This is the story about a dog named Augustus: Gus, Gus-Gus or Gussy. He came into rescuer Jeanette DeMars’ life on December 1.
“Advertised for sale for whatever reason — I’m not sure why, except that he was older — Gus had been an outside dog. While I don’t normally “buy” dogs in to rescue, there was just something about Gussy that told me he needed help and needed it now. With the help of a fellow rescuer and some of her friends, we were able to get Gus transported the four-plus hours from his former home in SW Kansas to Corgi Connection in Milford, Kansas.
Gus is one of THE sweetest, most easy-going Corgis I’ve met. It could be because he’s 10 years old (advertised as seven), or that he’s just not as mobile as he used to be, but there is something in his eyes that just captures your heart and doesn’t let go. His short stay at my house and his visits to work proved that. EVERYONE loved Gussy! I envision he was once a very proud, strong and noble dog; he deserves to retain his dignity. Why or how anyone could let him go is beyond my comprehension, but according to his vet records he has been re-homed at least three times.
Because of chronic, long term neglect, Gussy’s coat was in such poor condition he had to be shaved. The resulting look earned him the nickname “Ear Muffs”. He does bear a resemblance!
As soon as I got Gus home, I knew he had a grave condition, and x-rays confirmed my fears. It appears Gus has DM, Degenerative Myelopathy, an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spinal cord. Progressive weakness and un-coordination of the rear limbs are often the first signs in affected dogs, with progression over time to complete paralysis. Dogs with DM are not in pain and can live years with the aid of a cart and loving owners.
While I can’t promise Gus he won’t get moved around a few more times, I did promise him he would never be cold, hungry or left outside any longer than he wanted to be ever again. Until he finds that perfect furr-ever home, we take comfort in knowing that he is in the warm welcome of a home during winter, where he is being cared for and loved. If that means he stays in Corgi Connection forever, that’s what we’ll do for as long as he needs us.”
If you are interested in learning more about Gus, contact Jeanette at firstname.lastname@example.org.