Caring for Chris

11th Dec, 2019

Written by Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager of Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Professional photography by Nat Gold ZA

This precious boy was found with his intestines dangling from his body. Foster mom for PuppyLove Rescue & Rehoming, Christine Perdigao, was on her way to collect a dog in Mitchell’s Plain when she spotted Chris sitting next to the road. She immediately called Deidre Esterhuizen, the founder of the PuppyLove Rescue & Rehoming, and was advised to load him in her car and rush him through to fellow animal angel Nashua Hendricks in Mitchell’s Plain. Nashua directed Christine to Mdzananda Clinic, and together they delivered Chris to the clinic for emergency treatment.

With tears welling up in her eyes, she told us what she’d found – a small dog whose stomach was ripped open and his insides hanging out.

Our staff rushed him out of the car and straight to our theatre. Dr Brian and our theatre staff cleaned the intestines, as they were covered in grass and sand. They then placed everything back into the abdomen and flushed it.

Chris was treated for shock and pain and then left with a comfortable blanket to recover.

We weren’t sure if he’d make it; there was a 50/50 chance. No one knows what caused the injury, but it appeared as if he’d either been stabbed or impaled by a sharp object.

Chris, however, is a fighter, as he pulled through the operation and healed well. We were thrilled when he found his forever home with Cheryl Harper, Founder of WeCanChangeOurWorld.

Cheryl Harper, Chris’s new owner, shares…

What a darling dog Chris is, and he’s settled down very well, except for chasing the cats – who are putting him in his place! Richard Parker, the big Ginger cat, is the boss and takes no nonsense. They always sort each other out, and in the meanwhile it’s quite entertaining!

Chris initially had kennel cough, which was promptly remedied by hiding the crushed pills in some delicious chicken.

He’s landed in “Rescue Animals’ Paradise”, where the humans in this house are the slaves! He spends a lot of time on the couch and enjoys plenty of walks around the Marina da Gama.

At night, he sleeps cuddled up in my bed – he must touch me all the time. During the day, when I go to client appointments, my sister, Sandy, is here with him, so he has two mothers!

He has a lovely nature, is such a real lovebug and is already adored. BUT… he can be naughty; he loves stealing the toilet paper roll, shoes, and anything else that’s lying around – normal puppy naughtiness.

We’re so happy to have him and love him to bits. Thank you to everyone for rescuing him!

WeCanChangeOurWorld has offered to put a profile up on WeCanChangeOurWorld to carry regular news and to attract funding and support for Mdzananda Animal Clinic and their amazing team at the clinic who rescue and treat animals under very under-resourced conditions. They need all the support they can get to help them carry on their good work. Read more about them here.