As her wounds healed and the dead skin continued to slew off, she started making very good progress.

The is Officer Martinez who rescued Hope from the middle of the street at 3:00am where she was laying, too weak to move and totally matted and infested with maggots.  He spent the rest of the night cleaning and shaving as much as he could.  He then came back the next day and helped Diana continue the cleanup.  

If Officer Martinez had not checked Hopes teeth and discovered her young age and done so much work on her terribly matted coat, she would definitely been put down due to her deplorable condition and severe lethargy.  

Instead, after only a few weeks of rehab and TLC, Hope is a happy, healthy little female that is beautiful and as sweet as any dog you could ever meet.

Hope improved emotionally over the next couple of weeks.  She was more aware of her surroundings and tried to interact with other dogs and with people.  She ate her first few bites of food and we felt like she might be turning the corner. The deep holes are starting to close up and with the liberal application of Manuka honey she continued to heal quite rapidly..

Some very hard patches on her back side were just caked on filth that had crystallized.  With some very careful clipping and gentle tugging, we were able to remove it with just a couple small razor burns.  An application of Veterycin at least twice a day and all is looking much better

Hope is in the last stages, she is finally healing up and just a couple small sores to clean up .  She is starting to grown back some hair and we feel like she will eventually get all the hair back on her back and look completely normal.  She continues to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is clearing up nicely and she will be able to go to our next AAP event.

Hope is in the last stages, she is finally healing up and just a couple small sores to clean up .  She is starting to grown back some hair and we feel like she will eventually get all the hair back on her back and look completely normal.  She continues to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is clearing up nicely and she will be able to go to our next AAP event.

Hope is in the last stages, she is finally healing up and just a couple small sores to clean up .  She is starting to grown back some hair and we feel like she will eventually get all the hair back on her back and look completely normal.  She continues to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is clearing up nicely and she will be able to go to our next AAP event.

Friday, 10/14

The first chapter of the new life for our darling Hope was written on Saturday, March11th.  Hope was adopted to a wonderful family that is committed to caring for her and making her an integral part of their family.  Hope liked Stephanie right away and had no problem snuggling up to Mason and Ava.  We hope for only the best for Hope and all of her new family. 

Hope in the last stages, finally healing up and had just a couple small sores to clean up .  She starting to grow back some hair and started looking more like her old self. She continued to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is cleared up nicely and she was able to go to our next AAP event.

Hope has completely healed, She started to grow new hair all across the bad patch.  It will be a while before she is back to normal, but she is certainly making quick progress.

Hope continued improving and as the final sores began to heal up, she started to recover some of her coat.   

Save The Animals Rescue Society(STARS), Inc.

Hope had another vet visit with Dr. Nyguard and she removed all the dead skin from her back and side.  The bright red patches are granulation where new skin is was growing and all the holes through the derma were healing up.  She made great progress of the next couple of weeks and actually started growing some fur on her back.

Through all the handling and probing of her wounds and the treatments with antibiotic fluids and two baths so far, she was a perfect lady.  She  moaned a couple times but has never attempted any aggression.  

She is a wonderful little girl that deserves all the love, care and treatment we can give her.  

This sweet , little female Shih-Tzu was found in the middle of the road at three-thirty in the morning.  The ACO that rescued her said it looked as if she was sitting there hoping to die.  

He took her back to the shelter and spent the next two or three hours just shaving her back that was covered with open sores and maggots.  He did the best he could and the shelter crew called us the next morning to see if we could take her.

After the shelter vet checked her out and evaluated her condition, we were allowed to go into the shelter and finish shaving her down and cleaning her up, with the help of the wonderful shelter folks.  Diana was able to save her face and head hair so she doesn't look too bad. 

When she was free of maggots and most of the crud washed off, we brought her home and started the rehab. 

Hope is in the last stages, she is finally healing up and just a couple small sores to clean up .  She is starting to grown back some hair and we feel like she will eventually get all the hair back on her back and look completely normal.  She continues to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is clearing up nicely and she will be able to go to our next AAP event.

Hope is in the last stages, she is finally healing up and just a couple small sores to clean up .  She is starting to grown back some hair and we feel like she will eventually get all the hair back on her back and look completely normal.  She continues to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is clearing up nicely and she will be able to go to our next AAP event.

Thursday

10/20

This is the last entry for our Hope Project Page.  Hope was adopted to a wonderful family that had experience with special needs pets and has successfully integrated into the pack.  Hope has adopted Ava as her special person and has become a shadow,  constantly following Ava around the house and spending every minute with her.  We are so happy for Hope and for her new family.  I think our Hope has come full circle, from the brink of disaster to a wonderful home where she is loved.

Hope was our latest special needs rescue.  She was in dire need of some prolonged rehabilitation and a lot of TLC.  

March 21st, 2017

Saturday, 10/15

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Hope is in the last stages, she is finally healing up and just a couple small sores to clean up .  She is starting to grown back some hair and we feel like she will eventually get all the hair back on her back and look completely normal.  She continues to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is clearing up nicely and she will be able to go to our next AAP event.

The damaged skin was peeling off and surprise of all surprises, she actually started to grow some new healthy skin under all that mess.  The holes were healing up and the continued application of the honey really aided the healing process.

This is what was under the huge mat on her back; raw angry flesh with holes clear down to muscle.  This whole area of her back was infested with maggots.  We were still flushing dead maggots out of these wounds two days later.  

Hope is in the last stages, she is finally healing up and just a couple small sores to clean up .  She is starting to grown back some hair and we feel like she will eventually get all the hair back on her back and look completely normal.  She continues to amaze us with her sweetness and good nature.  A little bout with a UTI is clearing up nicely and she will be able to go to our next AAP event.

This is what our Hope looked like when she was rescued from the street.  She was one big mat and stunk to high heaven.  He was very lethargic, like she had given up and was ready to die to get out of her misery.

The three major wounds on her back were all the way through to the muscle tissue of her back. These wounds were full of maggots and very angry looking.  Her stomach and backside were covered in maggots, fleas and filth.  All that was cleaned off and we have began treating her with antibiotics and skin ointments.  

She was still very lethargic and slept most of the time.  We has to force feed her, but at least she drank water on her own.

A second visit to the vet provided us with further information on the care and treatment of her wounds and the vet gave her a couple shots to promote healing and minimize further damage from the toxins released by the maggots that infested her body.