Vinnie Van Gogh is really turning back into a puppy! He seems to have found his voice over the last few days and now gets to yodeling and howling whenever he spots one of his many friends. Of course we encourage this, with our cheering every time he gets up to take a few short steps, or walks all the way into the next room to relieve himself, or even pushes himself up to walk over and greet someone. All of these little accomplishments are just huge in Vinnie's world. It is truly a miracle that this little pup is even alive, let alone walking around and talking to us!
Some of Vinnie's wounds are actually starting to heal a little, which is just fantastic. The left front leg, that has at least three major wounds on it, is looking much better and there is new tissue growing over the wounds. The swelling has gone down considerably in that leg, which is a great sign. Vinnie's left front leg is still a major concern. He has had several huge pieces of flesh torn away from the underside of his leg and his armpit, and the deepest wound is down to the bone, but it's looking a little better every day, so we're hoping for the best. The spot on Vinnie's head where his ear used to be is looking very good. New tissue has grown, all stitches have been removed, and it's healing up nicely. Still too soon to tell if he's lost hearing in that ear.
We continue to treat Vinnie very aggressively with antibiotics for his multitude of infections, and he is still monitored very closely by Dr. Baris, who has literally brought this little guy back to life. He has a long road ahead of him and is nowhere near entertaining the idea of an adoptive home, but it's obvious that he's quite happy right where he is for now.
Today Vinnie tried on some hats for his next wagon ride outside. He picked out a tan one that he quite liked, so he'll be all pom-pommed up for his next ride! He also had lots of fun just rolling around and visiting with all of us today, and we sure love to see that. Thank you all so much again for all of your support of our little buddy. We could not help these innocent little souls if it were not for the generosity of our supporters. Please contribute to our Res-Q Fund, which is the fund that we are using to bring Vinnie back to life.
Please continue to share Vinnie's story. If you missed his original story, you can read it here. The more we share the stories of dogs such as Vinnie, the more awareness we will bring to those that are unaware of the horror and brutality of dog fighting and animal abuse and maybe someday, we'll put a stop to it. Please keep up the prayers, and keep speaking up for those that cannot speak for themselves.