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Tuesday
Mar042008

House of Puppies - Lilo's in Charge

Yes, we've added yet another puppy to the household! But, not just any puppy... a Rescue'd Puppy.

Meet Lilo. "Lilo" means "transformation" in Hawaiian. And sweet Lilo has transformed our lives in just over a week!

Suspected to be part dachshund and part mini-pinscher, Lilo (not her original name) was found in a field in South Los Angeles after being left for dead from hot oil or boiling water burns over much of her body. The Rescue folks said it looked like gang activity. I wanted to throw up.

She then spent 4 days in a shelter where they did minimal care that didn't include pain medication or protection from the sun. Then Rover Rescue took her from the shelter and put her in a foster home and gave her wonderful veterinary care that included antibiotics, daily cleansing of her wounds, pain medication and then tons of love from the wonderful family who fostered her.

She was found February 8 and suspected to be about 9 weeks old. Rover Rescue got her on February 12 and we adopted her on February 24th. The vet, when we brought her in the 25th, said she thought Lilo was about 13 weeks old then.

Blessedly, this flippin' adorable dog hasn't had one iota of anything that came from being so horribly hurt and mistreated. She is a lover! She sleeps in our bed, nuzzled warmly... plays with Cash (the long-haired dachshund) like a banshee dog and loves all over Digit (the black lab), running, running, running all over the place... until she crashes like a toddler who's had the light switched OFF.

Some of her hair is growing back, but she will always have scars where hair doesn't grow in. I was putting bag balm on her (still scabby) wounds, but was having to put it on every hour or so to keep her moisturized. Instead, I found Bio-Oil and that has changed her entire skin situation.

Because she will always be scarred, we have now become the people we made fun of... DOG DRESSERS!

Lilo has to remain protected from the cold and sun, so will only go nudie-tootie once in awhile in the house. Otherwise, she has to remain dressed as protection from the sun and any chilliness in the air. We're on the hunt for adorable doggie clothes... they have to be FUN, not goofy, so if you have ideas, send them on! One of my clients made the brilliant suggestion that I get plain tee shirts and have them tie-dyed to match my clothes! We also found a tee shirt that says, "I (heart) my two mommies."

Lilo weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces and is expected to get no bigger than about 14-15 pounds full- grown.

Here are a few pictures of her burns so you can see how miraculous she is in her survival and healing. No pity, please! Just glorious triumph for her recovery - which is now, almost complete!

The majority of the burns are over her left side. They went under her belly (which is still pretty naked, too), onto her neck and down her paws.

The white patches you see are the areas that burnt the worst. Even now, it is still scabbed, but healing.

This is a really good picture to be able to see the extent of the burned area.

This is Lilo with Digit... to offer some perspective in size. Look how fearless she is! She did end up stealing that pig ear from Digit, too!