Case #1: Boogie

Boogie is an Aspin, an asong Pinoy, and he’s hurt. The manong trike driver who drove mom, Boogie and I to the vet said he’s probably around 3~4 years old. He also said that Boogie’s owner had somewhat “abandoned” him. As it is, Boogie’s owner had to be placed in a rehabilitation center (drugs, maybe?) and so Boogie was left to fend for himself.

*Actual pictures of Boogie to be posted soon.

Apparently, sometime between December 16~25, 2010, during the Simbang Gabi, Boogie was hit by a drunk driver while he was sleeping on the street. No one saw the incident and no one really cared. Per Knight’s vet (that’s where we took Boogie, too :D), we do not know the extent of Boogie’s injuries (there may be possibilities of internal injuries — kidneys, liver, etc) but his right hip’s definitely the worst. Boogie can no longer use his hind legs and for a 4-legged creature, it is very hard to move around having to drag half your body using only your front legs.

I was first told about Boogie a month or so ago when my mom texted me all of a sudden, informing me of a dog that had been a victim of a “hit-and-run.” I was told of his situation and I didn’t really think my mom was being serious when she told me that the dog was only dragging his body around.. It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? She made me call PAWS to ask if there was any assistance or anything that they can do for Boogie. I was told that Boogie had to be brought to their facility in Quezon City and they’d check if there’s still any chance that they could help Boogie — otherwise, they’d put him to sleep.

I didn’t really care much until I actually saw Boogie with my own eyes a couple of weeks ago. He was going around, panting under the intense heat of the sun, breathing heavily and obviously having a very hard time. Being the dog lover that I am, I almost cried from witnessing such suffering. How could something so fragile be hurt like this and no one — not one soul — ever tried to help him in any way? The place where Boogie lives is some sort of a marketplace — talipapa raw — and it’s swarming with people all day long. Aspins can be seen running around everywhere and the place isn’t very..hygienic.

Upon seeing Boogie, I realized that his right hip has an open wound and it’s usually the side that he would use to drag himself around. It would be hard for my mom and I to bring Boogie to PAWS as we don’t really own a car and Quezon City isn’t exactly the next town.. I had to scratch the idea and think of something more realistic. I then talked to my mom about the possibility of bringing Boogie to the vet for a check up and she agreed. We had to settle things first with the “possible” owners who turned out to be a great disappointment as they weren’t really the owners and they could only care less if we barbecued Boogie alive. So to set things straight, we were given a go-signal to do pretty much whatever we want with him.

I remembered watching a movie once where a pug had been put on a “dog-wheelchair” from an injury. It was a comedy film actually.. but I figured Boogie could possibly have one of those.. I could make it happen! I searched the  net for ideas and coming from a third-world country, I couldn’t believe that dog-wheelchairs do exist!

I tried to check how much they were and unfortunately, they were more than I could ever afford. I pretty much had to improvise and without much sketching skills, I drew some possibilities and asked my mom to see if they were somehow..feasible. I then tried searching for alternatives and that’s when I came across a post in Sulit.com.ph about sharing his/her idea on dog wheelchairs. I couldn’t believe my eyes..the poster was brilliant! PVC pipes — why didn’t I think of that? xD

24 hours later, I had my mom ask one of her helpers to buy the materials for our very own dog wheelchair for Boogie.

This is our version of a dog's wheelchair for Boogie.

*More pictures on the dog-wheelchair soon and also pics of Boogie on his new wheelchair.

We also brought Boogie to the vet today and we were told that the open wound on his right hip can no longer be stitched as the skin won’t hold it together. The vet shaved the sides of the wound and cleaned it. And because it was a big wound, they  had to sedate Boogie so he won’t feel much of it. He was so kawawa.

Boogie's Vet Bill :D

The vet was very nice to charge us for the sedatives only. *Taildocking was for Miming (Case #2).

*Due to the extent of Boogie’s wounds, I didn’t dare take pictures while he was being treated. 

He was prescribed some antibiotics, vitamin C and some antibacterial cream for the wounds.

Hopefully, Boogie would heal just fine. My mom agreed to keep him if he’d allow us to take care of him. 🙂 I pray that Boogie would be the last victim of things like this. These animals do not deserve to be abandoned and be hurt like this.

**I asked some friends to donate for Boogie’s treatment and some were very nice to share some blessings. God bless you all. 🙂

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