shot in the left hind limb. He was a very sweet dog,
and we couldn't bear the thought of putting him to
sleep. His fracture would have required a specialist to
repair the leg, so we amputated his back leg. He has
been with us ever since.
Except for a 6-day stint in the desert.
Willie went on walkabout. He escaped from an
adoptive owner, and we searched for him in the
vicinity where he was lost. On several occasions, he
was seen crossing Pecos into the reservation. We
thought he was lost forever, but on the 6th morning,
Willie showed up at Dr. Beyer's back door, and was
anxious to be with people again!
Willie (a.k.a. Wilbur, Wilson, and Chiklet) can be seen
at the clinic with us most days. He has issues with
anxiety, and doesn't do very well when left alone.
He's getting better, but still comes to the office much
of the time. The best part of his day is going to work
and checking for kitties!
It seems as though Wilson will be a long-time resident
(much to the dismay of Dr. B's two cats!), so feel free
to visit him any time. He is sometimes shy with men
and teenagers, but bring him a cat to admire, and
you'll be his best friend forever!
He is very strange about treats - he'll often try
something once, but then never again. He does seem
to consistently like jerky-type treats. And you will be
his buddy forever if you happen to have a Kong
stuffed with liverwurst!
|Willie - looking adorable
|Willie likes to chill in the creek
- this was taken at Kelley's
|Julie Mae (Dr. Beyer's 5-year old niece) meets Willie in his crate, and then climbs
in for a hug! Willie reaches over and kisses her little hand!
|Willie's friends at home (if you
can call it that). He loves to
chase them. They love to run
away, and if they can get a hiss
or a swat in, it's even better!
Chai-kitty is on the left.
Penelope is on the right.
Chai is a shoe girl!
|He went to visit Dr. Kelly Moffat, veterinary
behaviorist at VCA Mesa Animal Hospital. He is
working on his separation anxiety issues as well
as basic training. Willie is working on learning
independence (so that someday, he can be left
alone without risking a panic attack and
destructive behaviors). He can now stay alone for
over two hours - probably longer, though we
haven't tested it! He is also working on his
shyness. If you want to say hi to Willie in the
office, just ask the staff, but we want to avoid
increasing his fear level, so we usually ask that
you wait until he approaches you. And if he
doesn't, please don't be offended! He's still in
training, and it can take months. He really is a very
sweet boy, once he overcomes his fear.
Willie has also been going for some good runs -
he loves to run, and is surprisingly fast! He
bounds over bushes and looks for birds, lizards &
bunnies to chase. He has been doing very well for
off-leash runs in the desert! He loves to pounce on
things, in true terrier fashion.
He also got a DNA test done to determine his
breed. Mostly it was indeterminate, but he does
have some miniature schnauzer in him, which we
thought all along!
While he still doesn't know how to play, he has
been getting more dog-like every day.
|Willie hates the bath, but he gets
bathed rather often, as he's stinky
otherwise! He stands quite stoically
for the bath itself, and then has a
good old time rolling on the towel,
drying off afterwards!