This week we are excited to report that Mary has gained 3.1 pounds! There are few things more rewarding than nourishing a hungry animal. When she arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, Mary was skin and bones. Following the advise of our veterinarian, Mary was given several small meals a day to help her system adjust to being fed healthy food.
Mealtimes to Mary are one of her many new joys in life. She polishes her bowl leaving it sparkling clean. She is patient for treats and is polite while the other dogs nibble their snacks.
We have learned that Mary loves music. While the piano in the living room is being played, Mary will saunter nearby and wag her tail in time to the music.
Mary is enjoying her new found life, and it continues to gain in richness each day. We at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary have gained the most by having Mary as our new family member.
Since she arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary where she will live out the rest of her life, Mary has not caused a single ripple moving into the household.
Each day, she ambles along with CAPE staff as they walk along the quiet road near the sanctuary. Mary is inclined to just soak up the sun, breathe in fresh spring air and lazily watch passing insects.
Tomorrow she will be meeting some of the animals who live on the sanctuary. You will not want to miss what happens as she goes nose to nose with a mini donkey and sees a chicken - for the first time?
Watching Mary enjoy the simple life, free from fear, starvation, or exposure to the elements makes our hearts soar.
Even though she is in hospice care, Mary is enjoying a beautiful life. Thanks for your support.
On Monday April 23, Mary was diagnosed with anal cancer that had spread throughout her abdomen. Although the news was not good from the veterinarian who examined Mary, the decision was made to take her home. And that's where her story begins.
For the rest of her life, all of us at CAPE have dedicated ourselves to giving Mary enriching, fun and loving experiences. In this blog you will be treated to seeing Mary as she meanders through her days living at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary with our executive director JP Novic and her husband Josh Novic.
On the couch with her are Maia and another foster Dottie. Mary is settled in, comfortable and carefree.
On a recent day while JP Novic, CAPE's Executive Director, was visiting a local shelter to rescue several dogs, two women pulled their car next to the CAPE truck. They motioned to JP asking for help. They had found a female dog wandering the streets. She was all skin and bones and covered in fleas. Her nails were inches long, and she had what looked like a few tumors under her skin. The dog was very sweet, mellow but clearly weak and exhausted.
JP assisted the women to make sure the dog was properly checked into the shelter. The staff assured JP they would contact her once her stray period was over.
A few days later, it was determined that the shelter could not put her up for adoption, so the dog was slated for euthanasia. On Saturday, April 21, "Mary" became a CAPE dog. She was picked up and immediately bathed and had her nails trimmed. CAPE consulted with a veterinarian on the best and most appropriate way to feed her. An appointment was scheduled for Mary to receive a full medical evaluation.
Once she arrived at her new foster home, Mary found a comfy couch, crawled into its soft warmth, laid her head down and slept for 12 hours.
Since then she has been enjoying several meals each day. She is house-trained and the family dogs have fully accepted her.
Her first veterinary appointment is Monday afternoon, so we will give you an update then.
Overall, Mary is a sweet, soulful, non-demanding girl. CAPE is honored to have saved her life, and we could not do so without your support.
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