Rambo: The Beginning of a Giant

I decided not to foster anymore. But this didn’t stop me from rescuing. Again.

This is my new puppy. He is a pure Great Dane. His mother was hit by a car when her 12 puppies were 2.5 weeks old. Not all of them made it. Here he is at 5 weeks and 2 lbs. His eyes were sunken in and crusted shut from dehydration.

Five weeks old asleep in my arms.

Five weeks old asleep in my arms.

He spent 4 days at the vet receiving subcutaneous boluses in an effort to rehydrate him and at night I force fed him formula every couple hours until he’d eat wet food. Here is a picture of one of his boluses.

On his right side you can see a bolus sticking out.

On his right side you can see a bolus sticking out.

He started to show signs of being a puppy and opening his eyes. At the end of the week I was sure he was going to make it!

Starting to look like a puppy!

Starting to look like a puppy!

The vet thought he might have eye damage and perhaps brain problems. But he turned out just fine! We named him Rambo because he’s a fighter.┬áHe’s now 10 weeks old and, though a little small for his age, he’s just a healthy puppy chewing on shoes and falling all over his giant feet!

9 weeks old and able to totally dominate a slipper.

9 weeks old and able to totally dominate a slipper.

So this is the beginning of my life with Great Dane. He will be a part of my life for not nearly enough years, but I’m so happy!

From 5 weeks old to 10 weeks old. He's growing so fast!

From 5 weeks old to 10 weeks old. He’s growing so fast!

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