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  • Rescue Stories: Meet Leon

    Meet Leon

    When Leon arrived in rescue, they honestly didn't think he would make it. All of their efforts went into taking care of him and cleaning up after him. As he became slightly more stable, he underwent surgery. The photo shows stitches around his eyes, he had double entropian done, 13 teeth extracted and 3/4 of an inch of his soft palate removed. The rollover picture is of that recovery time, getting used to walking around again. Initially he couldn't walk. His back legs would not support him. If he tried to get up to walk he would run into things and fall down again.

    Now, Leon would like to tell you his story:

    ''On April 25, 2008 I came in da rescue. I wus unable to walk, unable to contrwol my bladder or bowels an i wuz highly overmedicated on seizure medications. I wuz surrwender'd cuz my owner wuz goin to prison and da people takin' care of me had no ideas wut dey wuz doin'. I came in on 15, 15mg pills of phenobarbitol and 6cc of potassium bromide every day. I wuz on 225 mg of phenobarbitol. No wonders I cuddn't walk! I den came to my new mommy Michelle n my new daddy Stoney (from Illinois English Bulldog Rescue), dey worked wif a bully specialist, and dey took me off all meds, while I had to endure seizure afta seizure. Now I am only on 45mg of phenobarbitol in da mornin' an 45mg in da evenin' an 2cc of potassium bromide one time a day. I am now 8, an I has been seizure free fur 20 months! I has normal liver n kidney function an am now momma n daddas big baby.'' ---wub, Leon

    Further proof that rescue organizations need to exist not just to take in dogs, but to also educate. Michelle Adams is thrilled with all of the bullys she's been able to help with IEBR.

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    Meet Leon Then:

    This is Leon with his stitches in his eyes after entropion surgery.

    Do you have a rescue story to tell? Email the story with plenty of before and after pictures to webmaster@englishbulldognews.com
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    1. cadillactaste's Avatar
      cadillactaste -
      What an amazing story!
    1. NikkiSchoolcraft's Avatar
      NikkiSchoolcraft -
      What a beautiful boy! Im so glad he found his way to the IEBR.
  • I Rescued A Human Today

    by Janine Allen

    Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

    I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

    As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

    She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

    A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

    I would promise to keep her safe.
    I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

    I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

    I rescued a human today.