Chalupa is home and doing well!

Say hello to the newly-adjusted Chalupa.  His surgery went well.  In addition to removing the destroyed part of the mandible, the surgeon wired the two mandibles together at the front – not sure it will hold, but it was worth a try.

He’s eating soft food right now – you can see how swollen his face is but no longer crooked.  YAY.

You can see on this photo, how swollen his jaw is. 

Chalupa sends many, many hugs and kisses to all of you for helping him get fixed.

 

Chalupa Davis checks in for surgery!!

Thanks to many, many, many unbelievably-generous people, this little broken boy finally checked into GCVS this morning for surgery to fix this broken jaw.  I don’t have a clue what he will look like afterward since the surgeon, Dr. Heidi Hottinger, will be removing a piece of one very ugly-looking mandible, but he will be able to live life normally.

I think I will be able to bring him home tomorrow – can’t wait.

Brenda, one of the surgery techs at GCVS checked him in this morning.

This boy is about the cutest and happiest little dog I’ve met.  It says a lot about dogs - someone literally kicked his jaw in and yet he holds no hard feelings for humans.  If only humans could be half as forgiving!

CLICK HERE to read other stories about Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue’s saves.

 

YAY!!! Funds are raised!! Chalupa is scheduled for surgery on Thursday!

Again, you guys amaze me.  Today, when I opened my emails, I was amazed to see donations and pledges that will almost completely cover Chalupa’s surgery on Thursday.  All I can say is THANK YOU THANK YOU!  I am beside myself with joy for this very happy little boy!!

Huge thanks to Gabrielle Dopp, Sarah Cabello, Barbara Grabell, Byron Leger, Mary Jane White, Dale Stone, Debora Wheeler in memory of Travis Alexander, Wendy Barnum, Doug Cameron, Mary Jane Lastick, Cindy Ruby, Darlene Keisler, Cheryl Oyaski, Kathy Jackson, Kathy Brooks, Jean Smith, Rosemary Montgomery and anonymous JS for the wonderful wonderful donations!!!

Chalupa says many thanks and I cannot wait to show you his post surgery pictures.

Chalupa Davis is scheduled for surgery THURSDAY!!

Funding update – 3:00 pm Monday, Aug 31, 2009

Chalupa’s fund is still only at $1945 and we need $4200!  Ahhh.  Friends, I really don’t want to have to put this baby off any longer.  He needs to get fixed and adopted!  Please, I know it’s tough, but even the smallest donation will eventually add up.

Thanks to Mary Ellen Arbuckle, Julie Roberts, Rosemary Cody for the most recent donations.

To help little Chalupa please CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL.

Go HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM for any of the dogs.  Fax it to me at 713-583-7816.   Or if you want to send a check, just go to the PLEDGEFORM  and we’ll count it immediately.

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Ok, finally, Chalupa is over his upper respiratory infection and we can now schedule the surgery to fix his broken jaw.

We made quite a bit of progress in fundraising last time around.  Chalupa has $1875 donated or pledged as of 7 am today.   Thanks to Margaret Lubke, Shirley Olson, Darlene Keisler, Anne Kruger, Linda Corica, Joan Samara, Lori Flies, Barbara Moran, Marie Brancaccio, Jacquelyn Johnston, Cheryl McDonald, Barbara Kinginer, JP Scanlon, Pat Schoenfelder, Sandy McPherson, Donna Ferris, Dale Stone, Doug Cameron, Lorraine Bucklan, Gabrielle Dopp.  You all rock.

His estimate for everything, including x-rays, CT scan, and the repair is $4200.  We absolutely must have the funds raised before his surgery.  We know you all love this little boy.

To help little Chalupa please CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL.

Go HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM for any of the dogs.  Fax it to me at 713-583-7816.   Or if you want to send a check, just go to the PLEDGEFORM  and we’ll count it immediately.

Please visit our Facebook page and join the conversation about Chalupa.

If you can’t decide which little dog to help, go HERE to donate to our general veterinary fund.  These funds are used for smaller, yet still expensive, surgeries, hospitalization, etc.

Update on Chalupa – broken jaw boy!!

 

Well, little Chalupa went in for his jaw-repair surgery on Friday, August 7.  I received a call from Dr. Beale late that afternoon.  Interesting news.  Evidently the jaw has been broken for some time – there is a significant amount of arthritis and bone deterioration at the joint where the bottom and top jaw bones hook together.  I have a copy of the CT scan, but forgot it at work.  I’ll try to capture some relevant images tomorrow and repost here.

But, long story short, the jaw joint cannot be fixed. 

Now to plan B – he is now scheduled for a different surgery in which the arthritic ends of the mandible will be removed – thereby making it much more functional and much more comfortable for Chalupa.

Unfortunately, his surgery is on hold for a week or two because he now has kennel cough. 

And, we still need to raise a lot of funds for him.  We’re going to hit the upper end of the $4200 estimate because they had to do a CT scan of his jaw.

Right now, we have $1750 in his fund through the weekend.  So, I’m kind of glad for the delay. I can tell you, with Claude to worry about this weekend, I didn’t have the emotional energy to think about Chalupa.

To help little Chalupa please CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL.

Go HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM for any of the dogs.  Fax it to me at 713-583-7816.   Or if you want to send a check, just go to the PLEDGEFORM  and we’ll count it immediately.

Please visit our Facebook page and join the conversation about Chalupa.

If you can’t decide which little dog to help, go HERE to donate to our general veterinary fund.  These funds are used for smaller, yet still expensive, surgeries, hospitalization, etc.

Chalupa checks in for surgery!!

Mr. Chalupa and I arrived early this morning at GCVS for his surgery.  You can see that there is quite a bit of "discharge" soiling his mouth.  Although he’s been on antibiotics for a week, there is still something not healthy in that mouth.  And, goodness, his breath smells awful.  It’s so sad because he’s such a happy boy.  Once we get this mouth fixed, he is going to be the absolute BEST pet.

CLICK HERE FOR HIS ORIGINAL STORY!

 

This is Brenda with Chalupa.  She is one of the other wonderful techs that helps these little puppers.  She fell in love with him even though he was trying to kiss her with that horrible stinky mouth.  LOL

We made quite a bit of progress in fundraising yesterday.  Chalupa has $1640 donated or pledged as of 10 am today.   Thanks to Margaret Lubke, Shirley Olson, Darlene Keisler, Anne Kruger, Linda Corica, Joan Samara, Lori Flies, Barbara Moran, Marie Brancaccio, Jacquelyn Johnston, Cheryl McDonald, Barbara Kinginer, JP Scanlon, Pat Schoenfelder.  You all rock.

His estimate for everything, including x-rays, CT scan, and the repair is $4200.

To help little Chalupa please CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL.

Go HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM for any of the dogs.  Fax it to me at 713-583-7816.   Or if you want to send a check, just go to the PLEDGEFORM  and we’ll count it immediately.

Please visit our Facebook page and join the conversation about Chalupa.

If you can’t decide which little dog to help, go HERE to donate to our general veterinary fund.  These funds are used for smaller, yet still expensive, surgeries, hospitalization, etc.

And now, Chalupa

I have to tell you, right now, I’m just numb.  It seems all we can do is pick up dogs that desperately need very expensive surgery.  It is emotionally exhausting to try to figure out how we can take good care of these dogs.  It’s worrisome that there are so many little, fluffy lap dogs that have been so abused and neglected that we have to help them.

We’re still around $900 short on Mae’s fund, several hundred short on Claude’s fund and now we are staring at a possible bill of $4200 to fix Chalupa’s horribly broken jaw.

Why do these dogs keep finding us?  I guess I know the answer to this question – because someone up there knows we have you, our wonderful supporters!!  And that we will work tirelessly to help them! 

So, I’m sitting here starting to type this up and I really don’t even know how to begin.

You remember little Chalupa?  

He came to us from the Houston SPCA.  He was confiscated in yet another cruelty case and turned over to us so that we could fix him and find him a home!

We cleaned him up and found a wonderful, playful, simply adorable little boy.

We took him to Gulf Coast to see Dr. Beale and find out if his jaw was "fixable."

Yes, Dr. Beale said it could be fixed – the cost would be between $2800-$4200.  The upper limit is if they need to do a CT scan.

This weekend, while at Deogi, I noticed that Chalupa, the little guy with the broken jaw, has a little discharge draining out of his mouth.  I got this feeling of dread but looked anyway and yes, it looks like something is abcessing inside his mouth.  That means, oh my goodness, we have to accelerate his surgery!!

You have no idea how this depresses me.  I was hoping to delay his surgery until we got whole on Claude’s and Mae’s surgeries.  But, I now, I fear we will be forced to do the surgery quickly.  I really don’t want to get in to an emergency situation!

We desperately, desperately need help with these little dogs. 

If you can donate for sweet little Mae, please CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL.

To donate for Claude via PAYPAL GO HERE.

To help little Chalupa please CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL.

Go HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM for any of the dogs.  Fax it to me at 713-583-7816.   Or if you want to send a check, just go to the PLEDGEFORM  and we’ll count it immediately.

Say hello to …Chapula Davis – the HSPCA cruelty confiscation – broken jaw

Little Chapula Davis was taken from his owner on a cruelty charge by the Houston SPCA.  This little boy has a completely broken bottom jaw.  It literally sits at a 45 degree angle from the top jaw. 

On the other hand, he is one happy-go-lucky little guy.  Very loving and affectionate.  He has no idea that his face is so "broken."

 

The break seems to be very old – the jaw is very, very solid and he eats fine.  But, he will be on his way to the vet tomorrow.

Our groomer immediately went to work making him look presentable. 

And, drum roll please…..

Have you ever seen such a cute little face – even with the crooked smile, he’s adorable.