Friday, February 12

Bluto Passes On

From time to time we receive a dog into foster care that is much sicker than anyone realized. Batboy, Addison, and Tobias the Toad were dogs we knew and loved too briefly. We heard today that Bluto has crossed the bridge.

"I am so saddened to tell you all that sweet Bluto passed away last night at the vet's office. Although we only had him a short time, he still leaves behind a very sore spot in my heart.

On Wednesday evening, when I arrived home from work he had all of a sudden taken a
turn for the worse. He refused all food (even meat and treats) and he threw up all that he drank. He felt very hot to the touch and his face and paws were raw and red. We took him in and they immediately put him on iv liquids. He was running a fever and was dehydrated. The vet took an x-ray & said his tummy was very "thick" and his liver was very small. Although he has been on antibiotics & steroids for 2 weeks, he had developed another infection on his feet and face.

The vet believes that he had lymphoma. She is very surprised that it had not been diagnosed earlier. From what she tells me, it's not often that a dog goes downhill so fast, unless he has had the disease for awhile. At least I can say that he was loved and had lots and lots of belly rubs this past few weeks. He is now pain free and happy."

Our foster families are so generous and loving with our dogs, whether the time in foster care is a few days or weeks or more than a year.

Sleep tight, Bluto. With all our volunteers, we send thoughts of comfort and peace to the foster family from

The Frog Princess


Two French Bulldogs said...

Ahh,,we will remeber Bluto today..poor baby
Benny & Lily

Smushie Ranch said...

Oh, this brings a tear to our eyes. We were hoping Bluto would get over his skin infections and be on his way to the available page. We're just glad he had a lot of love in his last days.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Bluto. A sweet boy.