Cujo was welcomed into rescue at the end of last month with quite the story. He and his bull terrier sister, Autumn, were surrendered by their mom who was on the verge of being homeless after their dad suffered a massive stroke. We scrambled to get the bonded pair into the closest veterinary boarding facility with availability after we found out that the last few days they were with their mom, they were in their crates in a tent in the woods. While in boarding Autumn and Cujo were vetted; examinations, vaccines, heartworm & tickborne disease checks, fecal parasite checks, pre-surgical bloodwork, spay/neuter surgeries, microchips, heartworm prevention, and treatment for the ehrlichiosis tickborne disease that was found in both of them. After two weeks of boarding in Maryland, Autumn and Cujo made their way to Georgia to meet the new dad, Allan, who was thrilled to offer the pair a home together with him. Though Cujo was happy to meet his dad and showed him affection, he was acting a bit off; an upset tummy and refusing food. We chalked this up to stress from the recent changes in his life and the long transport that he just went through. Unfortunately, over the next few days, while Cujo was happy to see his dad, he still refused food and would vomit most times that he drank water. Nausea medicines and an appetite stimulant that a local vet prescribed did not help. Off to the emergency hospital Cujo went because these symptoms are terribly alarming. Bullies. Love. Their. Food.
The awesome staff at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital in Sandy Springs, GA flew into action upon Cujo’s arrival. Cujo arrived at 11:48am and we discussed his history with a concerned veterinary technician. At 12:29pm the doctor called after Cujo’s exam and discussed her concerns and the plan for diagnostics. At 1:54pm Cujo’s doctor called to let us know that the abdominal ultrasound showed a blockage in his small intestine and lots of foreign material in his stomach. He would need surgery right away. We authorized surgery and said a prayer for this sweet boy. At 4:40pm Cujo’s doctor called us to let us know that his surgery was a success! A piece of foam, possibly ball, was removed with an incision to his small intestine along with a piece of rope or leash, plant material, and excess fluid from his stomach. Thankfully, though his small intestine was very inflamed, he did not end up losing any section of it. Cujo remains hospitalized on fluids and pain management. The hope is that he will show interest in food soon and his bowels will start to move, so while his surgery was successful, we are still guarded while we wait for his body to heal. We cannot express how thankful we are for the wonderful staff at Blue Pearl for the amazing and PROMPT care that Cujo has received from them.
We never quite know what story will be written by each bull terrier we welcome into rescue, but Cujo has decided that his will not be boring! We will likely never know when and where the foreign objects entered his system as they can be floating around in their belly for months and months without issue. Blue Ridge has always taken pride in the fact that we have such amazing supporters whose contributions allow us to never deny taking any bull terrier with medical needs into rescue. We have attached the receipt from Cujo and Autumn’s boarding and vet care, along with the estimate for Cujo’s surgery today. We had to make a deposit of $5898.29 for surgery today. We are praying for no complications and hope to receive a 10% discount on today’s services as well. The total bill for Autumn and Cujo’s boarding and vet care totaled $3422.19. This gives us a grand total for this beautiful pair of $9320.48 that we have paid out in the last 3 weeks, which is quite the hit to our available funds for the rescue bullies. We want to make sure that we always have funds available for those in need.
How can you help? We have several ways!
– Donations toward Cujo’s care can be made via PayPal or Venmo to email@example.com or by following this link: https://www.brbtc.org/donate/
– Donations by check can be mailed to: Blue Ridge Bull Terrier Rescue, PO Box 32, Delmar, DE 19940
– Shirts, hoodies, and other cool merchandise are available on our website and ready to ship out immediately! A link to our store can be found here: https://shop.brbtc.org/
– Our Annual Spring Auction is coming up shortly and will be starting on May 19, 2021. We are still looking for item donations for the auction. If you have anything you would like to put up for auction, you can contact Max Izzy Gates
– To join our Auction Group and bid on some really cool items when the Spring Auction starts, please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1908742976036027
Thank you ALL for your continued support! From fosters, adopters, transporters, donors, those who like and share our posts or volunteer in any way – we could not do this without you. We love our incredible rescue family
We will post updates on Cujo at the top of this post when they are available.