BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A dog found in Youngstown that was missing a tongue is doing well in foster care, says Animal Charity Board President Mary Louk.
The dog has had a rough past but by the way his tail was wagging and the amount of kisses he was willing to give Friday, it seems like Bubbles is happier than ever.
“Bubbles moved to foster care several weeks ago. He’s doing really, really well,” she said. “He’s gained 11 pounds, he’s eating normally, he’s doing really well with the pre-treatment for the heartworm.”
Bubbles was taken to Animal Charity in July. The animal rescue agency said he had heartworm, an enlarged heart, congested lungs and ticks and parasites in his ears and intestines.
“We brought him back to our facility on Market Street. They were kind of doing his intake and they realized that when he was drinking, he was kind of drinking funny. So they started looking around and realized at that point that he did not have a tongue,” Louk said.
A veterinarian confirmed that Bubbles’ tongue had been lost due to trauma, but was unsure of the actual cause of the injury.
Sometimes his appearance scares people.
“A lot of people walk by and they see his cropped ears, and they see that short, squat body and they see all of the typical pit characteristics, and they automatically judge him,” Louk said. “He’s so happy, he’s a very friendly dog. He seems to like everyone and everything.”
She says the lesson people can learn from Bubbles is to be happy in any situation.
“They’re happy to be here, they’re just happy to be alive and I think that if we take that lesson and run with it, the world would be a much better place.”
Louk says Bubbles will go back to the veterinarian next month for a check up.