I found out from IDOG this morning that the Athens shelter had all of their paperwork mixed up and that I actually have ORVILLE, not Wilbur. However, if he doesn't respond to "Orville", I'm renaming him "Wilbur" - I think it's an adorable name! I wondered about this, as this dood looked nothing like the one from the Athens shelter! Below is a picture I took of him yesterday at the vet.
Orville/Wilbur spent a comfortable night at the vet. The great news is that he is heartworm NEGATIVE (doing a happy dance!). I was worried, but not sure how The bad news is that he is 10-15 lbs underweight, malnourished, and has whip-worms. The vet is concerned about his skin, and has ordered a shave-down so she can see what's really happening under the dreads. He also has to have an "anal pluck" which sounds terribly unpleasant.
Otherwise, it was all good. The vet said that O/W has an incredibly good disposition, that he was cooperative but not absent. There were reports of more tail wagging!! She is aging him younger than the Athens shelter did (they aged both doodles at 5), but my vet thinks that his teeth are way too clean for him to be 5, especially when one considers the neglect. She thinks he is between 1.5 and 2.5 years old. Overall diagnosis "he needs a little time and love, but he will make someone a wonderful pet"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tonight will be the big test...I'm picking up O/W this afternoon and taking him home and letting him have a "moment" to decompress and THEN I'm going to get Callie from daycare. I know Callie will be her adorable, muppety self when she sees a new dog in the house so I want him to have a comfort level first. I have NO idea if this is a good or bad idea. I've been advised to let them slowly out into the yard to get to know each other but I don't have a yard! ANY ADVICE???