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Rescuing Cherry Eye Skye

Not often do you find one of your own pups abandoned at your doorstep.

Photos by author. Skye waiting for pats.

We sold 8 week old Skye, daughter of our own Queen of Sheba to a Midwest family seeking a ranch dog. We imagined Skye herding animals out west and immediately thought it would a good fit.

Were we ever wrong! The ranch never got off the ground. With no real purpose, Skye became a burden and was often ignored.

Worst of all, she developed a condition called Cherry Eye, a glandular eye issue. The bottom of the eye becomes crescent red because the glands enlarge and have no where to go but out. This is an easily corrected cosmetic condition. The only issue is that uncorrected, it could infect the entire eye and possibly compromise sight.

The family did nothing, possibly because fixing the condition was an out of pocket expense that required surgery. The gland grew and Skye started getting scared and aggressive with only one unaffected eye. No one could get near her. She just bared her teeth and barked. When the owners took her to the veterinarian, he recommended euthanizing her.

Skye is a rescue dog hoping for adoption so that she can have her own people.

Finally someone who knew the owners phoned to make us aware of the problem. My husband said he’d see what he could do regarding transport, as travel was discouraged during Covid.

Minutes later, the neighbor called again and said the family had left with Skye and were driving straight through, 20 hours to drop her off.

They arrived the next night and off loaded Skye without even knocking. We kept watch from our bedroom window, fearing they truly were going to leave her at our door. When my husband saw their headlights he donned a mask and went outside. The calm loving puppy he had raised from birth was now a suspicious dog that barked and bared her teeth.

The previous owners backed out of our driveway. We had rescued our own dog, not even a year old from euthanasia.

In the barn Skye had to sniff everything. The other dogs recognized her and barked in greeting. Realizing where she was, she immediately relaxed. When we opened the stall door to her old kennel, she rushed in.

The next day, we let her into a yard with her mother. There was no barking, no growling just the wag of a tail now and then. Mother and daughter were difficult to tell apart until Skye turned and all you could see was her horrific eye, weeping fluid onto her face.

We called our veterinarian, who thought that the protrusion from Skye’s eye socket could be obstructing her vision, contributing to her fear and aggression.

We set a surgery date a few months ahead so that Skye could acclimate to her old home. She was still wary, not used to the amount of attention we gave her. Finally, she was able to go out with the younger dogs, one of them her full sister. There was no standoff, just play.

When Skye had her surgery, the doctor fixed the glands in both eyes so that the Cherry Eye would never happen again. It wasn’t long before Skye turned into a love dog. She still follows my husband all around when he does his chores. In the house, she guards the doorways and barks at strangers like any Caucasian Ovcharka would.

Skye on the lookout.

It had taken a year for Skye to feel safe enough to return to her old self. We have kept her two years after that as she was still a puppy when we rescued her. Now she is four and ready to leave the nest. Like all of our rescues, Skye is free to a loving home.

If you have interest, let us know. To learn more and see past dogs and puppies, go to: https://russiancaucasianmountaindog.com

Skye’s only vice is that she doesn’t like cats.

Bear

Here’s Bear, one of our rescues. He looks like Scooby Doo to me, but he came with the name Bear.

When we rescued him, he was a puppy about to be euthanized because he barked in the development where his owners lived. He liked to offer happy puppy barks to other dogs he saw. There was a noise ordinance in that town and we saved him one day away from euthanasia. We tried to save his sister too, but could not.

Bear is two and a half years old now and full grown. He still likes toys especially stuffed animals and rubber balls that horses play with.

He is house trained and a little timid until he gets to know you and will not bark until he feels comfortable. We have all of his shots and papers up to date and would love to offer him free to a good home. He deserves it!

 

 

This rescue guy is ready for a new home!

Ivan is a beautiful 1 1/2yr  old that is well trained and has a wonderful disposition. Should anyone be interested in purchasing Ivan please contact me and I can give you the full details and answer any questions you may have!

Ivan
He’s ready for a good home!
He’s looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rescue Pup Update

Our new rescue puppy, Chloe, arrived late yesterday afternoon by animal transport from Western New York.

Thanks to the generous donors at the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue for providing her transport!

Chloe was very tired after her overnight ride, but was in good spirits and happy to meet us.

She is a very pretty colored fawn puppy about 10 months old with a black mask and looks much like our Ivan.

This morning she had plenty of energy out in the yard and Lil’ Bear cannot wait to play with her.

Chloe is spayed, house trained but has no other formal training yet.  She is wary of people and needs a huge amount of attention and socialization before we can let her back out into the world.

We hope to give her what she needs starting today!

Chloe’s first day!

Puppy Litter Update

Our 10 tiny pups were two weeks old yesterday and have opened their little blue eyes.  Coloration wise, we still have 3 dark ones which is very rare for Caucasians.

Their whelping collars have arrived and we will be posting more photos in our Caucasian Puppies for Sale section.

All but 2 puppies are for sale.  If there is a certain pup you are fond of, please refer to it by Gender and Number when contacting us by email or phone.

Email is tcmarschke@gmail.com and phone is 802 473 8010.

We’ve got some beautiful rare pups that will grown into impressive large breed dogs.

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