Tiny Jonathan is a 8 year old rescue from Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. His mother, Jessica has overcome many personal battles with the help of this tiny seven pound Chihuahua, whom she welcomed into her family just seven months ago. Many people ask why adopt an older dog? Tiny profile was that he was sweet, kind, but had many tummy issues. When Jessica learned that he had been returned many times, she knew he was the one she would fall in love with. It took a while to adjust at home in a new environment, but Jessica and her boyfriend were able to find a balance quickly. “Neither of us have loved an animal more,” explained Jessica. Tiny became Jessica’s service and emotional support animal to cope with her own personal battles. “ We were truly meant for one another. Not only am I able to love a dog that is “sick”, it has healed me in a way to allow me to believe that I too am lovable even if I am “sick.”
Tiny is the type of dog that eats anything that resembles food. Even though he isn’t supposed to, it still doesn’t stop him. One Monday, he started having discomfort and wasn’t passing stools. He was yelping sporadically and wouldn’t sit still. It was close to closing time, so our family veterinarian, Cottage Veterinary hospital recommended we take him to Pet Specialists of Monterey.
Dr. Sullenberger was Tiny’s emergency doctor. We had x-rays taken and although he looked dehydrated and constipated, it wasn’t clear that there was an obstruction. We had some treatments done, but the next day he wasn’t improving. We brought him back in. When they retook x-rays, it was evident surgery was the only option. I was given an estimate for possible charges for an exploratory surgery- I was a wreck. I knew I didn’t have that kind of money and could not fathom the idea of what would happen if we did not follow through. It was recommended I apply for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation. Not only was I approved for financial assistance, this was my first experience having to do any of this type of thing on my own as an adult, and I felt that I was being helped by family to ensure Tiny’s care was provided for.
Tiny was transferred to the surgical team at Pet Specialists of Monterey. Surgery went well, and a piece of a rubber ball was removed from his colon. The road to recovery was a rocky one. Tiny’s statistics dropped and he required a plasma blood transfusion. While the blood transfusion was showing to be successful, Tiny didn’t want to eat. By Thursday, he was still not eating. I went to the hospital to try and get Tiny to eat—sure enough, he perked up! The doctor was amazed at his appetite and this is when things started to get better. Once we brought Tiny home, we were all relieved.
“I don’t like to think about what would happen if we hadn’t had the support from Max’s Helping Paws. I am truly and utterly grateful. I would absolutely recommend Max’s Helping Paws. (she) made me feel like family rather than a charity.