In the middle of Schnauzerfest 2016 we heard about a poor little schnauzer who’d clearly had a terrible life. She was blind and terrified. Through a great team effort involving a network of volunteers, Ginty arrived into the care of DBARC in the hope of having her sight restored.
A few weeks ago Merlin arrived at DBARC having left a life of neglect and cruelty. He had multiple physical and emotional injuries that had been inflicted during years in the breeding industry. The most obvious concern as a huge leg tumour but in addition his first dental revealed a mouth full of terribly worn down teeth, many of which needed removing.
Dora and Cilla were both rescued from puppy farms and adopted together by Schnauzerfest supporters Kathleen and Mel. Cilla had double cataract surgery to restore her vision, but had a few complications in one eye and has only limited vision in it. However, this doesn’t affect her enjoyment of life with sisters Dora and Schnapps.
Tilly and Nora arrived together blind at the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre early summer of 2015. Both stayed in the expert care of Janet and her team for a few weeks and received specialist cataract surgery before going off to live a wonderful life on the south coast of England in August that year.
George was born blind with cataracts and micropthalmia, which is tiny eyeballs. He was operated on and initially it was successful. The surgery was complicated and specialist due to the size of his eyes. He could see for the first time ever in his life and although his vision was limited it was lovely to see him play ball.
It’s very rare that a rescued puppy farm dog arrives without multiple health problems, usually requiring extensive (and expensive) veterinary care. The most dramatic being the dogs with little or no sight but others like Martie who have serious orthopedic issues. These always require treatment before they can go on to live good lives.
When Juno arrived at DBARC for fostering with Janet, she was a miniature schnauzer with an obvious problem. She was, to put it mildly, on the large size. More precisely, she weighed in at 16.7kg.
On a chilly day late in 2013, two elderly miniature schnauzer sisters were dropped off at DBARC by a person who could no longer take care of them. She had a new baby, the weather was wet, the days were short and walks were too hard to manage. One of the dogs had started having accidents in the house.