Falkor: The senior dog that will not give up and the village supporting him
Has it really been a year? Time has flown by, and sure enough it was one year ago that we launched a campaign to save Falkor and fund the surgeries he needed to survive.
When rescuers found Falkor, he was barely struggling to survive with massive trauma all over his body and his face/skull took the brunt of the abuse. Falkor, Sharpei/Chow mix, was savagely beaten with a bat over and over again, while trying to protect a child.
Second Chance Rescue NYC and Dallas DogRRR teamed up to help save Falkor. They immediately pulled Falkor from a likely fate at the shelter. He remained in VERY guarded condition. The major obstacle the rescue was facing was the swelling of the brain which prohibited the medical team from taking x-rays and even surgery.
Falkor had a broken jaw, broken teeth, needed to have the right eye removed, was currently blind in the left, frontal lobe of the skull was broken, eye socket fractured, swelling of the brain and was disoriented. To put it mildly, Falkor was in critical condition and the vets were guarded in their prognosis.
But, both Second Chance Rescue NYC and Dallas DogRRR could not and would not give up on Falkor.
Rescuers and the vets were able to stablize Falkor, enough so to commence the surgeries he needed.
First, they went into surgery to get his jaw reconstructed and have surgery on his eye. The only problem is that during surgery, doctors discovered that he had cancer in his scrotum. Falkor could not catch a break.
After a week in recovery at the hospital, Falkor went home to his new foster family and started PTSD training while he recovered from surgery. All surgeries were successful, especially his jaw which healed completely.
Today, Falkor continues to live with his foster mom who writes:
Although Falkor is a much older guy, he is still continuing to do well. He gets around slower these days but there is no doubt he still has a good quality of life. I am thankful I have been able to be part of Falkor’s life and give him a safe and loving home, and with that being said I guess after a year it’s safe to say I have foster failed. So here’s to hopefully many more years I get to be part of his happy ever after and that these years he has left are the best ones yet!
Falkor is still not out of the woods yet. Just last week, Falkor went into the vet for a look at a few masses that popped up fairly quickly. During the visit, they tried to aspirate one of the masses to look for cells under a slide with no luck. It was then decided the best course of action would be to remove the largest mass which was located on his tail and send off for biopsy. Unable to close the incision properly due to lack of skin the portion of his tail that had the mass was removed. Also, while they had him under for the surgery they did an exam of his teeth, which wasn’t great. It is uncertain if some of the teeth issues were caused by the trauma to his face, or simply old age. Either way, they were causing discomfort and needed to be taken care of.
This was an impromptu surgery rescuers were not expecting, but was unavoidable. Their goal is to keep Falkor healthy and happy, but vet bills add up quick! To continue to donate to his care, please go to: www.dallasdogrrr.org/donate
Falkor has proven to be a fighter. And, with everyone who made a purchase of one of our animal-saving products, combined with 2 amazing rescue organization who never gave up, Falkor knew he had a entire village supporting him at every step of the way.