FROM THE FAMOUS FOX: ADDRESSING THE ALLERGIES & HUMANE SOCIETY BREAKS GROUND

Coral happy after being deemed bacteria-free. CONTRIBUTED

Hi friends! Reef the fox here with your weekly “Reef’s Report.” 

A few weeks ago, I told you how I had some allergy tests done. The results are in, and I’m allergic to the outdoors. I always knew I was born to live inside. I mean, I love the air conditioning, I love sleeping on mom’s bed. I use the litter box. So now this test just confirms what this foxy boy always knew. I am allergic to dust, dust mites, fleas, cockroaches, mango pollen, plantain pollen and a host of other things that reside in the Southeast region of the United States. 

So, mom is thinking that this might be what is affecting some of the other foxes here as well. Our veterinarian, Dr. Claudio said mom can give us shots once a week (um, nope) or we can take a prescribed pill once a day to help alleviate symptoms (hidden inside honeycomb, so yes please). That is what we will do here and I will keep you all posted on our progress. 

Also, little sister, Coral, had her annual exam last week and she had some special tests run to monitor a chronic bacteria infection she’s had since she arrived last July. Guess what? It’s gone.  Mom has been following all of the advice from the veterinarian regarding medicating both prescription and holistically as well as giving a special diet to all of us to help lessen the chance of it getting worse, so after eight months of mom being vigilant about Coral’s health, the bacteria did not show up in her poop test. How amazing is that? 

Last week the Upper Keys Humane Society (UKHS) broke ground on their brand new addition to the current shelter at 101617 Overseas Highway. Mom was there and a whole bunch of other amazing people were there to show their support. It is a very expensive project so if you are looking to make a donation you can stop right in at the shelter to do so. And right now a very generous human has committed to matching all donations from now until May 1 up to $50,000. Woah!

A fun event happening tomorrow, March 18, at the Whale Harbor Sand Bar is the Full Moon Party which starts at 6 p.m. benefitting Elks Vets on the Water. Join the Elks at the SandBar Rooftop for a Full Moon Party. The Florida Keys Elks 1872 Vets on the Water program will be there, talking about our Veteran program and some of our local water vendors will also be in attendance. Live music will be AG & Southern Stampede. Sign up to participate in the Ladies Dolphin Tournament and the Cooler of Cheer for the Ladies Dolphin Tournament will be there to buy tickets. 50/50 raffle, other games and more.

Well friends, that’s all for this week. Be sure to check us out at pawsitivebeginnings.org or follow us on social media to keep up with all of the foxes that call Pawsitive Beginnings home. You can email me at [email protected] for any fox-related questions.

Until next time, Reef, over and out!

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Reef was born on a fur farm on or around March 28, 2021. He was able to be rescued when his mother and siblings started to reject him. Reef is missing toes on his front, right paw and the tip of his tail is missing due to injuries sustained in his short time on the fur farm. Reef arrived at Key Largo on May 6, 2021 by Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.