For those who haven't seen this on Facebook:
Last weekend, someone posted a photo to a Finnish Lapphund page on FB, of what appears to be a young Lappy, in a shelter. He was in a high-kill shelter in SoCal and was tagged as a Sheltie, and available to rescue only. He had been in there for more than a week, and it was surprising he was still alive.
There is no Lapphund Rescue as such in the US; there is a 'support' group called Lappy Ever After, but there is no network of rescues, foster homes, adoption processes, home visits, etc. So I had no idea what would become of this Lappy boy, and it bothered me. I posted to the page that my Sheltie rescue will take him if he can get to Illinois -- thinking, I confess, 'oh, it'll never happen.' I should have learned from my same postings about Banjo and Charlie Bear, both of whom showed up at my door!
I then mentioned to my Sheltie rescue director that I had made this offer. She was unfazed. "Okay, it's up to you, you're the rescue, too," she said.
Meanwhile, no other offers are coming for this boy, lots of sharing and some snarking about who is blocked from a FB page and the usual social media BS. So Lappy Ever After (LEA) says okay! He's going to Illinois! and they start an online fundraising site. LEA is headed by a Lappy breeder who is a close friend of the breeder of my Alex, so I am known to her that way.
We get someone who does Pomeranian rescue to go and pull Lappy Boy, on CISR's paperwork. He gets taken to a vet clinic for neutering, and he's diagnosed with kennel cough, mild, but it prevents him getting a health clearance to fly. (He's going to be shipped by air from SoCal to Chicago, where I will collect him and transport him to CISR director's place.) Now we're freaking out, where can we put this dog who has KC so he can be treated and get ready to fly? Vet clinics won't board him, we don't have anyone on the ground out there -- I am in Chicago, the LEA person is in Tennessee!
Well, enter Amanda! (We need a fanfare here, some trumpets and drums!) Amanda is quite near this guy, and she says he can come stay with her until he's cleared to go on a plane. Boy, the sigh of relief from Chicago and Tennessee probably caused an atmospheric disturbance!
So Lappy Boy, who is now Henry (named by Lainey), is enjoying the hospitality of Amanda's family, and when I say 'enjoying', I mean he's bothering Landis and charming the family, pretty typical for a teenaged boy Lapphund (-- I have one in my own house, remember). And he is now cleared to be transported by plane, so we are waiting for cooler temps in his area before we get him on a plane to Chicago. Once in Chicago, he will become a CISR dog and will be available for adoption through CISR! (No, I am not keeping him. I do not want him -- ref my own teenaged Lapphund boy, TYVM.)
I have met some truly wonderful people on this board over the years. It's a great community, and as differing as many views are on lots of things, the care for dogs that ODO people have is unsurpassed. THANK YOU, AMANDA and family; thank you Sabine for the suggestion of a vet clinic; thank you everyone who donated to Henry's cause on my FB page; this is one dog whose life has not only been saved, but has improved beyond measure.
Pics: Henry in the MoValley shelter; Henry with Amanda. Looks better already!!
Oh, and I am certain this is entirely a Lapphund. That's a whole other post. Spots on the tongue have been found in many Lapphunds, even those of impeccable breeding (which Henry is not). He's Lappy.