Kirby the Wonderdog at Catkins Animal Rescue, Inc


Kirby the Wonderdog rocks. Catkins rocks. Country Care Pet Hospital rocks.

This is Kirby – here is his initial story from the Catkins page on September 8th of this year:

“Sorry to post such a sad late night picture, but this boy (we’re calling him Kirby for now), was picked up this evening outside of Ogema. A very nice couple had been on vacation and when they got home found Kirby wandering around their yard. He was scared and ran from them initially but was too weak to go far. Thank you to the folks who found him, reported him to the Sheriff’s Dept and kept an eye on him until help arrived. It was obvious that Kirby was in need of emergency veterinary care to save his life, so he was brought straight to Dr Gerber at Country Care Pet Hospital where he is in the very best possible hands. I know a lot of people will have questions, but right now there is no way to know if Kirby was lost or abandoned or how he came to be in this condition. The focus is trying to save Kirby’s life and, if a family is missing him, get them reconnected to him. Based on his body condition, Kirby has probably been on his own for a couple of months. He is at least 20lbs underweight and his body has utilized all his fat and muscle reserves. He is currently too weak to stand. He also is fighting a staph infection. We’ll post updates as we have them, but right now Kirby’s condition is beyond critical and we need LOTS of positive thoughts and prayers for Kirby and everyone taking care of him.”

I got to visit Mr Kirby last week – and to say he’s improved remarkably would be an understatement!  I was so excited because all he wanted to do was alternately snuggle and play. His entire body moved when is tail wagged – it was incredible.  This may have affected photos, however, as all I wanted to do was give him love ;).

His buddy at the clinic while he’s getting his care is the amazing Birkie, animal behavior expert extraordinaire and trainer Jessi’s canine.  Seeing Kirby and Birkie playing is quite fun.

I can tell you from visiting with Kirby, he is a happy, happy dog, and though underweight, he is slowly packing on more pounds. I cannot wait to see him shine as he improves!




Country Care in Washburn has done such an amazing job with his care. He won’t be ready for adoption for quite some time, but I know Catkins will find him the perfect loving home.  We have a fabulous rescue community up here!  (If you love cats – check out Country Care’s rescue Helping Paws. )

If you would like to make a donation to Kirby’s care – please go to Catkin’s PayPal link here:  Catkins donations

If you would like to keep up on Kirby’s story – please check out Catkin’s Facebook page.

And check out photos of Kirby’s fabulous treat hunt:

Thank you everyone who has donated and shared Kirby’s story!  (And to the person who donated a day of Kirby care in Jim & I’s name a few weeks back THANK YOU!).

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4 Comments on Kirby the Wonderdog at Catkins Animal Rescue, Inc

  1. Kelly
    November 6, 2013 at 11:31 am (9 years ago)

    Count me in as one of the MANY that wait with baited breath for Kirby updates on the Catkins FB page. We have all fallen completely in love with this amazing soul. To say he has touched each of us in some way is putting it mildly. We cheer for him and cry for him and just want the very best for him. Allowing us to follow his journey seems to have a healing effect on our soul. The unconditional love and trust that comes from a dog is nothing less than heaven sent. When he is ready for adoption I will definitely be one of the hundreds of people putting in an application 🙂

  2. Wendy Schmoll
    November 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing Kirby’s story and the photos from you visit with him. You’re very correct in saying Country Care Pet Hospital, Catkins Animal Rescue and Kirby rock. All three are pawsomely awesome.

  3. Jill
    November 18, 2013 at 2:45 am (9 years ago)

    I cannot express how I feel any better then what Kelly wrote. She says it all and that’s exactly how I feel about Kirby. What a little angel sent from heaven for all of us. Thanks to all the good people who kept him with us.

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