Meet Dorito: A Neglected Dog who Found His Life-Long Bond

Meet Dorito: A Neglected Dog who Found His Life-Long Bond

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in features |

Catherine Finkenstaedt is a life-long dog lover. She grew up with dogs and adopted her first one in the 80s when she was in college. She also fosters numerous dogs every year and co-owns an in-home boarding company. Her passion and love for dogs is impossible to miss, and 7 year old Dorito was no exception. When Dorito Was Dorado Dorito is a Golden Retriever that rushes up to people and immediately shows his affection and love. He has one of the cutest Retriever smiles you’ll ever see; it almost looks like he has dimples! Two years ago, however, he had a very different reality. He was locked up in a small chainlink/cement run, malnourished, and discarded like a toy that no longer drew interest. His neighbors intervened and convinced the owner to surrender him to a local rescue (The Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue). Catherine fosters for this rescue, which is how Dorito was introduced to her life. Funny enough, his name was actually Dorado, but Catherine’s partner kept saying Dorito thinking he was pronouncing it correctly. She shrugged her shoulders and figured ‘new life, new name.’ “He was brought to us really mangled and in bad shape. He was malnourished, severely underweight, had severe ear infections, and his skin and coat were in terrible shape. His back and tail were bald and his elbows were raw and crusty from lying on cement…yet, he had that amazing Golden Retriever demeanor: balanced, calm, and sweet even though he was never socialized…” A Foster Found a Forever Home While Catherine initially took him on as a foster, Dorito’s instant and deep bond he held for her partner (Peter) made it impossible for them to let him go. Plus, after the hard times they knew he had already experienced it felt really good to give him the loving family he deserved. Being a lifelong dog owner, Catherine had experience nursing sick pups back to health. Dorito was in particularly bad shape. “His main issues were his skin, coat, and muscle mass (he had none). He was very weak and got breathless walking upstairs. He needed a proper diet and exercise.” Golden Retrievers are particularly prone to hot spots, yeast, and skin conditions. Her first Golden, Tucker, had chronic hot spots, allergies, yeast infections, and skin and coat conditions. She spent thousands and thousands of dollars for treatment over the years until she finally found a vet who asked her if anyone had ever talked to her about his diet. This was almost 20 years ago. In Comes The Honest Kitchen In 2000 Catherine started looking into dog nutrition and diet. Back then, Google and laptops weren’t as prevalent, so most of her research was based on printed materials. She subscribed to The Whole Dog Journal since they always featured dog food products and rated them. They started writing about grain free,...

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