Saving five little fluffy dogs!! August 2014

Well, the past few weeks have been ridiculous!  I’ve never, ever seen so many dogs on euth lists across Houston as there have been in the past six-eight weeks.  And, so many heartworm positive.

So, we’re trying to get all these little ones ready for a new home.  Five at a time!

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CASH MONTGOMERY – This absolutely stunning little man, with his solid black face and engaging eyes, is just a month away from being healthy.  He’s charming, with a cute little handshake when he wants something and will sit and stare until you give him a treat.  If you can donate for his vetting and heartworm treatment, please GO HERE.

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CATO BARKLEY – How cute is this little tzu face?  Cato has a typical little tzu clown personality.  Always dancing around like he owns the room.  He is one you cannot ever ignore.  He will be a perfect pet as soon as his heartworm treatment is done.

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This is what Cato looked like when he first came in.

CATO is ALL FUNDS RAISED!  Thank you wonderful people!

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CHYNA RANGER – Chyna is the adorable little one that was rescued off of a baseball field with heat exhaustion. 

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Luckily, a good samaritan put her into their car and turned the airconditioning on.  Probably saved her life.  Her fundraising page is HERE.

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DELTA HARRIS

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This little Delta Harris is one of the prettiest tzu we’ve seen in a while.  But, badly neglected.  Although she didn’t look bad in her shelter picture (below), when we got her, we found that she had heartworms, hookworms and whipworms.  Horrible.  Pretty much convinced that she came from a breeder situation.

But, she has no idea she was neglected.  She’s sweet and loving.

She needs to get rid of all of those heartworms so that we can find her a new home.

Her fundraising page is https://www.petcaring.com/DeltaHarris

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DILLA BARKLEY

Look at this stunning little girl.  Dilla was a total hot mess when we got her.  We knew she was mixed with something poodly, but look how cute she is – and that’s with all of her hair shaved down.  Dilla is heartworm negative, so just needs basic vetting and then off to a new home!  Dilla’s fundraising page is HERE.

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Yep, this is what she looked like when we pulled her.

Adopted – Cleveland Montgomery

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Look at me with my new Mom and Dad, Linda and Tom.  Can you see how happy I am?  I have my very own furever home and I will be living in Gainesville, TX!  Mom and Dad promise to spoil me rotten.  I can’t wait.

Adopted – Sabrina Patsy Ranger

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I am such a lucky girl!  I now have my very own forever home with Karen and Glenn!  And guess what?  I will be joining my fur-brother Cowboy (Sebastian).  It will be so great to have us together again.  And I now have 2 four-legged sisters too!  WOW!  But the best think is besides having a new Mom and Dad is that I will also have a two-legged sister!  That’s her in the picture with Mom and me.  We are going to be so happy!!!

Saving Thumbelina Ranger

Donations needed – we saved Thumbelina.

https://www.petcaring.com/SavingThumbelina

Thumbelina Ranger came to us in May 2013, through an email plea from a good samaritan.  

“Hi I am a mail carrier and today I took a horribly neglected Shihtzu off a rural road. She is now clean and sleeping in a kennel at my house.  I must find a rescue to take her.   I am maxed out as I too have 3 dogs at my home who I took from the street and now they live with us and are deeply loved.  I just cannot keep another one.  I will be glad to send photos if you think you can help..I took her to a groomer friend who clipped her nails for me tonight and she said she was a Shihtzu …she is timid right now but has not shown any signs of aggression and rode in the mail car with me today for 5 hours while I delivered mail. She just lay down in a mail tray next to me.  I hope you can help me.    Thanks.”

The photos she sent were horrendous…

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The little girl was horribly neglected – her skin was badly infected and her hair was extremely thin and wirey.  And look at her front feet – flat on the ground.

We often see dogs in this condition when they’ve lived quite a while outside in the hot, humid Houston weather.  Luckily, the fix for this skin is to bring the dog inside, feed her good, high quality food and add lots of immune boosting supplements.

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After just one month, Thumbelina was already showing signs of healing.  The severe redness in her skin was disappearing, her hair was growing back and there was a little twinkle in her eyes.

We noticed from the beginning that she had a limp when she walked.  As time went by, the limp become more and more pronounced.  We could tell she had started to be in pain. 

Our vet quickly identified the problem – she had severe orthopedic issues – all four legs had something wrong with them.

What to do?  On one hand, she’s a senior – not many years left, so should we invest thousands of dollars into her care?  On the other hand, she’s a severely neglected, orphaned shih tzu, so OF COURSE we should fix her if necessary.  RIGHT?

So, off to GCVS to see the amazing Dr. Beale.

He identified that her right back leg had a torn cruciate.  UGH. 

And both of the carpal joints in her front “wrists” had deteriorated to the point she could not stand on her feet – she was standing on her “wrists.”

Then, in November, we started the surgeries….

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First surgery was the ACL repair.

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She recovered from that surgery well.

The next thing we wanted to tackle was her broken wrist joints. 

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You can see in these x-rays how both front feet angled off to the sides.

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We did the right surgery first.  Originally, we wanted to do both at the same time, but both wrists were so badly mangled, Dr. Beale wanted to take it one step at a time.

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The fix for something like this is to fuse the joint in a position which allows Thumbelina to walk on the pad of her food rather than on her “wrist.”

This is the x-ray that shows Thumbelina’s right leg after the plate was put on.

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Thumbelina had cast changes each week and was confined to an x-pen for eight weeks.  UGH.  During this time, her back legs began to atrophy.  But, there was nothing that could be done yet for that.

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After her right leg healed, we were prepping for her left leg.  This photo shows the dramatic difference in how the legs look – the right one is post surgery, the left is just before surgery.  And the left was the LEAST bad – the right was just ridiculous.

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And here she is coming home after the left leg surgery!

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Thumbelina may never be able to make it through an airport checkpoint. 

Sweet girl was again confined to an x-pen for another eight weeks.

Finally, both legs were fixed and she was able to start physical therapy.

Now, here’s the kicker…..

We still owe a lot for Thumbelina’s surgery and now the physical therapy.

Three of her legs were fixed.  Yes, three.  Even without huge discount, that was expensive.

Now, we are facing at least twelve (12) weeks of physical therapy – three sessions each week. 

We’ve combined all of her fundraisers into one.

https://www.petcaring.com/SavingThumbelina

We’re just starting the fundraiser for this.

We really need to pay off these bills, so if this little girl touches your heart, please help.

Adopted – Pookie Ranger

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Look at my wonderful new family!  I will be the only 4-legged member of my family and I could not be happier.  We will call Austin, TX home.  I have four 2-legged siblings and great parents to love me and take care of me

Adopted – Goldie Harris

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Look how happy my new Mom and Dad, Maria and Michael, are!!  I’m that happy too, because I found my “furever” home with them!  I am going to be so spoiled and I will savor every minute!  I am going to be an only dog who will be loved by my parents, an uncle living next door, and Grandma living down the street.  I found THE PERFECT family!!!

Adopted – Auggie Harris

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My foster family decided that I NEEDED to stay with them and I could not be a happier little guy!  I will now be able to play with my human brother and also Griffin, a Lone Star alum.  What a GREAT day for me!!!