I’ve been so preoccupied fixing up and opening the new gallery that I’ve been remiss in doing another update about Finn (see previous posts Rescue Dog: Meet Finn (Survivor), Rescue Dog’s Happy Success Story: Finn Thrives and Rescue Dog Finn: A Love Story). Some of you have been asking about him so it’s high time I told you how he’s doing. The truth is, I’ve been enjoying LIVING with him so much that I haven’t been DOCUMENTING him very well. It’s an entirely different energy to just hang out with him and not always be thinking of getting some photo or video. Plus he freezes when I pull out the camera. I kid you not—Finn’s version of stop action. So there are fewer pictures and less video to draw from. I want to tell you I’ve missed some prize action! There have been times when I’ve even had the camera in my pocket but I’ve been too mesmerized watching him (and sometimes laughing at him) to pull it out and shoot video.
Before I show you how good he is looking now, here is a reminder of what Finn looked like soon after I first found him living on the streets:
Here’s what Finn looks like today:
Finn has so much energy and muscle mass now that he is often nothing but a yellow blur, dashing and dancing, clowning across the property. And he is a total clown—a trickster. He has these little games he sets up to play with me (and recently even with Kelee). I recognize them now and when I accept his silly invitations, when I step into one of his set-ups, I can almost hear him laughing with glee, so delighted he is with the joke he’s played on me! He’s a little like my father in this. Dad always laughed at his own jokes. His eyes would crinkle up and almost disappear and he would laugh out loud. Finn does exactly that.
He and Kelee have a morning tradition: I open the front door and they are like two race horses out of the shoot — they are racing each other to see who will make it to the land grant first. Then they are off together, patrolling the property. In fact they have bonded surrounding this, which is so good because it was a real challenge for them in those first couple of months. I think they are even becoming friends. I know they respect each other.
And Skye is better at sharing herself between them, so Kelee isn’t as jealous of her affections anymore.
Finn walks with Kelee and me every day now, which means we can no longer go all the way out to the horses. There are some very aggressive dogs on that route and, while Kelee is a diplomat, Finn will fight when provoked. I think he’s had to to protect himself, and he still has all those old defenses. Yet he is so gentle that even my scardiest cat will come right up to him, sniff his mouth and nose, and then curl up next to him.
Finn has lost a lot of his fur and it’s coming back in patches so he looks pretty scruffy. The vet says it’ll be about 8 months to a year before we’ll know what his coat is going to be. I guess it was such unhealthy growth from his time of starvation that he shed all of that and is growing something healthier back.
I know what those old injuries are now, the ones I’ve mentioned before. He has a hip fracture that was never set. Dr. Ramsay says when he’s stronger we can x-ray it and see what kind of surgical options are available, but she’s inclined to leave it be. He’s suffered so much already and he gets along okay on that leg. The worse injury is his right front leg. Sometimes he can put no weight on it at all. Turns out that’s a result of what I thought were bee bees in his chest. In fact, those are shotgun pellets and he’s filled with them. Ramsay says she’s learned over the years that it’s cruel to try to surgically remove them. You dig and dig and there are always more. The wounds are slow to heal and, even when you think you’ve removed them all, more surface. She says Finn would likely light up the film if we did an x-ray, he’s packing so much metal in him. The trouble is that the pellets move around. Sometimes they’ll be perfectly comfortable and other times they’ll touch a nerve. So I give him aspirin on the bad days, as directed.
I also know his story now, at least part of it and, right up until time to post it, I was going to tell you. But then I decided we hear about too much suffering in this world. Finn seems willing and able to let the past go, to forgive the wrongs done to him. So I will follow his lead and forgive. I will let what’s done be done and I will heal my own heart. He is happy. And that makes me happy.
I, just this minute, learned something new about Finn: he does NOT like the rain!
For those of you who aren’t aware of this blog already, I highly recommend it. It’s one of my favorites and Neil has been terrific about publishing Finn’s story:
and here’s the facebook page:
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Some photos in this post were shot by my friend, Kathy Kessler.
Love to you all,