The Importance of Being Ernest
Barely able to eat, unable to urinate, and very, very old. How did this little fella wind up on the street as a stray?
We were contacted by the Neptune Police Dept. at the end of April, 2005 to pick up this ailing and aging Miniature Pinscher. Shortly after, our little animal rescue dog was warm and cozy at our Tinton Falls shelter, but it became apparent to staff that he was in terrible pain -- he couldn't seem to urinate, and he had terrible difficulty eating. He was brought down to our Medical Department in Forked River, (see photo above), where he very soon saw an angel ... not in white, but in surgical green ... and she, (Dr. Laney Baris), saved his life.
The tiny, nameless fella got a name -- Ernest -- and a whole new lease on his 12 year old life. It was found he had a urinary obstruction, so life-saving surgery was performed, removing numerous bladder stones. Then his mouth was addressed - Ernest was already missing a few teeth, but it was no wonder he had such difficulties eating -- four additional teeth were removed, a dental performed and antibiotics given to help his mouth recover from longstanding infection. Ernest was getting a medical makeover!
Soon Ernest was feeling more chipper, and we thought this grateful animal rescue pup deserved a spot on the Animal Haven Farm where he awaits a home or can be sponsored on the Share-A-Pet Program. Today he shares a play yard with Jessie Belle the elderly Beagle and Pluto, a strapping but very timid mixed breed, who was rescued from starvation by AHS.
Ernest is observed carefully, and did indeed have to be treated again for urinary problems. Ernest continues to be under medical supervision for life, but under our watchful eye, the recovery of this aged Mini-Pin is an animal rescue tale that glows with a happy ending. Our Res-Q Fund made possible the extensive and urgent surgery Ernest needed -- won't you help us give more happy endings to pups like Ernest? Please donate now to the ResQ Fund, or consider sponsoring Ernest on the Share-A-Pet program.
Look at his smile now - that's the importance of being Ernest.