Sick Senior Dog Living With Fear Finally Receives Unconditional Love That He Desires Whole Life
Kelly and Andy, the founders, get requests for help every day. Alicia Anthony understands that but she couldn't help but make a plea for a senior dog in severe need of medical treatment.
This dog is Gerkin, a 14-year-old Chihuahua. Alicia saw his face in a Facebook post and felt an instant connection. She really wanted to help him, so she asked Kelly to do that. On September 23rd, 2023, Gerkin was taken from the Lancaster Shelter.
When he arrived at the rescue, Alicia couldn't help but gasp, and it was like love at first sight with the tiny pup. “I have no doubt everyone there heard me squeal when his transporter carried him into the lobby. I even yelled, ‘Kelly! Come look at him!’ I knew I was in trouble and that he would soon be at my house.”
Little Gerkin, the lively Chihuahua, not only brought his tiny self but also a persistent cough. After checking him out, Rachel, one of the vet techs, found out Gerkin was battling a severe collapsing trachea coupled with an upper respiratory infection.
Gerkin immediately became their caring priority. They hospitalized him on site and started IV fluids and medications. Because his condition needed constant care, Alicia became Gerkin's guardian during this time.
He remained hospitalized for a week before Alicia took him home for the weekend to keep helping him heal. “I took him home Friday night to watch over him for the weekend, administer his fluids and meds, and give him a quiet place to rest. His poor cough was horrible and made it so hard for him to get any rest," she said.
Even though he had a tough cough, there were happy moments—Gerkin made everyone laugh by barking at his own reflection in the mirror in his cute way. Unfortunately, his health got even worse.
Gerkin didn't feel like eating, and things looked bad so Alicia asked to bring him home. She expressed, “When we got home, I wrapped him up in a blanket, placed him in my lap, and we both fell asleep."
In the delicate balance of life and saying goodbye, Gerkin's short time at the Frosted Faces Foundation came to an end. The next day didn't bring any improvement in Gerkin's health, and faced with that reality, his caretakers had to make the tough decision to let him go. They knew it was the most humane thing to do.
As Alicia finished her work, she took Gerkin outside in the setting sun for a special farewell. It was a sad moment, and Alicia held Gerkin close, giving him one last hug as the sunlight faded.
Kelly, Andy, Maira, Diana, Michelle, and Dr. Russell were all there to say their goodbyes. Tears flowed as Alicia showed her love to Gerkin, a little soul leaving the world.
Alicia shared the news of Gerkin's passing on the rescue's Facebook page. She wrote, “Two weeks with him was not enough, and I wish he’d come to us sooner. Thank you, Kelly, for bringing this little potato to me, and thank you to everyone who tried so hard to fix him. I love you, my sweet Gerkin.”
Gerkin's story is undoubtedly heart-wrenching but Frosted Faces Foundation's dedicated efforts and Alicia's care offered solace in Gerkin's dying hours. If you love this story, share this article with your family and friends. For more amazing stories about animals, visit AUBTU.BIZ now!