Bodhi was found under a tree, unable to eat or drink, a large wound in his neck. A friend in another state asked if we might adopt him. He's brought immense warmth, joy, and an early Thanksgiving for us and for the special-needs dogs and cats who live in our home as part of our family.
A skin graft was needed for the wound, which has begun to heal. We discovered he had a serious heart condition for which he receives medication and regular visits to the cardiologist. He also has the feline immunodeficiency virus.
Here are photos of Bodhi and a few of his new pals...
Bodhi's wound when he first moved in:
Bodhi sharing a cat bed with Reuben who was shot with a .22 as a kitten, leaving his back legs permanently paralyzed (though his strong front legs allow him to move as fast as most of the others):
Bodhi, in an e-collar to protect the skin graft, sharing time with Persephone, a cat with serious neurological impairment:
Here's Bodhi sitting in front of some of his pals: Behind Bodhi on the back of the couch is Boone, a dog who suffered abuse that cost him the use of one of his legs; behind Boone on the back of the couch is Jason, a cat with a heart condition who was found barely alive by the side of the highway (whatever had hit him had torn off half his tail and left him with cognitive impairment); asleep in the cat bed on the window sill is Harmony, a cat who has survived for over a decade with feline congenital myotonia, a progressive muscle disease that a neurologist has been treating with an experimental medication; and down there in the lower right corner is Gideon, a dog who was found in the woods in horrific condition, weighing less than 2 pounds at about 6 weeks old:
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