Many of our readers remember Cypress, the hydrocephalic guy who came to us in NOLA and soon left the land of gumbo, jazz and crawdads to foster with a former nurse. Here is a note from his foster mom and some news from his adopters.
For a boy who was diagnosed with intellectual deficits, he sure has smartened up some! Head of the class, even!
Here's his foster mom:
"Just received this and had to forward it to the group. For new volunteers that don't know who Cypress is, he was taken in by a vet tech from the breeder who had brought him in to be euthanized. When I got him, he only weighed 6 lbs. He has a spinal deformity and wasn't able to walk with his back legs. He also had a mass on his pharnyx which was trimmed down a little. He spent quite a bit of time at the specialists with oxygen. But what this little guy didn't have in strength, he had in pure determination. A wonderful family in New Jersey adopted him with all his problems, and look where he is now. I am so proud of little Gibbs, as he is now called, and couldn't have found a better family for him. He is loved, cared for, and couldn't be doing any better. Hurray for the wee one."
And from the adoptive family:
Cypress and his foster brother Pache made it into our calendar this year!
"Hi J! Well Mr. Gibbs out did himself in class today and we wanted you to be the first to know. Today they played a timed game in which squares with commands were placed on the floor. Each dog and owner had to go up to the square and execute each command and move to the next square. Each dog was timed. The squares had commands like sit, down, stand etc. Guess who won!!!! Mr. Gibbs did all the commands correctly in the fastest time!!! A. is one proud Mama! And B. the trainer said it just proves no one should ever think a dog can't do it because he is handicapped.
There was a woman visiting the class who rescues English Bulldogs and she was thrilled because she can tell the Mr. Gibbs story whenever someone doubts a dog with problems like his.
Oh, he is such a wonderful little guy and we love him so. And A. is such a proud Mama."
See there? Doesn't that warm the cockles of even the most cynical, shriveled up old heart? We can feel our pruny pericardium filling out and swelling up with pride. And what's this? A foolish grin is distorting the royal features of
The Frog Princess