A Letter from Bobby
Hi, it's me, Bobby.
I just wanted to let you all know how I am doing here in Redding. I have been to see Dr. Larry who thinks I’m probably closer to 6-7 years old than 12 years old judging from my teeth. That’s good news for me and anyone who might want to make me part of their family. My foster dad says I don’t act like a 12 year old Pei. I’m out there doing “play bows” and running around the yard trying to engage him in some kind of play, but maybe HE’s the one who is too old for that!
I have had my eyes done, I was neutered, and they even cleaned my teeth for me. Unfortunately, now I have tested positive for heartworm disease. I will start the treatment as soon as I heal from my surgeries. I hear it’s not an easy treatment for me, but I am confident that I will be fine and ready for a new home when it is complete. It will be about two months before I will get a “clean bill of health”, but you know good things are worth waiting for!
I hope my story has touched your heart. I also hope for those of you who have not tested your four legged companions for heartworm disease and put them on preventative, that you will make an effort to do that. The treatment may be difficult and somewhat painful, but left untreated the disease is a death sentence. I am lucky that my foster parents test every dog who is accepted into their program. Yes, there have been dogs that have come from Southern CA who were positive, although there are people in that area who do not think their dogs are at risk. The area I came from is not considered high risk, but that mosquito who bit me and gave me this disease sure didn’t know any boundaries. It’s an easy blood test and a once a month preventative that can prevent heartworm disease, and I can tell you that I sure wish my previous owners had done that for me so I would not be having to go through the upcoming treatment. I am just glad it was discovered, and I will have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Once the treatment is complete, I will have no lasting effects.
Well, I will get off my soap box now. I just wanted all of you to be aware of heartworm disease and what you can do to prevent it.
I wish I had new photo of my handsome self to share with you, but my foster parents have had a lot going on. I will be touch after my treatment with an update and new picture.
Thanks for caring.