Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lennon Update

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
-John Lennon


Lennon came to us just over a week ago. At that time he weighed just 31 pounds, after having been found in a backyard by animal control. Lenny had just enough energy to softly wag his tail, but that was the extent of his physical exertion. He could barely stand, barely walk, barely lift his head. He was a skeleton of a dog (both literally and figuratively).

Being in the medical profession, I have a soft spot for dogs with special needs. I feel like these dogs are my opportunity to use my knowledge and professional experience for the greater good. So, when we saw his picture, my husband and I knew we had to help. We couldn't look the other way and allow him to die in the shelter (as he almost certainly would have done).

When Lennon arrived at our house, he was in the worst physical shape I'd ever seen. I had serious concerns about whether or not he'd survive. I explained to my husband (the eternal optimist) that he shouldn't get too attached because there was a strong possibility that he wouldn't make it through the night. But each time I got up to feed him, there he was, tail wagging and ready to eat. This guy was a fighter, and he was determined to prove me wrong.

Lennon gained twelve pounds in the first two days. This was mostly due to rehydration, but it was still a promising sign. Within four days, he was climbing the stairs. And on the fifth day, I came home to find him lounging on my living room rug. He had climbed a flight of stairs and crawled under the baby gate. He was definitely feeling better!

As Lennon's strength is improving, we are learning a lot about him. He is an outgoing dog. He loves to cuddle in our laps and if we stop petting him, he will gently remind us to get back to it. He likes to play with his tennis ball and he LOVES to roll in the grass. He is a wonderful dog and we are blessed to have him in our home.

We also got a little bit of information from somebody that knew him before this whole ordeal, he allegedly used to weigh 90 pounds!! We have a long way to go before he is back to that weight...but thanks to all of the thoughts, prayers, and generous donations, Lennon has a great chance of getting there.   

The support Lennon has received during this first week is incredibly heartwarming. It is amazing that one dog can have such an effect on so many people. We hope that his story will continue to inspire people to fight back against animal neglect and cruelty...because sadly, Lennon's story is not unique.




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Lennon doing the stairs. 


14 comments:

  1. he is doing so well..thank god You found him...and god bless You for taking care..

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  2. Oh my goodness, this story melts my heart! I am so thankful that you were there for him & to hear he is doing better. I can't believe he was 60 pounds below his previous weight, so sad. I look forward to more good updated about Lennon!

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  4. I live for these sort of updates. Not a doubt you would do it. He is going to make some very special family incredibly happy!

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  5. Bless you for taking care of him and loving him so much.
    (((purrs)))

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  6. Oh my goodness... 31 pounds? Sheesh that's insane! Glad you were nice enough to take him in and help him on his road to recovery. He should be super handsome by the time he's fully nursed back to health.

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  7. I love that you named him "Lennon" John Lennon was ALWAYS my fave. You are an angel to care for him! xoxo

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  8. Wow, what a difference just a week makes! That is SO awesome, and he sounds like such a sweetie....he's in the right place to get what he needs.

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  9. Love what you do - your husband and you are special angels to these special needs dogs!

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  10. God bless you for taking care of him so glsd he is doing better! Way to go handsome, Lenny

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  11. God bless you for taking care of him so glsd he is doing better! Way to go handsome, Lenny

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  12. any updates on lennon? i want to know how he is doing now :)

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  13. Sarah, thank you so much for helping my favorite baby! I cant wait to meet him!

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