You may have noticed some long-overdue changes to our blog. Though we never intended to keep him, Phee has been a permanent member of our family for over 2 months now.
Our journey with Phee started as any other foster does – a bridge to his forever home. And though we kept trying to convince ourselves that he was not ours to keep, he made it quite clear that he wasn’t going anywhere. Eventually, he wore us down. ;)
At the end of March, Phee underwent cataract removal surgery, which was a great success. He was able to see again and we were preparing for his adoption.
In April and May, we met with two different families who were interested in adopting him, but neither ended up working out.
Unfortunately, with cataract surgery often comes complications – one of which can be damage to the cornea. Twice since his surgery, Phee developed an ulcer in his left eye, but each time it had healed. Then at the end of May, the eye developed a melting ulcer. Over 70% of his cornea had been dissolved in just 2 days, causing extreme pain and the potential for a rupture of the eye. It couldn’t have been worse timing, as we had to travel to see my brother get married the following week. Phee stayed with another SNORT volunteer while we were gone, who did everything she could to help save the eye, but it was not meant to be. He ended up having his eye removed while we were away.
During his time away from us, he was inconsolable and cried almost non-stop. When he came home, he flopped down on our bed, belly-up, and snored for hours. We finally understood that this was his HOME. We knew we could never put him through that type of transition again and so he officially became the third member of our Boston brigade.
Our journey with Phee has taken a very long, winding and bumpy road, but it led us to the right place in the end. Phee has come so far in the past 8 months. He has taught me that no matter how bad things look, there’s always hope for a brighter tomorrow. He’s taught me never to give up, even when someone tells you that all is lost. Despite all he’s been through, he is the happiest, sweetest boy. He’s a true testament of perseverance and optimism.
I will admit that during the hard times I wondered if we did the right thing for Phee by choosing to save him, in spite of the vet warning us that he was a lost cause… But every single day, I see Phee’s gratitude in the crazy wiggle of his bum when he greets me at the door or feel it in the gentle kisses he gives me when we cuddle. I saw a spark in him that December day and that spark has grown into a fire that warms my heart day in and day out.
My deepest wish is that Phee’s story will inspire people to look past the sick and injured shell that some shelter dogs have become and see the potential underneath. And I truly hope people will come to understand that a pet with differences – like diabetes, blindness, deafness, or paralysis – can lead a completely happy, fulfilling life.
I put together a video of Phee’s recovery photos. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I have enjoyed being a part of it!