The Arrow Fund’s Rudy has been adopted!
“Rudy, one of the dogs that came to us last summer from deplorable living conditions in Whitley County, has been adopted. After careful consideration, Jessica and Tim, his foster parents, have decided to adopt this special boy. Here is what Jessica is sharing with us:
My husband and I have adopted two dogs from The Arrow Fund. After bouncing the idea back and forth for months, we applied to be medical fosters.
We don’t have the biggest home, or acres of land, but we do have three cats, two goofball dogs, and lots of love, so when we were contacted about taking one of the dogs rescued this past summer from Whitely Co., my husband declared, “I want the hairless one.”
We met Heike Purdon at All Pets Veterinary, and went to meet Rudy. He lay in the kennel on a blanket shivering, a mix of nerves and air conditioning, and while his neighbor, Calvin, barked at us, Rudy was quiet. We took him outside, and Tim walked around the yard with him. We learned how it took Rudy weeks before he would even walk on the grass, preferring to stay on the concrete, a byproduct of his previous horrid living conditions. We found out that you couldn’t feed him treats from your hand since he used to be starving and would almost take your fingers with the food.
This dog was red-skinned, hardly a hair on him, and incredibly stinky. Like cartoon green waves stinky. He seemed to have little interest in us. I gave my husband a look he knows too well, the expression that conveys doubt. The one where I’m sure we’ve made a mistake, and I don’t want to do it. I’ll confess, I didn’t even want to pet the tacky-skinned dog. But, we’d signed up to foster, and I wasn’t going to abandon this dog that clearly needed a safe space, stability, and Love.
Fostering Rudy hasn’t always been easy, or smooth. And every time, every single time, he was ready for adoption, something would happen. He spent four days at Blue Pearl from food related issues once we started his food allergy trials. Exactly one week later, he got away from me while on a walk, minutes after I’d joked to my neighbor if he knew anyone wanting to adopt a dog. The night Rudy went missing was one of the worst nights of my life, yet it also showed us the love and kind-heartedness of a community of animal lovers and complete strangers. Luckily, he was found the next morning. He had a broken leg, and after it was amputated and he came home, I barely left his side for two days.
Nowadays, Rudy is an amazing little pup. We jokingly call him The Toddler, because he’s toddler sized and wears sweaters, is stubborn, prone to bouts of hyperness and loves to snuggle. He sleeps under the covers, or stretches out against my back with his head on my pillow, and the bed is his favorite place to be.
We’ve worried what would happen when he would get adopted. How he’d be crushed if we took him to a stranger’s home and never came back, this little dog who invaded our hearts. The day the adoption post went up, my husband and I were lying on the bed, and Rudy worm-wiggled his way between us, to sleep with his head on my shoulder and his nose under my chin. I cried and cried, and said, “What’s going to happen to him?” I knew then he wasn’t going anywhere.
To all our friends, family, and co-workers who insisted over the past few months “you know you’re going to keep that dog” well, go ahead and say I told you so.
To Rebecca Eaves, Heike Purdon, Thom Ham, the staff at All Pets, Blue Pearl, and Animal Dermatology, a huge Thank You. Thank you for helping Rudy, for helping us, and for doing what you do.
To all the people who helped look for Rudy the night he went missing, we can never thank you enough. But you can be assured he has the best Christmas present any animal could hope for – a family.”
We, at the Arrow Fund, could not be any happier for Rudy. He has been through so much, and has come so far. Merry Christmas, Rudy!
Foster and Adoption Team
The Arrow Fund
Rudy is available for Adoption!
Rudy, one of the dogs that came to us last summer from deplorable living conditions, would like nothing more than a home for Christmas! Rudy does not have any hair, and keeps warm by wearing a sweater in winter time (and a shirt and sunscreen in summer time). Rudy’s skin condition is suspected to be the result of food allergies.
Rudy can be a bit timid in new situations, and recently had to go a leg amputation after getting lost and injured. He gets around well on three legs, and does well with other dogs.
To make Rudy’s Christmas wish come true by adopting him, please complete an adoption application (it can be found at www.thearrowfund.org) and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do require a fenced in yard for our dogs.
Thanks for your support!
The Arrow Fund
Foster and Adoption Team
UPDATE – RUDY
EVERY ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO SAVE RUDY’S LEG.
SADLY AMPUTATION WAS THE ONLY OPTION.
Rudy suffered such a high energy break which involved his radius and ulna . The surgeon stated the bone splintered like a tree hit by lightening all the way up the elbow. This was a horrific injury .
We are so thankful that Rudy was found after pulling away from his foster mom while on their evening walk. While we are saddened Rudy has yet another set back in his life. We must remember he was found alive ! Rudy originally came to us from a horrible situation where he was trapped in a pen with decomposing dead dogs and dogs starving and actively dying. The Arrow Fund took two of the worst cases Rudy and Calvin.
Rudy was released after his amputation and is now back with his foster mom and dad.
After he heals from this amputation Rudy will be up for adoption. This boy needs his fairytale , his happily ever after .
So when available , please consider letting this darling boy join your family. He does best with other low key dogs. He loves to snuggle close and that helps this hairless beauty stay warm !
Update – Rudy Found !
His lead slipped from his foster mom while on walk last night .
Rudy was found today injured . We are unsure what happened . His radius and ulna are broken . Rudy will undergo orthopedic surgery today to attempt to repair the breaks .
We are so very thankful to everyone out there who helped us look for him and also those that shared our posts . What a great community effort . If only you all could have witnessed the reunion between Rudy and his foster Daddy . So happy…. So emotional ….
Thanks to all . This was so stressful for all of us – most of all for sweet Rudy . We are so thankful that he was found alive !
The Arrow Fund
UPDATE – RUDY
TAKING APPICATIONS NOW FOR THIS SWEET ANGEL WHO LITERALLY WENT THROUGH HELL ON EARTH BEFORE COMING TO THE ARROW FUND . RUDY WAS IN A
FENCED IN AREA TRAPPED WITH DECAYING DEAD, DYING, AND STARVING DOGS. WE SHOWED THE VIDEO UPON INTAKE – IT WAS THE STUFF THAT NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF. WE ALSO , TOOK IN CALVIN FROM THIS SITUATION AND HE HAS FOUND HIS FOREVER HOME . PLEASE HELP US FIND THE PERFECT HOME FOR BABY RUDY !
Rudy underwent his neuter and dew claw removal yesterday .
The dew claw removal was necessary – his poor feet were in such bad shape when we got him. He is taking it easy and being pampered by his wonderful fosters Jessica and Tim Paul . Rudy is a wonderful boy who has overcome so much…. We are looking for a safe haven and a loving forever home for him.
UPDATE – RUDY
STARTING TO ACCEPT ADOPTION APPLICATIONS !
RUDY CAME IN WITH CALVIN. THEY BOTH WERE IN A FENCED IN AREA TRAPPED WITH DECAYING DEAD, DYING, AND STARVING DOGS. WE SHOWED THE VIDEO UPON INTAKE – IT WAS THE STUFF THAT NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF. THE ARROW FUND QUICKLY STEPPED UP FOR THE TWO THAT WERE THE MOST CRITICAL. THIS UPDATE IS ON BABY RUDY !
Rudy came in severely emaciated and not a hair on his body . He had skin and bacterial infections along with open sores . Rudy was under the care of Blue Pearl for a long hospital stay . Then Rudy went to the wonderful foster home of Jessica and Tim Paul . Rudy has been spoiled and is coming along . We will be looking for a quiet forever home for Rudy . He can be with another dog but poor Rudy is very submissive . We do not want him to be over powered and feel scared. Rudy is fine with cats .
Rudy loves to sleep under the covers against his foster’s legs ! He still does not have a lot of hair and he may never get a full coat – but who cares ! This boy is amazing ! Because of being starved you must watch him – he wants to eat anything he can find…Rudy loves to be with his people and can scale a baby gate to get to them ! LOL !
Rudy is now strong enough to be neutered and we still are trying to find the best food for his skin . We are now starting to accept Adoption Applications on this precious baby boy ! He will make a great addition to the right family …. I just love him and he sure will bond with his family . He has so much love to give after living such a life of HELL ! Please consider this special Angel ! Adoption Applications are on our website at www.thearrowfund.org
UPDATE – RUDY
RUDY CAME FROM THE HORRID SITUATION IN WHITLEY COUNTY, KENTUCKY . HE WAS PINNED UP AND FORCED TO LIVE WITH ROTTING DEAD AND DYING DOGS . ( WE ALSO TOOK CALVIN FROM THIS SITUATION ) MANY OF YOU SAW THE GRAPHIC VIDEO THAT WE POSTED SHOWING THEIR HORRIFIC LIVIING CONDITIONS .
Rudy is fitting in well at his foster home – he has a sibling foster sister and brother . We are hopeful that Rudy will be able to come to our event on the 30th to meet you all at the Vino , Bark, and Brew !
Rudy has had many trips to the Dermatology Specialists and he is improving. We really do not know how much hair will come back yet – the damage was great to this boy. But we do know he is learning how to love and trust humans again …. These dogs that were in that situation lived a life of pure hell ! Our thanks to Jessica Greer Paul and Timothy Paul for being such great fosters to this little boy ! Jessica and Tim have adopted Talulah and Beau , two of our Arrow Fund babies ,so we feel really blessed that they opened up their home to foster Rudy for us ! Rudy is a very special boy and we hope to find his happily ever after soon.
Update on Rudy ~ Rudy and Calvin both will see the Dermatology Specialists tomorrow and be evaluated. Both have received medicated baths, and are being treated for internal parasites. We are pleased to say that both are Heartworm Negative. Calvin is still anemic . Rudy has a discharge coming from both eyes, so this will be evaluated . Rudy also has elevated liver values and elevated white blood cells. Blood work was sent out on both dogs to run a complete tick panel , the results should be back in about 5 days.
These babies are adjusting to actually getting medical care , love, and food on a regular basis. The hell these dogs have lived in is unimaginable .We know their medical care will be extensive .
This poor boy is almost to Blue Pearl – we are waiting on him . He came from that hell hole situation in Whitley County , Ky . Many of you saw the horrific video of these dogs living among dead rotting dogs . It was awful .We were asked to help this baby because of him being in such severe shape . We are naming him Rudy . We brought in one yesterday and his name is Calvin . It is our hope that prosecution to the fullest extent of the law will be forthcoming !
Please donate if you can … Donations can be made at www.thearrowfund.org and checks may be mailed to The Arrow Fund P. O. Box 1127 Prospect , Ky . 40059 .
Will update as soon as we have more information . Thank you for your support .
Please send love to these special babies who have had such a horrid life thus far !
Peace – Rebecca