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Van Gogh - Update March 6



Vinnie today

It was five weeks ago today that Mr. Vinnie Van Gogh was carried through our doors, hoping beyond hope that someone could help him. Looking back on that first day with us, when Vinnie laid on our exam table, wrapped in a blanket with a blank, vacant stare on his face and injuries unlike any that we have seen in a long time, it's hard to believe that he survived. If you missed the pictures and video from his first two weeks with us, you will not believe that this is the same dog. We can't believe it, and we actually saw his rebirth with our own eyes! Vinnie was literally torn to shreds yet now, he is thriving.

Vinnie after he arrived and was initially treated.

He is up and about, alert and happy. His wounds are healing, the skin has healed where his ear was torn off. He put on weight and has a great appetite. Best of all, he is happy, loving, trusting, and he wants more than anything to keep getting healthier and lead a normal life. During those first few days, our veterinarian, Dr. Baris, said that as long as Vinnie wants to live, she would do everything in her power to help him do that. Well, obviously he wanted to live because look at him now!

If you are unaware of just how horrid Vinnie's injuries were when he came in, take a look at his story and photos when he first arrived at AHS, and follow his progress.

Vinnie showed off his armpits today and it's absolutely astounding that they have healed as well as they have. The skin is regenerated and the wounds are closing. Where Vinnie had huge pieces of flesh ripped from his little legs, he now has scabs, new skin, and healthy looking legs once again. His hind legs are still a concern of course, and he will be seeing a specialist on Friday to evaluate them further. We are confident that one day, all of Vinnie's injuries will heal and this whole ordeal will just be a bad memory.

We would like to thank you all for all of your support for Vinnie along the way. Don't get us wrong ... support is still needed, and Vinnie still has a long way to go, but your thoughts, prayers, gifts, donations, well wishes, etc. have helped him, and all of our other animals in need more than you will ever know. The donations to our Res-Q Fund that we have received are so important to Vinnie's recovery process and there is always a need for this fund. Animals that are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment come through our doors constantly, so we'll always have a need for this fund. To help those in need, please make a contribution to our Res-Q Fund.

Please keep Vinnie in your thoughts on Friday and let's hope he gets good news at his visit to the specialist. Thank you, and please stay tuned for more from the Invincible Vinnie!

3/7/2014

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