Ruskin Gets a New Coat for Christmas

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When Ruskin first arrived at HUA he had no coat at all.  He was riddled with mange and had only one little speck of fur by his tail.  His skin was burning hot to the touch because he was so full of infection.  Ruskin arrived at a city pound in Kansas in this condition and there was no way the pound could afford the time or money to try to heal him.  He was scheduled to die if a rescue group didn’t step forward.  No breed rescue would take him because in his condition there were no guesses as to what breed he might actually be.  With help from our friends in Kansas Ruskin was soon on his way to HUA.  Even though he was in pure misery he greeted us happily with his stubby little tail wagging 100 miles an hour.  Ruskin is a very smart boy.  He knew that he had been saved and had arrived at a safe place where the people would help him.  It took months of treatment but finally Ruskin grew a gorgeous brownish red coat. It has become clear that he is mostly Shar Pei.  He is so gorgeous and soft.  People who met him when he first arrived at HUA cannot believe he is the same dog.  Ruskin is now happier than ever.  He didn’t even know that he could feel this good, and he is elated.  He is learning to sit and stay.  He adores people so very much and will do anything to please them.  He wakes up with his tail wagging and even wags his tail as he drifts off to sleep, realizing that his new found health, happiness and second chance at life is not a dream.  We would like to send a big thank you to all of our supporters who help to make happy endings like Ruskin’s possible.

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Ruskin at the Pound, Desperately Awaiting Rescue

10 Responses to “Ruskin Gets a New Coat for Christmas”

  1. Beth Says:
    December 24th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Ruskin, you’re one good lookin’ dog now! Is mange contagious to people? Will Ruskin get it again?

  2. HuaLori Says:
    December 24th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks Beth. We will pass on your kind comment to Ruskin. Demodectic mange is not contagious. A certain amount of demodectic mange mites live on all dogs. They grow rapidly with immature or unhealthy immune systems (in Ruskin’s case starvation and very poor care). Now that Ruskin’s immune system is healthy and he has been treated it should not reoccur. He is on high quality food at the shelter (Taste of the Wild) and is really thriving. He looks and feels great. We have no reason to believe this would change and would recommend keeping him on high quality food, just as we recommend with all the dogs.

  3. Mary, Molly and Sadie Mae Bell Says:
    December 25th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I am a volunteer at HUA and have interacted with Ruskin. He is ecstatic with energy now and such a sweet and people friendly dog! He will make a fantastic family member for someone looking for a fun loving energetic young family pet!

  4. Pam Says:
    December 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Ruskin looks marvelous! He is so dear. I remember when he first arrived at HUA. He was very happy to be with people and loved to play with a tennis ball. How did you balance his immune system other than feeding Taste of the Wild? Ruskin, I hope you find your forever home real soon!

  5. HuaLori Says:
    December 26th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Pam. It was just Taste of the Wild, a little canned Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, but mostly the mange medication that did the trick. Without that he would still be bald.

  6. Carol Simms Says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    God bless you Ruskin. You are a beautiful creature and very blessed to have found HUA. I have just come across the organization today and find it to be the best I have ever seen. This is my dream in life…to rescue them all. I have four rescues of my own and have found homes for numerous dogs over the years. Good luck Ruskin, you will be a blessing to a family that doesn’t even know it yet.

  7. CONNIE Says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Hi ,
    I recently adopted a shepherd boxer mix puppy from our local shelter, and she now has Demodetic mange mites. I was wondering what kind of medication did Ruskin receive. My vet prescribed medicated shampoo and now I am awaiting the medication called Promeris. Any suggestions for the itching and how long will it take to heal?

  8. HuaLori Says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Connie, We used oral Ivermectin for Ruskin. I would thoroughly research Promeris and if you decide to use it make sure it is at a time when you can stay at home with your dog to monitor for reactions. My co-worker’s dog almost died from a bad reaction to this drug. We researched it and found that bad reactions to this drug seem to be common. Do a search for “Promeris reaction” and “Promeris class action” as it appears there may be litigation coming over the reactions and deaths allegedly caused by this new topical drug. We have always used Ivermectin, and while some vets may say it is harsh on the dog we haven’t ever witnessed a reaction, it works every time and is relatively inexpensive. It is the same drug that is in Heartgard monthly heartworm medication but in a higher dose. One caution with Ivermectin is that some collies have a genetic defect that makes them sensitive to it. This advice is all anecdotal, based soley on our experiences. We are not licensed veterinarians. Just wanted to share what we do and what we’ve heard. The amount of time is different for every dog, but with medication I would think you would see results fairly quickly, at least as far as the discomfort is concerned. I hope your little gal is better very soon. Write and let us know how she is doing. All the best!

  9. Caryll Says:
    December 29th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    God Bless you Sweet Boy Ruskin, and God bless all of you at HUA for the work you do to save the lives of these dear souls!

  10. Roy Says:
    December 31st, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    God Bless You All and hopefully Ruskin will find a good home in the new year.

    I will never understand how people can allow this sort of thing to happen and it’s only thanks to organisations like yours that gives dogs a real chance in life. Again God Bless you all.

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