We’ve had an unbelievable year so far. Thank you for allowing us to save so many little dogs.
Here are a few statistics.
We rescued 218 dogs from January 1 to June 30, 2013
- 136 from area shelters – these are dogs that likely would have been euthanized without rescue.
- 25 from owners
- 41 strays
- 13 puppies born in our program – Larettes, Trishettes and Pattypups
- 3 abandoned at vet clinics or groomers
We handled 10 critically ill or injured dogs that all survived and are doing well. (See the bottom of the page for pictures and more details)
- Gayle Starling – hit by car – broken pelvis and diaphragmatic hernia
- Silas Worth – hit by car – broken pelvis and tetanus
- Jessie Joshua – hit by car – broken pelvis and femur
- Sly Cartwright – lung torsion – part of one lung lobe removed
- Frick Ranger – Inflamatory bowel – hospitalized in severe distress
- Chele Harlingen – viral pneumonia and caval syndrome
- Picket Barker – mauled by a larger dog
- Chintz Harris – mauled by a larger dog
- Fisk Bastrop – ehrlichia
- Henessey Ranger – spinal cyst
We have three currently being teed up for surgeries
- Kohl Harris – disc problem – on cage rest
- Mugsy Bexar – disc problem – on cage rest
- Nola Belle Orleans – disc problem – on cage rest
We took in several seniors, some still needing homes.
- Kim Ranger – Adopted!
- Antionette Barker – needs a foster or adoptive home
- Carmen Barker – needs a foster or adoptive home.
- Zitch Davis – needs a foster or adoptive home
- Princess Turner – needs a foster or adoptive home
- Gentry Garland – needs a foster or adoptive home
- Yuri Royse – needs a foster or adoptive home
- Marjorie Royse – needs a foster or adoptive home
- Ronnie Royse – in a wonderful foster home – thanks FM Margaret
- Thumbelina Ranger – needs a foster or adoptive home
- Spock Dallas – needs a foster or adoptive home
Last year, we finally looked reality in the face and found that we just couldn’t absorb all of the little tzus and lhasas that needed help. Even together with the other breed rescues – three in the DFW area that specifically rescue tzus – and the all-breeds that like little fluffy dogs, we just couldn’t absorb them all. We created a committee to look into transferring some of our Texas dogs to other areas of the country. We found a couple that followed our philosophy of taking in not only the perfect young females, but also taking in older dogs and dogs with health problems. We asked these organizations to “apply” to help us with the Texas dogs. We found two such organizations – one in Ohio (Save our Shelter Shih Tzu) and one on Long Island(Precious Pups).
So far this year, we were able to transfer 128 little dogs to our partners up north. Without these partners, we could not help the dogs of Texas in such numbers!
URGENT dogs saved
We told you we took in 10 critically ill or injured little ones. We couldn’t do this without significant help from our supporters. These are all dogs that cost at least $5,000 each to save. You are responsible for these dogs being alive today. Celebrate!
Silas Worth – Little Silas was hit by a car and laid untreated for as long as two weeks. He had a huge gaping wound in his abdomen and a broken pelvis. We immediately took him to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists to have his broken pelvis repaired. The surgery was completely successful, but the day after his surgery, he started having strange neuro symptoms – he was quickly diagnosed with tetanus! Yes, tetanus. Almost unheard of in dogs, the tetanus bacteria must have gotten into his system when he was cut on his abdomen. Silas stayed in the hospital, rigid as a stick, for almost three weeks. He was on muscle relaxer and iv nutrition, but he prevailed. and he is now in his forever home.
Chele Harlingen – little man came from a south Texas shelter with a horrible case of viral pneumonia. He had to stay in ICU at GCVS for over a week in oxygen. Slowly, he improved and was released. Under the fantastic care of his foster mom, he gained a lot of weight and was preparing for heartworm treatment when ANOTHER issue hit. He started having brown urine – a symptom of the almost-always fatal caval syndrome. In this situation, heartworms migrate backwards from the pulmonary artery directly into the heart and get entangled in the tricuspid valve. Chele was rushed into emergency surgery and 14 horrid heartworms were removed from Chele’s heart. He’s recovering now and preparing for heartworm treatment.
Jessie Joshua – another simply adorable little dog hit by a car who was brought to the animal shelter. Jessie was in Joshua, TX and a group of unbelievable volunteers rallied to drive her all the way to Houston’s amazing speciality hospital, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists for her surgery. She had two procedures – one to plate the broken pelvis and another to remove the top of her badly broken femur. She’s recovered and has recently been adopted.
Gayle Starling – hit by car – broken pelvis and diaphragmatic hernia – poor Gayle was in severe pain when she was brought into the animal shelter as a hit by car. So bad, in fact, the animal control officer had decided to humanely put her to sleep when she remembered what suckers we are. We got a late night email from a contact at the shelter, and thankfully, were allowed to bring this little girl the next day to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. Her broken pelvis was repaired and she was doing well when she developed a cough. Thinking she had pneumonia, we sent her to the vet for x-rays. They found a serious diaphragmatic hernia – a rip in her diaphragm which was allowing her liver, intestines, etc to migrate into her thoracic cavity. One lung had collapsed and that is what was causing her to cough. She immediately went into surgery and the hernia repaired. Gayle had now been adopted.
Sly Cartwright – lung torsion – part of one lung lobe removed. Sly was a weird one. He started coughing, like he had kennel cough, so off he went to our vet. The chest x-ray revealed a condition even the vet had to look up – one of his lungs had twisted (torsion) and when the blood flow was cut off, the bottom of the lobe had died. He, too, had to go immediately to GCVS for surgery to remove part of his lung.
Frick Ranger – Inflamatory bowel – hospitalized in severe distress. Frick suffered a serious bout of inflamatory bowel disease – his intestines became seriously inflamed and he started having massive diarrhea and lost a lot of weight in a very short time. After a five day stay in the hospital, Frick recovered and with a special diet, he is thriving.
Picket Barker – Picket came to us when we got an urgent message from the Houston city shelter that a little shih tzu came in with serious bites all over his body. We rushed him to the vet, where we found huge teeth marks all over his chest. He had a large abcess full of nasty pus on his chest between the two largest “holes” in his body. The vet drained the abcess and put in a tube to remove additional pus as his body healed. It took a month, but he bounced back and is the sweetest little guy ever. Picket has been adopted and is living the life a tzu should.
Chintz Harris – Chintz’s story is about the same as PIckets. She came in after being mauled by a larger dog. Several weeks later, with a lot of antibiotics and loving care from her foster mom, Chintz survived and even thrived. She was adopted by her Foster mom and is truly living the good life.
Fisk Bastrop – Fisk came to us a very thin, emaciated little boy. Bloodwork revealed a very, very anemic little dog and other signs that pointed our vet straight to a disease called ehrlichia. It’s a tick borne bacteria that attacks the platelets and causes the dog to start bleeding from everywhere. Luckily, we got him before the bleeding happened and after a couple of weeks of touch and go scares, Fisk beat the disease down and is now doing well.
Henessey Ranger – Hennessey came to us when a good samaritan found him in a ditch and thought he’d been hit by a car. He couldn’t walk. The vet did x-rays and couldn’t find any significant injury and also couldn’t find a back injury, so we put Hennessey on crate rest for three months. He didn’t get worse, but he didn’t improve like we’d like. So off to the Neurology group at GCVS he went. We found that he had a fluid filled cyst on his spinal column which was pushing on the spinal cord and causing the neurological issues. He had surgery and stayed in the hospital for a week but walks and runs like nothing was ever wrong.
About Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue
Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue is an all-volunteer group headquartered in Houston, TX. We believe in TRYING to save them all, even though it’s often a very stressful and demanding “job.” We’re always asking for foster homes and donations because we don’t believe in waiting until we have money to save a dog – we believe that we’ve got to save them and THEN we’ll ask for help with donations. Ok, it’s not the sane way to do it, but it does allow us to save a ton of dogs.
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Again, thank you for allowing us to save these dogs.