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         Moe has been adopted!

I have changed Moe's name, he was previously known as Poor any of you remember the book Beautiful Joe that was popular in the early part of the 1900's?  If not, find a copy on Amazon and enjoy it. A great book.  I'm sure Beautiful Joe would not mind us calling this boy Beautiful Moe.

Updated 07/01/06 

January, 2006

Moe is one of the saddest corgis we have ever picked up from a shelter.  He had open wounds and sores, overgrown nails and was emaciated.  He left the shelter and went straight to the vets where he was found to have a likely case of staph and yeast.    He had to be sedated so that the vet could work on his many horrible wounds and so he could be cleaned up.  Large areas of his skin had died off to the point that passing the clippers over them just pulled the skin off revealing oozing, pus filled wounds underneath.  He has received multiple antibiotics to kill off the bacteria.  His nails have been trimmed back as much as possible, he made no fuss when anything was done to him.  He is a sweet and very brave little man. 

Special thanks to Dr. Kristen DeAngelo and Dr. Jim Lehnerd for their time and effort with Poor Moe!

If you want to see more photos of what Poor Moe has gone through, please go to :

Moe is under foster care and medical treatment now. We are not sure when he will be ready to be considered for placement but it will be after health issues are resolved and he is neutered. At this point we do not know how he reacts
to other dogs let alone children. He does love adult people.


On 02/23/06, Megan, Moe's foster mother, wrote:

Dr. Pinchbeck at OSU was able to see Moe yesterday instead of Friday, so here's what we know.  He has been diagnosed with severe deep pyoderma and generalized demodex. The plan is to continue treating the pyoderma with baths and antibiotics (changing the drugs we were originally given) and baths as we have been doing.

Moe starts his recovery.....

Treating the demodecosis is a bit trickier, however. There are three standard options for treatment and we have decided to go with the ivermectin treatment.

I'm also going to be contacting a parasitologist at OSU that is usually looking for interesting cases that also has a stash of samples, so it's entirely possible that he may be able to donate some of Moe's drugs in exchange for being able to follow his case.

As for what caused all of this, Dr. Pinchbeck feels that it's likely, since Moe is a young dog, that he had juvenile demodex (thought to be immune related, which usually clears as the dog ages) that went totally out of control.  Clearing the demodex is going to be a long term thing, likely four months or more.

The ivermectin treatment costs will be pretty low, even for several months of treatment. The biggest investment will be the time it's going to take doing baths/hydrotherapy, which I'm willing to do.

Thanks again, to the Forest Park Veterinary Clinic in Columbus, Ohio, for taking care of Moe's initial treatment and drugs.


Moe's attitude does seem perkier than when he first arrived for sure.  He's a pretty mellow guy in general, however, I don't crate him when I am at work, I found that he's extremely stiff and sore if crated for long periods, so I gave him access to the first floor without any incident to this point.  He is always asleep in his crate when I come home and actually has to be coaxed out at night.  He was the same way when he was staying at the clinic.  He's a bit more excited about meal times and takes all of his pills easily in a canned food "meatball".  He really doesn't show interest in toys, other than the cat!  He's a quiet boy, he doesn't bark when I come home or leave, just occasionally at the clinic cats when they really aren't listening to him.

He HATES having his nails trimmed, so my plan is to work on them when he is neutered.  I have been working on obedience with him by hand feeding the occasional meal, so his "sit" and "down" are coming along.  He's taken to every new situation that he's been in really well (being at the clinic, here, trips to OSU, though he is afraid of cows!).

He does have a limp that comes and goes, makes me think that it may be his shoulder or elbow.  Whether it's congentinal or traumatic, I have no idea.  Some of the doctors who have seen him seem to think that his hips may also be a mess, too.  The good news is that I've been able to taper his pain medicine to an as needed basis, sometimes once a day, sometimes I can skip a day.

All in all, I'd say he's a really nice dog, but probably aged well beyond his years simply because he's had to work so hard just to stay alive!

Please note that at this time, Moe is not available for adoption He has a lot of work to do before he can go to a new home, and many people, such as Megan, will help him along that road. 


Megan (foster mom) writes: 

I wanted to share a few photos from Moe at our clinic ice cream social today. He had a BLAST! We had about 75 dogs that attended and he was busy, busy, busy! Mostly chasing a Boxer that belongs to one of our doctors and mooching Frosty Paws off anyone that would get him one from the table! People are so impressed with how far he has come and what a really nice dog he is.  He’s completely exhausted now and has crashed on the couch.

Enjoy the photos!

Hanging out with Dillon (5) and his dad, a drug rep that came to help out.

Taking a break from the action by the information tables.

Mmmmm.....Frosty Paws!  :)

Back at home, and worn out!

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