Monday, December 31, 2012

Meet Our New Foster: Jack Frost



 If you've been following our Facebook page, you've probably seen some glimpses of our tiny little foster pup. With some extra obligations this year, we weren't sure if we could take on another foster pup this soon, but we were so taken with little Jack Frost's story, we knew we could at least take him while we were on break.
When Miss M's rescue group, New Leash on Life Chicago, stopped by Chicago's Animal Care and Control to rescue one more pup for the holidays, they stopped dead in their tracks when they saw Jack Frost. His cage card showed he had been given up by his "owners" a mere day before, looking like this:
  His neglect was so severe, that his fur had matted fusing his ears to the back of his head and his legs to his sides. With this type of matting, every movement, or attempt to walk, is severely painful literally tearing at his flesh. On top of that, his toenails were curled under themselves, and he was missing several teeth causing his little tongue to hang out the side of his mouth. His entire underside was molding and soaked in urine, and he had feces stuck throughout his fur. 
This type of condition doesn't just happen in a matter of weeks, or even months, but it seemed like he had been living like this for his entire life. Long-term volunteers (who have seen a lot!) literally started crying when they saw him. 
Though New Leash wasn't expecting to take an extra pup, and they didn't have a foster home lined up, they knew there was no way this little guy, who had never led a regular life, could be left behind.
Jack Frost received a medical groom removing approximately 4 pounds of fur; this was nearly half of his body weight! 
They said the removal was almost like an archeological dig discovering unbelievable things stuck throughout his fur and leaving his skin very sensitive and cold. He is taking antibiotics for his teeth, and they will be running further tests to see if his condition has impacted him internally.
 Despite all he's been through, Jack Frost is just loving life! Each morning he wakes with a roll almost as if to remind himself what it means to have sensation on his body. Now that he has been freed from his mattes he absolutely loves going on walks and works to keep up with our pups' longer strides. He absolutely loves being around people and he was quite the showstopper coming to E's family's holiday celebration complete in Santa suit. He is just a laid-back little guy who loves hanging out with his people...and Miss M.
Please, please share his story. We're hoping to find him a home before we go back from break.
You can see more photos of his rescue (and his sister Chestnut) here. 
Tax-deductable donations to help with his recovery can be made here (plus an incredible donor is matching donations made today!)
And you can  complete an adoption application here. 

Also:
Check our Facebook page to see even more photos of Jack Frost hanging with our pups.
Isn't it funny to think this was our foster last year? (Size HUGE!)
Our second smallest foster.

28 comments:

thattouchofpit.com said...

He's just the most adorable! Glad he has Miss M to keep him warm!

Sam said...

I'm so glad you took him. The poor little guy - his life will be looking brighter now!

Sam

Pauley James said...

We will never understand how people can allow things like this to happen to their "pets". In a perfect world, the "owners" would be held accountable for their conditions.We are so very thankful that New Leash helped Chestnut & Frost & that you all were able to foster him. They are both beautiful & we can only imagine how grateful they are. Fingers crossed that they both find their loving forever homes soon.

harrispen said...

Having worked at our local Humane Society for a dozen years I have witnessed similar horrors to that of Jack Frost. It is amazing how with a grooming and some love the dogs can bounce back and be so full of love. Good luck with Jack. I think Ms. M wants to keep him though.

Cindy

Diane said...

Sending good thoughts that he will have no long term problems from his neglect. And as terrible of a person as this makes me I hope Karma and all her friends make a visit to his original "owner"
Take good care of him Ms M. What does Mr.B think?

Debra@Peaceabull said...

He is just so cute and his presence really accentuates Miss M's look of chagrin at having such a small foster sib. :-)

I hope he finds a good home soon.

Christine said...

He's adorable. So glad he's with you guys.

Kate said...

omg his before photos are heartbreaking. I'm so glad you guys were able to take him in. He's a total cutie and I love seeing his pics. Lots of luck for a speedy adoption!

adventuresofadogmom said...

Poor little Jack. I can't believe someone left this like this for so long. It's heartbreaking.

Now is the time though to focus on the positive and get him better. I'm sure he already feels better without all that matted fur and the antibiotics should be kicking in. And, it's great that he has Miss M and Mr. B to help him along and teach him that being a dog is pretty cool! He's so lucky to have you as a foster family.

waldobungie said...

Poor Jack! I am so glad he is learning what life is supposed to be like with you! Does he need a sweater to keep him warm on Sociabulls walks? I'll send one up for him....

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

May you have a very blessed New Year. You all have been such a blessing to dogs in need and an inspiration to everyone you meet whether in passing on sidewalk with 2 beautiful well mannered doggies, group walks, education, blogging. We look forward to reading more adventures next year.

Daisy Dog said...

OMG! Poor little Jack! I am so glad he was pulled. How does he get along with Mr B? Do you think he would fit in with my little crew of friends?

Pitlandia Pooch said...

Wow! This is such a story. I am so sad that the little guy lived in pain for so long. You are amazing people to take him in as a foster. I know he will find his forever family soon- he's SO cute!

mrajcox said...

You guys are so amazing, taking on such a little man. Love!

Kolchak Puggle said...

He reminds me of our Felix when we took him in. He was in terrible condition, but like Jack, he makes the most of life now! I get the distinct feeling that he's *grateful*. That picture of him and Ms. M is precious.

Erika Christine said...

Happy new year, I do not foresee Jack Frost staying with you very long. He is too cute and seems to be moving on and up in life!

Erika, Blair and the crew.

thegirlandherdog.com said...

Tears. What a wonderful home you guys gave him for Christmas! xoxo

Two French Bulldogs said...

Adorable!
Happy New Year's Eve.
Snorts,
Benny & Lily

Chris said...

What a wonderful start to the New Year for Jack. Good luck to him.

Emily said...

You know, when I saw your new little foster on fb I wondered what exactly prompted you to foster this little guy. Not in a bad way, I just knew there must be a specific reason he spoke to you. Now I see why! How terrible, but what a wonderful transformation.
You should know that in your time in between fosters I feel like I am literally like, come on, let's see the next one! I think I expect you to lead a life that's 100% pooch oriented. ;) That's realistic, right?

ohmelvin.com said...

You are AMAZING!!! Thank you for giving him his first steps into a new life, free of neglect!

The Heartbeats said...

OMG! Where does one even start with grooming in that situation? That's terrible! So glad he is all cleaned up, safe & happy!

Mamma heartbeat

Patty said...

Wow, heartbreaking what some people do to their animals. Having a small dog who looks like Jack Frost makes this story hit home all the more. Hope he finds his forever home soon!!

Kari in Vegas said...

Welcome Jack!

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

aheartbeatatmyfeet said...

Oh my gosh! He looks like one of the puppy mill dogs we rescued last year.... :-( He's so lucky!!

Two Kitties One Pittie said...

OMG! I love the photo of him cuddling with Miss M!!!!!! Too cute. :) He's very lucky you guys rescued him.

pittiefullove said...

I'm not a little-dog kinda person, but this boy steals my heart. The pictures of him matted, are horrific. He really hit the jackpot being rescued by the two pitties crew! Hoping he finds his forever home soon!

Roo said...

Geez poor thing. I bet he does feel like a new dog after getting all cleaned up! He couldn't have landed in a better foster home! Paws crossed he finds the most wonderful forever home soon!

Waggin at ya,
Roo

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