An Oklahoma horse fighting back from horrific injuries is making great strides and soaking up all the attention given to him, the charity caring for him reports.
Rudy has already proved himself to be a great equine battler, surviving a terrible ordeal as the New Year began.
He survived for many hours hopelessly tangled in a barbed wire fence, and suffered terrible injuries, apparently from other animals chewing on him.
His ears had been chewed off and he had also lost his eyelids. There were other wounds and injuries, including a fractured jaw, requiring attention.
Rudy was signed over to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and taken for urgent veterinary care. He was soon after placed in the care of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue Inc.
Rudy is now making progress in his recovery, watched by a legion of fans who have donated more than $US20,000 in a fundraising drive.
In her latest update, Natalee Cross, of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, said Rudy had received a followup visit from Dr Charlotte Kin, with Exclusive Equine Veterinary Services, during which his wounds were cleaned up and debrided.
“We had to make sure to remove any dead tissue, so that he can continue to heal and granulate healthy tissue,” Cross reports.
“He is progressing wonderfully. We now have both eyes uncovered, which he is very happy about. You can tell how much he appreciated having full vision again.
“Dr Kin believes that she will be able to repair his eyelids. Of course, we’re not quite at that stage yet, but that is in his future. So far, no sign of infection!”
Rudy is starting to show his feisty side, showing some fight when Cross went to put ointment in his eyes.
“I have to admit, while I was struggling to doctor him, I had to take a moment to laugh, as he wanted me to know that he was feeling good. His feisty side is starting to show, which is great,” she said.
“I am so happy with his progress. He looks wonderful and feels wonderful too. He even took a little jog in the yard the other day.”
Cross again offered her thanks to those who have supported Rudy.
“I tell him every day that he is more loved than he will ever know, from people all over the world.
“If this sweet boy never felt the love before, he is probably overwhelmed with it now. He soaks up all the attention he can get. This sweet guy is a true love bug. He can’t get enough of me scratching under his chin. And, he enjoys putting his face on my chest and scratching himself.
“He has a lot of personality and he makes me smile everyday.
“I have said this before, and I will continue to say it, this boy is an amazing fighter and has a very strong will to survive. I have read numerous comments and emails from everyone and one of the things some are concerned with is his quality of life.
“He will have a full and amazing quality of life, once he fully heals. The only thing that he will lack, is his ears. Many horses, cows, dogs, cats, etc live happy lives without their ears. That is merely a cosmetic issue and has no bearing on his quality of life.
“He has full vision, he has full hearing, he is sound and healthy, despite his current status. I just don’t understand why so many felt that he wasn’t worth the fight and the quick easy answer was to put him down.
“Those that know me know that I always root for the underdog. I always say, if God leads me to it, he will lead me through it.
“I am in this for the long haul with Rudy. If it takes six months for him to heal, that is fine. I will doctor him everyday until he is better. I made a commitment to Rudy and thank God that I did!”