This is Diamond’s story. Diamond is a 6 year old female Boxer/Pit Bull cross who was found wandering in Springdale, WA in September of 2014. One of our volunteers took her home and we put up fliers and posted online looking for her owner or someone who might recognize her.
Not having any luck she was brought to the Sanctuary on October 1. She was scanned for a micro-chip which she had. We discovered that she had been adopted at the Spokane Humane Society to a couple in Spokane, WA in 2009. At some point the couple moved to Stevens County, and at some point divorced. It is thought that the husband moved to Springdale taking Diamond with him. We called Pet Watch (micro-chip registry) looking for her owner’s name but there was no current information on the owner’s location so they changed the microchip registration to CVAS.
A few days after Diamond came to the Sanctuary, we received a call from a neighbor of one of Diamond’s owner’s, she had seen a flyer with Diamonds picture, notified the owner and was bringing the owner to the Sanctuary to see Diamond and wanted to take her home that afternoon. We were happy for Diamond knowing that she would be re-united with her owner and was going home.
Three weeks later, on October 22, 2014 we received a phone call from Peone Pines VCA Animal Hospital in Mead, WA . Diamond had been found on the side of the road in Colbert, WA. severely dehydrated, emaciated and exhausted. A very kind woman had seen her lying on the side of the road, picked her up and took her to her veterinarian. Due to the condition she was in it is believed that she had been wandering the roads for most of those three weeks. She was scanned for a micro-chip and our name came up as the registered owner.
We were called by the veterinarian and assured that Diamond had been given fluids and care. However they noticed some troubling abnormalities – she wobbled when she walked and had abnormal eye coordination movement – all signs pointing to neurological abnormalities. The woman who found Diamond offered to take her home to foster as our kennels were full and Diamond was going to have to be kept indoors. While she was in foster care more neurological problems developed along with episodes of acute anxiety. She paced constantly, ran into objects like furniture and walls, would fall while trying to walk up stairs and whined and barked when startled.
Diamond was taken to Spokane Humane Society so that Dr. Rowe could evaluate her and let us know what help she needed. It was felt that Diamond needed more diagnostic testing to help sort out the abnormal neurological problems, and it was suggested that we apply to WSU for a grant to help pay for the expenses of a CT scan of Diamond’s head. We did apply to WSU for this grant but we were denied. We then contacted Pet Emergency Clinic in Spokane to ask for help. They had helped us before with a special little puppy named Henry who needed a very difficult liver surgery in order to survive, Henry is doing great today.
Pet Emergency Clinic arranged for a specialist to examine Diamond and performed the CT scan. Our worst fears were realized when a massive brain tumor was found engulfing Diamond’s brain. Because of its location it was deemed inoperable and there is no cure. The specialist felt the best course of action was to place Diamond on Prednisone and fluids which would keep her comfortable.
Diamond is now enjoying a safe warm place in the kennel manager’s living room where she gets to be in the company of Missy, a very sweet dog. She is taking frequent walks on a leash, is on a special diet and is given lots of love. As of this writing, she is comfortable and appears happy but does have moments of confusion. How long does she have before the Prednisone and the special care is no longer effective, we don’t know.
We are letting Diamond live as normal a life as possible for as long as that may be. We know the signs to look for indicating that the medication is no longer keeping her comfortable. When it is time Diamond will cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity and with people who care by her side.
We never know what type of medical problem we might see with each cat or dog that comes to the Sanctuary needing help. Most of the time we can offer veterinary care that will solve the problem and then work to find a new forever home, however there is always the cat or dog where this is not possible. In this situation we will always make sure this animal has all the love and care we can give until the end must come.
Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary