Sadly, the story of Chief ends in grief. After his primary caretaker since puppyhood passed away, the surviving spouse was unable to care for him. On October 6th, the 11-year-old Dachshund mix was surrendered to the Pocahontas County Animal Control shelter in West Virginia. He came to the shelter with his medications for seizures, chronic ear issues, and itchy skin. He also was believed to have a kidney infection.
On October 21st, De Anna Lynn of Advocates for Shelter Animals of Pocahontas Co., WV (ASAP), requested our help for Chief’s vetting costs. The shelter had reported that he had blood in his urine. As a temporary measure, De Anna got the shelter staff to give him antibiotics, but the infection didn’t appear to be responding. We agreed to assist, and he had a vet exam with some testing on October 23rd.
De Anna provided us with this report from the vet: “Chief is a bit of a mess, the vet fears, and not sure why his kidney infection is not responding to the antibiotics. In a nutshell, the bleeding could be from an infection, stones or cancer. Also, his bladder looked odd, and he’s got an arrhythmia. The vet strongly suspected there are underlying causes at play, possibly more than one, but noted Chief is a friendly, seemingly happy little guy who acts as though nothing is wrong with him.”
On November 26th, Chief returned to the vet for his neutering and exploratory surgery. What the vet found was devastating: both kidneys had tumors, with the left kidney had been invaded by a large blood-filled cyst, which was at imminent risk of rupturing. After reaching out to De Anna and the shelter staff, the difficult decision was made to euthanize him while he was still under anesthesia. The vet noted the time of Chief’s passing was 3:42 pm.
Out of respect for Chief, rather than having his body go to the landfill, we agreed to cover his cremation costs. “The news that he is being cremated,” De Anna said, “brought tears of gratitude and relief from the shelter staff.” This was the response from the head kennel worker: “Omg. Thank y’all so much. We will keep his remains here at the shelter. Again, thanks everyone!” ASAP purchased an urn for Chief’s ashes.
“Chief was a very sweet boy,” De Anna shared with us. “He’d always jump up on my knees, tail wagging, and give gentle kisses to my hand when I’d pet him. He let me pick him up and hold him like a baby the first morning I met him. Everyone loved him. I wasn’t expecting this outcome for him, naively perhaps, but still. I feel so bad it ended this way. We are all quite sad about it. He was a staff favorite and such a sweet little fellow.” Rest in Peace, Chief. To see more photos of Chief, click here.
RADAR paid all $616 of the vetting, tests, surgery, euthanasia and cremation costs for Chief.
UPDATE: Chief crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 26, 2018
UPDATE: All funds for Chief have been raised. We thank you very much.
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically for Chief:
Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Brian Mertz; Evelyn White; Jacquie Robinson; Tina Muncy; Jim Lundsted; Peggy Marshall, in loving memory of her dog from Pocahontas County, Bianca
Added on December 16, 2018.