In the mean time I had had a conversation the day before with a friend whose husband had lost his beloved young dog from a reaction to medication prescribed for a condition. Keith was devastated at the sudden loss of his dog and his wife Marianne could only console him and tried convincing him to acquire another dog from a shelter possibly. No! Keith wouldn’t have any of it! He needed more grieving time and there was no replacing the dog he had just lost. I told her the next dog shold be a Mcnab and I happened to have puppies, But no, Keith wasn’t interested and if he were , he would want a young adult female.
I spoke with Christine about working out all the details of how to rescue the dog from the shelter. The local Better Days Rescue could get the dog out based on me taking responsibility for her. Nothing ventured, nothing gained I always say - here I go again….
The conversation I had with Marianne the day before came into my head and I started to wrap my brain around the fact that she said Keith would only accept an adult female dog back into his life if anything….
What the heck, I phoned Marianne to plant the seed. She re-iterated our conversation from the day before and I simply told her to just have Keith look at the dog's picture and get back to me. Okay, she agreed.
Next morning I received a call and Marianne was excited to tell me that Keith has a name for the dog - “Boomer”. Wow, I guess that means he wants her. I contacted the rescuer which started things in motion and within one week Boomer was spayed, vaccinated, bloodwork and stool samples were taken. She only one issue with giardia and all else was well.
From that point ” Pilots for Paws” was contacted and alerted that there is a re-home needing a ride from Mesa,AZ to Paso Robles, CA. Within a few days ‘Boomer’ had a ride with Pilot Bob, a retired doctor whose mission was to unite people with rescued pets.
The attached link tells the rest of the story in a beautiful slide show and the story does not end here.
Boomer: The Story of a Rescue
As it turned out, Boomer, who eventually settled into her new surroundings became ill one week after arrival. Marianne contacted me to let me know what was going on. It was a Sunday and Boomer had stopped eating and was drinking very little water, and had a cough. She was really tired and had taken to resting under their bed and being reclusive. She didn’t have much weight to start out with and now she was losing weight fast.
This was the last thing that Keith needed was to lose another dog. Even if he hadn’t bonded yet, it would be another blow! I told Marianne to take her to the vet, it sounds like Valley Fever, and keep me posted! Marianne had all the paper work that came with Boomer that showed she had been tested for Valley Fever and was negative. Doesn’t matter - mention it to your vet please!
Monday evening she called to say the vet is testing her for VF and it will take two weeks to get the results back and in the meantime they put her on a pain/anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics. She was eating better, until the next day she started throwing up her meals
Two weeks later and the results were back and Boomer had Valley Fever. Now she was going to have to start up on a long term expensive round of treatments. Keith and Marianne were becoming discouraged, this is not what they had hoped for…
In the meantime we both had been in touch with Christine, the rescuer. She followed through and found Bret the Vet. Bret happens to be doing a research project on Valley Fever.
As it turns out Boomer is the perfect candidate since she had been tested negative and 2 weeks later comes up with Valley Fever. This is ideal, she had newly acquired the disease, where most dogs have had it awhile before being diagnosed. Boomer is now enrolled in the research project and will be receiving the medication she needs to survive the infection. This research is also going to be used for human purposes to help with finding cures and effective medications for future use.
I’m particularly moved by the chain of events… since 15 years ago, I came down with Valley Fever and became deathly ill. It never goes away entirely and I will be interested in the results that come from this research project. We will be following up on Boomers progress and please pray for her full recovery.
"Angels conspire to inspire what is to transpire."