Meet the Gillie-Monster

Reader Christa works in Houston and met this little dog wandering the streets.  Christa writes:

I called her Gillie since I found her on Gillepsie street in 5th Ward.

I paid for the vet to examine her and vaccinate.  The vet said she looks to be pittie, lab, and maybe something else. She had fleas and ticks, which she is now on medication for – the ticks were removed – as well as ear drops since the poor thing had infected ears.  Gillie is also heartworm positive.

Was scanned for a chip, no collar or tag.  They have estimated her age at 2.5 years.  It looks like she has been bred, they said.  Is currently intact, but once her nutrition is back up, can have her spayed.  She currently weighs 32 and could stand to gain at least five pounds. I couldn’t just leave her when she was visibly hungry.

So now, she’s boarded at my vet which is wonderful for her but not a great long-term solution.  I am willing to to help with medical expenses, but I need to find a home or foster for this little girl.

I am getting ALL negative feedback from the rescue groups. One even advised that I should have her put to sleep rather than taken to BARC (Houston’s animal control center). My heart aches for her.

If you can help Gillie, please e-mail Christa:  or call 214-537-7132

If someone outside of Houston is interested in Gillie, Christa will help with transport.

15 thoughts on “Meet the Gillie-Monster

    1. Heartworms are readily treatable either by the “slow kill” method (which is more economical but not appropriate for all dogs) or by immiticide which kills the heartworms quickly. (Although I was just reading about a shortage of the drug.)

      1. Yes – just several days ago Merial, the distributor of Immiticide, announced they had none left – that the sole supplier had some unspecified difficulties with the manufacturing process, and they were looking for a new supplier. They also warned it could be weeks or months before it’s again available.

        The American Heartworm Society has a .pdf available online with guidelines for managing heartworm-positive dogs during the shortage:

      2. Thanks for that link Eucritta. For those who haven’t yet clicked, it says “Everybody PANIC!”

        Only joking. It outlines a bunch of recommendations for different drugs which you can run by your vet to decide how best to manage.

        Coincidentally, two of the MAS dogs that Meows and BowWows pulled (and whose expenses are being paid for by readers of this blog), are both starting their immiticide treatments today. I hate to think we bought all the company had left because Henry is such a big lug and requires mega-doses, haha,

  1. I have to add Christa that I am terribly disappointed to hear that a “rescue” group told you to kill Gillie rather than bring her to the pound. First of all, those aren’t the only two choices available to you (or any good Samaritan who helps a stray pet). Even in the most extreme circumstances where you’ve exhausted all efforts to find a safe place for the pet and absolutely can not pay to board her or keep her yourself, you could at least turn her loose again. Secondly, even if somehow those were the only two choices, I would hope any rescue group would always counsel people to choose life. Where there is life, there is hope. I guess I tend to think of all rescues as being for no kill since they exist solely to save pets. Maybe I need to re-think that.

    1. Thanks for posting this, Shirley. And yes, I was shocked about that too. And the city pound has been much more responsive than any of the rescue groups I have contacted (>20 at this point). I hope we can find Gillie a nice home…

  2. Do we know anything else about her? How she is with people? Other dogs? Is she shy or outgoing?

    She looks sweet as pie…

    1. i saw her interact with another dog and she was not aggressive at all, just curious.
      that’s how she was when i took her to the vet too…not very shy, just curious. she is SO sweet!

  3. MAS has told me, before I take in another to call them. I don’t think they want me to have anymore than 8 dogs, & cats, and I’m not sure my dogs want to share me with another brother/sister. But Gillie sure looks like she/he belongs with a good home.

    Is that tail docked? If so, someone must of either cared enough to have it cut or hated her enough to have it cut. Either way, why do people cut off dogs tails?

  4. I’d take her here in Alaska, but the weather is all wrong for that short coat. (No fleas, ticks or heartworm here though…yea! No snakes either.)

  5. No, she has her tail. Just can’t see it in the picture! Please let me know if you decide that you want her.

  6. Thanks, everyone – especially to Shirley for posting.

    There was a potential adopter but I think was discouraged by the HW+. I have sent him several listings in his hometown for healthy dogs to adopt from his animal control center as well.

    Spindletop Refuge in Conroe (north of Houston) has agreed to take her on a board-to-rescue basis. She’ll be there for three months – $750 covers all medical, boarding, training, etc. so I’m fundraising for that (have $420 as of right now, yeah!) and I’ll be taking her up there on Friday. After the 3 months she is in their permanent rescue program – it is a lifetime sanctuary and she will never be taken to a shelter or anywhere else. It’s a really nice ranch with lots of pit mixes. 3 people live there and the dogs are cared for 24/7.

    Places like this make me so happy. I’m so glad she has a place to call home. This sounds like a wonderful transition for her.

    1. That is great news, Christa! I hope she can find a real home some day! Thank you for caring, rescuing, vetting, and fundraising for her! You saved her life and are a real hero!!

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