Halo, an old chocolate lab, was found as a stray in rural Ohio and taken to the local shelter. Southwest Pennsylvania Retriever Rescue (SPARRO) works on a regular basis with this shelter and was happy to make the 300 mile drive to pick Halo up there. She had no chance of adoption at the rural shelter and was in danger of being euthanized.
Halo had kennel cough, an infection in both eyes due to Entropion, and also had a large mammary mass that SPARRO hoped was not cancer. In late January, Grey Muzzle paid for surgery to remove the tumor and fix the Entropion, so Halo is now much more comfortable. (And lab tests showed the tumor to be benign-yeah!) Other good news: she is heartworm negative, free of parasites, and her heart and lungs are good, as well as her blood work. Amazingly, no dental is needed as she has great teeth. Some "maintenance" was all that was needed to give this girl a chance at a happy retirement!
Now that she is free of kennel cough, Halo has free run of her new home, and will likely live in the home of SPARRO's founder (who also operates Shades of Grey Senior Sanctuary) for the remainder of her life.
Halo has received a lovely bed donated from our Bed Fund by 5th graders at the Glenolden School in Pennsylvania! As you can see in the picture, Halo is generous enough to share the bed with the other old dogs at the sanctuary; sometimes there are four dogs piled on this favorite bed!
Joe at SPARRO tells us, “She had another eye problem a few weeks ago and it was determined that she now has chronic dry eye. She will be on cyclosporine drops every day for the rest of her life for that. She is still very happy and it is not affecting her at all.”