Jasper opened the doors of South East Dog Rescue in June 2021. At the time, the extremely thin and weak Cane Corso, then a few months old, was suffering from chronic diarrheic. Kimm White, director of the orphanage, took him under her wing.
Due to the serious condition of the dog visited several veterinarians. He languished every now and then, to the great displeasure of his benefactress… «The veterinarians said several times that they could do nothing more for him,» said the latter. According to the British daily Mirror, the healers had difficulty making a diagnosis. No one knew exactly what kind of disease struck his body. Jasper, quarantined as a precaution, was so weak that he could barely eat.
Kimm has always stayed by her side. “I was afraid to fall asleep, thinking that he would not survive the night,” she admitted, “I already wondered if we were doing the right thing by subjecting him to more and more tests and prescribing treatment as his condition worsened.” But deep down I just knew we couldn’t give it up.»
After several weeks of isolation, Kimm felt that a change of scenery would be good for the morale of his little protégé. A kind soul took the dog to the lake and wrapped him in a blanket. “I sat down next to him, hugged him and cried,” said Kimm, “I told him that he must continue to fight, that we are not ready to say goodbye to him.»
Finally, after a few months, the Royal Veterinary College was able to make a diagnosis. Jasper fell victim to E. coli (Escherichia coli), a bacterium that lives in his digestive tract. “In the Cane Corso, granulomatous colitis was so rare that no veterinarian suspected it,” Kimm explained. “Fortunately, the treatment was actually very simple.»
From that day on, Jasper’s life took a decisive turn. The dog was treated with antibiotics and put on a hypoallergenic diet. Jasper is alive.