Gilbert Grape was ᴇxᴇᴄᴜᴛᴇᴅ in a ʜɪɢʜ-ᴋɪʟʟ sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ because “he was carrying ᴀ ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ ʟᴀʀɢᴇʀ than one could imagine, a ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ sᴏ ʟᴀʀɢᴇ it was ᴘᴀɪɴꜰᴜʟ.” when looking at “.have you saw.”. “But his rescuers weren’t about to leave him there…
This touching survival story about a Weimaraner, who not only sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ a ʟɪꜰᴇ-ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ but also sheltered a high chance of ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ thanks to a rescue team dedicated to saving this ᴘᴏᴏʀ ᴅᴏɢ.
When Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue is called to a Weimaraner on ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ row at a ʜɪɢʜ-ᴋɪʟʟ sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ, they immediately come to his aid. But when they arrived, they were sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ to see a ᴅᴏɢ with ᴀ ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ on the bottom of his stomach so ᴍᴏɴsᴛʀᴏᴜs that the ᴅᴏɢ was almost unable to sᴛᴀɴᴅ.
“We feel sympathy for him while at the same time struggling with the fact that he has been ɴᴇɢʟᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ so much. How was he able to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ all this time? All we can hope for is that it’s not too late to give any animal a second chance; This ᴅᴏɢ is no exception,” their Facebook page reads.
They named him Gilbert Grape. How he managed to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ for so long, and how someone could neglect his ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ for so long, remains a ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀʏ.
The Gilbert Grape rescue story was shared with ᴅᴏɢHeirs by Keri Pink, a Media Relations volunteer at Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue (TPWR). She describes how the sᴛʀᴀʏ was rescued and how he is on his way to ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀʏ.
“The shelter’s policy is to keep a sᴛʀᴀʏ animal unchecked for 72 hours to allow the owner to retrieve it, although the county has a program that allows federally approved rescuers to ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴇxᴀᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.”
“Two dedicated volunteers from the shelter alerted Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue, and we rushed in to assist.”
“We call him Gilbert Grape after ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏɴsᴛʀᴏᴜs ɢʀᴀᴘᴇ-sʜᴀᴘᴇᴅ ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ ᴘʀᴏᴛʀᴜᴅɪɴɢ from his chest. As a result, Gilbert Grape was immediately taken to a specialized ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀɪɴᴀʀʏ ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ 24/24. He was given ᴘᴀɪɴᴋɪʟʟᴇʀs and ᴀɴᴛɪʙɪᴏᴛɪᴄs, and ᴀɴ ɪɴᴛʀᴀᴠᴇɴᴏᴜs ᴄᴀᴛʜᴇᴛᴇʀ was placed. Blood and urine were ᴛᴇsᴛᴇᴅ and an ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ was performed. He also needs a ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴛʀᴀɴsꜰᴜsɪᴏɴ. He was comfortable and the vets were consulted about the tumor.
“We consulted with 4 veterinarians and one board-certified surgeon. The consensus is that the ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ is most likely benign, since it is simulated, which means it is a tissue stalk that grows independently of other tissues. Well, it could also be ᴍᴀʟɪɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, there’s always that chance. His blood work is relatively normal (except for ᴇʟᴇᴠᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴡʜɪᴛᴇ blood cells due to ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ ɴᴇᴄʀᴏsɪs, ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ) and he appears otherwise healthy, although we know that disease may be present. ᴍᴀʟɪɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ does not appear on blood tests”.
It has been operated. They started fundraising with a goal of $6,800 for medical expenses. People touched by Gilbert’s story have grown and nearly $12,000 has been donated.
He made it through the sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ and has spent the last few days ʀᴇᴄᴜᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ. But it will take more than just rest; Gilbert is said to have been living with the ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ for more than a year and finds it very difficult to walk without it. His center of gravity is affected by it, and his weight distribution is unbalanced. He needs some ᴘʜʏsɪᴄᴀʟ ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ, but will probably learn to walk normally.
I’m happy Gilbert Grape-less is currently in a foster home and several people have expressed interest in adopting him. The gratitude and twinkle in his eyes filled the staff and supporters of Tickled Pink with happiness.
Gilbert looks much happier and is doing one of his favorite things, something he hasn’t been able to do in over a year – lying on his stomach!
Gilbert Grape is an ᴇxᴛʀᴀᴏʀᴅɪɴᴀʀʏ person, wish him a happy life
Send him your best wishes!