Warren and Munchkin, the shih tzu and gorgeous Emme, the lhasa apso!

Mr Mudd Barker Shih Tzu Rescue

This morning was very busy.  I dropped Mr. Mudd off at Gulf Coast for rehab this morning.  After his surgery, he is going to rehab three times a week to get his leg working again.  He has absolutely no muscle in his shoulder and doesn’t know that there is a leg there so he will be working for weeks to get the connection between the brain and the leg working!

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Little Emme checked in to Gulf Coast for her surgery this morning.  Unfortunately, we are way, way, way behind on donations to get her surgery done.  Hers is an urgent and very complicated surgery.  We have to remove a kidney stone, remove a polyp from her bladder, clean and flush the inside “sludge” from her bladder and later, fix her cherry eye.  Why, oh why, do these dogs always find us???  She has a good prognosis once we get this done.  She needs a sponsorship of $2500 for the surgery, $300 for the ultrasound, $350 for the pre-consult vetting and approximately $500 to fix BOTH cherry eyes.  YIKES.  Good grief this stuff adds up.   GULP!  Her link is HERE.

Little Munchkin is not urgent.  Her leg has been mangled for a while now.  Much like Mudd, she’s learned to live with it.  But, the sooner we can get if fixed and rehabbed, the sooner this cute face can get into her own home.

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Have you ever seen such a cutie pie?

She needs around $2700 to fix her knee and to do an FHO on the top of her femur.  She already has people lining up to adopt her so we want to get her fixed asap.

If you can help this cutie pie, her link is HERE.

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Warren Barker is feeling slightly better.  The antibiotics have kicked in and he is starting to open his eyes.  He was barking for attention this morning, so he’s on the upswing now.  Unfortunately, he has a pretty significant heart murmur and is now coughing, so he’s visiting the vet again today to see if we need some heart meds for him.

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This is the picture we got from the shelter.  Looks like a groomed little tzu that feels really bad.  Well, you all know I’m a sucker for the ones no one else will step up for, so off we went to get him!

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We took him to our vet immediately.  We found out that he had not been injured, but he was just absolutely EATEN up with demodex!  He is swollen and infected everywhere.  He has open, oozing wounds all over his back.  The most worrisome part is that his eyes are badly ulcerated and he cannot even open them.  But, all in all, he is a sweet little boy.  Warren’s link is HERE.

These three dogs HAD to go to the top of the list.  I apologize right now for asking for these little dogs, but, as I always say, I HAVE to try.

GOOD GRIEF! Three dogs in desperate need!

Just when I thought we’d get a break – after the day and night care of little Chachacha, we really needed a break.  But, the dogs said NO NO NO!

I do try to update everyone on the happenings on our facebook page.  I have it set where you can see the pictures and read the stories without having a facebook account.  Go HERE for our facebook.

In December, we got little Munchkin Charles in from Lake Charles, LA.  She is a PUPPY with a horribly messed up leg.  Both the hip and knee are out of socket!  We think she’s fully grown now, so she desperately needs surgery to correct this mess. 

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Have you ever seen such a cutie pie?

She needs around $2700 to fix her knee and to do an FHO on the top of her femur.  She already has people lining up to adopt her so we want to get her fixed asap.

I know we’ve asked for a lot lately.  I just don’t know what else to do.  People keep telling me “Teresa, you can’t save them all.”  I know that, but it’s just my nature to keep trying.  If you can help this cutie pie, her link is HERE.

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 This little beauty is Emme Cartwright.  She was in a shelter in the south of Houston just a few weeks ago.  She has two horrible cherry eyes, serious dry eye, is almost blind and has a huge kidney stone AND a polyp on her bladder.  Yes, she’s in bad shape.  Despite all of this, she freely gives kisses and hugs.  She has had a recurring bladder infection since we got her so we finally took her to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists for an ultrasound and found that horrible bladder and kidney.  The stone MUST come out.  Her bladder is also filled with “sludge” from constant infections and irritation.  The polyp needs to be removed and biopsied and the sludge needs to be flushed out of that bladder.  She has a good prognosis once we get this done.  She needs a sponsorship of $2500 for the surgery, $300 for the ultrasound, $350 for the pre-consult vetting.  YIKES.  Good grief this stuff adds up.  We have this surgery tentatively scheduled for Monday,  January 31.  GULP!  Her link is HERE.

Then, OH MY GOODNESS.  We received an urgent email about this horribly “injured” little tzu.

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This is the picture we got from the shelter.  Looks like a groomed little tzu that feels really bad.  Well, you all know I’m a sucker for the ones no one else will step up for, so off we went to get him!

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We took him to our vet immediately.  We found out that he had not been injured, but he was just absolutely EATEN up with demodex!  He is swollen and infected everywhere.  He has open, oozing wounds all over his back.  The most worrisome part is that his eyes are badly ulcerated and he cannot even open them.  But, all in all, he is a sweet little boy.  Warren’s link is HERE.

These three dogs HAD to go to the top of the list.  I apologize right now for asking for these little dogs, but, as I always say, I HAVE to try.

Chacha – a dose of cuteness but others need help

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Good morning.  Chacha and Dougie want to wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day!  It sure is going to be a good day for her.  She’s alive!

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She was up and playing with toys this morning.  This is  just amazing after seeing her two weeks ago – she looked as thought she would die any minute.

But, back to business now.  I sure wish the strays, owner surrenders, puppymills, etc. would give us a break.  We need a rest – but, they don’t.  Dogs just keep coming.  When we take a dog in, we have to vet them which includes:  spay/neuter, dental cleaning & extractions, heartworm test, rabies, DHPP twice, Bordetella, fecal, deworming and grooming at a minimum.  These dogs often have ear infections, eye infections, lumps and bumps, etc which oftens adds several hundreds to their vet bill.  It isn’t unusual for us to spend $500-$600 on a dog within a month of intake.  This is why we ask for intake sponsorships for these puppers.  We need to get them vetted asap!

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But, indeed there are dogs out there other than little Chacha and Mudd.  Over the past few weeks, while I was so focused on Chacha and Mudd, we have had to intake several additional little fluffers and they need your help!  I really don’t like taking them in before we have the funds available for their vetting, but it was completely my fault that I got focused on the two sick dogs and just didn’t have any additional time to ask for help with these.  So, here we are.  I hope you’ll forgive me and consider helping these cute little puppers.

Above is little Dulche Barker.  She is just an adorable little fluffer but has heartworms.  We need to get rid of those nasty things so she can go to a forever home.  Dulche’s paypal is HERE

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This is little new boy, Scoobie Doo Harris.  When a volunteer went to pick up Chaos, who was already sponsored, this one had just been owner surrendered.  Owner surrenders just don’t have much time at all at shelters particularly during the week, so I told her to just get him since she was already there.  He just needs an intake sponsorship right now.  Heartworm status is unknown.  Scoobie Doo’s sponsorship link is HERE.  Scoobie’s angels include:  Patricia Myers.

Marti Davis

This hot mess is Marti Davis.  He was up for adoption at the Houston SPCA and unfortunately got sick.  They needed him out asap.  He’s a cute little boy.  Heartworm status is unknown at this time so we’re just trying to get him vetted.  The link for his vetting sponsorship is HERE.

Jenny May Davis

Jenny May Davis came from the Houston SPCA.  She was a stray that was never claimed and got really sick at the shelter.  She needs to be vetted and get over her bad upper respiratory infection and find her new home!  If you can help with her vetting, her sponsorship link is HERE.

Chaos Harris

This is little Chaos Harris – so named because of all the Chaos he caused on the facebook page.  First, we needed to get him, then he had an adoption hold, then it fell through, then another adoption hold, then the adopter backed out because he had one eye, then the shelter was going to try to adopt him out, then finally, called us to come get him.  Yes, a lot of Chaos.  His intake is completely sponsored already!

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Just a couple of days ago, we received an urgent call from a member of a rescue group in Phoenix.  A lady had gotten in over her head with a few shih tzu and desperately needed to get five little girls placed.  At first, we thought we’d have to take in all five, but thankfully, the rescue group found fosters for all but one very, very shy little girl.  This is little Dove Golden – she’s about three years old and only 7 pounds.  We need an intake sponsorship for her and she’ll be ready for adoption in no time!  Her intake sponsorship link is HERE.

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Angus Turner is an adorable little shih tzu/poodle mix.  Tiny, tiny boy, he was surrendered by his owner just this week.  He needs a vetting sponsorship to determine why he is suffering from allergies.  His link is HERE.

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 This adorable little brown cutie is no longer at the shelter.  We aren’t yet sure we can take care of the ones we have taken in, but we’re hopeful we can get this adorable one too.  If you can help us get him, his heartworm status is still unknown, but he does need an intake sponsorship.  If you want to help him, his paypal link is HERE. 

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This is cutie pie Zoomie Ranger.  He is a stray that was found before Thanksgiving by an air force couple in San Antonio.  They graciously agreed to keep him through the holidays and drove him to Houston just this week.  Unfortunately, he needs heartworm treatment.  His paypal link is HERE.

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This absolutely stunning little boy is Nickle Ranger.  He was yet another little stray found running in the street.  His intake is fully sponsored, thanks Margaret.

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This is little Dehli Ranger – found eating garbage in the middle of the street by a good samaritan, she is confused and sad that she is lost.  UPDATE:  This little cutie found her owners!!  Thanks to the diligence of the person that found her in the straight, she is now home, in her warm bed, with her owners.

Just a note:  We do not have possession of some of these dogs yet.  We try hard to get sponsorships before we get the dog so that they can be vetted immediately.  But, sometimes things happen – adopters show up at the shelters, other rescue groups can pull the dogs, owners may show up for strays, etc.  If you donate to a dog we ultimately do not get, we will apply the funds to another intake sponsorship.  As you’ve seen – like with Chaos – sometimes pulling these dogs is a constantly moving target.  Hope you understand.

Chacha is good! But, new dogs need sponsorships

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Good morning.  Chacha is doing so unbelievably well.  She’s gaining weight, eats everything I put in front of her and is a lively, curious dog.  The majority of her hair has fallen out.  Her ears and feet are ok – makes her look like she has little fur boots on.  The rest of her is almost completely naked.  She looks like a hairless chinese crested.

She is a very sweet dog and after about two months of rehab, will make someone a fantastic little friend.

Dulche Barker

But, indeed there are dogs out there other than little Chacha and Mudd.  Over the past few weeks, while I was so focused on Chacha and Mudd, we have had to intake several additional little fluffers and they need your help!  I really don’t like taking them in before we have the funds available for their vetting, but it was completely my fault that I got focused on the two sick dogs and just didn’t have any additional time to ask for help with these.  So, here we are.  I hope you’ll forgive me and consider helping these cute little puppers.

Above is little Dulche Barker.  She is just an adorable little fluffer but has heartworms.  We need to get rid of those nasty things so she can go to a forever home.  Dulche’s paypal is HERE

Scoobie Doo Harris

This is little new boy, Scoobie Doo Harris.  When a volunteer went to pick up Chaos, who was already sponsored, this one had just been owner surrendered.  Owner surrenders just don’t have much time at all at shelters particularly during the week, so I told her to just get him since she was already there.  He just needs an intake sponsorship right now.  Heartworm status is unknown.  Scoobie Doo’s sponsorship link is HERE.  Scoobie’s angels include:  Patricia Myers.

Marti Davis

This hot mess is Marti Davis.  He was up for adoption at the Houston SPCA and unfortunately got sick.  They needed him out asap.  He’s a cute little boy.  Heartworm status is unknown at this time so we’re just trying to get him vetted.  The link for his vetting sponsorship is HERE.

Jenny May Davis

Jenny May Davis came from the Houston SPCA.  She was a stray that was never claimed and got really sick at the shelter.  She needs to be vetted and get over her bad upper respiratory infection and find her new home!  If you can help with her vetting, her sponsorship link is HERE.

Chaos Harris

This is little Chaos Harris – so named because of all the Chaos he caused on the facebook page.  First, we needed to get him, then he had an adoption hold, then it fell through, then another adoption hold, then the adopter backed out because he had one eye, then the shelter was going to try to adopt him out, then finally, called us to come get him.  Yes, a lot of Chaos.  His intake is completely sponsored already!

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Just a couple of days ago, we received an urgent call from a member of a rescue group in Phoenix.  A lady had gotten in over her head with a few shih tzu and desperately needed to get five little girls placed.  At first, we thought we’d have to take in all five, but thankfully, the rescue group found fosters for all but one very, very shy little girl.  This is little Dove Golden – she’s about three years old and only 7 pounds.  We need an intake sponsorship for her and she’ll be ready for adoption in no time!  Her intake sponsorship link is HERE.

Bailey Rosenbloom

Angus Turner is an adorable little shih tzu/poodle mix.  Tiny, tiny boy, he was surrendered by his owner just this week.  He needs a vetting sponsorship to determine why he is suffering from allergies.  His link is HERE.

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 This adorable little brown cutie is still at a shelter.  We aren’t yet sure we can take care of the ones we have taken in, but we’re hopeful we can get this adorable one too.  If you can help us get him, his heartworm status is still unknown, but he does need an intake sponsorship.  If you want to help him, his paypal link is HERE. 

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This is little Dehli Ranger – found eating garbage in the middle of the street by a good samaritan, she is confused and sad that she is lost.  We need to get her completly checked out - her sponsorship link is HERE.

Just a note:  We do not have possession of some of these dogs yet.  We try hard to get sponsorships before we get the dog so that they can be vetted immediately.  But, sometimes things happen – adopters show up at the shelters, other rescue groups can pull the dogs, owners may show up for strays, etc.  If you donate to a dog we ultimately do not get, we will apply the funds to another intake sponsorship.  As you’ve seen – like with Chaos – sometimes pulling these dogs is a constantly moving target.  Hope you understand.

Chacha has been released and is doing well!

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Little Chacha was released from Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists Wednesday.  It has taken me two days to get a schedule for her many many many medicines and feeding schedule.  Whew.  Food at 2 am and meds at 4 am and food at 8 am meds at 8 am meds at noon food at 2 pm meds at 4 pm food at 8 pm – you get the picture!!

Well, she’s on the rebound now – her weight is up to 6.8 (from 5.3 when she came into the rescue) and has a great appetite.  She’s very lively but tires easily.  Her plumbing is all working, YEAH! 

Folks, we’re getting a lot of kudos, but frankly, we have the easy job. If not for you and your very generous donations, we could never have done this.  Chacha was 13 days in ICU. 

Thank you.  There are many more daily updates with people posting get well notes on our facebook page.  www.facebook.com/lsstlar.  I have the facebook security set to allow you to look at all of the information without signing up for an account, so go check it out.  Chacha has captured the hearts of many throughout the country and world. 

In this picture, she got to meet Douglas!  He.  He was not pleased.

Chacha is recovering nicely – may come home Wed!

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Just got back from a visit with little Chachacha.  She is doing so much better today! She is hungry, eating, actually greeted the Dr. with a wagging tail. Downside is that they had to re-do her jugular cath because her regular veins are so fragile. No bad tummy overnight!

It looks like she will be coming back to recover at my house TOMORROW!  Good job people!  Without you, this dog would not have lived past last week!

Chacha – the adorable Lone Star shih tzu – is improving

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This cute little face is wonderdog Chacha.  After coming unbelievably close to death, she is improving each day.  This photo was taken yesterday afternoon when I visited her in ICU.  Her bloodwork, she is eating well and seems to be gaining weight.  Go Chacha. 

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She got up and walked around today-how about that!!

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This is Dr. Menino who cared for her over the weekend.  I love that she’s back up walking.

We are doing everything possible to help save this girl but we are going to have a HUGE bill.   I expect this morning, her bill will be around $5000 total.

So far, you wonderful, generous people have donated around $3570.  So Chacha still needs quite a bit.  If you can possibly help, or know another avid dog lover that might, please consider this baby girl.  She is just a baby – only 18 months old!

Her paypal link is HERE.  Of course, if you would rather send a check, our mailing address is:  LSSTLAR, P O Box 218075, Houston, TX  77218-8075.  And, please let me know by completing our pledge form at www.shihtzu-rescue.com/pledgeform.

Thank you for all you do to help these little dogs. 

Chacha’s angels:  Billy Baker, Angns Farias, Jackolin Vaughn, Ruth Delp, Patricia Fulenwider, Jacquelyn Johnston, Holley Pridmore, Patricia Barnett, LeeAnne Wheatley, Lael Ward, Kimberly Riordan, Jean Smith, Margaret Lubke, Brett Chisholm, Rosemary Cody, Jennifer Rue, Anna Dee Lastick, Gail Ciesielski, Lorna Van De Wiele, Jill Kirk, Doug Cameron, Laurie Laqualia, Linda Bridges, David Michals, Penny Emerson, Anne Laquidara, Amy Sandhagen, Christine Kruhalski, Patricia Heitmann, Christina Burrichter, Odean Cusack, Wylene Dunbar, Brenda Rakestraw, Darleen McCormick, Marty Howard, Lise Gilliland, Lee Ann Wheatley, Grace Wu, Chih-Yuh Kuo, Holley Pridmore, Margaret Lubke, Kerri Kelly, Patricia Barnett, Karen Cononie, Mary Kay Moore, Christine Hutchinson, Janet Bello, Mary Coll, Lorna Van De Wiele, Dale Stone, Tatiana Roa, Christina Fojas, Rosanna Russell.

Update on Chacha – slight improvement each day!

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Well, look at little Chacha.  Sitting up, slightly, this afternoon.  How cute she is!

She still feels horrible, but at least she’s getting slowly better each day.  Her bloodwork is holding and she’s eating quite a bit of food.  And, finally gaining weight.   

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This was Yesterday.

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 This was Friday.

But, her bills are mounting.   Dr. Jones is doing everything possible to help save this girl but we are going to have a HUGE bill.  Should we go on?  We’re running at around $660 a day not including tests.   We think she has now turned the corner.  They informed me this morning, that her bill will be around $4500 by tomorrow morning.  So far, you wonderful, generous people have donated just over $1700.  So Chacha still needs quite a bit.  If you can possibly help, or know another avid dog lover that might, please consider this baby girl.  Only 18 months old!

Her paypal link is HERE.  Of course, if you would rather send a check, our mailing address is:  LSSTLAR, P O Box 218075, Houston, TX  77218-8075.  And, please let me know by completing our pledge form at www.shihtzu-rescue.com/pledgeform.

Thank you for all you do to help these little dogs. 

Chacha’s angels:  Billy Baker, Angns Farias, Jackolin Vaughn, Ruth Delp, Patricia Fulenwider, Jacquelyn Johnston, Holley Pridmore, Patricia Barnett, LeeAnne Wheatley, Lael Ward, Kimberly Riordan, Jean Smith, Margaret Lubke, Brett Chisholm, Rosemary Cody, Jennifer Rue, Anna Dee Lastick, Gail Ciesielski, Lorna Van De Wiele, Jill Kirk, Doug Cameron, Laurie Laqualia, Linda Bridges, David Michals, Penny Emerson, Anne Laquidara, Amy Sandhagen, Christine Kruhalski, Patricia Heitmann, Christina Burrichter, Odean Cusack, Wylene Dunbar, Brenda Rakestraw, Darleen McCormick, Marty Howard, Lise Gilliland, Lee Ann Wheatley.

Chacha – ever so slight improvement

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This is yesterday.

Yesterday morning, little Chacha was feeling pretty bad.  She made it through the blood transfusion and her blood values were up, but she still felt horrible.  The amazing Dr. Jones at Gulf Coast Veterinary Internal Medicine advised that we needed to start treating her as though she had malabsorption disorder.  They inserted a central line and began iv feeding to give her strength.

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 This is today.

This morning when I went to see her, I was shocked.  She was alert, looking around, licked my fingers, tried to get up (still to weak) and even drank water out of her bowl. 

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Why is that such a newsworthy item?  She hasn’t drank water since she was admitted to ICU.  YEAH.  Her appetite is good, she tried to eat my finger.   LOL 

She is still very, very critical but she’s up to 5.7 pounds now  (up from 5.3) and her PCV is holding. 

But, her bills are mounting.   Dr. Jones is doing everything possible to help save this girl but we are going to have a HUGE bill.  Should we go on?  We’re running at around $660 a day not including tests.

Her paypal link is HERE.  Of course, if you would rather send a check, our mailing address is:  LSSTLAR, P O Box 218075, Houston, TX  77218-8075.  And, please let me know by completing our pledge form at www.shihtzu-rescue.com/pledgeform.

Thank you for all you do to help these little dogs. 

Chacha’s angels:  Billy Baker, Angns Farias, Jackolin Vaughn, Ruth Delp, Patricia Fulenwider, Jacquelyn Johnston, Holley Pridmore, Patricia Barnett, LeeAnne Wheatley, Lael Ward, Kimberly Riordan, Jean Smith, Margaret Lubke, Brett Chisholm, Rosemary Cody, Jennifer Rue, Anna Dee Lastick, Gail Ciesielski, Lorna Van De Wiele, Jill Kirk, Doug Cameron, Laurie Laqualia, Linda Bridges, David Michals, Penny Emerson, Anne Laquidara, Amy Sandhagen, Christine Kruhalski, Patricia Heitmann, Christina Burrichter, Odean Cusack, Wylene Dunbar, Brenda Rakestraw, Darleen McCormick

Chacha Turner update – still hanging on.

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Well, yesterday was indeed a busy day with little Chacha.

First, thanks to all of you, we raised enough money for the vet bill at Foster Creek!   Thank you all so much.  Unfortunately, all of the “normal” tests came back inconclusive.

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So, yesterday morning, off to Gulf Coast Internal Medicine we went!  Dr. Moore was concerned that she was terribly anemic and desperately needed a blood transfusion.  Although he could do ONE transfusion, a “normal” veterinary clinic does not have the sophisticated equipment to ensure blood match and without that, only one transfusion could be given.  We waited only a few minutes in the waiting room at GC Internal Medicine and then the amazing Dr. Jones admitted little Chacha and immediately started procedures.

My first request to him was to rule out cancer.  He immediately did an ultrasound and some x-rays and found nothing to indicate cancer.  The best “guess” at this point is a mal absorption issue where the intestines are just wired wrong and the body cannot absorb enough nutrients to stay alive. 

But, the biggest issue at this point was that she was very anemic and rapidly failing.  He called yesterday afternoon to say that a blood transfusion was urgently needed.  So, of course, I authorized that. 

So right now, I’m just waiting to hear something.  And, of course, if you’ve ever had a dog in the ICU, you know it isn’t cheap.  The estimate for yesterday is, gulp, gulp, how do I even write this…$2,200.  That includes the xrays, ultrasound, transfusion, meds and ICU hospitalization last night.  GULP. 

Her bill will continue to run at least $500 a day.  Do we continue?   This is a big one and, honestly, we don’t know if there is time to save her – she’s in very, very, very critical condition. 

If we are to save her, we will need SIGNIFICANT help! 

Please help us try to save little Chacha.   Her paypal link is HERE.  Of course, if you would rather send a check, our mailing address is:  LSSTLAR, P O Box 218075, Houston, TX  77218-8075.  And, please let me know by completing our pledge form at www.shihtzu-rescue.com/pledgeform.

Thank you for all you do to help these little dogs. 

Chacha’s angels:  Billy Baker, Angns Farias, Jackolin Vaughn, Ruth Delp, Patricia Fulenwider, Jacquelyn Johnston, Holley Pridmore, Patricia Barnett, LeeAnne Wheatley, Lael Ward, Kimberly Riordan, Jean Smith, Margaret Lubke, Brett Chisholm, Rosemary Cody, Jennifer Rue, Anna Dee Lastick, Gail Ciesielski, Lorna Van De Wiele, Jill Kirk, Doug Cameron, Laurie Laqualia