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Gus Wobbled In And Stole Our Hearts..

And it didn't take much...just one look into those eyes and we were smitten with our gorgeous boy Mr Wonky Head, an affectionate nickname for a boy we already love so very deeply.Gus had a long and painful journey to us and endured beatings, starvation and lord knows what else but he is finally home, tucked tightly into the heart of the sanctuary and starting to love his life. Since arriving Gus has grown in strength and character and is showing his big puppy side, he is so playful and loves lolloping around the play area on his wonky legs and generally hanging out being a daft pup. His favourite thing is watching his dinner being prepared and who can blame him after being hungry for so long. He has a mix of puppy and adult food as he is still underweight and will have missed out on his puppy nutrients. He is entranced by his new world and into absolutely everything, adores cuddles and fuss and loves female company. Here he is using Sandra, one of our lovely volunteers as temporary seating. An amazing lad with a massive heart, definitely one of the biggest pups we have met and a real joy to have at the sanctuary. The past few weeks have been a revelation for him, he has been playing and starting to talk and communicate, in fact he chatters non-stop and bounces on his front feet like Tigga when excited *smiles*. He is so happy and is so excited to see Joy in the mornings....he's a total heart melter and even more so when you see him running about on his gangly legs. His injuries as you will have seen from our initial blog were extensive and his brain function has sadly been affected. He is slow to process things and is a bit uncoordinated but that just makes him extra special and even more lovable. He is very afraid of men and would react given the chance so it's all girls for Gus whilst he adjusts and heals and we will work on his fears early next year, there is no rush and we just want to let him be for now....in his happy place of routine and safety. So that's our Gus, he has settled in well, has the heart and courage of a lion, the playfulness of a young pup, a cracking sense of humour...

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Where Angels Tread...Saving Gus...

Gus arrived with us yesterday from Spain, aided by a chain of angels. He is around 20 months old so no more than a pup really, his story is horrible and we will tell it just once here because from now on his life will be very different and he will never be scared or in pain again. Gus is a Mastin, he was found at the side of a road by a Spanish lady, his first angel, Rocio Hughes; he had been severely beaten around the head. She took him home and straight to the vet. His head was a mass of deep wounds which were crawling with maggots.

Rocio contacted Angie Allen at Save A Mastin for help, his second angel and her and her partner, Brigitte Jaquillard immediately agreed and started fundraising to get his costs covered. He was emaciated, riddled with worms and eggs and had cuts over his neck, back and legs and multiple old fractures from previous abuse. He was admitted to the vet with large open wounds on the top of his head, he was severely dehydrated, weak and anaemic. He was immediately attached to a glucose drip, sedated and blood tested. They x-rayed his head which revealed he had a fractured skull and evidence of a previous fracture which had been left untreated. The wounds on his back and legs were cleaned and ointments applied. The wounds on his head were cleaned and dressed but left open at this stage. He returned to the vet on 3 more occasions for his wounds to be treated. He was prescribed antibiotics, anti inflammatories and painkillers. At that point they thought that Gus might lose an eye or be blind but the vet managed to save his sight and Rocio put him in an outbuilding, secured so that he couldn't walk around as he needed to be kept relatively still to heal. Angie found him a foster, Melinda Gibson, his third angel and Rocio drove him there herself. With Melinda he continued his treatment and began to put on weight. Although his external wounds continued to heal he was so scared and left with so many internal scars that affected his behaviour that the vet recommended that he be put to sleep. This was something that Angie would not countenance and having met him she knew he was terrified but she also knew he could be saved and she knew someone he would have...

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