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Resident Pet Success Story - Remarkable, Wonderful, Silky
Silky in July of
February of 2014
Silky is a 13 year old Labrador Retriever that came to live at
the Stevenson Center in September of 2012. It was immediately
apparent that he had a tremendous personality. Everyone at
the center instantly fell in love with Silky and he adjusted to his
new living conditions just as quickly. As with many new
residents, Silky was quite overweight so he had to adjust to being
fed less goodies. It was also apparent that Silky had knee
issues. He was kept very comfy with medications for arthritis
and a regulated quality diet.
In July of 2013 Silky developed a urinary tract infection which
progressed into diskospondylitis which is an acute, painful, and
debilitating condition. He was quickly taken to the TAMU
Small Animal Hospital where he spent many days in the ICU.
Along with these issues, Silky's knee problems were
aggravated. In addition to all of this Silky developed a
mysterious problem with his right hind leg. This leg became
very cold and offered no detectable pulse. Amputation was
discussed but rejected due to his advanced age and the poor
condition of his left hind leg. With existing arthritis and
hip problems, Silky was said to be a disaster from his chest
The antibiotics began to correct his infection and
diskospondylitis. Silky's pain subsided and his appetite
returned slowly but surely. After 10 days in the hospital
Silky was able to come home. Upon discharge we were told that
Silky would likely only be able to walk with a sling support and
would not be able to walk on his own. Within a couple of days
Silky was standing. Silky steadily improved and was soon
walking on his own!
Today, Silky is back to his previous comfortable
lifestyle. Each extra day with Silky is a gift of more time
with this special soul and we are thankful for each one. The
incredible medical care that Silky received at the Small Animal
Hospital along with his devoted caretakers at the Stevenson Center,
and of course Silky's fortitude and personality, resulted in a
success story far beyond our greatest expectations.
Story by Janet Broadhead
Photos of the Month
Some of our "kids" enjoying one on one time with the
Our resident pets
have a pretty good life of luxury. They don't have to exert
Our first building
expansion dedication was October 1, 2004. See more photos of
the dedication on the Expansion page. The
second building expansion began in July of 2012 and was dedicated
April 26, 2013.. Please check our Expansion page to view construction as it
progressed. The center currently has approximately 11,000
square feet of available space to accommodate resident student and
resident pet living quarters.
Sophia and Cesar came together to the center in May of 2014 from
California. They are precious little dogs and they have a
great time playing and snuggling with each other. There's
always excitement with these two. They are acclimating to
their new home very nicely.
Olivia came to the center from Georgia in
September of 2013. She is a little Australian Terrier and has
Patty came to live with us in August
of 2013 from Austin. She is an adorable Boston Terrier and
has made many new friends.
Reggie came here in May of 2013 from
Houston. He is very comfortable in his new home and has tons
Bubba came here with his housemate,
Pumpkin, from Houston in March of 2013. He is incredibly
affectionate and inquisitive.
Pumpkin came to the center in March of 2013 with her housemate,
Bubba. She is beautiful and likes attention on her terms.
This is incredibly beautiful Blitzy who is with us temporarily
while her owner recovers from medical procedures. We all love this