A few days ago, I got an email from a shelter about an old Shiba Inu. At the time, NYC Shiba Rescue was already in the process of helping arrange transport for two or three other old Shibas in shelters, so my first thought was “surely this isn’t another older Shiba needing a home.” But, yep, it was, and this guy is particularly in need of rescue’s help because he can’t be made available for adoption by the public. He’s dying. Renal failure. 🙁 His kidneys are failing, he has Lyme disease, some dental disease and corneal scarring. Apparently he’s so sweet and cute though, that the shelter workers can’t bear the thought of putting him to sleep. They want to release him to NYCSR for hospice care.
Weatherbee only weighs about 15 pounds. According to the shelter, he sleeps most of the day. He walks a bit, but slowly. They say he eats pretty well. His vision is bad. He was found as a stray. I can’t fathom how a dog in that condition ends up stray. *sigh*
Who will love this sweet, old boy in his last days? Will you be the one to give him a soft, warm place to sleep, healthy food and snuggles? Who will stroke his face in his last minutes and let him know he was loved and cherished?
I’ve already told NYCSR that I will take him if necessary, but I hope I won’t have to. That would mean a 1,000 mile transport for this little guy. Plus, I’m really not sure either my or my daughter’s hearts can handle the pain of loving and losing another old soul so soon after losing our sweet Brandy.
Is there someone out there with love and compassion for Weatherbee?
If you can be that person, please let me know.