Dory has gone to the Rainbow Bridge
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men …
Dory is at peace – running at the Rainbow Bridge with all our beloved GRRMF alumni.
You may recall last weekend we posted a very sad story about Dory, a ten-year-old girl that had been dumped in a field. Along with all the other ailments we initially told you about, Dory was also suffering from multiple infections, too much atrophy, and was just too far gone. Our rescue angels visited her many times every day, fixed her home cooked high nutrition meals, brushed her and loved her. But too much was taken from Dory's health and spirit with not enough left to help her recover.
Friday night our medical director summed it up with this note:
Dory gave up her struggle to recover today. She was barely responding to anyone trying to get her up, brushing her, or trying to feed her by hand. She just wanted to be left alone and was not moving at all. She simply hadn't any more energy left.
In her last week, she was loved and she was comfortable with a nice bed, good food, a clean body and gentle brushing. She just couldn’t marshal the strength to keep going. She is at the bridge now, frolicking with all of our beloved goldens who have gone before. Please send thanks to everyone who supported us in trying to change the course of her life and know that we did all we could.
From every heart in our GRRMF family we say thank you so much! You helped make Dory’s last days so much better than being left lying alone in a field.
We are touched by how many have voluntarily come forward so quickly with such love, support, and kindness in this difficult situation. While our hearts hurt from the loss of Dory, they expand with pride and gratitude for all the goodness we have witnessed!
Thank you to all of you who generously donated funds specifically for Dory. They helped us give her immediate medical comfort!
Thank you to GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harness Company for coming forward so quickly with their wonderful donation of a support harness! Dory used the harness many times in the days she was with us. Through your generosity, her GingerLead harness will become a much needed permanent part of GRRMF’s medical equiptment used to help other goldens in need.
We extend a very grateful thank you to Dr. Weisman and the staff of Oviedo Animal Hospital for the special love and attention they gave to Dory and the valiant effort they made to save a beautiful spirit.
We would like to extend one last thank you. This one goes out to all our incredible volunteers who work hard behind the scenes. Working together, many goldens have been helped, even if it was only for a short time like Dory, being shown comfort, attention and love as their last contact before arriving at the Rainbow Bridge.
If you believe like we do that caring for the animals that need us is a necessary part of who we should be as a society, please join us. Visit one of our events, volunteer, donate, adopt! It isn't always easy, but it is always rewarding. The acts of kindness and goodness we see always seem to overpower the acts that make our organization necessary.
If you would like to help us give goldens in medical distress a chance, please consider donating to our Woody Fund for Special Needs Goldens. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by our GRRMF family and ALL of our goldens!
Life isn't always fair but sometimes wonderful angels are waiting in the wings to swoop in like a miracle at just the right time. A miracle is just what one of our sweet senior golden girls needed and received!
Meet ten-year-old Dory, a really sweet gal who was dumped in a field. Can you believe it – old, infirmed, and dumped in a field in spite of her sweet loving disposition. Dory was picked up by Orange County Animal Services and after the mandatory waiting period, was turned over to GRRMF. The staff at OCAS had to carry Dory to her rescue angel's car because she could not stand nor walk. Even worse – she was soaked in urine due to her inability to get around for proper elimination.
Dory's GRRMF angel drove her to one of our veterinarians where she was discovered to be covered from head to tail in mats – old, large, dirty mats of neglect and cruelty. After an hour and a half of cutting away matted fur, she received a medicated bath, medication, hydration and some food. Dory is feeling and resting much better. Believe it or not, after all that work on her, she was actually able to stand on her own and walk where ever she was led. Strike up the cheers for the angels of medicine! Dory will spend time convalescing in the hospital where she will receive the rest and attention she so desperately needs.
What we know so far is there are some neurological issues going on with Dory, although her x-rays do not show any fractures or compressions in her rear spine. Anti-inflammatory medications will continue to ease her discomfort and in the days to come, we will get a better feel of what will become of this precious golden that never deserved the situation she was found in. While her outcome is currently uncertain, she is now in the care of loving hands and hearts that will attend to her needs and help her in every way possible.