This is Roo back in 2008 when I rescued him. I’m sure you can see here why it was so easy to fall for him. As cute as it was with his little tongue sticking out, it was actually quite sad because the reason it was sticking out was do to all of the swelling in his mouth from severe pharyngitis.
Roo had a great life until his owner/Mommy passed away, the elderly lady fell down outside while feeding Roo one evening an later died due to complications from her injuries. Roo was blamed by a family member who would was then responsible for caring for Roo. Well, she didn’t care for him at all, instead, she banned him from the house, left him outside to fend for himself…for over a year. By the time I was alerted to his situation he was very ill, severely malnourished, Severe pharyngitis, an enlarged kidney and he was matted from head to toe. Recommendation from the veterinarian….euthanasia.
Well that didn’t happen.
Roo weighed 6 pounds in this photograph, here is another taken on that same day….
Here is Roo today…12 pounds and healthy.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to care for your little friends not only now but in the event of your early demise. Most of us never give it a thought as to who would care for them if we were suddenly gone.
Allow Roo to be an example of what can happen when there is no instructions as to where the animal is to go. It’s difficult to imagine that a family member could be so cruel to someone we cherished in this life but it happens.
Please take the time to plan for the unthinkable, make it clear who gets custody and talk to the person you appoint about it first, make them aware of your wishes out loud, ask how they feel about it, ask how they would care for your animal if you were gone.
The person that was responsible for Roo’s care after the elderly lady died….was the daughter of the lady who died.
Roo was put to rest on November 28, 2011.
His presence in our lives is missed every single day.
Roo’s spirit taught me so much about appreciating life…right now.
His sweet soul and kind heart will live on….
for as long as I live, he shall not die.