A blind dog is regaining his eyesight thanks to a team of rescuers – both south and north of the U.S.-Mexico border. These rescuers worked harmoniously to get him to Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary (“Grand-Paws”), a wonderful and highly reputable rescue in the Los Angeles area. The plea to find the blind boy a rescue was first posted by the rescue group, Por Amor A Toby.
From what was understood at the time, the pit bull mix (temporarily referred to as “Colonel Slay” or “The Colonel” by U.S. rescuers), had “hung out” near or at an electric workshop in Tijuana. He was skinny and malnourished and often left outside where he would walk around and scavenge for scraps of food.
The street where The Colonel took up residence is extremely busy with heavy foot and vehicle traffic. The fosters in Tijuana were filled past capacity and no one could take him at that time – hence, the call for help from Tijuana rescuers.
Despite very humble beginnings, Colonel Slay was friendly with other dogs, people and children. As a stray, however, he had health issues. He was blind, malnourished and was afflicted by Ehrlichia, a tick-born disease.
The animal rescuers at Por Amor A Toby, along with liaison, Juan Perusquia, were able to get The Colonel to Dr. Serrano, one of the best veterinarians in this area. Independent rescuer, Beatriz Barnard, took over from there. Colonel Slay was infested with fleas and ticks, so Barnard had him bathed by a groomer. Barnard also arranged Colonel Slay’s vet care – including shots and testing – picked up his medication, arranged for his foster care, and crossed him over the border into the U.S. Reliable and diligent, Barnard also worked closely with the U.S. team to make sure everything was in order before crossing him over. Generous donors helped with the costs of The Colonel’s vet care and temporary foster.
Annie Psaltiras, a U.S. independent rescuer from the Los Angeles area, volunteered to drive down to meet Barnard and another rescue advocate near the border, and transport him back up to the Los Angeles area, where she would meet with Nancy Koch, founder of Grand-Paws. Everything went as planned and Colonel Slay was safely transported to Koch at a predesignated location in the Los Angeles area.
Now named Chico, Koch is closely following Dr. Serrano’s instructions with respect to his medication, feeding him nutritious meals, giving him much-needed TLC and a warm bed to rest his tired, skinny frame. The result? His eyesight is returning. (See slideshow). The white film behind his left eye has essentially disappeared, revealing beautiful, soft honey-brown eyes filled with gratefulness and health. Chico’s right eye was worse, so it’s taking a bit longer to heal. He is expected to regain his sight in that eye, as well. Koch had this to say about Chico:
“Check out Chico’s left eye in these pictures I took today. The right eye was much worse so it’s taking longer but the left is completely clear. Amazing how fast that can happen. He’s doing great, such a sweet boy. Very smart too! I haven’t been able to look for a foster for him because I want him neutered first but I think we’ll find him a permanent home before long. Thought you like to see him.
Once Chico has been neutered, he will be ready for a forever home. He is strong and has a lot of energy, but is very loyal and intelligent. He is a very sweet boy; not one mean bone in his body.
Anyone interested in giving Chico a permanent home is asked to contact Grand-Paws. Donations are also always needed, as Grand-Paws takes in the kind of animals who need extensive veterinary care – the elderly and those with special needs.