Sweet William


Willie is so happy now!  I have to say I am so glad he was returned, his previous owners should never be allowed to own a dog again.  Denying him the urgent vet care he needed, and failing to get a diagnosis to help him,  was 100% negligent.  Leaving him in a crate 16 hours a day to fester in his urine was abusive, bottom line.  If I could get charges laid upon you, I most certainly would. 

All that aside, I want to thank his new mom (who was his foster mom after he was returned) for adopting Willie, and understanding his need for stability, love, and finally – CARE!!

Please continue to donate towards Willie’s outstanding vet bills.  We got enough to cover his ultrasound, however, the xrays, blood tests, urinalysis and medications are still outstanding.

Thank you everyone!!

 Willie Now

UPDATE ON WILLIE – April 16th, 2013

Willie is doing so great!!  He is now at a healthy weight, he no longer drinks excessively, and no longer urinates all the time.  he is back to being a normal little dude!  His fur has grown in so beautifully – after all the urine scald he suffered.  He is on a raw food diet and his fur is so thick and soft!  he is gorgeous.  Willie is ready to find his real forever human – one who is willing to give Willie everything he needs, but also one who is willing to allow Dhana Metta to be in his life frequently.  This means updates, visits, photos… we are not going to let Willie suffer ever again.  We really wsh his current foster mom would keep him, as he is so in love with her, and she takes such great care of him… he even gets to sleep in the bed.  But foster mom’s other half won’t allow Willie to stay forever… Which really breaks my heart 😦


UPDATE ON WILLIE (no longer Rico) January 15th, 2013

I don’t even know where to start or how to start with this update.  I might forget something, but will try to get all the details to all those who have been waiting for this update.  Here goes.

Willie was returned to us on December 20th 2012 after having been adopted 2 years before.  When he arrived he was in a small carrier, one that he could not even stand straight up in… and I guess that was ok at the time if it was just for travelling in.  I opened the door to the crate, and was absolutely SHOCKED at what I saw come out.

What happened to my sweet darling Willie???  He was emaciated, almost as bad as when he was first rescued.  My face became hot, my hands started to shake.  I was angry but had to contain my feelings.  I asked the lady “What happened to my dog???”  She said “He refuses to eat” .. so I put a bowl of food down for Willie infront of this woman and he started to eat immediately.  Really? He refuses to eat?  I was beside myself with anger and had to send this woman on her way before I said something I would regret.

Willie eats upon arrival

I held him in my arms and cried, I begged for his forgiveness, for entrusting his life to someone so not deserving of his love.  They knew his background – how could they let it come to this?  He could hardly stand, or walk, he was so weak I thought he was going to die in my arms.  I felt horrible, responsible.. and booked a vet visit immediately.

willie arrives

The visit showed that his urine specific gravity was far too low.  His body was unable to concentrate his urine.  So he drank water like crazy, almost a liter per day.  And he would pee this water all out as fast as it went in.  The urine was clear, with no color or odor.  Very unusual.  This is one of the reasons he was being returned (we were told by owner that he pees all the time, and she is having a baby and could not deal with this very senior dog – Willie is 7).  He did not have kidney disease, or kidney failure, no cushings disease either, no cancer.  His bloodwork was good.

I brought him home and fed him small meals every hour.  He loves his turkey with yams.

second day

This photo is of Willie 2 days after being returned.  The large bowl of water infront of him would be gone in 4 hours.

Willie just wanted to be loved and held.  He was urinating in his bed, not even trying to get out of it to pee.  I figured out why after asking his adopter where she kept him during the day when she worked, and while she slept.  She worked a full time job 5 days a week, and Willie would stay in the small crate he was returned in all day, without access to water, and not being able to get away from his urine.  So he sat in his urine all day long and all night too, hence being totally urine stained as you can see in the above photo.

No wonder he stopped eating and just wanted to die.  If I had to sit in my piss all day and all night, I would want to die too.

willie cuddles

Willie bounced back quickly.  You could start to see life in his eyes, the will to live, eat, and actually get out of his bed to go to the bathroom.  Soon he realized that he didn’t have to sit in his urine anymore.  He had the space to pee when ever he needed to, his bedroom laced with pee pads, and with a large bowl of water to drink when ever he wanted.  And food – anytime he wanted. Within a week, Willie had gone from 2 kgs, to 2.4 kgs.

3rd day

I was so happy that he was gaining weight, and happy that we went to vets that could pin what was going on with Willie’s excessive water consumption and excessive urinating.  And it sure was an easy fix.  I am a little peeved that his adopter didn’t look further into this issue, but instead just let him fester in his urine unnecessarily.  Willie was diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus. (water diabetes not sugar diabetes), and all he needs is an eye drop per day of demopressin.  SO easy!!!  After only 2 doses of this medication, Willie stopped drinking excessively and stopped peeing excessively, he is now a pretty normal little guy!!  His weight after 10 days – 2.7 kgs.

At his recheck yesterday (Jan 14, 2013) his urine specific gravity is in the low end of the normal range 10.22!!!  The medication is working and his weight is 2.83kgs, just perfect!!  This took all of approximately 3 weeks. Pretty amazing that someone didn’t think he was worth it.

There are still some concerns with Willie’s insides – and he will be getting an ultrasound on Friday Jan 18, 2013.

We are asking our dog loving supporters to please donate to “Willie’s GET BETTER FUND”.  Even though it has only been 3 weeks, we have reached a veterinary cost of close to $600 including bloodwork, double urinalysis, ultrasound, and his medication is also costly and he will need to be on it for life.  Willie will also need a dental and possible surgery to fix his messed up knee.

Willie will no longer be adopted out to anyone, he will be looking for a permanent FOSTER home only.  We are looking for one selfless person who will be willing to care for Willie for the rest of his life, all medical needs will be paid for through Dhana Metta Rescue Society.  Random home visits will be made to ensure Willie is being well cared for. We are not going to let this little man suffer ever again.  Donations are also needed to be able to pay for Willie’s ongoing care, for the rest of his life.  Please help us give only the best to Willie.

We will be posting more photos and videos of Willie as they come. Donations can be made through our website at:


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  1. Louise said,

    October 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    The photo and story of this dear little dog absolutely broke my heart. We MUST get pet ownership laws changed and those who abuse or neglect should be given more hefty fines, jail time and not be permitted to own pets again. Bless you for giving this dog a second chance at life.

  2. Paulo Ekkobus said,

    December 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Don’t be so sad, cheer up and open your heart for Willie instead of letting it ache! Everything happens for a reason and I am sure there are many good reasons for Willie being returned. I am just thankful that Willie has had a home for the past two years and someone to take care of him! All the best!

  3. December 27, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Pet Adopting a pet is a very special step, like bringing a new member of the family into our home. Adoption of Homeless Animals.
    Pet Adopting Delhi

  4. Janet Zarowny said,

    January 16, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Thank you Dhana Metta for doing such a great job of bringing Willie back to health. He is looking so much better. Jan, Ruby & Scooter.

  5. dhanametta said,

    January 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Paul, I know your comment was posted before we got Willie back, so his condition was unknown at that time. When a dog is returned in this condition, I do not believe at all that “someone” has “taken care” of him for the past 2 years. His condition was unacceptable and totally avoidable – if more care and love had been present. I am sorry for my harsh words, however, there was no need for him to suffer AGAIN.

    • Alex said,

      January 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      That is DISGUSTING!
      How could anyone treat another living thing in such a horrid manner????

      I would not have been able to contain myself.

      Animal Cruelty!

  6. Michele said,

    January 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Thank god he was returned to you! There is no need to regret being fierce when fierceness is required. It is clear he was woefully neglected. Poor little boy.

  7. Michele said,

    January 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Honestly, I believe charges of animal abuse wouldn’t be unwarranted.

  8. Mary said,

    January 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    If they were able to do this to this sweet innocent creature…. I just think of the baby that family is going to have and wonder… I can only shake my head.

    Bless all of those that love, care and treat our dear pet companions with dignity and respect. Bless you all

  9. Oliver said,

    January 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I don’t know your organization.
    But reading this..

    I have some comments – Strong comments.

    1) where does it say this person is being charged with cruelty?

    I certainly hope your organization has brought charges.

    Charges are in order here – along with ensuring that this woman is never allowed to have another animal in her care.

    2) Homechecks are all well and fine. I don’t know if your policy includes Home checks? & Follows ups are imperative also.
    Have policies changed to now do follow ups.

    3) On the application form did it not ask where and what would happen with this dog ‘ when the potential adopter should have been asked’ how much time the dog would be spending alone.’

    The story is very emotional and of course horrifying.
    But there is a lot left out – pertinent to what happens now.
    Emotions aside –
    Like Charges.
    How this happened in the first place
    If there are safety checks that could ensure something like this never ever happens again?

  10. Andrea said,

    January 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Has the owner been reported to the SPCA?

  11. Andrea said,

    February 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    If you really cared to stop this woman from ever owning a dog again you would have immediately reported her to the SPCA. I have to assume that you have not reported this cruelty to the SPCA since you don’t say, so I reported this to the SPCA.

  12. Wag The Dog said,

    March 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This story just broke my heart!

  13. Heather said,

    April 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    “If you really cared”??? you CAN’T be serious!Have you read ANY of this website? You also can’t know much about the laws regarding animal neglect here if you think someone would be charged and never allowed to have an animal again after this. Hell, you can slaughter a dog, leave it for dead and in dumpster and all the SPCA can do is hope for a lifetime ban on owning an animal, just ask Captain, the deceased dog, found in a dumpster last year.

    It saddens me to no end that there are people out there willing to judge someone who’s trying to help, rather than spending that time questioning the laws surrounding animal abuse. This must have been devastating to see a dog you thought you had found a home for go through this, she doesn’t need to be judged on top of that.

    Obviously follow up visits would be a great thing, and I’m not sure if they are, or are not done with this rescue, but my guess would be that they are not routinely done due to lack of man power to do them…maybe you should volunteer to help with them, Oliver? Like my Momma use to say…. if you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem.

  14. dhanametta said,

    April 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Heather, thanks for the support. We do follow ups and keep in touch with every adopter as often as possible without being invasive. In fact we are close friends with many of the adopters who have Dhana Metta dogs, we have very close relationships, and our little fur buddies come to stay when their parents go on vacation.

    I actually saw Willie 6 months before he was returned, and spoke with the owner about my concern with his weight. At that time she told me he would not eat, and I made many suggestions to her. Again, when he stayed with me while his owner was away, he ate no problem… but then again I didn’t keep him in a tiny crate all the time – he was free.

    When she returned him – he was far worse than I had ever imagined. There is a condition in people called Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome. Maybe this is what was going on – it is a thought that rattles in my brain when I try to figure out why this happened…or how any person could let it get this far. It has to be something that they cannot see…

    I can’t speak about charges – as that is not up to our society, it is up to the SPCA – after all they are the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals. Dhana Metta has no power in the decision they make. We can provide them with all the information, photos, videos – but the final decision is unfortunately not up to us.

    If those out there feel strongly about changing our cruelty to animal laws, seeing what happens to dogs like Willie and so so many more who suffer at the hands of humans, please stand up and be the voice that makes the change.

  15. Heather said,

    April 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I’m so glad to hear how well Willie is so doing! At his small size I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for him to loose enough weight to look the way he did, certainly well under 6 months. I didn’t at all mean to imply that there was no follow up, I hope you didn’t get that impression… I just meant that you can’t be everywhere, all the time, as I’m sure time is at a minimum for you. :o) Why someone would choose to adopt a dog from a rescue, then neglect him, is beyond my grasp. If my dog doesn’t eat a meal, I begin to worry, thinking the worst each time, I start thinking of things to give him to test if he will eat, and he does, when what I’m offering is good enough for him…Maybe he does it on purpose to get the good treats!, I can’t imagine watching a dog in my care going down hill like that and not reaching out to any and everyone I could for help and answers. I’m sure if she had contacted you and asked for advice, you’d have done everything in your power to help. The work you’ve done and continue to do for these dogs is inspiring, nothing will ever change that.

  16. dhanametta said,

    April 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    It was such an amazingly easy fix, I still can’t comprehend why his adopter did not follow through on the proper channels with the vet to find out why he was urinating so much. Nevertheless, I am happy he was returned when he was – because he likely would have died if he hadn’t come back when he did. I love Willie so much, and remembering the day he came back brings tears to my eyes, seeing how happy he is now brings me tears of joy.

    Thank you Heather again for your kind words.. Namaste.

  17. Mary Ann S said,

    July 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I can’t help but cry reading Willie’s story. It’s so sad that these things happen to such innocent little creatures who can’t do anything about their situation. I cried reading how you cried and my heart went out to you for all the sadness, anger and regret that you felt. Thank you so much for posting his updated April picture. It is very heartwarming to see that he is now so healthy.

    “Saving just one pet won’t change the world…but surely the world will change for that one pet” Author Unknown

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