Kiara - ADOPTED
I was found roaming the busy
streets of Columbus and taken to the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
After I served my legal stray time the shelter called Harlequin Haven and within
hours I was at the rescue! I have been on my own for a while and
unfortunately you can tell I did not do so well. I only weigh 75 pounds
and am about 20 pounds underweight.
Update March 28: I now weigh 80 pounds and have friends that
I love to play with. I am still a bit shy of strangers but I warm up
quickly when I realize they will not harm me.
Update April 4: I am slowly gaining weight and now weigh 83
pounds. I am a very happy girl and am slowly working through being shy.
Update April 27: I was not gaining weight like I should and
was not eating right so I went to the vet last week. Turns out I have
tonsillitis!! I had no clinical symptoms which made being diagnosed a
bit harder but after x-rays and a
thorough examination the vet figured it out! I am on antibiotics
and am feeling much better now!! I will take the antibiotics another 10
days then I will be rechecked.
Update May 7: Well it turns out that the tonsillitis was not
the issue so yesterday I went to see Dr. Lee Schrader an Internist and
she believes it is neurological and that I need to see a Neurologist. So
I have an appointment on Tuesday afternoon. I am really happy that the
rescue is trying to find the answer to my eating issue but it scares me
how much money they are spending to find the answer to my problem! Can
you help the rescue by making a small donation for my vet bills? So far
the rescue has spent $525 and the consultation with the Neurologist is
$130 and if I need a CAT Scan it will be another $725. Please can you
Update May 14: Well I
went to see the Neurologist on Tuesday and she said I had no lower jaw
strength and that was my eating issue and she also said I needed to have
4 different blood test ran to rule out causes. These test cost a total
of $849 and thank goodness Grandma and I decided to check with my
regular vet before running the test because 2 days later the Neurologist
told a HHGDR volunteer that the test were not needed and would serve no
purpose. So why did she say I needed them on Tuesday??? Grandma
and I did not like this Neurologist very much and both agreed we would
never go back to see her again!!!!! Anyway Then I got to thinking about
my eating issue and it is not lower jaw strength because if it was I
would not be able to break dog biscuits into little pieces.
Okay to try to explain my
eating issues, I can eat soft, gooey canned dog food and I can eat
the dry kibble if softened in water.
But when it comes to plain dry kibble or dog biscuits I can only break them
into crumbs I can not get them down my throat either that or I am just a
VERY messy eater. Grandma asked me if my
issue was I was not used to anything but table scraps and canned food
and maybe it was just the fact I had never had them before. I honestly
do not remember. I only remember being dumped, scared, alone and hungry! Grandma
asked me if it was the texture but I am not sure what she means by that.
Since there does not appear to be a medical reason Grandma has agreed
that I am about as ready for adoption as I will ever be!
So is anyone interested in a
beautiful shy young lady that loves canned dog food? I am 100% normal in
every other way!!
May 23: I just thought I would
give you a quick update and let you know that I am getting better at
eating dry kibble and dog biscuits. It takes me a bit but my mess is
getting smaller and smaller!! Grandma is positive now that I was
just never exposed to these types of food in the past and was unsure how
to eat them.
I want to thank all the nice
people who sent their ideas as to why I have issues with dog biscuits
and dry kibble but it is not my esophagus the problem is/was that I do
not move the dry food back into my esophagus like I should. Grandma says
I looked like a child that was tasting a new food for the first time and
just not using my tongue to get it back but each day now I am getting
better and better at it!!!Update June 6: Just another quick update! I am now eating
about a cup of dry kibble a day and not wasting any of it but to be
honest the yummy canned is much tastier!! I am still a sloppy eater with
the dog biscuits but most any other treat I clean every bit of it up!!!
Okay doesn't anyone want a pretty little loving and slightly spoiled
Update June 10: Well Grandma finally found a dry dog food
that I like!! I still would prefer the canned but this is pretty yummy
food. It is called Science Diet Oral Care so I get my teeth cleaned
while I eat. I am not wasting any of it so Grandma is pretty happy!!
Well gotta go play!!
Update July 18: Grandma told me
I should give everyone an update, she is really proud of me!! I am now
eating 4 cups a day of the Science Diet Oral Care and I just get a
little bit of the canned food!! I have gained all my weight and am
looking great!! I love to play with the other dogs and am having a great
time!! I am still a bit messy when I eat the dog biscuits but hey they
are not as yummy as the rest of the food!! I will ask Grandma to take a
new picture of me so you can see how beautiful I am now!!
Update September 5: I just wanted to give you a quick update
on how I am doing. I am now eating regular dog kibble just like all the
other dogs!! I still am picky about my dog biscuits but hey at least I
now eat regular dog food!!!
ADOPTED: I found the forever home I have always dreamed of
and I will never want for food or love again!
My forever family!
Before Pictures Below
Picture courtesy of the Franklin
County Animal Shelter
Date of Birth: 3/2008
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Description: female, blue with white marks, natural ears