Last week we introduced you to Nash, a brave 9 year-old Labrador Retriever rescued from the Baldwin Park Shelter a month ago, suffering from a number of health issues as a result of abandonment and neglect. Thankfully, his remarkable spirt and resilience are helping him to bounce back and after few short weeks of loving care as a Heigl Hound, he is now walking well on his road to recovery.
Although Nash still has a few more miles to go on his journey, the large skinless patch on his back is healing wonderfully. The hair is almost completely grown in and, while thin, masks the ugly flea infestation that previously blighted him. His legs are also making good progress, and while they still show the remains of open sores, the cuts no longer ooze and weep openly, having scabbed over, awaiting further healing and a covering of black hair. His back legs, which were more seriously afflicted are still somewhat swollen, but the painful and unslightly egg shaped lumps that were prominent features on his limbs, are now much smaller.
Foundation Executive Director Kathy Davis said that while the problems with Nash's ears still seem to concern him, they have improved significantly. "His ears still seem to trouble him and we continue with ear wash and drops, which he appears to love," she explained, adding "I'm sure it brings much needed relief from the awful condition they were in just a few short weeks ago."
Understandably, Nash's energy level is still low but it is improving. "Today (May 31), we walked 4 blocks to a neighborhood park. Though his gait was slow and methodical, he was winded when we arrived," Kathy explained. "I let him lay down and smell the blooming roses to catch his breath. He rolled in the grass and invited me to play with him. It was the first time I felt he was acting completely in line with his nature and having a good time. On the way back from the park, I was impressed by how well he walks on a leash. No pulling, no need to guide him, he kept an eye on my toes and walked perfectly at my side."
"Nash also no longer coughs or wheezes and, after several baths, looks black rather than the dirty grey color he was when he first came to us! I'm sure when he picks up a few pounds of weight, his coat will glisten" she added.
Within a few weeks, Nash's will be strong, healthy and ready for a great home. If you know someone looking for an absolutely wonderful gentleman then Nash would make a classy addition to anyone's family. Think about it and let us know. If you would like to adopt this amazing dog fill in our application form to kick off the process!