Dedicated New York foster pawrents, Cait and David Himmel, are always happy to help when the Animal Care Centers of NYC call upon them to provide shelter for a dog in need. Last week they weren’t expecting to be sharing their home with a “90-pound, 10-year-old walrus,” but they happily welcomed the abandoned senior dog nonetheless.
The 90-pound walrus in question is Butter. She was turned over to the NYCACC due to landlord issues at her previous home. Butter is overweight, losing her vision and has not been spayed.
Despite her list of ailments, this plump old lady has a way of capturing the hearts of all who meet her – including the doormen at the Himmels’ apartment building (they call her Grandma). A permanent adoptive home was already lined up for Ms. Butter, so her time with the Himmels was an essential safe haven until it came time to meet her new family.
At first, Butter seemed to settle right in with the Himmels. She enjoyed a soothing bubble bath followed by a long night of “snoring like a truck driver” on her new bed.
Unfortunately, the next night was not so easy. Butter spent the whole evening pacing, crying and screaming. The Himmels chocked it up to stress and disorientation from having been uprooted from her previous home. However, Butter’s condition seemed to get worse and worse as the night became morning.
Butter was taken to a vet for X-rays to rule out Pyometra – an infection of the uterus common in un-spayed senior dogs. The condition can be life-threatening and requires emergency surgery. Luckily, Butter’s X-rays did not show Pyo. Her vet did notice that she has an infected mammary gland that has a 50/50 chance of turning out to be cancerous. Her liver and kidneys are also enlarged leading the vet to suspect Cushing’s disease and possible liver disease. Butter’s spine is affected by severe spondylosis caused by old age and excessive weight. As Cait put it in an Instagram update – Butter is a hot mess!
Her veterinarian started her on pain meds and antibiotics which have helped to make the poor old gal comfortable again. There is still quite a ways to go before the full extent of Butter’s ailments are uncovered and ready to be treated. The Himmels started a crowdfunding campaign on Butter’s behalf to pay for that emergency visit, as well as assist her adoptive family with her ongoing veterinary costs. They were able to meet and exceed their goal in under an hour!
Butter is extremely lucky for all the love and attention she received from her remarkably selfless foster pawrents, the Himmels. After her initial vet visit, she was back to “sawin’ logs” throughout the night and delighting Instagram users with her roly poly wrinkly walrus body again. And as of this week, Ms. Butterball has moved in with her forever family! According to Cait, they adore her and plan to set up a Facebook page so all of her supporters can continue to follow her progress.
A sincere thank you to the Himmels and Butter’s new adoptive family for taking a chance on this sweet girl! She may be old, but Butter has proven that she still has a lot of life and love left in her! Happy life, Ms. Butterball!
Featured Image via @CaitMHimms/Instagram