The dog we named Argos (from the Odyssey but with a happier ending) jumped from this photograph, taken in the Animal Control Pound in another state, into our hearts:
Dehydrated, without functional hearing or sight, hardly able to stand, Argos was covered with heavily matted fur so deeply caked with filth that they'd had to shave him.
When we called to tell them we could pick him up the day after tomorrow (our day off), they said he'd never last that long, that we'd have to come pick him up that day and give him emergency medical care. A wonderful rescue group helped us with arrangements so that we could get him in time. We admitted him to our local hospital and he managed to pull through.
Once in his new home, Argos has been a special joy, full of surprises. Here he is cuddling with some of his friends among the special needs cats and dogs who live as part of our family in our home.
With Calypso, a blind cat:
With Maggie, a dog with spinal problems & cancer:
With Harmony, a cat with a rare muscle disease:
WIth Marlowe, an elderly blind & deaf dog:
With Danny, a cat born with eye problems who developed the calicivirus & chronic respiratory problems:
With Jason, a cat with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The police had found Jason abandoned by the side of the road. He'd been hit by a car, lost half of his tail, and suffered neurological trauma:
With Ursa, an elderly blind & deaf Lab mix:
Argos surprised us by how much he enjoyed walking in the snow:
In fact, he loved to spend quite a while exploring:
But then come over to let us know he wants to go back inside his home:
Please follow this link to the other special-needs dogs and cats who live as a family in our home.