Dori was one of 4 puppies born to a family rescued from the floods in Korea where they were intended to be slaughtered for meat during Boknal, a traditional South Korean day of eating dog meat.
A few days ago, we posted on our social media channels asking everyone to keep Dori in their thoughts. Our little guy was hospitalized while we worked to navigate his symptoms and diagnose the root of his issues. Although he was generally doing well since his rescue, his health had declined and he was eventually sent to the hospital.
Dori is half the size of his siblings, and has funny little curved legs. He doesn’t have much of an appetite, and can sometimes appear disoriented. He also suffers from vertigo at times. He has scars on his neck consistent with a collar being too put on too tight, which wasn’t adjusted while he was growing.
The vet suspects Dori’s tight collar may have caused a lack of oxygen to the brain, and subsequent brain injury. Or that he may have protein losing enteropathy (PLE), a condition in which his GI system struggles to absorb proteins. He is currently on medication and a special diet for the latter, and may need a further MRI for the former.
After nearly a week of treatment, our beautiful boy has responded well to his medication, and we’re happy to report he is eating better and has a new spring in his step, ever so slightly. He’s enjoying playtime with other dogs and getting to know his shelter mates.
He is still thin as a rail, so we’re looking to help him gain some weight. Baby steps! He’s a little champ and we know he can do it!
Dori says “thank you!” for all your love, prayers, and well wishes!
Written by Sara Liao, Board of Director & Adoption Manager