The Journey of Phillip, the Forgotten, to Phillip, the Fabulous in 30 days
Eighteenth in a Series
February 28, 2016
Late Breaking News!
We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you late breaking news concerning Phillip. His foster parents, Paul, Ellen, and the rest of the eclectic family of nurturing animals, have realized that their job of helping Phillip heal is complete. After encouraging his body to recover and supervising his socialization, Phillip has become a very adoptable dog! In fact, Phillip is officially “fabulous,” but we knew that all along!
The tour of duty was extended past our original 30-day commitment as we decided that Phillip complete his heart worm treatments while in our care. The miserable mange that left him hairless was replaced with shiny soft fur. He grew into that saggy skin which now ripples with muscles. Even as an adult dog, Phillip continued to grow since his physical development was delayed due largely to his previous nutritional neglect. Not only did he add weight to his frame, but height as well. His mind was stimulated as he learned basic manners in the company of humans and dogs alike.
The decision to let Phillip move on to the next stage of his life has been a difficult one. It is always hard when our job as foster dog parents comes to an end. There are so many other animals that need a chance…the same chance Phillip was given. If these animals only had a place to recover and someone to fill all those hurts with love, they could become “Fabulous Phillips” as well. Paul and I realize that we do more to help by fostering than keeping. We always feel blessed by the animals in our care. Photos of the foster dogs share the walls of our home with those of the family. We never forget any of them.
So many of you have read and followed the antics of Phillip from the stories told about him in this blog. It is our hope that you have fallen in love with this deserving and comical creature just as we have. You might even have a place in your home and heart for a friendly, intelligent, counter grazing, bed hogging large mixed breed dog with marshmallow toes.
Phillip, the Fabulous, will be showcased on the Petfinder.com website as an adoptable dog in the next few days. Now back to our regularly scheduled program of “The Journey of Phillip, the Forgotten, to Phillip, the Fabulous in 30 days.” There are more tales of Phillip’s adventures yet to be aired. Stay tuned!