My Name is Haribo.
This is my story.
When I came to Mum and Dad's I weighed 64kg!
This is me now! Mum and Dad saved me. They tell me I am handsome and call me Lord Haribo (amongst other things!)
I came here in September 2017 aged 5 from the North East, I was very overweight tipping the scales at 64kg (10 stone in old measures) I was a very big boy.
I went to my original family at only 42 days old !!
When I was 4 1/2 months old, I was castrated, which is too young to have it done. It turned out that I was a stone former and I then kept blocking …. being castrated too young can stop your urethra growing and stop stones passing …… I then had to have a urethrostomy when I was only 2 years old.
I have arthritis in my joints and toes and walk strangely because of my hips. When I arrived here I could hardly walk, I shuffled around on my bottom. I then developed a large horrific hole in one of my legs and my vet bills were astronomical and Mum said I was a waddling crock!
The hole in my leg was horrible and it’s a good job I had Mum as my nurse or I might not have got better, she cleaned it and re dressed it every day for me….. she did threaten to kill me on several occasions though cos she had to wrap nappies around it to stop it leaking everywhere….I loved to pull them off !! We went through some tough times together and Mum was scared I might have had to be PTS if my wounds got infected or did not heal. Pictures below (but don't look if you are squeamish).
My Mum is amazing and she looked after it and made me better. Not only did she make my leg better she fed me smaller amounts and I lost weight so now I am a big lean boy. My hips still have problems and I have had laser treatment for it. I got to wear really cool glasses too when it was happening, I also sometimes go to hydrotherapy.
I am 8 now and a lot bigger than some of my Dalmatian brothers and sisters and I still need painkillers and supplements to help my joints. My Mum says I am a right royal pain in the bum sometimes but she still loves me and I totally love her and Dad.
Mum and Dad call me all kinds of names. She called me Haribo because I am the sweetest boy! I am also called Harigob because I am noisy and always have something to say. I am also Lord Haribo because I look a bit Regal.
A while ago I went with Mum and Dad to London with my brother MOuse and we had a photo shoot with some models who wore black and white clothes and very expensive jewellery. We had our photographs in a magazine……imagine me, Haribo who weighed 64kg being a model!! I couldn’t have dreamed of that before I found my Mum and Dad. So here I am with lots of brothers and sisters, being loved and playing amongst the hay bales.
Thank you Mum and Dad for looking after me, I love you so much.
( It is an honour to have you in our lives Hari. You are the cheekiest monster and we adore you, Mum xxx )
This is me and MOuse living it up in London
Below are pictures of the hole in my leg. Mum dressed it every day so that it got better.
UPDATE TO HARIBO'S STORY, 14TH APRIL 2020
Haribo hasn't had a good start to the year for his health. He has had several tummy upsets that have seen him be admitted to the vets for treatment and make him lose weight ... he dropped to just over 33kg at one point.
In March he was found in the field by Sue as a very quiet boy after he didn't come in for his lunch, she suspected that he had a GDV. She rushed him to the vets who confirmed this and operated to save his life as he had twisted... they also did a pexy while in there to help prevent it happening in future.
Hari came home after a day or so but started to be unwell again and had a temperature, his tummy was also red and warm. He was rushed back to the vets who then took him back to theatre and used 7 litres of saline to flush him out .... he had peritonitis. He was put on IV ABX and fluids and was a very, very poorly boy. Sue went in to see Hari and told him it was his birthday in a couple of weeks and that if he survived,he would have the best birthday cake ever !
The day after, they received a phone call from the vets to say Hari was very poorly and that they really needed to make a decision about him as his wound was breaking down, the infection was so bad .......... they spent all morning in tears and made that decision to let him go, he could not suffer and would not survive another surgery in such a short time and his body was rotting away. They even made arrangements with the crematorium.
They went in to see him at 2pm and were greeted by a much brighter dog who even gave Sue kisses ... that is a major sign for Hari that he is feeling ok. There was no way they could say goodbye to him so Hari came home the day after with his ABX and other meds and he has been nursed back to health again by his Mum.... dressing changes this time made so much easier as he couldn't reach his tummy to pull them off !!
In 10 days his wound has completely healed.
He is an incredibly lucky boy to have survived yet another horrible wound and to have been so ill ........ he is truly a miracle dog !!
Now Sue is concentrating on getting the weigh back on him in smaller meals and in the last week he has put on 2.5kg..... the aim is to get him up to 42-45kg.
PLEASE,PLEASE read up about GDV because no matter how careful you are, these barrel chested dogs can still suffer with it ......... Sue and Dave have experience with their Danes and GDV and do everything possible to prevent it but sometimes, sadly, you just can't .......you need to know the signs and symptoms.
Our newsletter for March 2020 available to download off this website has a section dedicated to GDV
Harigob, we all love you