At the time I visited Happy Tails Dog Rescue at Woofstock this year, the dog rescue had about five dogs available for adoption. But Squeak is the one who captured my attention. He’s a little toy poodle found emaciated and filthy in the streets of Toronto, abandoned and needing a lot of care and attention.
Their caring volunteers discovered that Squeak’s mouth basically had to be rebuilt through dental surgery, his jaw bones had crumbled. He was only 10 years old and its a wonder he was still alive.
The Beaches Animal Hospital is handling all his medical treatments. Here is what they had to say about Squeak:
His teeth were so bad that it affected this jaw. He had to have fractures of the jaw repaired at a Toronto referral hospital. He is being discharged today with an expected bill of $2500.00. Like all small rescue groups, Happy Tails relies on donations. And like many rescues they pay for many of the costs out of their own pocket. The people behind Happy Tails have been amazing figures in the animal rescue world. We are hoping that our friends and rescue dog supporters can make donations to Happy Tails. We will be happy to receive the donations on their behalf. Please call the clinic at 416-690-4040 and make a donation onto the Happy Tales account. Thank you.
Brave Toy Poodle On His Journey
He has been through so much! His foster parents have loved him back to health after the many surgeries needed to his mouth, and Squeak is mending slowly. At the time, he had yet another surgery coming up to remove the plate in his mouth which is the interim step in building back the bone.
In a more recent update, Happy Tails reports wonderful news. Squeak has had his second procedure for his disintegrating jaw and it was successful! The recovery team included Dr. Mark Dilworth at Beaches Animal Hospital whose quick action getting Squeak the special help he needed basically saved the toy poodle’s life. Dr. Sharon French, head of veterinary dentistry at the VEC in Toronto also provided amazing expertise in rebuilding Squeak’s jaw. And of course they give a huge “thank you” to all the generous dog lovers who donated to Happy Tails to help Squeak. They certainly couldn’t have kept going without help.
Squeak has been adopted to a loving home that is treating him in the fashion he deserves – like a special tiny prince.
There were so many volunteers on board at Happy Tails! It was incredible to see the support they gave each other. Some of the members I have had the opportunity to work with while I myself was volunteering with Pomeranian and Small Breed Rescue including the founder Carole Thorpe.
Watch the Happy Tails Facebook and website for more news, and be inspired by Squeak’s courageous journey.