All of the dogs that come to Halfway Hounds are special to us. Each of them has a story. They all deserve a second chance and a better life. They pull at our heartstrings and we all work together to help them. Every once in a while we get a dog that has something different. They touch our hearts and everyone who meets them falls in love. Gus was one of those dogs. For those who do not know his story, Gus came to us from a local shelter, picked up as a stray. Already in the shelter for a few months when we met him, he was skinny, unneutered and looked like he had spent some time on the streets. But, immediately we knew there was something very special about him. We met much more adoptable dogs that day, but when we left the shelter, all of us could not stop thinking about Gus. We knew he needed us, and as it turns out, we needed him too. In the months he was with us, Gus got healthier and gained weight. He quickly touched the hearts of everyone he met. He had this special way of snuggling up to people and placing his head on a lap, where you could not resist hugging and petting him. He could stay like that for hours.
Gus was lucky enough to end up in a wonderful, loving foster home where he was treated like a king! About six weeks ago, Gus started to have some new medical issues (trouble with his eyes and excessive sneezing). We took him to a neurologist and an MRI was performed. We began treating him for what was hopefully a fungal infection and over the next few weeks he started feeling a little better, although the sneezing and eye issues continued. Last week, his condition began to worsen. We immediately took him for a second opinion to see an internist and had some additional tests done, including a CT Scan and biopsies. Our worst fears were confirmed when we learned he had cancer. Over the last several days, his condition deteriorated and his quality of life quickly diminishing. We would never let him or any of our dogs be in pain or discomfort. We wanted to let all of you know that we decided that the best course of action would be to put Gus to peace. He was surrounded by MANY of the people who loved him during his time with us. A special heartfelt thanks to his fosters Deanna and Andrew Fedick for the love and tender care you gave him. Thank you to our volunteers and Halfway Hounds partners who cheered him along as we tried to get him healthy.
He is no longer in pain and is running free again over the Rainbow Bridge...