Guest Post: Tamara Wrigley – Taao Has Arrived Safely in Calgary from Thailand!

bandanaTaao started her journey on July 23, when my brother Jeremy and sister-in-law Buay took her to the airport. She flew from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok. There, she spent a day and a half with Pat, a volunteer who took care of the necessary paperwork and vet checks. Then it was time for her long flight to Canada. She flew with KLM, and her flight included a nice long stopover in Amsterdam, where she stayed at the Amsterdam Airport pet hotel. She arrived in Vancouver on July 26, where she met up with my brother Josh. He saw her through customs, and he said that she didn’t seem stressed at all — she was happy and giving him kisses! Then, they met up with Beth, the volunteer who drove with her from Vancouver to Calgary. On July 27, shortly after 4 pm, I was reunited with Taao. She was very happy and excited to see me. I was really surprised to see that her ears stand up now; they used to kind of stick out to the sides!

Taao has come through her long journey very well. She has not seemed to be stressed or nervous. She has been friendly and sociable the whole way through. She is fitting in very well at our house — she really loves comfort… couches are her favourite thing so far! She does find Calgary a little chilly, but we have sweaters for her, and she has a soft blanket that she loves to curl up under, as well.

earsOur vet came out to give her a checkup, and she said that, while Taao is still pretty skinny,
she is otherwise in good health. We did x-rays of her bad leg, and it’s a lot worse than we thought. Her hip bone is very deteriorated, probably due to an injury that cut off the blood supply to it when she was a baby. Unfortunately, she is in quite a bit of pain, and she needs a Femoral Head Osteotomy, which is a surgery that removes the ball of the hip. I am currently working on fundraising to help pay for this surgery as soon as possible. I don’t want her to be in pain for any longer than necessary.

I had an amazing network of people who helped to get Taao to Canada — I couldn’t have done it on my own! I am so grateful to everyone who helped me bring her here. This little street dog is going to have a great life now.

If you would like to donate to help fund Taao’s surgery, or just to follow along, please visit my Thailand Spay/Neuter Project page. I will be posting updates regularly!