• Born: Jun 2012
  • Breed: Great Pyrenees Mix
  • Gender: Male
  • Health: Medical hold
  • Kids: It's a possibility
  • Dogs: It's a possibility
  • Cats: It's a possibility

Sponsor Archie

Archie has a long medical road to go but we will keep you posted every step.

(Last Updated On: October 31, 2019)

Archie came to Friends For Life on August 1, 2019 when we pulled him from a high kill shelter.

This sweet boy got what we think may be his first bath on August 2. He seemed to love the warm water and massage. He looked a little incredulous that all the attention was around him but was ready with the big dog lean! It never gets old to be there at the moment that you see an animal receive long-awaited kindness from human touch.

Every bone in his body is easy to see. Refeeding him will take time and must happen slowly. He has been starved for a long time. He has pressure callouses on his hips, some un-biopsied (yet) skin tumors and badly infected ears and feet. His teeth are worn nearly completely flat-some from age and some, we think, from gnawing at an enclosure. He is high heartworm positive and has scabies.

We brought out a dog bowl to give him a drink and he didnt recognize it. He leaned past Marilyn to drink out of the bucket. That tells us something of his past.

He has a long medical road to go but we will keep you posted every step.

AUGUST 3 Update from Dr. Isbell (his foster):

“Photos so far! He had sad face in the car last night but was feeling a bit better this morning! He slept sooooo hard! I couldn’t bring myself to confine him so he got free choice of sleeping arrangements. He didn’t wake up at all with my alarms, getting ready for work, feeding my dogs…nothing. He has been such a good boy and my dog is teaching him to not jump up to see what’s on the counter. She runs at him and barks when he does it, idk, she trained my other dog that way too.”

August 16 Update:

“So my foster mom is a veterinarian and she wanted to talk some. Btw (and possibly more importantly) I got unicorn jammies!!!! Thank you everyone for supporting this wonderful dog Archie! We love being apart of the Instagram family! I wanted to share some medical stuff about Archie for anyone interested. Today was a major milestone! Starvation cases require some extra work to get healthy. Big metabolic changes happen when the body has to find sources of energy other than food. If we had just given him a big bowl of dog food and kept it full, he could have gotten extremely sick, which is called refeeding syndrome. Archie did have some early symptoms when he came to Friends for Life, including watery diarrhea. This was treated as we typically do, but he didn’t fully respond because his intestines couldn’t absorb the nutrients and water like it should. So Archie had to start off eating very little of a certain type of food to allow time for adjustment. We increased that slowly over the first week to where now he is eating 7-8 cups a day! (still spaced out among 5 meals a day) During this transition other symptoms happen too, like diuresis (drinking and peeing a LOT). At one point Archie was drinking about 5 gallons a day! Please excuse the poo talk, but the volume of feces he produced was insane. I’ve never seen anything like it. But today…….today he had ONE. normal. stool. Comparable to my other dogs. Just 1. It’s after 8pm y’all. This is amazing!! This tells me he is digesting his food properly. This tells me he is absorbing water normally. In short, we’ve come a long way baby!! We still have a lot more to work on (skin, ears, heartworm disease, etc.) but, to me, today was monumental. I might’ve cried. Over poo. But Archie is amazing! We both love you all! ❤️❤️❤️”

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