for adoption thru
Genesee Valley Boxer Rescue
4/1/01 - Gabby
arrived in our rescue a week ago today. He ended up at a shelter after
being tied to a tree and abandoned in a state forest! The shelter
manager figured he was probably someone's breeding stud and they "got
rid of him" when he was no longer useful. How could anyone do
this to such a fine old soul?
He's been to our vet for a complete exam: The good news is he's heartworm negative. The bad news is the 2.5" ball on the side of his neck is a malignant mast cell tumor. Although he has many other lumps and bumps, the vet was not worried about the rest. He weighed in at 54lbs - and is extremely skinny - the doctor said he body went into starvation mode while he was out in the elements tied to the tree. He is eating fairly well now - many small meals throughout the day. She guestimated his age to be closer to 15 than 10! As you can see - he has almost as much gray as fawn.
Gabby appears to be completely deaf - but is picking up hand signals very quickly. His favorite is the one for "come here and get some lovin' " - really gets is stump a waggin'! The first few days Gabby slept most of the time, but now is up and about much more and even plays with toys! He loves to leap and frolic in the snow - but never alone. He hates to go outside by himself - probably flashbacks of his past. So of course, someone always goes with him. Gabby is even strong enough to jump up on the couch by himself now!
The plan at this point is to do nothing but feed him for the next couple of weeks and watch for any change in size of the tumor. Assuming he continues to gain weight and strength, we will then begin further diagnostic testing and then treatment of the cancer. This will be quite expensive - but we are determined to help Gabby in any way possible. Please consider sending a donation through Pay Pal or a check to the address below to help in covering the cost of Gabby's future care. All donations go to meet the needs of the Boxers that come into rescue. Even a $5 or $10 donation can help. Thank you from Gabby and all of the Boxers at Northeastern Boxer Rescue.
If you would like to send a donation to help with his care please consider using Paypal. or donations can be mailed to:
Northeastern Boxer Rescue
PO Box 40614
Rochester, NY 14604
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Rochester, New York