by Lee Juslin
Hyacinth, a little Scottie girl, lived on a farm with two other Scotties and an assortment of farm animals. When her owner died, the Scottie came into the Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue, and the farm animals were placed in appropriate homes.
The rescue placed all three Scotties in what they hoped would be forever homes. Hyacinth and one other went to an older couple where they were very loved. Sadly, after five years, the husband developed Alzheimer’s and went into a care facility. The wife became too frail to take care of the Scotties. Her home had lots of steps, and after a number of falls, her family felt she should move to an assisted living home. No one in the family was able to take either Scottie, so they called rescue, and both returned to rescue foster homes.
Hyacinth was fully vetted, and while she had no readily apparent health problems, the vet did find protein in her urine. This usually means a UTI or the beginning of kidney failure. After several rounds of antibiotics, the vet found no improvement and decided that it was kidney failure. Erica, from the Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue, said that kidney failure is not uncommon in older dogs, and Hyacinth was now twelve.
Although she shows no symptoms, she does sleep a lot. However, that may be a function, at least in part, of the busy, sometimes chaotic foster home with a number of other dogs. Hyacinth is not aggressive but does not interact with the other dogs. We guess that when she is sleeping, she is dreaming of a quiet, forever home, just like the one she used to know.
The other Scottie, at about eight years old, was easily adopted. However, the reality for Hyacinth is that she may not be adoptable. At this point her appetite is good, and the rescue has not put her on a special kidney food, as yet. However, in time, this might be something that would benefit her.
Hyacinth is not demanding but would be a good companion for someone who is also not demanding. Someone who works part time or works from home would be a good match.
Hyacinth would need a very special person to give her the home she dreams of. It would be someone who appreciates older Scotties and wants to offer a good quality life to this sweet Scottie girl.
Learn more about Hyacinth and the other Scotties in Scottie Rescue, volunteer, apply to adopt a rescue, or make a very needed donation. During this time of the Covid virus and the busy holidays, rescue organizations need even more help with financial donations and volunteers. If you want to volunteer, you can become a foster parent or help with transporting. Scottie Rescue of Great NY is a 501C3 entity so donations are tax deductible.
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