Senior Chihuahuas Spice and Bandit had lived their whole lives together. But when their owner left abruptly, both dogs were left abandoned. A kind neighbor was looking in on them every other day, but because their health had been sorely neglected, both dogs needed extensive vet care. In early summer, a board member with the Highland County Humane Society in Virginia, became aware of Spice’s situation, and offered to take her home to foster, only to realize that Bandit was also in need. Luckily, the Highland County Humane Society board member was able to foster both dogs!
Spice is estimated to be eight years old, while Bandit is eighteen years old. Spice is a tiny girl and is very bonded with Bandit. Both dogs showed signs of neglect including very overgrown nails. Spice’s small size was a health concern. She needed basic vetting and tests to determine why she was so emaciated. The Highland County Humane Society foster had to hand feed both dogs, and after a few days was rewarded by a little tail wag from Spice! These poor seniors deserved better and Highland County Humane Society hoped to make their senior years comfortable.
Highland County Humane Society founder and president, Corena Huffman, reached out to RADAR for help with Spice and Bandit. It was unknown what the extent of vetting costs might be for these two seniors. With RADAR’s record of senior dog assistance, we agreed to help both dogs. The dogs received complete exams and testing. On August 3rd, Spice had an ultrasound performed, which found multiple abnormalities. Her left kidney is very enlarged, her liver is displaced and has many areas of lesions and scar tissue. Her gallbladder is thickened with the possibility of a mass. The veterinarian is concerned about cancer, although Spice is not suffering any discomfort.
Both Spice and Bandit are in the loving foster home provided by the Highland County Humane Society board member. Spice is in hospice care, while Bandit is in permanent foster care. Spice is a snuggly girl. She spends her day burrowed in her blankets next to her buddy Bandit. Highland County Humane Society is hoping to provide Spice with a good quality of life however long she has. Be sure to view more photos in Spices’s gallery.
RADAR paid all of Spice’s vetting, testing and ultrasound costs, which totaled $315.
UPDATE We learned that Spice has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. On October 25th, 2020, Corena Huffman shared this with us: “Sadly we lost our Spice girl this week–her little body was done with the fight. Thank you to RADAR for all your help and support.” Rest in Peace, Spice.
UPDATE All funds for Spice have been raised. Thank you.
While RADAR is no longer asking for donations for our nonprofit, we ask that you check out some of our rescue partners and make a donation to one or more of them.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Spice:
Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga Fund; Second Chances Fund
Added on August 8, 2020.