Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healing

Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healingHe is one of many stray dogs whose pitiful condition will break any animal lover’s heart.

He was dirty and skin and bones due to living on the streets on his own. Worse, he was dragging himself along a busy street where dogs can be run over by a vehicle anytime.

Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healing
Cuenco when he was rescued. 
Dr. Richard Rotor reported seeing Cuenco along Cuenco street, Banawe, Quezon City last August 29 to Dr. Mark Ramirez, husband of animal welfare advocate Anne Gabutina-Ramirez.

 “My plan to just give this poor pup some food and water turned into a rescue mission. Thanks to the moral support of my loving husband, Mark! Seeing this disabled dog in such a vulnerable state broke my heart. I frantically looked for a cage, took Cuenco off that busy street and brought him directly to Pet Bureau for consultation, x-ray, deworming, anti-tick and fleas, and a much- needed bath,” said  Anne, 49.

Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healing
Cuenco finally sleeps, knowing he is already safe. The most heartwarming but also heartbreaking sight is to see a fearful dog finally go to sleep and take a much-needed rest without fear of being hurt. 
Anne is grateful to Dr. Jerry Howson and his staff  “who were all so accommodating considering how smelly and dirty he was.”

The x-ray showed no fractures. "They suspect baka sobrang malnourished, or genetics, or may nerve damage due to trauma but no fracture per xray," Anne said. 

Cuenco was given oral and topical meds for 15 days and massage therapy.

Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healing
Cuenco loves his dog house which his new furdad Mark made for him. 
Anne describes Cuenco as a very sweet dog who does not complain one bit when handled.

“You just can't tell if he's happy or not because he has no chance to wag his tail. It was cut, probably in an accident. There were days when he tried using his hind legs. The kind vet sent a used wheelchair for free but it didn't fit him so we sent it back so another dog may use it. I recently called Tahanang Walang Hagdan for a home visit for his exact measurements, “ Anne shared.

Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healing
Cuenco cannot wag a tail because this was probably cut off in an accident. But he shows he trusts his furmom Anne by following her around. He hardly barks but look there is a hint of a smile on his face now. 
Today, Cuenco lives with Anne and her family.

“Finding a dog house for pets with disabilities where they can slide in and out wasn't as easy as we thought though,”  Anne said.

Mark, an anesthesiologist, decided to saw off the door of the pet carrier to turn it into a dog house for Cuenco. This was placed under a big roof in the yard. 

Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healing
Cuenco loves roaming freely in the family yard and being massaged and touched. 
Anne recalled: “When Cuenco saw his house, I almost felt him saying, ‘Thanks, Dad!’"

The floor was also tiled outside the house to fit his special need so that he won’t get injured when he drags himself.  

“I want him to feel loved and my wish is for him to walk again so he can live a normal life. I see him looking out from his dog house in the morning as if singing, ‘What a wonderful world!’” Anne said.

Cuenco: A stray dog’s rescue and healing
Anne, Mark, and daughter Chloe decided to adopt Cuenco. Anne, who got her love for pets from her father  Oscar Gabutina and has been helping in rescues of animals in need for two years now, wishes that someday soon, Cuenco can join family trips to the beach.
Cuenco was supposed to be put up for adoption when he is completely well.

But, Anne said, “I have fallen in love with this sweet, appreciative baby boy and he'll be needing more attention now more than ever. We will continue his massage therapy. He is no longer up for adoption. We are keeping him for good!”

Topics: Richard Rotor , Cuenco , Pet Tales , Anne Gabutina-Ramirez

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