronchitis and then we will continue dealing with Health issues. She acts  like a puppy with hers toys. She won't share them either. Once healed completely from Bronchitis and bloodwork/labs stable, will do Heartworm Treatment. We have put her on the adoption pages. She is sweet and humble. Doing great in house!

    January 09, 2018

  • Leaving the Vet now and Rudy has gained another pound! She will continue to recover from the Bronchitis and the vet said that the lungs sound good. Once the doctor feels like she is ready we will continue with Heartworm treatment and dental care.

    Rudy is loving the items that were purchased from her poundWISH Wishlist and give a huge thank you to those who purchased them. Here is a photo of her with her new bed.

    The Vet is very pleased with her progress! We just don't need any more set backs. Thank you for continuing to support Rudy and her journey!

    December 18, 2017

  • Rudy has developed Bronchitis. She is coughing and sneezing. We have moved her inside my home so can closely monitor breathing. There are now more medicines including another antibiotic. She is still her happy self with constantly wagging tail. Her mobility is greatly improved, even going up and down a flight of steps. She is on isolation in a sunny room. She has a crate but crate door is open. She hasn't had accident or destroyed anything. She is best little dog.

    December 13, 2017

  • Rudy's back at the rescue! Weight at 34 pounds. More active. Eating well. Has a round of antibiotics to finish. Incision with staples and sutures and healing well. The Junior Vet tech didn't want her to leave.

    December 06, 2017

  • Rudy's update:
    She has mild heart enlargement secondary to heart worms. Mild shortness of breath due to heart and abdomen. She is pregnant with 4 pups that don't appear viable due to the elevated white blood cells probably from uterine infection.

    Her arthritis is age related in neck, spine, and in the right front leg from old injury. Our vet was amazed when the test results started coming in.

    There are the dark moments of Rescue...Rudy's whole world sits on my shoulders. After much discussion this is our plan:
    We are doing emergency Spay Thursday morning. Without the Spay, the vets feel the pregnancy will kill her. They are confident the pups won't survive even if carries through to term. Then, if she survives the Spay, do the heart worm treatment. Her arthritis and age issues can hopefully be managed as any senior dog. I pray that I am making the best decisions with the best advice from the vets. If at any time, she seems to be suffering, we stop. She walked in at vet's office like she owned the place. Everyone was petting her and slipping her treats. Her tail was up and wagging. Her eyes are bright and clear. She was getting so much attention she didn't get anxious when I left. The truly sad thing, all of this could have been prevented by spay and heart worm prevention by her first owner. I will update Thursday after her surgery.

    November 30, 2017

  • Didn't get good news today...Rudy's Belly is distended. They are getting x-rays.

    I will update when I know more!

    November 28, 2017

  • Rudy was weighed at the vet on Saturday, she has gained 3.5 pounds! We are working on her anemia and she has finished her anti-fungal and almost all of her antibiotics. Her endurance is improving however, she is still limping. Thank you to those following her journey and supporting her recovery. We greatly appreciate all of the donations and love. 

    November 22, 2017

  • Rudy's blood work is back. Her white blood cells are elevated, not entirely unexpected and her Red Blood Cells are very low.

    The vet has added medications and we are adjusting her diet. Her Spay, heartworm, and musculoskeletal treatments will be delayed until we get her blood chemistry normal. So far at least it is all fixable!

    Thank you for helping Rudy through her long road of recovery. Every donation is greatly appreciated and saving her life!

    November 15, 2017

  • Rudy has gained 5 pounds since her arrival to our rescue. We have been taking her on small and slow walks just outside the kennels, she tries to do more than she has energy to do. Due to heart worms, we keep her activity low. We don't want her stressing her heart.

    We are going to Vet for weight and lab work on Monday, Nov. 13. She still has to be lifted in and out of car and has a long road to recovery. We greatly appreciate your support during this time. Rudy is truly a sweet girl. She loves greeting me and the fence and waits for my arrival. 

    Thank you for supporting Rudy and following her progress.

    November 10, 2017