Our June Pet of the Month, Gimli, is a diamond in the "RUFF". Gimli was adopted by Bobbie and Don Kocol after Bobbie retired. She was scanning the Humane Society’s website daily, when she came across our honorary pet and knew instantly he was the one. Of course, because she’s retired, she had to change out of her PJs, but then she was off to adopt her new furry buddy.
She was ecstatic to find he was still there, but there was one little problem; Gimli wasn’t so furry and he had just the craziest haircut. He was suffering from severe skin issues and intense diarrhea. The poor guy was also so malnourished every rib showed, but his spunky personality couldn’t be hidden and it warmed Bobbie’s heart. Thus began Gimli’s transformation from “scrawny little dog” to “healthy, handsome little dog”.
Gimli first visited City Pets Vet Clinic in December of 2012 because his diarrhea proved to be chronic. Drs. Hui and Weinrick prescribed antibiotics and steroids to great effect, but Gimli’s relief proved to be only temporary. After several different antibiotics failed to resolve his diarrhea completely, Dr. Weinrick suggested a diet trial to see if a food allergy could be the cause. After warning the Kocols it may take three months to see a change, they started him on Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein food. He hasn’t looked back since.
After three months, Gimli was a healthy boy with very infrequent bouts of diarrhea. His wacky ‘do was replaced with a more traditional Yorkie cut and he began to put on weight. When we asked the Kocols how he was doing, Bobbie had the following to say:
“What a healthy, handsome little dog he became. He loves his daily walk at Gallup Park. Give him a squeeky toy and he is over the moon with happiness. Jingle the car keys and he dances with delight ‘Where are we going?’. His comical acts keep us laughing! He's not perfect but close to it. He occasionally makes a fool of himself barking at large dogs. He is frightened by thunder but a cuddle in bed will calm him. The love and devotion he gives is beyond our dreams. He is a treasure we cherish."
Like we said, Gimli is a true diamond in the “RUFF”.