Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Door Opens

After having a great adoption weekend, we had some space available, so when animal control called to report an overflow and their weekly euth. date coming rapidly, off we went to see what we could pull.

We brought back two 5 month old females, one a sheltie mix already housebroken, knows sit, and the other a fox terrier ? mix - excellent temperaments. We also pulled a 12 year old male maybe pomeranian mix that had been adopted by an older lady. Unfortunately, her health has taken a severe downturn, and she presented to animal control because she was on her way to the hospital and could no longer care for the senior. The staff at AC had him in the office where he was getting along with the other dog, cats, and people and taking a major nap on a bed under the desk. We'll see if we can find a home for him to live out his days in comfort and love.

Then we went to the back and there were puppies - lots of puppies. Big ones, little ones, litters, and singles. The litter we picked to bring home was abandoned and when found nearly a week ago, they were starving. The staff has done a great job of putting weight on them. They need a good deworming and some new toys to play with. They look like they might have chihuahua in them - something small for sure. There are eight of them, approximately 8 weeks old, and they will need homes.

Today will be a day for photo shoot to get all these newbies up on the website and Petfinder.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day Delivery

What more could you ask than two basset mix puppies around 3 months old for Valentine's Day?
You could ask the idiot that dumped them in a farm field during a snow storm about 9 days before why he thought that would be doing them a favor instead of taking them to a shelter.

Fortunately for them, the owner of the property came home from running some last minute errands and passed by the field before they froze to death. She took them in, posted them on Craigslist and Facebook, and tried to find them homes with no luck. She could not keep them herself so called me a few days ago to see if we would take the puppies. We had an adoption event over the weekend and by Valentine's Day, we had a few spaces and everything in quarantine had been thoroughly disinfected and dried and was ready for new occupants.

So, for Valentine's Day, I got Gibbs and DeNose-O, two basset/beagle/dachs (?) mix puppies, both needing a good deworming, but otherwise in excellent shape.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Peaches Fight for Life

Peaches was tossed outside a year ago because there was a new puppy in the house. In December, 2010, a neighbor brought her to us so matted we couldn't tell what sex she was. She was tested for heartworms which was reported as negative and spayed in January.

I give heartworm preventive once a month - everybody gets their dose on the same day. Peaches got her dose, and the next day she didn't meet me at her kennel gate that morning, and I noticed that her breathing was rapid. When turned out to play and potty the day before, she had been fiesty and I had cautioned her not to get hurt on the ice and snow. She didn't eat, so I knew she needed to see the vet. After blood work which showed her to be anemic with a high white count, they retested her for heartworms. The test was very positive, and because of her age, the anemia and the high white count, the veterinarian suggested that she be euthanized because her chances of surviving the treatment for heartworm were very slim.

Since we know we killed some adult heartworms with this dose, and she survived, we are opting to try giving her a dose of ivermectin (Heartgard) once a month, multiple vitamins with iron for the anemia, and antibiotic for the high white count with a recheck of blood work and chest x rays in about 45 days to see if she responds and can be saved. If anyone reading this would like to help with the expense, please go to

She is feeling better, but she doesn't like taking medicine or eating the beef liver that was prescribed as part of her diet to help treat her anemia. She likes chicken!!!!!!!!