Frankie’s Timeline

Nov 23, 2017 – Frankie – Day 19

It’s been 2 ½ weeks since we rescued Frankie from the shelter in South Carolina and in the past few days he’s made more progress! He can now lift his leg when he pees (without falling over), he barks when he wants something (we don’t always know what, but we try to accommodate him) and HE GIVES US KISSES!

Pictured here is Frankie with our grandson, Alex. They like each other a lot. Alex lives with us and he’s always very helpful in caring for his “Bud”.



Nov 22, 2017 – Frankie – Day 18

A special thanks to the wonderful ladies at FABB (Fur Angel Blessing Blanketeers) for making this beautiful blanket especially for Frankie. He loves how soft it is and the colors are his favorites!



Nov 20, 2017 – Frankie – Day 16

Frankie loves to be held and he loves to snuggle. Yesterday he had a couple visitors and he enjoyed the attention very much. He’s pictured here with Julia (from Pennsylvania)!



Nov 19, 2017 – Frankie – Day 15

Read the blog post: Frankie Borrowed Harley’s Sweater



Nov 18, 2017 – Frankie – Day 14

Today marks 2 weeks since Dan flew to South Carolina and brought Frankie home, and though this little guy has caused us much worry and concern …. watching him “come alive” has filled our hearts with joy. But honestly, it’s YOUR support and donations that saved Frankie. Without your help, it wouldn’t have been possible.

Once Frankie is strong enough, he will need surgery on his mouth and also he has a retained testicle (cryptorchid) – both will need attended to as soon as possible. And then he will be ready for his forever home.

We know that many of you have suggested that Frankie “already is” in his forever home … there is nothing we would love more than to add this precious little guy to our family permanently, and as difficult as it is, it’s just not possible. It’s important that our program “Harley’s House of Hope” works … so we can find another little senior dog that needs our help.



Nov 17, 2017 – Frankie – Day 13

For the past three days Frankie has been eating better than ever and his system seems to be adjusting to eating nourishing food on a regular basis. During the first week especially, he had a lot of tummy troubles but that has mostly subsided. Next week Frankie will see Dr. Prause again and we’re excited to see if he’s gained a little weight. Though it might not be apparent in his photos, Frankie has absolutely no fat on his body, and virtually no muscle. It feels very odd to pet him and give scratches (he’s just so boney) …. but of course we do it anyway and he really enjoys the attention! He’s a precious little soul.



Nov 16, 2017 – Frankie – Day 12

Nutritious food, warm blankets, polka dot jammies … as Teddy always says, “Life is Good!”



Nov 15, 2017 – Frankie – Day 11

Today Frankie met our big girl, Stella. He was worried at first but quickly realized that Stella only wanted to say hello .. and she is easy for a little Chihuahua to push around! Frankie has become a little more mobile and he was happy to be outside for a few minutes. He continues to thrive and nothing makes us happier!

BTW, Stella is a 12 year old 110lb Anatolian Shepherd and as gentle as a lamb.



Nov 14, 2017 – Frankie – Day 10

Peace, Love, Rescue a senior dog!



Nov 13, 2017 – Frankie – Day 9

He still has some of his supper on his nose and he’s supposed to be getting ready for bed, but Frankie wanted to show off the new hat he received in the mail today from Bridget and her pack.



Nov 12, 2017 – Frankie – Day 8

Today was Frankie’s best day so far! He’s shown a lot of interest in what’s going on around him. He seemed to enjoy meeting his foster siblings (Cricket, Olive, Miss Pickles, Riley, Stella and Fernando) – previously he was isolated from the pack in case he developed kennel cough.

Sometimes he eats pretty good and sometimes he won’t eat at all, so that’s the biggest challenge right now. He needs nourishment. At this point he has absolutely no fat and virtually no muscle, so he continues to be very weak. But his increased alertness is very promising … and notice how bright-eyed he is in this photo?!!



Nov 11, 2017 – Frankie – Day 7

Frankie found his voice! He is doing well, though he hasn’t started gaining weight yet. We wish he would eat just a little more food each day, but it’s only been a week since he left the shelter. He had a good visit with Dr. Prause (internal medicine) yesterday and we decided to continue on the same course we’ve been on (same food, clavamox and gabapentin) and in 2 weeks we’ll do another blood panel. There are a few concerns, but until Frankie gains some weight and gets more of his strength back, we can’t really address them.

Please continue keeping precious Frankie in your thoughts. He’s such a gentle and trusting little soul.



Nov 10, 2017 (evening) – Frankie – Day 6

Today Frankie had a very nice and encouraging visit with Dr. Prause at Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists. We’ll give you more details about the visit tomorrow when we have a little more time – but just so you know, there was no bad news!

We made this video this evening and as you can see, Frankie is enjoying a little attention (he even “asks” for it). He’s soooo sweet!



Nov 10, 2017 (morning) – Frankie – Day 6

Fernando was kind enough to loan Frankie his “Livin’ the Dream” t-shirt today. We’re off to see Dr. Prause at Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists now…..



Nov 9, 2017 – Frankie – Day 5

Well… as you can see, Frankie has the longest legs ever! We’re just beginning to see glimpses of his cute personality. He continues to thrive and he now will look up and notice when we enter the room (prior, he wouldn’t even turn his head toward us). We’re feeling very encouraged.



Nov 8, 2017 – Frankie – Day 4

This morning Frankie was a little more active. He wandered around the living room a bit and even found a spot in the sunshine, where he eventually took a short nap.

Frankie’s blood results came back somewhat alarming but we are hoping most of that is due to his poor condition. We will be working closely with our internal medicine veterinarian, Dr. Lauren Prause.

This video shows how desperately underweight Frankie is. Currently he weighs about 3.5 lbs but we believe his goal weight should be 5.5 to 6 lbs. The great news is that he is eating well!

Also in the video you’ll notice Frankie sneezing several times. This only happens after he eats and it’s likely because he has at least one fistula (small opening in the roof of his mouth into his nasal cavity). Because of this we have to feed him firm but soft food. Once Frankie is stronger and can undergo anesthesia, dental surgery will clear up several issues for him.

We’ll explain Frankie’s spine and other health issues that are currently affecting him over the next couple days. We realize he looks pretty rough right now, but please be assured that he is not in pain.

He’s really so sweet and also just started asking for attention!



Nov 7, 2017 – Frankie – Day 3

Frankie continues to eat and drink and we’re very encouraged by his alertness. We’re waiting on results from his blood panel, but meanwhile he has an appointment scheduled with Dr. Prause (Internal Medicine) at Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists for this Friday.

Our granddaughter Anna says Frankie is “kissing cute!”



Nov 6, 2017 – Frankie – Day 2

Yesterday Frankie had a medical assessment by Dr. Goldrick at VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado. Initially we had planned for Frankie to visit the vet today, but we took him yesterday because he is so weak and lethargic (though that is likely because he is so malnourished). His vitals were good, he has a grade 2 heart murmur, some spinal pain during palpitation, severe dental disease including loose teeth and a few other issues. Some tests are being run including a blood panel. BUT… THE GREAT NEWS IS… Frankie is doing okay!

For the moment we will continue with clavamox for his mouth and nasal discharge, plus gabapentin for his spine. He’s eating, peeing and pooping normally. He’s more and more alert all the time and very happy to be on the road to health. He’s very sweet, and we were even given the okay to bathe him last night – which was great because he needed a bath terribly (it will take several more baths to eliminate the stench of his past).

Frankie is doing wonderfully! Thanks to all of you for caring about this little guy – and thank you so much for the donations. We’re excited for his future which will be filled with nothing but love and kindness.



Nov 5, 2017 Frankie – Day 1 (evening)

Frankie just had, what might have been, his first ever bath! He discussed it with us the entire time. (turn up your volume!)



Nov 5, 2017 – Frankie – Day 1 (morning)

We know these are sad photos, but we want you to see what tiny (3 pound) Frankie’s body looks like at this point. Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to help this precious boy and he is responding with an occasionally lick.



Nov 5, 2017 – Frankie – Day 1 (early morning)

Frankie has a great appetite! We can only feed him small amounts but we’ll be doing that several times a day. He is such a precious little soul and he appears so appreciative of every bit of kindness we give him.



Nov 4, 2017 (late night)

It’s been a long day for little Frankie but he is now safe and sound in our home. I hand-fed him some soft food, he drank a little water and now he is ready to be tucked in for the night. His condition is incredibly poor – he’s so emaciated, absolutely skeletal, he has sores and rub spots all over his body, scabs in his ears, a nasal discharge, severe dental disease. His spine is especially crooked and he has a few other issues. He doesn’t appear to be in pain but we gave him gabapentin anyway, and also clavamox for his mouth. We are grateful toGreenville County Animal Care for releasing Frankie to us – allowing us to give him a chance. We will do everything possible to make sure the rest of his life is filled with nothing but love and kindness.

I type this with tears in my eyes because Frankie is so sweet, yet so sad, and I cannot even imagine the suffering this little one has endured throughout his life.

Dan and I are so very grateful for your caring words and your generous support.  – Rudi



Nov 4, 2017 (evening)

Frankie did great on the flight from Greenville to Chicago. United Airlines even upgraded him and Dan to first class! Dan said Frankie was an angel and slept on his lap the entire flight. (This picture was taken just before the plane took off). They arrived late into Chicago and had to run to catch the flight to Denver… fortunately they made it, and Dan said Frankie didn’t seem stressed at all. Right now they are enroute to Denver. Stay tuned for another update late tonight!



Nov 4, 2017 (midday) 

Dan arrived at the Greenville, South Carolina airport and was met by (Harley’s Hero) Lisa and her husband with FRANKIE! Dan says, “He’s so pathetic, but very sweet, he reached up and gave me a kiss!” Soon they will board a flight home to Denver via Chicago and we expect them to arrive at 9:30PM.



Nov 2, 2017 – First post

There will soon be a new resident at Harley’s House of Hope! Early next week, Frankie, a tiny 12-year-old Chihuahua, will be arriving from South Carolina after ending up in a shelter there in terribly poor condition. After an initial veterinary assessment by the shelter, it is determined that he will need immediate attention by our veterinary team. Please, we ask for your support in helping this precious little dog have a second chance at life.

Ever since Harley passed in March 2016, we have dreamed of establishing “Harley’s House of Hope” to honor him by rescuing one senior dog at a time. Frankie will be the first, and we are excited to have the opportunity to provide him with whatever medical help he requires and shower him with love in the meantime, then find him a wonderful forever home where he will be cherished beyond measure.


Learn about Harley’s House of Hope at this link: www.harleysdream.org/harleys-house-of-hope

Donations to help Frankie can be made at this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/harleyshouseofhope