MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue was contacted in early March by a rescue volunteer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A young male bulldog had been brought into the shelter; his back legs had been bound up and tied with wire. The injuries to his legs were very severe and the shelter did not have the ability care for him long term and no rescue group would take him in. He had no name; when we saw this picture and realized he was living outside with those bandages, we knew he needed our help, and fast.
We made a few calls and had some options on transportation, but due to the extent of his injuries, we felt it best that we make the drive ourselves to bring him to New Jersey. Joanne Hale & Cathy Kittell agreed to split the cost of the trip. A route was planned, bags packed and they left on Thursday, March 14th.?Joanne & Cathy drove 19 hours to Meridian, Mississippi to meet up with Trish Brumfield, the bulldog rescue volunteer from Louisiana. Trish had driven 5 hours from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to meet up with Cathy & Joanne. In addition, Trish had asked we find a home for a sweet 5 year old female also.?The moment Cathy & Joanne saw this dog, they knew they made the right decision in driving to get him. They were calling him “Petey”; he was barely 37lbs., had a serious ear infection and both legs were bandaged.?The veterinarian at the East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter did a fantastic job with limited resources. ?It didn’t take long for the two sweet bulldogs to settle in for the long ride back to New Jersey. Joanne & Cathy agreed that since “Petey” was starting a new life in New Jersey, he needed a new name. They decided on “Louie”. As you can see, Louie made himself quite at home on the trip back. He probably hadn’t felt a soft warm blanket in a very long time.
Joanne & Cathy returned to New Jersey on Sunday, March 16th. On Monday Louie went to see Dr. Keefe, a wonderful veterinarian who works with most of MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue’s bulldogs. Dr. Keefe spent over an hour and a half with Louie & Joanne. The vets from down south were afraid Louie had broken bones and severed tendons. Luckily, Louie’s tendons and bones are just fine. Dr. Keefe removed the bandages, scrubbed and cleaned the wounds and showed Joanne how to take care of the wounds. Louie’s wounds needs to be irrigated, cleaned and medicated everyday. The stitches from his neutering and leg surgery will be removed in a week and x-rays will be taken to see how Louie’s bones are progressing. Louie also has kennel cough, he is on antibiotics and pain medication. For all that this sweet boy has been through, he has never so much as growled or whimpered. When his wounds were being cleaned, he licked Dr. Keefe’s hands. He will roll over and his tail wags with joy for a belly rub. Dr. Keefe has been phenomenal in the care and interest he has taken in Louie. We can not thank him enough for his kind heart and gentle ways. Louie will need additional surgery on his one leg and that will be done in a few weeks. This little guy is an absolute joy; his fur is soft as velvet and his eyes are soulful, he talks to you with them. Louie will rest his head on your lap and just wants to be petted and loved. He has stolen the heart of everyone who has met him.