We are no strangers to sadness and loss at the Smushie Ranch. Yet, when one of our own makes the journey over the Rainbow Bridge, our hearts break just the same.
Our FBRN foster, Kona, sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Monday morning.
He had two surgeries to try to help him breathe easier. He had his soft palate shortened and then weeks later he had his nares done. But sadly, Kona was born with a very small and weak trachea. The vet warned momma that despite the surgeries, he was still at risk for breathing issues and should be monitored closely during play time, over activity and warm weather.
On Sunday night, Kona started having great difficulty breathing so momma rushed him to the ER vet. They gave him drugs to help him breathe and then had him spend the night in the oxygen chamber. By morning, he didn't show any improvement and the vets determined he had complete tracheal collapse. So Momma made the most painful decision and helped Kona cross the Rainbow Bridge. She held him and told him everything was going to be okay because he wouldn't have to fight to breathe anymore. She also told Kona that Betty would be waiting for him on the other side, where he could run and play forever in his new body.
Kona was one of the sweetest and most gentle fosters we've ever shared our home with. We are going to miss him so much.
There is a circle of life and it just so happened that Monday evening, momma got a call from Central Coast Pug Rescue about a pug in need....
This is Angus. He's only 3 years old and is in dire need of a diet. The vet says he's about 9lbs overweight. That's a lot for puggie!
He's really shy and very sad about being uprooted. The other male pug in his former home was mean to him so his owners felt he'd be better off in a different home.
He'll be here for awhile so that he can learn to trust people and shed those extra pounds. Keep Mr. Angus in your thoughts while he goes through his Smushie transformation.
Lot's of love,