(or Tiger as he was known then) was left
in a shelter on July 10, 2004 and
entered GRRI-NJ a few days later. His
physical condition was just awful. His
eys and ears were raw and oozing, his
coat was bare over most of his body, and
his skin was black. He looked and acted
sad and disinterested in life.
springing him from the shelter, GRRI-NJ
took Tiger to the vet. The vet
confirmed that Tiger had bilateral eye
and ear infections, as well as a nasty
staph infection over most of his body.
He was also suffering from arthritis in
his back hips, and he had quite a few
lumps and bumps that required further
then got oatmeal baths,
anti-inflamatories for his arthritis,
and drops and pills for his various
infections -- and he responded well.
The vet was very encouraged by Tiger's
progress at his second visit.
his foster Mom, Terry, reported that
Tiger was a real sweetheart ... loved
her kids, her dogs and even her cats ...
August, Tiger had gone from a big ole
itchy infected lump of dog to a happy
playful waggy guy! He even started
chasing the other dogs at his foster
home ... and you can see from the photo
above that he adored barking at the
cats! All in all, with the help of
consistent medical care and lots of TLC
at his foster home, Tiger was well on his
way to recovery!
then in October, just when we felt
certain Tiger was ready for adoption, he
surprised us with a very serious medical
condition: stones in his urethra.
Tiger had some pretty nasty surgery to
remove the stones and create a new
Thankfully, the surgery was a complete
success ... and just before Christmas,
Tiger went hope to his new forever
family ... and got a new forever name
thanks to GRRI-NJ volunteers Stefanie
O'Donnell and Elizabeth Gleason for
conducting Tiger's evaluation in the
shelter, and especially to foster Mom
Terry Veiga and her family for all the
TLC they gave Tiger for nearly 6
of course, thanks to prior donors to
the Joann Smith Memorial Fund, who
made Murphy's vet care and surgery