The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages...even puppies. We'll have dogs for adoption from 11 to 3 Saturday, June 28 in the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh and at Treats Unleashed in Ladue . To see which dogs will be there as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here. And don't forget to attend our second Barkfest/Reunion. See below for more information.
I no longer know how the Samson saga will end. I've been hoping for a happy ending, but no one is promising that yet.
Samson is the handsome German Shepherd with the sweet disposition. One of our volunteers found him tied in the barn at the farm where she bought hay. The owner believed that a German Shepherd, even a tied-up one, might discourage thieves and tresspassers. When our volunteer stopped to greet Samson, she noticed strings of snot hanging from his nose and caking on his chest. She also saw how happy he was for any attention she gave him. She figured Samson would be delighted to meet thieves, tresspassers and anyone else. He was that kind of dog. Love me. Love me.
Our volunteer finally talked Samson's owner into letting her take him. She bathed him, loved him, and took him to the vet, who suspected a fungal infection. With medication, Sam seemed to improve but didn't completely clear up. And than he got worse, lost weight, and ended up with pneumonia. By then he was in the care of a specialist who ran numerous tests to discover what sort of bugs were bothering Samson. Tests revealed a rare bacterial infection and a number of other more common bugs. In his lungs were large deposits of mucous. His white blood count pointed to a serious infections.
A couple months later Samson was much improved. His lungs looked better and his white blood count was normal. We rejoiced, but not for long. Before long new x-rays showed that his lungs were no longer improving. In fact, one lobe looked worse, and his nose was dripping more. Another series of tests showed e coli and staph infections in his nose. By this time, Samson's specialist was consulting with respiratory specialists in several other states. Samson's prognosis was, in a word, "guarded."
What now? Samson is using a nebulizer four times a day to get treatment directly to his nose. He's also taking new pills known to work against his infections. So we wait another month and then look at more x-rays. But we all know we're running out of treatment options.
Could it be an immune system problem? That's one fear. One test from yesterday will answer tht question when we get the results; we fear the answer. If Samson has an immune system problem, we'll know what's making him sick, but we won't have a way of making him better. He'll eventually grow resistant to every medication we try.
Oddly, Samson doesn't act sick. He eats well and is at a good weight. He chases a ball, enjoys car rides and happily greets his many friends. If not for his snotty nose and raspy breathing, he'd be everyone's idea of the perfect big dog. Intelligent. Magestic. Gentle. Loyal.
So now we wait to see if the new treatments work. And his bills go up. We are still accepting donations if you'd be kind enough to help.
And maybe we will write a happy ending.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project