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Mr. Green aka Albi
Mr. Green's story
10/26/03 Albi came to visit us at our October Pets911 event. Here are some new pics for you to enjoy!
Brothers Reunited ... Albi & Marco
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9/29/03 When Albi's foster parents were faced with possibly having to let Albi go (we had a really great application on him), they just couldn't! Chris & Desarae have put so much time and love into caring for Albi, especially during his illness. They have taught him so many signs (and he just learned the ones for Mom & Dad this week) and he learns so quickly. Be sure to look for Albi at our some of our Pet 911 Events, where he will gladly demonstrate all that he has learned. We are so happy that Albi will now be a permanent (and very much loved) member of the Jenkins family. I hear Ty's (their deaf Aussie) is pretty happy about it too :-) We went by on Sunday, 10/5 to complete the paperwork and take some pictures. Albi showed us a few things he's learned. Enjoy!
9/05/03 Albi's blood was drawn (all bloodwork is normal) and had a recheck on his ears. All looks well, ears are clear and swelling is gone, so no additional medication was required. His foster mom says he is doing great, pretty much back to being a normal happy puppy. He is busy playing all day with Ty. We will keep you posted.
8/30/03 On 8/23/03 Albi (Mr. Green) was taken to Best Friends Animal Hospital in Mesa for severe ear and face swelling, as well as lesions on his ears. X-rays indicated that all the tissue in his head was swollen and his ears were infected clear down to the ear canal. Albi was sedated so that bloodwork and cultures could be taken, as well as ear cleaning (he was in too much pain to have anything done while awake). He was also given antibiotic and steroid injections. Albi spent the night at the hospital and was released to Desarae & Chris, his foster home (Thank You for the wonderful care and love you're giving him) with medications and instructions for his care. His bloodwork showed that he was somewhat anemic and the cultures came back indicating that he had puppy strangles. Albi is on the road to recovery, but will require additional medical care. He was checked today (and is doing great, but his ear canals are still not clear), and sent home with medication and will be rechecked (also bloodwork to check anemia levels) next week. His medical bill to date is over $700 and climbing. If you would like to donate to help with Albi's medical bills, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
7/30/03 After just over one week, we have finally found a name that fits "Mr. Green's" personality. Introducing Professor Albi Snugglebutt, one of the smartest pups I have ever met. We call him any combination of these names, depending on what he is up to. Lately I have been referring to him as The Professor - this is because he is an incredible problem solver. He studies a situation, then decides how to approach it. Not to say that he isn't as impulsive as any other puppy. He is very goal oriented and he knows the best way to achieve his goal (be it escaping from the bedroom or stealing food) is to understand the path needed to get there. He is also very cuddly when he is not in play mode - this is where "snugglebutt" comes from. "Albi" is reserved for when he is being his cute little self (chasing down a ball with no coordination, plunging his head into Ty's water dish with his limited depth perception). It is also used when he is being a little "Albino Alligator" attacking bare feet and ankles.
The Professor has been getting along great with Ty. Ty pouted for the first three days but finally caved in to Albi's charms. Now they play nonstop. Before Albi, Ty has had limited experience with other dogs. Together they are both learning how to play and it is so fun to watch. Unfortunately, Ty is very camera shy so we won't have many photos of the two of them together.
We are starting to keep Albi in his crate while we are at work and he hasn't taken to it quite yet. So far Albi has gone out two or three times on his own (through the dog door) to go potty and we praise him like a king when he does this. He is always supervised when outside because of our pool. He fell in last week when Desarae was with him. She was going to pull him out but he got his bearings, turned toward the steps, and swam to the top step. He rested for a few seconds on the step, then pulled himself out of the pool. Knowing that he can get out of the pool by himself was a huge relief for us.
Albi can definitely see out of both eyes, but sees much better within about 10-15 feet. He has already learned to sit and lay down, and we have taken him for several walks around the block on a leash. He has done very well, but all of the running to keep up with Ty gets him tired pretty quickly. Sophie (our cat) has learned to tolerate Albi and knows not to run away when he gets excited.
09/15/03 - Albi is current on vaccinations. Dr. Stickland has deemed Albi perfectly healthy, so he is scheduled for neuter surgery on 9/21/03 and will receive his rabies shot.
Here are some great new pictures. Enjoy
Mr. Green's story
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Chris & Desarae Jenkins
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