ObiRhodesian Ridgeback — Age 0
Obi is an eight-month old pure bred Rhodesian Ridgeback bought for $2800 from a pet store. His papers show his lineage to be all puppy mill dogs. His owner could not manage his vomiting and took him to the vet. X-Rays showed severe Megaoesophagus. In addition, the doctors diagnosed Myasthenia Gravis. Obi was then surrendered to Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue in Northern California. Obi was fed a very soupy form of Honest Kitchen from Day 1 as his previous diet was obviously not doing him any good and he was very thin. He was fed four times a day for the first two days, then feeding was increased to five meals daily. Rescue took him for a barium series X-Ray which is seen below in the images. It showed the severe ME but there may not be a diagnosis for MG as he is active, has no lethargy, and his muscle tone is great. Due to the severity of the ME the veterinarians have recommended Obi be humanely euthanized. While the inevitable will happen, it was felt that he needed to have some really great days before the inevitable and so we created a Bucket List for Obi. While he gets to enjoy such things as a blind date at the beach with a girl, and puppacinos from Starbucks, meet an ostrich, meet a celebrity, ride in a police car, stroll through an orchard and many other adventures, Obi is eating his five meals a day of Honest Kitchen grain free beef. He has learned sit and wait. The Honest Kitchen is allowing him to eat well with NO regurgitation or vomiting. Thank you HK for making such a fabulous product and helping this dog put on weight. In the first five days on this food he put on six pounds! In his first eight days he had eaten his way through one 10 pound box of HK! While he is enjoying what time he has left, the humans are busy documenting his congenital problem of ME as well as his history of being born in a puppy mill, sold to a broker, sold again to a pet store, sold to a private party for an unreasonable amount of money and ending up in rescue. This project will be shared to help educate others on the problems with poor breeding, the costs of living with a terminally ill dog, the health and welfare of dogs, and the importance of breeding ethically with all the necessary health tests available.