Walter is a very special dog.
Water once lived in a household with several canine siblings. One day, Walter was attacked by his brother. Walter was so badly injured, he could barely walk. A neighbor spotted the injured Walter and alerted animal control.
Animal control arrived and ordered Walter’s owner, who we’ll call Jerry, to bring Walter to the vet immediately. Jerry assured animal control that he would… but he didn’t.
Two days later, animal control followed up to make sure Walter had gotten the treatment he needed. Instead, they found Walter unable to stand, with his wounds still untreated and packed with gauze. The horrible stench in the room alerted the officers that Walter had a terrible infection. They seized Walter and took him to the shelter. Walter was immediately rushed into surgery to repair his wounds.
All in all, Walter had to undergo four surgeries to try to repair his wounds. The shelter medical staff were worried that they may have to amputate a limb. But soon, that wasn’t the biggest concern. Walter’s liver was having trouble filtering his blood of the infection and beginning to fail. The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation pulled Walter out of the shelter and took him to a private Vet Hospital. There Walter received additional treatment and he and the doctors fought hard for his life. After three days of hospitalization, Walter recovered. He had pulled through and escaped death!
Walter, though terribly scarred, recovered fully from the fight of his life so the JDHF secured a place for him at an adoption/training facility in Longmont, Colorado. Walter, a staff favorite at the facility, waited patiently for a year for the perfect family to come along. The facility staff couldn’t understand why it was taking so long. Walter was very sweet and was serving as a ‘greeter’ for shelter visitors.
Two days ago, we received word from the facility that Walter was very sick and may need to go to an emergency veterinary hospital. We were shocked. Checking on him regularly, the last update we had indicated that he was doing very well. We were planning on moving him from Longmont to work on finding him his forever home ourselves. We had not heard of Walter being sick at all prior to this. Then we were told Walter seemed to be doing better, but we were not taking any chances. A wonderful friend of JDHF, Dave, who lives in Colorado, was already on his way to take Walter to a veterinary hospital.
When Dave arrived, he was horrified by Walter’s condition. Dave rushed to Walter to the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where he had to carry him into the hospital. The staff at Wheat Ridge went right to work, putting Walter in an oxygen chamber, starting him on fluids, and running tests. We couldn’t imagine what was wrong. Did Walter eat something he shouldn’t have? Did he get into some sort of poison? What could it be?
Walter had a raging case of pneumonia. The vets surmise that he may have inhaled his own vomit into his lungs. We still don’t know why Walter was vomiting. But we knew for sure Walter was in very bad shape. We told the hospital to do all they could for Walter, but he continued to get worse and the hospital told us on Wednesday that they didn’t think he was going to make it. It was Nancy and Katherine Heigl’s decision to not give up on Walter and they approved putting him on a ventilator to give him a couple more days for the new strong antibiotic to work.
And that brings us to now. We are making a last ditch effort to save Walter’s life. He is currently sedated and on a ventilator, and is not suffering, but we are hoping and praying that we can keep him going long enough for the new medications to kick in and start to clear the fluid in his lungs. Walter never really had the opportunity for his own person or family to be praying and sending him positive energy and thoughts. We are now sending out a plea for any of you who have loved or love an animal to say a little Walter prayer and put that and your hopes for his recovery into the universe. He is a fighter and we want him to know that he is not fighting alone. And we believe he will know!
Walter has been so patiently waiting for what he so desperately deserves – loving owners who know how special he is – something that has alluded him his entire life. He managed to escape death once before, and we are praying that Walter can do it again… that he has one last fight in him. We need your support to help save this very special dog’s life. We cannot let Walter die after he has fought so hard to live.
We need your support and prayers to help us save this very special dog’s life. Please consider making a donation to help with Walter’s care. Thank you!