Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Sorry About That!

I've left you all nearly a week without an update on the Barkalot Brothers. My apologies for that. I've not been feeling well, and have even missed work. I'm feeling a bit better this evening.
But thank-you so much for sharing your experiences, candid thoughts and support on my last post; they went a long way. They helped me to articulate my thoughts and feelings about returning George and Abe. They also gave me and the coordinator from the rescue, a few things to consider. At this moment, Abe and George being returned is on hold.

Abe returned to the vet on Friday for another glucose curve test.  He failed. His glucose was so low that they had to feed him to bring the level up. We've decreased the insulin, and increased his food.
~Chipper, on the left keeping George company while Abe is gone~
We all know that Labs live to eat, but Abe really is hungry and his continuing to lose weight is a concern too. The special/prescription food that Abe eats, I think, has no nutritional value, so it's not a surprise that he's hungry all the time. Abe goes back to the vet on Friday for another test.
~Abe~
Paul (previous owner) was contacted about returning Abe and George to him. He assured the rescue that he's financially able to provide for them. However, he was going back into the hospital today (Tuesday) for a couple of more days of tests and should be home in a day or so. This raised the nagging concerns I have about his continuing to care for Abe and George, concerns which the foster-home-coordinator for the rescue also shares.   
~George~
As I said, as it stands right now, we're on hold until the end of the week. Lab Rescue is in favor of their return to their former home.  However, the concerns we all share about Abe and George's ongoing care is first and foremost and will again be discussed with Paul.  And, the foster home coordinator feels strongly that we need to get Abe's diabetes stabilized as well. So, whether they will be back home in time for Christmas is anyone's guess.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Abe & George - Going Back Home?

Lab Rescue received the below e-mail yesterday from the previous owner of Abe and George. I spoke to the foster home coordinator last evening, who had discussed everything at length with the president of the rescue. 
DEAR LAB RESCUE MY NAME IS PAUL ******* AND I AM THE OWNER OF ABE AND GEORGE WHO PLACED THEM WITH YOUR AGENCY FOR ADOPTION. BECAUSE OF FAMILY PRESSURE , I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AT THE TIME .MY (THIRD TIME IN N2 YEARS) THIS CREATED A HARDSHIP ON MY FAMILY TAKING CARE OF ABE AND GEORGE AS THEY LIVE IN *****COUNTY AND I LIVE IN ***** .IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS HARDSHIP AND FAMILY PRESSURE THAT I REGRETFULLY PUT MY BOYS UP FOR ADOPTION. I IMMEDIATELY REGRETTED THIS DECISION .
        I NOW AM OUT OF HOSPITAL AND GIVEN A CLEAR BILL OF HEALTH ALSO I NOW HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE WILLING TO TAKE CARE OF ABE AND GEORGE IN CASE I WOULD BECOME SICK IN THE FUTURE .SINCE I HAVE BEEN HOME I MISS MY BOYS GREATLY .I VERY MUCH LOVE ABE AND GEORGE AND MY HOME IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT THEM .MY WIFE AND I HAVE HAD ABE AND GEORGE SINCE THEY WERE 10 WEEKS OLD MY WIFE PASSED IN 2017 AND NOW MY BOYS ARE GONE .PLEASE FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO REUNITE ME WITH ABE AND GEORGE ,I LOVE THEM VERY MUCH AND MISS THEIR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE . I AM PRAYING THAT YOU REACH OUT TO ME AND I AM REUNITED WITH MY BOYS 
 Returning Abe and George to their previous owner is being seriously considered.  The foster home coordinator is going to reach out to the previous owner today and she will make the decision. I told her that I trusted her to make the best decision. But I am not sure how I feel about it. Of course my first concern is for Abe and George. They needed all their care updated when they first came into the rescue. Also to consider is that Abe is diabetic. Also diagnosed when he came into the rescue. Will the owner be able to afford and give him the care he needs?

What do you think?   


Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Christmas Hat!

One holiday down, one more to go as this weekend comes to an end with my wallet a little emptier. I've done a bit more online shopping than I typically do.
One of the things I try to get done is our Christmas card. For more than 20 years I've done a photo card with our dogs on the front.
This year I had an idea for our card when I was in the shop where we buy dog food, and I saw *a hat.* My idea was to take a photo of each of the dogs wearing it, and put them all together.
I chuckled as I took the first few photos.
~Rhett~
But then when I put a few of them together on what would be the front of the card
~Max~
I realized that none of the dogs were really showing that holiday cheer. So I decided to scrap that idea.
~The lovely Sophie~
However, I still can't help but chuckle when I look at them.
~Alf!~
Especially the ones of Todd.
Who I think  ....
given his expression....
and his reaction, totally hated the hat. Don't you agree? 

So, with that and the photos not showing any holiday spirit, I'm onto the next "great idea."