With a broken spirit, no self esteem and empty emotions, we knew that Dozer was gravely mistreated in the past.
Dozer was rescued last year when he was only two years old. In his short life up to that point, he had gone back and forth between multiple homes, often kept in a garage for long periods of time. Dozer's tail had been amputated and his paws were a mess from both allergies and being on concrete floors. His emotional issues, in addition to his health problems, caused him to be afraid of just about everything and everyone.
His foster family invited him to relax on the furniture, pillows, and fluffy beds, but he wouldn't do anything except hang his head and sit quietly on the bare floor. Dozer didn't want to be touched, hugged, or petted. He didn't want to make friends with any of the other animals in the home and he would sometimes react in an aggressive manner in order to protect his "turf." Shortly after coming to our rescue, he developed a lung aspiration and had to be rushed to the vet. Thankfully, he fully recovered and did not develop pneumonia. Over the course of the next several months many treatments were applied to help with his allergies.
In the last few months, Dozer's foster family has been treating his allergies consistently, as well as working on his behavior issues.. Dozer is finally beginning to open up emotionally, realizing that it is ok to receive love from humans. He often does a "smarty-pants" dance when he is happy and shows his joy. This development has been a slow process after years of mistreatment. During this time, he has also developed "Calcinosis Cutis" which is an extremely expensive health issue. Calcinosis Cutis are calcium deposits in the skin caused by skin damage. This condition is usually prominent in the footpads and mouth. In some situations, surgery can remove the calcium deposits. Dozer's disease is widespread and many calcium deposit lesions have appeared on his neck and back -- making surgery impossible at this time. Dozer is currently on daily treatments, including specialty baths, cold laser therapy, and oral medications.
While these medications and treatments are helping Dozer tremendously, it is extremely costly for our rescue. Veterinarians expect that treatment will need to continue for multiple months. To help this sweet, handsome boy attain full recovery, we desperately need your help.
When Dozer recovers he will be able to find his furever home. No amount is too small, and every dollar is appreciated.