A Weimaraner was found in the dead of an Arizona summer and it was a miracle he was alive at all. Not only was it almost 100 degrees outside, he had an enormous tumor attached to his stomach. He couldn”t even walk normally. They named him Gilbert Grape because the growth looked like an oversized grape. What you”re about to see may disturb you, but we assure you there is a happy ending.
Gilbert was found in the isolation wing of a high-kill shelter. His tumor was so large he could barely walk or stand.
How he survived for so long (or how he could go neglected for so long) remains a mystery.
Two volunteers at the kill shelter stepped in and prevented Gilbert from facing an awful fate; they called the Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue.
The rescue showed up and took the poor guy immediately.
They took him to a 24-hour specialty vet hospital, where it was determined that he needed blood transfusions and stabilization by way of intravenous catheter.
The cost of the surgery was approximately $7,000. Seeing that he did not have a private owner funding the surgery, the rescue needed to turn to the public for help.
Tickled Pink consulted vets and surgeons; once everyone was decided that the dog should receive the surgery, they turned to Facebook.
A page was created for Gilbert and donations began pouring in.
Once the money was raised, they completed the life-saving surgery to remove the enormous, infected tumor.
Gilbert was a trooper through the surgery and began recovering.
He was taken home and began to blossom into the dog he could be.
Tests were ran on the massive tumor – thankfully, it was completely benign. Gilbert was cancer free.
Although he was without the tumor, he still had a lot of recovery time ahead of him. Gilbert experienced muscle loss and bodily strain as a result of compensation for the mass.
He has very little muscle mass and he is usually a little bit off balance.
Even though he stumbles around now, Gilbert will soon be going through physical therapy to help build up his muscle, coordination and general well being.
Gilbert is becoming so beloved online, adoption applications are flooding the rescue. He isn”t quite ready to be adopted yet, but soon enough he will have a forever home.
Who know how the tumor got so large or how Gilbert survived in the desert heat…
But we”re certainly glad he did.
The fact that he survived on his own for so long is a miracle – share Gilbert”s story with others. Source