By Danielle Reynolds
Back in 2006, I was living in Arizona. I had gone to the pet store to find a boxer. Typically, you would think of a fawn or brindle boxer. When I asked the pet store clerk if she had any boxers, she said she did not, but a woman was selling a white boxer for $75. My initial reaction was ” I was looking for fawn or brindle “. I figured I would go see anyways. When I walked into the woman’s home, she had brids, fish, cats, kids, etc. It was disgusting.
The next morning, I noticed that Gotti was dry heaving bad and kept coughing. I got him to the emergency vet and they told me he had kennel cough and an upper respitory infection. We got medication for him to feel better and took him home.
Shortly after he came home, we noticed that he would throw up after EVERY meal. I called the vet again in tears and he told me that Gotti felt it was his last meal due to him having to fight for his food. I went to the pet store and got a couple tubes of weight gaining stuff to put on his food. I also left the food bowl out all day everyday until he realized the food was here to stay and he was fine. He finally got it and gained weight :).
Once things were looking up, he started to have his own personality and I fell even more in love with him. Since then, Gotti got a new doggy brother Vito. They get along great. As a birthday gift, my husband bought me a tattoo. I had him take Gotti’s paw print and had that tattooed on my hip. He was also the best man in our wedding.
To see Gotti before and how he is 7 1/2 years later just amazes me! He truly is our lil fighter and I could not imagine life without him! He is our lil boog