Casey and Caleb came to us on Saturday June 18 from Kent County SPCA in DE. Charlotte and her husband ( currently fostering Tanner in DE) helped us with the Doodle train from Dover DE to Annapolis MD to meet us with the two dogs.

I was heartsick the minute I saw them. They had clearly been starved and were found wandering on the streets. They were covered with fleas and had been partially shaved down. (The SPCA shaved 6 lbs off of Casey and 3 lbs of mats off of Caleb!).  Their breath was atrocious and they were sick with fevers. I am so glad that the SPCA called us and we were able to rescue them.

They were a sack of bones! I have never seen dogs so skinny! They looked like they came from a concentration camp. We gave them Capstar and gave each 3 shampoo baths to kill the fleas and get them clean. Then the hard work began. We had to pick off all the fleas, continue to shave them down and cut their nails. Casey's (white) nails were so overgrown that she couldn't walk - the nail pulled her toe out to the side. Caleb had mats grown in so deep you couldn't see his nails. They were clearly in respiratory distress and we prayed they would make it through the night. My daughter slept on the floor beside them that night so that she could watch them. This is the SPCA pictures of them with overgrown hair and mats.

We went to the vet on Monday morning and I was shocked when he told me their weight. Caleb (the black one) weighed in at 55 lbs and Casey at 45! I would have guessed maybe 35 lbs!  Look at their boney bodies. This is Saturday night when we washed them for the first time.

They are not neutered, so we have to get their weight up and the  infections over before we can get their surgeries. It appears they are a "couple" possibly from a backyard breeder. Casey has had at least one litter. The vet estimates their ages at under 3 for Casey and under 5 for Caleb.They have been on antibiotics for almost 10 days and the change in them is dramatic!

This is Casey and Caleb after 24 hours

At some point they lived in a home- they are house broken and know basic commands. But their first love is to fetch tennis balls! They will constantly fetch and drop the ball at your feet for you to throw for them. They are so sweet and loving. They are not afraid of other dogs, or children and are beginning to doodle play with my Bailey and Bella.  We will have them for at least a month before they are ready to go to a forever home.  They are perfect dogs for a family with small children or elderly grandparents in the home. Keep watching as their hair grows out and they come alive!

Here they are today 10 days since rescue. A couple of cuties!

 

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When I met Connor, he was that same kind of scary skinny -- you could see all his ribs and his hip bones (he was only 3 1/2 months old). It is amazing what lots of love and good food can do. I'm sure these sweet babies will find a forever home that will love and appreciate them. <3

 

They are so adorable!  I can't believe they were allowed to get in such deplorable condition.  THANK YOU for working so hard to clean them up and care for them.  I know it's one of the hardest parts of fostering, next to saying goodbye, but look what you've accomplished so far!  It's wonderful and you should feel so good about it.  They are two lucky dogs and I'll bet they'll be in a wonderful home together before the summer is over!
The smiles and closed, trusting eyes in the last photo say it all. What a difference some love can make. THANK YOU DRC!

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