Dog Rescue Stories: Igor Slept In A Gutter for Over 10 Years

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
 Igor was neglected, abused, and abandoned on the street in front of his house. He slept curled up in the gutter of a very busy road for over 10 years.
Thankfully, Bali Dog Rescue Squad found him in November 2016 and his life began to change. He barely had any teeth and was suffering from chronic Malassezia Dermatitis, a fungus found on the skin and ears. Igor had very little positive interaction with humans for the 10 plus years he was living in the gutter, so he had to be socialized before he could find a forever home.
Alison Gray, the founder of Bali Dog Rescue Squad, had a strong connection with Igor, and eventually adopted him in March 2017. Now, he receives anti-inflammatory medication to reduce any swelling when it rains, gets a weekly medicated bath, skin exfoliation every other day, and fish oil supplements for his skin. Every week, Alison sees slight improvements in his physical and mental health.
Igor is beyond happy in his forever home, and enjoys going on walks twice a day, basking in the sun and curling up in bed with his forever mom. He’s the King of the castle and very smart. He’s learned that the best way to earn treats is to stick his nose up in the air and look ridiculously adorable while his mom cooks in the kitchen.
About Bali Rescue Dog Squad
“Bali Rescue Dog Squad believes in working with people to achieve a better lifestyle between canines & humans. Although BRDS is not a shelter, there are currently two safe houses that can protect up to 20 dogs during their treatment,rehabilitation & training until adoption. BRDS prides itself on exercising all avenues of finding adopters for rescue dogs as well as ensuring all dogs are rehabilitated & trained to find the right adoption matches. Bali Rescue Dog Squad is funded through donations & sponsorship. There is no limitation to what BRDS can do when it comes to saving the lives of dogs. Whether they be neglected, abandoned, abused or caught up in the dog meat trade, Bali Rescue Dog Squad will attempt to save as many dogs as possible.”
Bali Rescue Dog Squad relies on donations, big or small, rescue and care for their dogs. They are also looking for volunteers. In fact, if you’re traveling to Bali and would enjoy volunteering and working with BRDS’ rescue dogs at the safe houses for a short time, Alison and the dogs would love to hear from you.
Follow Bali Rescue Dog Squad on Instagram @balirescuedogsquad, on Facebook /@balirescuedogsquad and check out their website to learn how you can donate and help, or donate via their GoFundMe Site — click HERE

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🎉🎊 ADOPTED 🎊🎉. . We did it! 🙌 . I feel like we’ve almost achieved the impossible with this strong minded/strong willed/chicken killing beautiful lady 😍. . I felt comfortable letting Sasha go today. Not only do I not need to train them on how to deal with Sasha but just look at her face 💖. . I’m looking forward to seeing her on Monday to see how everything is going ✌. . So you see. Please continue to support the dogs & I. This is the magic we achieve together. . Yayy! Let’s all gather round & do a quick chicken dance 💃💃💃. . PS: The safe house is rather quiet now without Sasha. She is missed already 💜. . #streetdogs #streetdogrescue #straydogs #abandoneddog #balirescuedogsquad #dogrescues #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedogs #rescuedogs #adoptdontshop #dogs #dogsofinstgram

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Hope & Emma love rumbling together 😍💛. . It’s super cute to watch them play fighting then cuddling up together. You can clearly see the hair growing on Emma’s ears. Always the longest to heal with Scabies. . Hope’s right leg has strengthened & straightened out but now her left leg is a little wobbly. Nothing calcium tablets can’t fix. . Hope’s taking a little longer to put on weight even with 3 meals a day. I think she might be a slim dog but hopefully she can fatten up. . Donations for Hope & Emma can be made via links in my bio ☝. . #rescuepuppy #puppy #puppylove #puppylife #pupstagram #pups #pupsofinstagram #dailydogcrush #dogofthedayjp #adoptdontshop #balirescuedogsquad #muttskickbutts #muttsofinstagram #mutts #rescuefactor #rescuedogsarethebest #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #cuteaf #dogrescue #safehousefordogs #bsshd #survivorhope

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🎉🎊 ADOPTED 🎊🎉 . I knew the second Ralphie was available for adoption, I’d be inundated with applications. I knew my only mission was to keep my promise of finding him a furever home & a better life. . Mission accomplished 🙌. . After sifting through quite a few applications my heart was set on one. It was amazing. No doubt in my mind whatsoever. I know this beautiful boy who has a piece of my heart – I know he’ll live a full happy life & will be treated & surrounded with a lot of love. . Go Ralphie, be happy. I have an open invitation to visit you anytime so will look forward to seeing you soon 💖💖💖. . #goldenretriever #goldenretrieversofinstagram #streetdogs #streetdogrescue #straydogs #abandoneddog #balirescuedogsquad #dogrescues #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedogs #rescuedogs #adoptdontshop #dogs #dogsofinstgram #rescuemissiongolden

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I got to see Hope today. Unfortunately I couldn’t get to the vet for 3 days but am always kept up to date every day & I know she’s in capable hands. Hope’s PCV (Anemia) dropped to 13% which is critical however her appetite & everything else about her is normal 😔💛 . Doxycycline was dispensed in case it actually is a blood parasite causing this. Hopefully the update this evening after more blood works is completed shows an increase otherwise, she’ll need a blood transfusion 😟 . C’mon bubs. I got’cha. I know you’re fighting 👊💖 . #survivorhope #rescuepuppy #rescuepups #streetdogrescue #streetpup #streetdogs #abandoneddog #rescuepupsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #dogs #dogsofig #muttskickbutts #muttsofinstagram #mutts #balirescuedogsquad #hope #dogrescues #dogrescuesofinstagram #adoptdontshop #rescuedismyfavoritebreed

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.
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