Buddy Has a Forever Home Now.
by Judy Fasser
My Silky Terrier came to us by accident.
I lost both my Yellow Labs within a year of each other in 2006 and 2007 (age 12 and 13).
We weren't going to get another dog for sure!
But I realized after a year that I missed a dog in the home. My husband and I went to a festival in our town and spotted a cute dog. I asked what breed it was and was told it was a Silky Terrier.
My husband thought the dog was cute and if he ever did want another dog he would like a Silky. But, he still wasn't quite ready for another dog.
Later that day I went on Craig's list. Actually I saw several available, but didn't push the situation.
I looked on Craig's list for several days over a short period of time just to see what was out there.
Then there was someone looking for a good home for her Silky. She lived in Sarasota, FL and we live in the next town over in Bradenton.
It was a dog she got from the Sarasota Humane Society because he was so cute. They told her they found the dog running the streets in Sarasota that summer in 2008. She wanted to take him home right away, but the Humane Society said she needed to wait to see if someone would claim him. No one did.
She took him home, but after a month or so realized that with her busy, full time work schedule, her many children and other pets, the dog wasn't happy with her and her family.
She put an ad on Craig's list saying she wanted an older couple with no small children to adopt her dog.
I showed it to my husband
and he said let's answer the ad and see what it's all about.
We answered the ad and the owner answered ours. We decided we wanted her "Moochie." We met her at a park and took him home. He was one scared dog! Didn't want anything to do with my husband. He was strictly my dog as far as he was concerned.
Our Vet thought he was about 3 or 4 years old. We found out he was blind in one eye, had severe skin allergies, his ears were infected, an enlarged heart and thyroid plus he had seizures from time to time. Also, his teeth had so much tartar on them I could just pick it off with my finger nail. He also had anxiety issues when we left him alone. He scratched and barked at the front door when we left. Wow! What did we get for free.
I decided I needed to make some big changes. I changed his food to an all organic/ human-grade diet. He now gets either beef/chicken/pork/turkey or buffalo meat, a variety of vegetables and quinoa along with herbs from my garden. I turn it into a stew and he loves it. I freeze the bulk of it and it lasts for about six weeks or so.
Then I found a wonderful holistic vet in Sarasota who started him on a program of supplements and Chinese herbs.
He is doing wonderfully well now. He has calmed down considerably, but loud noises and thunder storms still affect him. His skin and ears have cleared up completely. His teeth are clean as I brush them every day now. His hair is so shiny and feels like silk. He's our good Buddy!
We love him so much and he loves my husband now too.