Tulip has come a long way since last winter. In February, she found herself in a shelter as a stray. She was obese and unable to walk. Between her age, her weight and bad knees, her future at the shelter was dim.
Thankfully, the shelter contacted Old Dogs New Digs.
Old Dogs New Digs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue dedicated to getting senior dogs out of Maine shelters and into loving foster and forever homes. In March, through Old Dogs New Digs, Tulip went to a foster home where she started getting the help she needed. A new diet, thyroid medication, and aqua therapy have all helped Tulip to become much more mobile.
When I met her last Sunday, she was not the old, immobile dog I was expecting. After a 20 pound weight loss and the strength building benefits of the water therapy, Tulip was walking all around the yard happily, albeit slowly. She was engaged and enjoying life. Though she’s so much stronger and fitter, her knees are still bad (torn ACLs) and she’ll need surgery to help increase her mobility further and decrease pain. You can see in these photos how her structure is off and how she compensates when walking.
Tulip is a real sweetie and loves people. She likes dogs and I hear she is fine with cats, too. She is guessed to be over 10 years old, but she still wants her best years to be ahead of her.
Tulip is scheduled for her knee surgery on July 21st and a GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds for this life-improving surgery. Surgery is expensive and most shelters will not provide dogs anything but basic care. Old Dogs New Digs relies on donations to be able to provide medical care to improve the lives of the dogs in their program. And of course old dogs need more medical help than most.
If you can spare a few dollars to help Tulip take this next, important step in her recovery
and ease the knee pain that she feels every day, please click the link and donate.
Let’s help this older girl live a pain-free life!
Thanks from Tulip and all the volunteers who love her!