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It is the goal of United Yorkie Rescue to rehabilitate our rescued Yorkies to a happy, healthy state so they can be adopted. Occasionally, we find a Yorkie we have rescued has serious medical problems that do not make them a candidate for adoption.
The Board of Directors of UYR, in consultation with the rescued pup’s veterinarian and foster parent, may decide that it would be in the best interest of the Yorkie to keep them in the safe and caring environment of the foster home.
Once accepted into the Forever Ours Program these special needs pups are loved and cared for by the foster parent for the rest of their life. The pup’s medical expenses are covered by United Yorkie Rescue and the foster mom provides food, physical care, goodies and a family environment.
If you would like to become a special part of one these special little Yorkies’ lives please consider becoming a ‘Sponsor’ for them. A ‘Sponsor’ can make monetary donations or provide supplies for their use in the Forever Ours Home.
All monetary and material donations specified for these Forever Ours Yorkies are used for their continuing care needs.
If you have any questions about becoming a Sponsor or would like further information about this program please contact: Carl Sullenberger at: email@example.com
"CURRENT FOREVER OURS" DONORS:
Carol Gostomski sponsors Evo
Kimberly Bandusky sponsors Walter
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Bubba is approximately 8 years old, weighs 7.8 pounds. Bubba is a Forever Ours dog, peacefully living out his life in Dunedin, FL .
THANK YOU TO BUBBA'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Wendy Erichsen, Amara Waterman, Heather Ozuna, Jane St. John, Cheryl Scrupski, Cindy Hsueh, Sandy Pagnotta, Craig Seal, Kelsey Leslie, Holly Kline, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Michele Lofgren, Traci Vanover, Amy Chernault, Kathleen Fisher, Joanne Vogel, Carol Gostomski, Leslie Diaz,Katalin Nagy-Takio, Missy Wilcher, DeAnn Deutsch, Malena Cueva, Rita Harris, Gale Young, Shelly Ford, Phanphatsorn Disaphanurat, Shawndel Underwood, Betty Carter, Thomas Tighue, Barbara Carvalho, Anne Faasse, Eliana Tardio, Irene and Peter Havas, Sheila Landis, Sonia Laboy, K Dionne, Mary Maher-Shaw, Julie and James Hufford, Deb Scott, Sylvia Ramirez, Arielle Rejewski, Ilene Rand, SallyAnn Frazier, Dadra Dukes, Amy Ashford, Jodi Pistler, Carol Nelson, Pat Swearingen, Lynne Turner, Deanna Weeks, Jan Freeman, Daniel Scafe, Christie Rider, Lisa Warner, Christine Flaherty, Tommy Piner, Marianne Alicea, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Mary Cronin, Connie Peters, Nancy Farley, Leslie Corbell, Connie Pfeiffer, Sandy Angulo, Amy Chernault, Carin Spalla, Carin Spalla, Phyllis Lewis, Karry Rogers, Melanie Colbrunn, Pamela Davis, Charlotte Robinson, Louann Larson, Katalin Nagy-Takio, Marcia Lee, Jessica Lundquist, Linda Crawford, Kobsak Songyoo, Jane St. John, Paul Clark, Teresa Beament, Sid Porter, Sandra Wendt, Sarah Bartel, John Sauser, Priscilla Sukroo, Alfred Maiorino, Denise Kotasek, Christine Sarracino, Rafael Pardo Macias, Georgia Roode, Yolanda Ramos, Steve Evans, Angie Cagle, Teri Rose, Holly Stavis, Lee Filer, Vito Russo
Our sweet Bubba is a "Forever Ours" baby that has been fostered in his loving foster home for the last two years and two months. Multiple times in 2016, Bubba was misdiagnosed with a seizure disorder, when in fact he had a tumor growing behind his eye. By the time the discovery of a tumor was made, it had already migrated into his brain. He had surgery to remove his eye and the tumor behind it, but nothing could be done about the part that went into his brain already.
Bubba was given 3 to 9 months to live on October 4, 2016, which was the day of his surgery. So far, with an aggressive and very rigid medicine regimen including chemo, he has been seizure-free for 3-4 months, and we are grateful for every one of those days. In fact, apparently someone forgot to tell Bubba how sick he is, because he obviously didn't get that memo. He still does all of his "Bubba tricks" that he's always done in the past, and all in all is a happy little guy.
Because of the severe brain injury from uncontrolled seizures and the damage from the brain tumor, Bubba has some serious neurological deficits, which makes him like a toddler. He's just as happy as he is clueless, and everyone that meets him just loves him.
Bubba's ongoing medical expenses continue to be very high, so if you find it in your heart to assist with his medical expenses, please click on the donate button and follow the instructions. Bubba will send you a personal Thank You for your donation.
In December, Bubba was doing great. He hadn't had a seizure since his medication decrease and he was playing, running, and jumping up and down when his foster parents came home and he was happy to see them. However a couple of weeks ago Bubba had a rough patch with lots of seizures and we almost lost him. But in true Bubba fashion, he bounced back to his "new normal" and is doing better. His foster parents take each good day as it comes and know each day is a gift. His medications have been increased slightly to help with seizure activity and so far it is working. According to the vet (the neurologist), when he starts having seizures again, there is one more drug we can use and then after that, when it stops working, we'll have to determine his quality of life. Bubba takes chemotherapy pills daily and has tolerated them well. Bubba's foster parent both love Bubba to the moon and back. Please help us continue to pay for Bubba's care by clicking the PayPal button below and THANK YOU!
Bubba is doing very well. Since his last update he had surgery to remove some of the tumor that was pressing on his eye. Since then he has been doing well. He has been seizure free except for one instance which was caused by decreasing his meds too low (under the neurologists care). Since returning him to his normal dose, there have been no additional seizures. Not only that, but Bubba now runs through the house (he still falls some from his severe neurological deficit), but he is able to jump up and down when his humans come home, and all in all he is much healthier. He takes his chemo every day (for the rest of his life) and tolerates it well. His foster Mom is SO glad he had the surgery to give sweet Bubba the best quality of life possible.
Update 9-21-16 Since coming into UYR, we have been reasonably successful in managing Bubba's seizures with medication. However they recently have become more frequent and lengthened in time. Finally, there may be an answer and Bubba may have a chance to live a long, healthy life. After his last emergency visit to the vet because of an uncontrollable seizure the vet asked about the swelling and redness of his right eye. It is likely Bubba’s seizures may be because of a mass behind that eye that may be pressing on his optic nerve and into his brain. The veterinary neurosurgeon feels that when we know more it could completely change the short and long term prognosis as well as the treatment and all that Bubba is experiencing, the unsteady gait and the stumbling when he walks, the inability to hold his head up, the lethargy, and his visual deficits among other things.
In order for the surgeon to know what can be done for Bubba so that he can live a long life, Bubba needs an MRI. This MRI must be done soon so that treatment and/or surgery can start as soon as possible before Bubba continues his downward spiral.
Bubba will get his MRI soon and we will know more so please check back soon for the results. And cross your paws for good news only.
To date we've spent $9065.75 on Bubba's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $5749.50 in donations.
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THANK YOU TO BUDDY'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Heather Warwin, Edward Guise, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Dawn Gowen, Regina Brantley, Angie Cagle, Heather Warwin, Kimberly Bandusky, Stephen Waycott
4/29/17 Forever Ours Initial Bio
Buddy is a new Forever Ours foster. He is 14 years old. He came to UYR August 2016 when his owner had cancer and could no longer care for him. His family was going to have him euthanized since no one else wanted to take him. UYR was contacted and he became a foster looking for a new home. He has a collapsed trachea and has been taking medication to help. He also has an enlarged heart and a heart murmur. He has cataracts and his eyesight has diminished. He still gets around fine. He has also figured out he can follow his foster Dad to the kitchen and beg for some scraps of turkey. Even though his foster dad says he doesn't feed the pups. He spends most of his day napping in his favorite bed. He does like to explore the fenced yard on nice days. Buddy says thanks to UYR and all the generous donors that provide him a good life in his senior days!!
To date we've spent $2373.09 on Buddy's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $364.00 in donations.
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Daphne with her Wrapped In Love blanket
Daphne is a beautiful and very ill little girl. She has inoperable liver shunt disease and is also prone to hypoglycemia. She is being fostered in Madison, WI
Daphne is 5 years old
THANK YOU TO DAPHNE'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Sandy Pagnotta, Amy Gill, Diana Shoykhetbrod, Michele Gonsalves, John Sauser, Michelle Lingle, LaVerne Dissmeyer, Patricia Lingen, Sandra Wendt, Christie Rider, Rosalie Tenorio, Paul Sherman, Diane Stout, Sandy Pagnotta, Stephanie and Behnaz Memarzadeh, Cynthia Duranti, Denise Brigham, Cheryl Helley, Amanda Fletcher, Julie Sczesniak, Nancy Carney, Carol Gostomski, Susan Kornatowski, Taffi Loving, Kimberly Golter, Sandra Wendt, Sherri White, Brittany Adams, Linda Vargas Robles, Bonnie Vaupel, Dixie Burbank, Denise Brigham, Irene and Peter Havas, Susan Gentry, Christie Rider, Diane Carter, Paul Sherman, Kitty Bradley, Alexis Ball, Stephanie Memarzadeh, Paul Sherman, Natalie LaBayen, Lois Forrester, Holly Stavis, Gina Caparimo, Brenda Hutto, Lori Adams, Lois Forrester, Noel Walter, Kelly Jones, Holly Stavis, Michelle Pannoni, Julie Sczesniak, Holly Stavis, Lori Stewart, Carol Gostomski, Brenda Bargers, Linda Crawford, Karry Rogers, Kobsak Songyoo, Barbara Carvalho, Christine Flaherty, Gale Young, Brenda Pierce, Dana Peden, Rita Smith, Paul Sherman, Mary Ireland
Update 06/02/17. Daphne recently had an emergency surgery to remove a very large bladder stone. She was refusing food, dropped about 4 ounces and had blood in her urine. Because she is only 3.5 pounds, losing that much weight was a lot! She is recovering well and just starting to get back to being more active and playing! She continues to require several medications to help regulate the ammonia levels in her brain due to her liver shunt. Thanks for checking in on her!
Daphne continues to have her ups and downs as a result of her liver shunt. Daphne went through surgery a while back that was not successful so she is being medically managed. Daphne requires 2-3 RX meds a day plus prescription low protein foods. She gave us a bit of a scare a few weeks ago. She stopped eating and lost .5 lbs. Because she is very tiny to start with, .5 pounds put her at risk. She is just beginning to eat again, thank goodness! With the weight loss, she is shaking all the time. We keep her wrapped up in blankets and keep a sweater on her to help keep her warm. We hope that with weight gain, she will build up a bit of fat to help her stay warm. In the mean time, she spends her days in front of the fire or wrapped up up on my lap dreaming for Spring. Thanks for checking in on Daphne!
Update 05/31/16: Daphne continues to require multiple medications daily to help her ammonia levels remain in the normal range. During the day, Daphne loves to "help" me in the garden by picking tomatoes and sampling them! When she is feeling good, she loves to chase balls and play with toys. In spite of all the medical concerns she has, Daphne continues to remain sweet and snuggly. She loves curling up on any lap that is available. Thank you for your continued support of Daphne!
Update 02/10/16: Hi Everybody! Daphne continues to bless us with her wonderful personality! She is a whole lot of sass in such a small girl!! Daphne continues to require meds to keep her ammonia levels under control as a result of a liver shunt. She is such a smart little girl in that she has figured out how to block the liquids from her swallowing them. She is very efficient at pushing the liquid out of her mouth! It has only been with bribery (yummy treats) that she has decided that she will swallow! Sometimes I wonder who is training whom!! Thank you for your continued support of this precious little girl. Her medical care is expensive, but she is worth it!
Update 11/02/15: Daphne continues to have her ups and downs with her health. Recently she gave us a scare as she was quite lethargic. Daphne was taken to the UW Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Madison, WI where she underwent a series of diagnostic tests including blood, urine, and x-rays. She was one sick little girl! Because her liver shunt surgery failed, Daphne will always be under the watchful eye of the wonderful Doctors at the Hospital. They found that she does have bladder stones that may need to be removed, her ammonia levels were too high, and her blood sugars were too low and she had pneumonia. They kept her there for a few days to help get all the levels where they should be and to keep a close eye on the pneumonia. Even though her lungs were not totally clear, I was able to take her home. We spent many hours sitting and snuggling in our favorite chair. Daphne was glad to be home and started eating better right away! Today, Daphne is doing better! She is still on a lot of medicines to keep her ammonia levels in the normal range. Daphne continues to require special food that is low in protein. She is eating NF Kidney Function Canine Formula available from the vet. It is our hope right now that with all that is available to us medically that she stays healthy and lives a long happy life! Thanks for checking in on Daphne!!
Update 3/9/15 After evaluating Daphne's continuing challenges regulating her ammonia levels and balancing her combination of medications, we realize it is not appropriate to adopt her out. She has become a Forever Ours pup residing with her foster mom for the remainder of her life.
To date we've spent $10682.56 on Daphne's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3321.00 in donations.
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Desi with his Wrapped In Love blanket
Desi is a very sweet, 4 to 6 year old very tiny little boy who is living with his Forever Foster mom in Avon, IN
THANK YOU TO DESI'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Raye Mayhorn, Casey Savelli, Raye Mayhorn, Marsha Bernhardt, Lois Forrester, Nancy Stanley
Desi recently had an Irritable bowel flare up and lost some weight. It was just 5 ounces but on a little guy like Desi 5 ounces is a lot. He went through a round of steroids and is now doing better. He weight is almost at his normal which is 3.2 pounds. Desi remains on a prescription diet of canned ID food with probiotic power added to each meal and an antacid once a day. To maintain a balance he has to have 3 feedings per day on a very strict and regular schedule with limited activity after his meals . He is a cuddly little guy so he loves to be held so being quiet after eating is not a problem. He's a happy loving and sweet little guy.
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Update 04/27/16: Desi had a little set back in the last few weeks. He had some stomach issues that required adding additional medication to help him with his digestion. He has lost a few ounces in weight and because he is so tiny a few ounces makes a huge difference. His weight is down to 2.8 pounds. Now that things are on the upswing we should be back up to a good weight for him in no time at all. He is a sweet little angel and very much a little fighter.
Update 1/27/16: Desi continues to do well on his special diet with added Probiotics and antacids to help with his digestion. He does best with 3-4 small meals per day and plenty of quiet time to digest. He is a loving and sweet little guy who enjoys snuggling. He loves his fur brothers and sister and has a special bond with his fur brother Kaleb. Out doors are no longer as scary as they were in the beginning but he likes to make sure that his foster mom is always nearby.
Update 10/15/15: Desi continues his special diet of ID food with 3-4 small feedings per day Even a tiny amount of shredded cooked chicken will cause a stomach upset. I add probiotic and enzyme powder to every meal as well as some antacid once a day. It's important for him to stay relaxed and quiet after meals to ensure that his food stays down. He is sweet and loving and stays very close to me.
Update 08/05/14: Hi Everyone, Desi here. I've been with my foster Mom for a few months and she knows way more about me now. I now weigh 3.4 pounds and holding. I eat prescription canned food that foster Mom gets from my Vet. I have 2 medications that foster Mom puts in my food to help with my IBS. I love people and enjoy a lot of cuddling. I do not do well when left home alone so I would very much like a home where my family will be home with me a lot. Because of my small size and a previous jaw injury I would not be ok for a home with children. Because of my medical needs the best place for me would be a home in Indiana so I can be near my Vet. Foster mom says I am a real sweetheart and I sure love hearing that.
Initial Bio 11/18/13: Meet Desi. He is a FRAGILE little guy who weighs a tiny 2.1 lbs. He is estimated to be between 2-4 years of age. We are not sure of Desi's past, but it appears his jaw has been broken. Desi is a real sweet heart. He loves people and loves to cuddle. He has energy and is an affectionate dog, despite his size and condition. Foster mom says Desi has a lot of spirit and is hopeful that he has a bright future. Desi's vet recommends a 3 pound weight gain before he can be considered for adoption, so in the meantime, please keep Desi in your thoughts and prayers. A donation in his name would also be appreciated.
To date we've spent $3266.96 on Desi's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $510.00 in donations.
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Evo with his Wrapped In Love Blanket
Evo is the man
Evo was rescued in 2005 by UYR. He has congenital Megaesophagus which is not a curable condition. He is 10 years old residing in Harrisburg, PA with his Forever Foster Mom
THANK YOU TO ALL MY RESCUE ANGELS!
Stephanie Valletti, Mary Rogers, Barbara Carvalho, Cheri Speakman, Brenda Pierce, Janice Wrench, Karry Rogers, Wendy Henry, Deb Pequignot, James Hufford, Shari Bundy, Amberly Hall, Nancy Stanley, Christine Schraml, Stephanie Digman, Stephanie Digman, Nancy Meinershagen, Stephanie Digman, Mary Cronin, Stephanie Digman
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Evo has been doing well for the most part, but for the past two months, once a week, he goes through these spells.
His little body shakes uncontrollably and he throws up flem. He doesn't eat & won't take his pills. Foster Mom discussed this with her vet, and he indicates it's due to the medications Evo is on. The medication upsets his stomach. He gave a pill to give to Evo when this happens which calms his stomach. His foster Mom feels so helpless when he goes through these spells. He wants foster Mom to hold him, which she does and keeps him as calm as possible. It lasts sometimes a few hours or up to 24 hours. Foster Mom always stays home with him and works from home when he gets like this.
He is a trooper though. Always bounces back. He is such a strong little boy.
Foster Mom keeps baby food on hand, and gives him that when he doesn't want to eat his regular food. She also makes him chicken & turkey burger with rice chopped up finely.
When he isn't going through these spells, he is such a happy little boy. His foster Mom says she is so blessed to have him with me as long as she has.
He is 12 & still plays with his toys. He regurgitates almost every night but isn't that much. Thank you for reading Evo's bio and for your support.
Update 11/2/16 Evo's foster Mom has this Update: Evo has been doing pretty well these past months. Praise the Lord!! He drinks a lot of water due to him being on Laxitives. I have to monitor his drinking because he just drinks and drinks and that in turn affects his Mega-E condition. He regurgitates the water. This does happen almost every day. He just got a hair cut this past Friday 10/28/16 He looks so good. Although he doesn't hold still for the groomer. I stay with him while he gets groomed. I stand right at the table. There's days where he only eats breakfast and doesn't want supper. I always have nutra-cal on hand to give him so he gets nutrients in him.
Evo will be 12 years old on November 24th! I can't believe it. This is not the norm for a dog with Mega-E. I contribute his long life to lots of love and for my vet giving me the understanding of his condition and how to treat him. My vet for always being there and knowing what to do for Evo. I can't imagine my life without him! Nor do I want to! Thank you to all the donors who help towards Evo's care, you have made such a difference and are a tribute to having Evo be able to celebrate his 12th birthday!!
Update 04/28/16: For the most part Evo has been doing okay. He has good days and bad days. Unfortunately the bad days come about once every two weeks. On bad days, he doesn't eat for me and won't take his pills. His little body shakes and shakes. He regurgitates flem...a lot of it.
I feel so bad for him. He wants me to hold him. I most certainly do and I even work from home when he has a bad day. I have a doggie bag, he loves to be carried in and I put him in that and he sits on my lap all day while I work from home. I try several times throughout the day to try and get him to eat, but I know it has to run its course and by the next day he is usually feeling better. But to see him go through this every two weeks is heart breaking. His little body shaking and his breathing is raspy. But I give him lots of love and keep him as comfortable as possible. It usually lasts for a 24 hour period. I have a pill to give him for his stomach and he will usually take it the next day after he feels better. This helps to calm his stomach. He is on lasix which makes him drink a lot of water. In turn this is not good for his mega-E condition. So I have to monitor his water intake.
I try to take Evo for walks as much as possible. I do believe this helps him and he likes to go for walks. He also has congenital heart failure. But taking him on walks, I believe, helps his heart to be a little stronger.
He is such a special little boy and to be 10 years old with this condition is rare but I am doing everything possible to keep him as healthy as possible with lots of love, eating healthy and exercise.
Your donations make that possible.
Evo’s Foster Forever Mom
Update 12/31/15: I am happy to say Evo turned 11 years old on Nov 26, 2015! To have a dog with his condition live to be 11 is a great accomplishment. I contribute this to my vet, who is as dedicated to Evo as I am, lots of love; both by me and his sponsors, being spoiled and many prayers that he receives.
I did have to take Evo to the vets on Dec 26, 2015. He didn't eat anything at all Christmas Day and his little body was shaking and his breathing was heavy and raspy. He got two shots. One was to settle his stomach. When he gets like this he throws up phlegm.
For the past couple of months Evo goes through spurts of not wanting to eat and then his body shakes & he throws up phlegm. Usually, after a day to a day and a half I can get him to eat and he gets back to being his playful self. But this time, I knew it was time for a vet visit.
Evo is doing well now. This morning he didn't want to eat, which is typical for him. But I eventually find something he likes and I can get his pills in him. This is a long process in the morning & the evening, but well worth it. His food either has to be pureed or cut up in very small pieces. I keep his food bowl elevated…which means I hold it for him. Evo is on Lasix which makes him drink a lot of water. I have to be careful that he doesn't drink too much as this is not good for his Mega-E condition. I keep towels close by for when he regurgitates, which is something he does almost daily.
Evo is such a great little boy. He weighs 4.9 lbs. He is so sweet and such a Mamma's boy. I love that!!
Thank-you for your continued support for Evo.
Foster Mom: Carol Esposito - firstname.lastname@example.org
To date we've spent $5412.89 on Evo's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3690.00 in donations.
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Jasper is Wrapped in Love
The handsome Jasper is a 4-year-old, 4 pound Yorkie boy residing in TX.
THANK YOU TO JASPER'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Bonnie Vaupel, Patricia Hicks, Lynnett Price, Olga Stecker, Sonja James, Meighan Hornady, Ronda Lancaster, Tuyet Flink, Angie Cagle, Sandra Wendt, Stephanie Morgan, Lynne Turner, Meagan Celmer, Karry Rogers, Paul Sherman, Leslie Corbell, Deanne Coleman, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Erin Poole, Jane St. John, Josh Lytton, Amy Chernault, Jan Freeman, Denise Stone, Jan Freeman, Carol Kathrein, Cynthia Williams, Tonya Lillig, Cynthia McNeil, Phyllis Lewis, Barbara Carvalho, Hilda Bacardi, Lynne Turner, Maria Stevens, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Jane St. John, Judy Smith, Helen Miller, Chardelle Blasberg, Chardelle Blasberg, Domenica Molinari, Angie Little, Theresa Coyer, Tena Payne, Gretchen Stevens, Garrett Hamilton, Julia Collick, Lori Palmer, Susan Tackett, Jodi Pistler, Marianne Alicea, Michelle Lingle, Hilda Bacardi, Nestor Sanchez, Betsy Loureiro, Johnell Costa, Angie Little
Looking at Jasper on the outside now, it's hard to remember this little 3yr old, 4lb, abused little boy who came to me so dehydrated near death, with no fur, hypothyroidism due to neglect, sores all over his body, and his spine protruding an inch above due to malnutrition is the same little dog in this picture. With all of that being life threatening, these were the easy things we were able to fix. Inside this precious little boy lies horrible lungs, heart disease and the worst case of heartworms they have ever seen. Even after his vet consulted with Texas A&M, the modified treatment nearly took his life. Jasper has NEVER ran or played like a normal 3yr old. He walks like a little old man, but he knows his limits and that's just fine.
Today Jasper is only taking his Heartguard once a month. He reacts a few days later with wretching, like a cat trying to throw a hairball. During this time, he is on an antibiotic for a week to protect his lungs from further damage. In 2 years he will be checked again.
He is such an amazing loving little boy that wants nothing more than to be held if your standing, sleep on your lap if your sitting, and snuggle on your leg under the covers when it's bedtime. The wraps they make for mothers of newborn babies was designed for Jasper as well lol!
Please continue to follow Jasper and all of our fosters and Forever Ours babies. With your love and help, we are able to save these babies and give them what others have failed to give them. Bless you all!
1/22/17: There comes a time when you just don't know how or when you are going to make it all better...I'm thinking we are there with Jasper.
This little boy is only 3 years old, yet instead of running and playing, Jasper walks slowly like a little old man. In fact, when we go outside to potty...he will do his business, walk a little bit more, then stop and sit and wait for you to pick him up...he's just too tired and he knows it. I have NEVER seen this little guy run...ever. When Jasper came to us August 5, 2016, he was near death. He was 4 lbs with his spine and hip bones protruding, he had severe hair loss with ears that were like black shiny leather and sores all over his body. His blood work looked horrible and he had to be put on thyroid medication because his thyroid was failing to work properly. He was also diagnosed with a severe heart murmur and heart worm disease. He was severely dehydrated and given subcutaneous fluids. Two days later he was back at the vets because he had a seizure. His little body was just so compromised and in need of IV fluids to get his system back. Jasper was referred to another vet for an echo cardiogram to see the function of the heart. The cardiologist had never seen such horrible disease in such a young baby. She visually could see worms moving in all cavities of the heart and spilling into the atrium and laying across the ventricles. She was not optimistic about at all about a treatment and advised IF there was one, it needed to be the slightest amount and the slowest kill. She feared he would throw a clot and die. A few weeks into September, he was back at the vet and was diagnosed with caval syndrome. Once again, he couldn't breathe, threw up, wouldn't eat and was losing weight. Steroids were once again put on board to help. October was a good month...Jasper was crypt-orchid so he had his neuter and we decided if he continued on a good path, we would try a very small dose of the immiticide injection mid November. (his Dr had consulted with Texas A&M and this procedure was devised for Jasper's condition) He would then receive a second injection maybe a month or 2 later instead of the normal protocol of the next day, but this would depend on how he responded. A few days later Jasper was rushed to the ER. He had stopped breathing and when he came back, he lost all bodily functions. He had thrown a clot into his lungs, which in turn caused his immediate loss of life. When he did breathe again, it was causing a vagal response. He was hospitalized. In December, Jasper had his monthly checkup and Dr Sam did an x-ray to see if there is a possibility to continue his heart worm treatment after his near death last month. Sadly, his x-ray showed his lungs are horrible and his heart is so large, especially on the right, he has such bad heart disease, and he said we would absolutely not attempt anything. We will continue with Jasper on the monthly Heartguard. Although he reacts to that, I am able to help him through his gasping attacks. Beginning Monday this week, Jasper had been refusing to eat. Tuesday night and into the wee hours of Wednesday, he began throwing up and had bloody diarrhea. So of course, off we go to see Dr Sam on Wednesday. He was diagnosed with colitis, put on antibiotics, given a shot for his nausea and vomiting and sent home with meds for his nausea as well. During the visit, Dr Sam listened to his heart and he no longer heard the murmur that he has had due to the heart worms laying across the ventricles. So, Dr Sam recommended we get another echo-cardiogram to see IF we were at a point that we could try another small injection. Friday we saw the cardiologist and had the echo performed. The murmur was not there...this is because the worms had moved and were not across the ventricles or they had possibly died. The Dr. could visually see worm in the pulmonary artery and she highly advises to NOT do another treatment. The location of where they are visually visible could kill him. He would throw another clot. Her recommendation is for him to be on doxycycline for a week, each month, for a year or two, continue the Heartguard monthly, and retest after a year or two. Yes...a year or two!
I have fought so hard for this little guy to get this treatment. When we saw him looking so good, we decided to try and we almost lost Jasper. I am listening to what the Dr is saying about his echo and what his Dr says about his lungs and heart. We are looking at years...not months but years. Jasper is a little fighter and it's time for this baby to be a Furever Ours, and we just do life for Jasper on "Jasper's time". We all love this little boy and I will continue to make sure he is in the best care and loved daily!!
To date we've spent $3354.87 on Jasper's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3305.00 in donations.
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Maizie is a precious, little, senior female Yorkie living in her Forever Ours Home near Louisville, KY
THANK YOU TO MAIZIE'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Christine Flaherty, Linda Crawford, Vicki Silver, Natalie Avery, Marcia Lee, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Anna Schappaugh, Kai Martin, Elizabeth Giannone, Sidney Porter, Karry Rogers, Julie and James Hufford, Teresa Beament, Connie Vendetto, John Sauser, Jean deVegter, Debra Roby, Angela Heath, Olga Stecker, Steve Ward, Brad Buckley, Angie Cagle
This is sweet Maizie, a Forever Ours Foster (Kentucky). I've had a very busy week and wanted to share it with everyone. Last Sunday started out as an ordinary day and I was just hanging out with my fur sisters and foster family when it hit me. My Foster Mom turned around and found me at her feet, on my back, with my tiny legs paddling in the air and not making a sound. She instantly seemed to know that I was not just being my impish self and scratching my back. My Foster Mom's face looked serious and she rushed me to the other room. I could not breathe! See, I have this problem called laryngeal paralysis that makes it difficult for me to breathe regularly. This was really terrifying and my Mom quickly checked to see if I had swallowed something I shouldn't have. Then she saw me turning blue and foaming at the mouth. My Mom thought quick and raced me to the Emergency Vet. On the way, I was silent and twitching uncontrollably but still conscious. My human sister held me and I could tell she was scared too. It seemed like forever, but my Mom says about 10 minutes went by and then I started letting out several screams. The Dogtor said some dogs do this when they panic. Typically, sounds are difficult for me to produce and if I bark, it is usually muffled followed by a series of coughs. I stopped and had a blank stare and was pretty confused. I could hear my Mom calling my name. I looked her way and tried to bounce over in her lap. I was so frightened and couldn't figure out what just happened to me.
At the Emergency Hospital, the Dogtor said that I had a thing called a seizure that was complicated by my breathing problems.
Since I was awake the whole time, she thought I was actually breathing, but barely. I had to stay all night for observation and had to say "goodbye" to my Mom. They brought me out and I was shaking and crying. My Mom gave me lots of hugs and kisses and told me it would be ok. She then handed me back to a nice lady who had tears in her eyes, I guess because I was crying. She seemed to know how sad and scared I was. They ran some tests and put me on an IV for medicines. Mom says the Dogtor found a suspicious mass on my upper gum and we need to have that checked with our regular vet. She also says that it is likely that I may have a cancerous tumor near my brain that is causing these terrible seizures because all those tests they did for my lungs, heart and abdomen were normal. Mom has to give me new medicine every 8 hours now to calm me and help prevent anymore of those scary seizures. Because I am so tiny, the medicine has to be compounded and is expensive.
She also took me to my regular Dogtor, and she is happy that the tests were okay. but she says the spot on my gums is not good. She says that I can't have anymore of those tests that require me to sleep, like something called a biopsy, before I've been seizure free for at least two weeks.
Well, my Foster Mom and all my friends at United Yorkie Rescue are helping me get better, but they say that the EKG, X-rays, blood test, overnight Emergency stay, biopsy, medicines and possible future surgery are really really EXPENSIVE. They say they need your help for me to stay comfortable during my geriatric years as my health declines. My Foster Mom says that no donation is too small for her tiny girl and every dime will help me live out my life with dignity. She says I deserve that after a life of severe neglect that caused me to lose all my teeth, lower jaw, and my bad knees that should have been fixed years ago, so I could walk without pain. Please help!
To donate to Maizie's rising medical bills, please click on the Forever Ours button below.
Maizie is adjusting well to her new life with her foster family.
She came to us with skin infections and severe dermatitis. Weekly medicated baths and daily allergy pills have allowed her beautiful coat to fill back in and she even had a spa day recently.
Since her diagnosis of laryngeal paralysis, we've tried to keep this senior gal comfortable and her life simple at the direction of her vet. She always finds Foster Mom's lap or you will find her tucked all the way under her blanket with only the tips of her ears showing most of the day.
Maizie is not a fan of the cold Kentucky winter, so her potty training is slow going. At times, she will attempt to use the potty pads, but mostly she struts around in her cute colorful mini diapers. Although, quite the fashion statement, she is not a fan and will shed them when Foster Mom is not looking.
She can be feisty at times with her three Maltese sisters. In true terrier fashion, she lets them know that she may be the smallest, but she is definitely in charge. She even tries to steal their food if they are not careful.
Without her teeth or jaw, you would think canned food would be best, but she struggled so much with it. We figured out that dry food is easier for her tongue to grasp, so adding a little warm water to soften it works great. She is a ravenous eater, so we have to watch how much she eats. Too much weight on her tiny body adds stress to her poor knees.
She loves to play, but we've had to discourage rigorous activity. She will go into coughing attacks that distress her and make it difficult for her to breathe. This could be a life threatening situation and one that may require surgery in the future.
Despite her many health challenges, she continues to have the sweetest disposition and loves to give everyone kisses. Even the groomer fell in love with her and her sweet kisses!
Initial Forever Ours Bio 11/8/16
Given Maizie's multiple medical issues, the decision was made to make Maizie a Forever Ours Yorkie today. This means that Maizie will spend the rest of her life in the safety and comfort of her foster home.
Maizie came to us after she landed in a rural shelter. She was in very rough shape. Maizie is estimated to be somewhere between 12 and 14 years of age. Maizie has no lower jaw as it was surgically removed at some point in her life, most likely due to some type of oral cancer. She also has laryngeal paralysis and this means that she coughs a lot is at risk for aspiration when she eats. She must have special food and also be closely monitored to ensure that she does not aspirate and her airway does not collapse. Maizie also has neurological deficits that cause balance issues. She has severe luxating patellas (grade 4) but the orthopedic specialist feels that they are beyond repair surgically and the surgery would pose to great a risk for Maizie so for now the best treatment for her is to limit her activity and keep her in a safe environment. For all of these reasons, in consult with Maizie's specialists we made the decision that the best thing for Maizie is to live out the rest of her life in the quiet controlled setting setting of her foster home where she receives lots of love and special attention. Maizie's care has been expensive as she has seen 4 specialists. If you would like to help us with Maizie's past expenses and ongoing care then please click the PayPal button located below and THANK YOU!
To date we've spent $3782.22 on Maizie's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $1726.00 in donations.
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Missy in her Wrapped in Love Blanket
Missy continues to live the good life in the care of her Foster Mom and with her other Yorkie siblings. Missy was recently diagnosed with uveitis and receives eye drops on a daily basis to reduce the redness and swelling associated with this condition, but she functions well despite being blind and deaf. At 14.5 years old, Missy remains resilient, enjoys walks around the block, sleeping with her Wrapped in Love blanket and eating. Missy's sense of smell is incredible, and she will seek out anyone who so much as opens a box of crackers in the hopes someone will give her something to munch on. Missy is not a cuddle bug, prefers to sleep alone and no longer tolerates restraint of any kind, thus, she is no longer receiving regular grooming. Foster Mom has trimmed Missy's hair at times, but we definitely miss being able to get pretty with a professional groomer. Missy is blessed to be a Forever Ours gal as she can live out her remaining years in safe and caring home.
Updated FO Bio 12/31/2016
Missy turned 14 years old in October, and she has settled in very nicely with her forever foster home after her adoption didn't work out. Although Missy is blind and deaf, and struggles with digestion problems, she happily joins her fur siblings for walks around the block, as long as the weather is nice. It can be cold and snowy in Wisconsin at this time of year! Missy was home alone for weeks before UYR took her in, so she does still seem sensitive when she perceives her foster Mom isn't close by, she calls out loudly when she can't find her human, and we are grateful to be able to give her a loving home where she is rarely without a human close by. Missy is not currently incurring any vet costs, she is simply enjoying her life at home without fear of having to adjust to another new living situation. Thank you to UYR for letting this older gal remain in rescue for the rest of her years. Please consider helping us pay for the cost of her ongoing care and THANK YOU!
FO BIO 10/21/16
Missy is a 14 year old deaf and mostly blind Yorkie who came into the Rescue in April 2016 because her original owner could no longer care for her. Missy had been with her owner for her entire life, and going into a new home was a bit traumatic for her. Missy has severe cataracts in both eyes, although we believe she can see about 15% out of her left eye, and she truly cannot hear anything but the highest of pitches. Missy was not house trained when she was surrendered, but she did manage to get the hang of it after being in her Foster Mom's home for a few weeks. Missy was adopted out to a wonderful lady at the end of June 2016. Unfortunately, the adoptive Mom decided that it would be best if Missy returned to the Rescue due to Missy biting her at times. We happily took Missy back into our Forever Ours program as she is truly a wonderful little character, and Foster Mom has not experienced any incidents of biting. Initially, we expected we would try to once again find a forever home for Missy, but ultimately we decided that it would be too traumatic for Missy to have to become accustomed to a third new home in just 6 months, so we've accepted Missy into our Forever Ours program. Missy will remain with her Foster Mom in WI for the remainder of her life. Missy does have some medical concerns including an enlarged heart and liver, and she regurgitates nearly every meal she eats, regardless of how small the portions are. As long as Missy can sustain a good quality of life, we will continue to love and care for her.
To date we've spent $685.88 on Missy WI's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $350.00 in donations.
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THANK YOU TO MUFFIN'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Sheila Coleman, Sheila Coleman, Karry Rogers, Charlotte Robinson, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Teresa Beament, Tammy Adcock, Cheri Bowen
Initial FO Bio 7/27/17 Poor Muffin was turned in to UYR because her owner could no longer afford her care. She was stated to have irritable bowel syndrome but was being managed with some as needed medication and prescription diet. She has had diarrhea and lack of appetite since she arrived and this week had additional testing including blood work and an ultrasound. The Vet now believes that sweet Muffin has a serious illness called PLE or Protein Losing Enteropathy. This means that excessive protein is being lost from her gastrointestinal tract. PLE is a serious and life-threatening illness, so sweet Muffin can sure use all the love and concern we can give her right now. For this reason, and the fact that PLE most often dramatically decreases the life span, we have decided to make Muffin a Forever Ours Yorkie. She will live out her days in the comfort, love and safety of her foster home. Right now we are doing our best to stabilize her and get her symptoms under control. Muffin is such a sweet girl. No longer doomed to spend her days in a crate on the front porch she now loves to lay on the sunroom couch and watch the squirrels. She remains sweet and loving even though foster mom is always approaching her with some type of medication. She gets along with her fur-siblings; they treat her with kindness as if they know she is very sick. They let her lay in her choice of the dog beds and let her pass to the front of the line when she wants food or water. It is very sweet and humbling to watch how compassionate her pack is towards her. Please help us make sure Muffin's has the continued care she needs by donating towards her care or sponsoring her. Thank You.
To date we've spent $1402.44 on Muffin's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $300.00 in donations.
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Paco with his Wrapped in Love blanket
THANK YOU TO PACO'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Karry Rogers, Sandra Wendt, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Sharon Dees, Elizabeth Giannone, David and Linda Rothrock, Paul Sherman, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Angie Cagle, Irene and Peter Havas in memory of Buddy, Vanessa and Pepe, Holly Stavis, Claudia Neumann
A special thank you to Paco's Sponsor, Grandma Dawn!
Dawn Beck: 5/24/16, 5/10/17, 6/7/17, 7/15/17
1/22/17: Paco became a Forever Ours foster today. He suffers from Cushings Syndrome and has very costly monthly food and medication expenses and together with his issues with crowds and male dogs made it necessary to keep him within his current foster home for the balance of his life.
To date we've spent $6319.65 on Paco's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $1659.00 in donations.
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Peanut is a 15 pound, 5 year old girl who is now a Forever Ours foster in Oak Creek, WI.
THANK YOU TO PEANUT'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Theresa Cardona, Sheila Coleman, Sheila Coleman, Cheryl Scrupski, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Nancy Farley, Jan Clasen, Karry Rogers, Lynne Turner, Jane St. John, Dalia Ashman, Sandra Wendt, Jodi Pistler, Carol Gostomski, Kari Juul, Jennifer and Joel Tobiansky, Stephanie Digman, Kimberly DeMattie, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Marcia Lee
Update 6/5/17: Peanut Continues to have anxiety issues manifested by intense licking (walls, doors, furniture etc.) She licks until fabric on sofas shreds and varnish comes off furniture surfaces. As she is aging she is getting a little more grumpy and will growl and bark at times if other pets get too close to her space. Usually happens when she is perched on the back of the sofa and either Snuffy or Charlie walk too close to her. Miss Peanut is a good eater and loves to walk. She'll be going in for her annual exam in a few weeks.
Initial Forever Ours Bio 6/13/2016
Peanut is a 15 pound, 5 year-old Yorkie who resides in her Forever Ours foster home in Wisconsin. She came to us two years ago in June of 2014. Her adorable appearance made her attract adoption applications and she was actually adopted twice. However, each time Peanut became very anxious outside the known safe environment of her foster home and her behavior deteriorated.
Peanut suffers from severe chronic anxiety which manifests itself with compulsive licking and chewing. Any object is fair game including doors, furniture, or anything within reach of Peanut’s mouth. She will lick the fabric off of a sofa or the varnish off of furniture. Recently Peanut started drooling excessively and refused to eat. A trip to the emergency room complete with ultrasound and upper GI studies found a tear in her esophagus normally seen in large dogs who swallow sticks. We feel sure she managed to ingest something that she shouldn’t have. Another time Peanut was taken to the vet with similar symptoms and was found to have swallowed a string that became wrapped around the base of her tongue and also caused an abrasion.
UYR attempted several strategies to get Peanut’s behavior to change but after two years of trying including behavioral modification, Prozac, etc. and no progress the decision was made to allow Peanut to stay in the place where she feels safest; her foster home. She still has anxiety and compulsive behaviors but her foster family has adapted to the challenges of dealing with Peanut’s special needs and can keep her safe and happy. Peanut must be monitored constantly to ensure she is protected from her environment.
While Peanut "looks" to be a normal, healthy and happy girl, not all illnesses and wounds are visible from the outside. UYR prides itself in helping dogs with a wide variety of maladies, including those that may not be visible to the eye. We do our best to make them whole again; but when we can’t we don’t simply give up on them. Peanut’s care has been very costly, running near the $2000 mark at this writing. Will you help us continue to care for Peanut throughout her life with us as a Forever Ours pup? Both UYR and Peanut would be Forever Grateful if you can donate and share.
To date we've spent $2012.48 on Peanut's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $710.00 in donations.
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Sweet Rocco is a 5 year old, 9.5 pound Yorkie male who lives with his Forever Ours foster mom in Carmel,IN
THANK YOU TO ROCCO'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Sandra Wendt, Susan Smith Wheeler, Connie Vaughn, Catherine Parker, Jane St. John, Wendy Tillotson, Stephanie Slack, Connie Peters, Sari Mandresh, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Jane St. John, Lory Foster, Stacy and Henry Powell, Jessica Ranger, Anita Konick, Jane St. John, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, David Rothrock, Sandra Wendt, Brenda Bargers, Karry Rogers, Tim and Dawn Hawkins, Jill Yablon, Amanda McKay, Jo-Ellen Gasior, Sheila Cohen, Olga Stecker, Irene and Peter Havas in memory of Buddy and Forever Ours Vanessa, Erin Horton, Anita Konick, Connie, Amy Chernault, Elizabeth Giannone, Angela Heath, Candace Haupt, Kimber Santorella, Robert Tiedeken, Irene and Peter Havas in Memory of Buddy and Vanessa, Angie Cagle, Mary Mulkey, Angela Heath, Anita Konick, Irene and Peter Havas in memory of Buddy, Vanessa and Pepe
Bio Update 02/09/2017 - It won't be long until it will be a year since Rocco was surrendered to UYR and what a year that has been for Rocco. He was so sick when he came home with foster mom and the next day we found that he not only had a bladder full of stones, but Rocco had a Liver Shunt. Rocco had surgery at the University of Tennessee in April 2016 and they were able to remove the bladder stones but his Liver Shunt was inoperable and his liver is only about 1/3 the size it should be. Due to this, Rocco will always be on a special prescription diet and medication. Right now we are doing 5 small meals a day and some days Rocco eats good. Other days it is an effort to get him to eat anything and occasionally he will go for a couple of days without wanting to eat. Rocco continues to get his medications with each of his small meals and also gets 2 additional medications to help support his liver to be as good as it can be and also probiotics to assist his digestive system. He has good days where he plays like any healthy puppy and does well keeping up with his foster brothers. Other days, all Rocco wants to do is sleep or be next to foster mom all day. Even with the rollercoaster ups and downs with good and bad days, Rocco is always so loving and sweet and shows foster mom how much he appreciates everything that is done for him.
Update 9/14/16: With Rocco's health issues and sensitivity to change, it was determined he become a Forever Ours Foster Dog and remain with his foster mom who had cared for him since he came into rescue.
Update Bio: 09/09/16. Rocco still is having a roller coaster life. Just when most things level out for him, another bomb drops. He has been doing great on the Hill's L/D diet and medications, so his labs are staying stable. We decided he was stable enough to get his vaccinations up to date. Since he has known vaccination reactions, it was decided to give them in 3 different intervals and to premedicated with Benadryl. He didn't have a reaction but was very sluggish for several days afterwards. Just about the time he started feeling better I also got a new supply of his Hills prescription diet. Well, they have changed the formula and Rocco says "NO WAY"!! He does not like it at all!! Foster mom has spent hours on the phone with Hill's and there is probably nothing we can do except start making home cooked special food for Rocco. In the meantime, foster mom has bought every can of the "old" Hill's L/D within a 20 mile radius of our home and Rocco is once again eating and feeling better. We will start a slow transition to home cooked special food. In the meantime, if you are interested in adopting Rocco, please follow the link below and complete the application. But, please be patient as make this transition to a home cooked diet.
To date we've spent $5578.18 on Rocco's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $2101.60 in donations.
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Roxy is a beautiful 4 pound, 10 year old girl who was found to have cancerous uterine and rectal tumors. Her Forever Ours foster home is in Round Rock, TX
THANK YOU TO ROXY'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Kristin Caballero and Tanya Gudger, in memory of Mercy
Daniel Champion, Helen Wenzl-Klingensmith, Barbara Carvalho, Patty Disaphanurat, Carlos Zarur, Anne Faasse, Amber Menzie, Dennis Sepulveda, Tenile Luttenegger, Maria Flores, Karry Rogers, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Lynda Slipetz, Charlene Callicoat, Barbara Rodriguez, Cheryl Scrupski, Violet Gong, Josephine Nunes, Stephanie Frey, Kristin Vole, Renae and Jerry Sutley, Nicole Slinger, Cecilia Hoyle, Justin Yarborough, Wanda Gortman, Crystal Shores, James Hufford, Judy Winters, Carol Voncannon, Diane Howell, Irene and Peter Havas in memory of Buddy and Vanessa
Update 6/23/17: Roxy is such a happy little girl, and I'm blessed to be her forever mom. I haven't seen any new signs of cancer in her, which is an amazing relief. I'm a bit concerned right now, though, and have a vet appointment for her on Monday. She's had a bit of a runny nose, and has developed a cough. Of course I shouldn't have Googled, because all kinds of things are possible. I'm betting it is just an allergy, but we're going to let the vet tell us that. With her 'bum' leg, Roxy doesn't walk much, even around the house. She does love people, and gets 'all a-quiver - not much of a tail' whenever company comes over. She loves the attention!
Update 2/19/17: Roxy is doing well, is quite a happy little girl. She gets really excited when people come to visit, knowing they're coming just to see her, as all good Yorkies know! Roxy wants to be near foster mom, but isn't really a lap dog, or even likes curling up on the couch. She's happy to be in a soft bed right next to it, and barks to get down so she can dig and pummel her blanket into just the right shape! Age is telling a bit on Roxy, as she sleeps a bit more. With her bad leg, she really doesn't like to be outside, so foster mom got her a stroller so she could go for 'walks', and get fresh air. As always, we're keeping a close watch to be sure there is no cancer recurrence, and so far, so good!
This little girl is the best pup ever, and such a trooper! Roxy has had a couple of trips to the vet this past month for an unusual sore on her side. The first time we were perplexed, but with simple treatment it healed nicely. Then this past week another appeared, followed by three more. They had to be uncomfortable, but not a complaint from Roxy. Her vet is a bit concerned that her immune system is weak as a result of the cancer, but still does not believe these are cancerous spots. We're treating Roxy with medication and keeping a close eye on her. Roxy doesn't like being on the grass, and doesn't walk well with her weak back leg, so they are definitely not environmental. Roxy's outdoor excursions are in her stroller! She loves it!
Roxy is doing very well. She appears to be a healthy dog at this time, but we are keeping close track of her to be sure her cancer does not resurface. Roxy is a love bug and gives you kisses whenever you get close enough. She has to be the easiest dog in the world to take care of and the sweetest I've seen. Roxy does still have problems with her back leg, and I am going to be taking her to the vet next week to have it rechecked.
Before she showed up at the shelter, we think she was in a cage breeding puppies for a good portion of her life. This could be why there is no muscle tone in that leg. She gets around very easily, but when she's in a hurry she only runs on three legs. Lately it seems to bother her, so we're going to have it checked out again.
Roxy wants to thank all of her supporters and especially those who have donated towards her continued care.
Update 1/25/16: Roxy is an absolutely perfect little girl. She has been in foster care now for nearly five months, and is doing very well. Roxy has a great appetite and has put some weight on; perhaps a bit too much! She'll go for her six-month checkup at the end of February, and of course we are hoping there are no signs of the return of cancer. Roxy charms everyone who meets her. She's curious about new people and new dogs, and very friendly to all. If she were adoptable, I'm sure I'd be really swamped with applications. Roxy is happy and comfortable in her forever home with her foster mom, following mom around the house and being spoiled with the attention she deserves after such a rough life.
Update 10/15/15: Roxy is doing very well since her surgery. She has settled into her foster home and is running the household like any self-respecting Yorkie would. She's as sweet as they come and we are hoping that she is going to be cancer free for a very long time. Roxy will go back to the vet soon and have him look again at her back leg because she really has no use of it. The muscles are basically shot. It doesn't seem to bother her one little bit though. She can walk on it if she goes slowly but she prefers to to cross the room quickly, she runs on three legs. Roxy does not like to go outside. She does not like the grass, but she is about 90% trained on puppy pads, so it works out just fine.
She's a precious little girl and I'm happy that she is a forever ours Yorkie. She'll get great care for the rest of her days. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have donated to her medical care. I know there will be a real need for those funds as time goes on.
Roxy had a haircut to give her a fresh start. She's going to be spoiled again with ribbons and bows as it grows!
Update 09-09-15: Sweet little Roxy's biopsy results came back today. She had about ten tumors that needed to be analyzed. Aside from the mammary tumors, and the rectal tumor, there were several in the mass found inside her uterus. Her vet said Roxy was the poster child for why people should spay their female pups.
The majority of them were benign, but sadly, not all of them. She had a stage I and a stage II to III, as well as a rectal polyp, a low grade spindle cell sarcoma. At this point, all that was apparent has been excised, and of course the hope is that none of it has spread to lymph nodes or other organs. Roxy could use your continued support. I've told her how many people are wishing her well and pulling for her. Thanks to everyone who has donated, or who can donate to her medical expenses. This precious girl deserves every chance. She's feeling much better with all that removed, and is eating well! On a positive note, Roxy is heart worm negative!
To date we've spent $1961.77 on Roxy's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $2070.00 in donations.
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THANK YOU TO SCRUFFY'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Jennifer and Joel Tobiansky, Sandra Wendt, Sandra Wendt
Our "Forever Ours" boy Scruffy, isn't so Scruffy anymore. His foster Mom is "brushing up" on poodle cuts! Scruffy is spoiled sweet. He still growls when you touch him, but hasn't bitten for a very long time. The other dogs have learned to ignore the growls now. His Forever foster Mom got him a new name tag calling him "King Scuffy" that fits his attitude well. His Forever Ours foster family enjoys him very much and he seems much more relaxed since becoming a permanent part of a family. Stayed tuned for more updates.
On 8/20/16 we chose to make Scruffy a Forever Ours dog to remain with his foster mom and dad for the remainder of his life. Scruffy came to us with his Yorkie "brother" Poppy in March 2016. While it wasn't reported at the time, we have since learned that Scruffy shows some aggressive behavior that resulted in biting his foster dad and another visitor to the home. Because Scruffy appears to be a "grumpy" fellow and although he will growl to warn he isn't happy, we are not comfortable adopting him out to a forever family. His foster mom knows how to handle his behavior so he will live out his remaining years in her home.
To date we've spent $1148.41 on Scruffy's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $800.00 in donations.
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Snuffy became a Forever Ours pup on March 9, 2016. He is 5 years old and living with his foster mom in Oak Creek, WI.
THANK YOU TO SNUFFY'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Holly Huckabone, Irene and Peter Havas, Holly Stavis, Sheila Coleman, Phyllis Lewis
Update 6/5/17: Snuffy continues to have eating and swallowing problems and he also has eye/vision issues. He will lunge, bark and growl at people and other animals when he is out for a walk or if someone comes to the door. He has gotten a bit better with visitors and most often will allow them to come into our home after his initial attack (he will actually attack and then settle down). We continue to try and redirect his attention when he acts up. Sadly we have had minimal success. He has become very trusting of his foster mom in his care although he will still sometimes nip her. He gets daily eye medication in each eye to get rid of the crust and film that develops. He willingly takes his swallowing medication (I call his name and tell him it's yum yum time!). He knows that once he receives his medication, a short time later he will eat. Snuffy also enjoys his walks although he is known to lay down in the grass when he wants to stop walking. Snuffy will be going in for his annual exam this month.
Update 6/21/16 Snuffy is a senior boy who was surrendered to UYR by the family of his elderly owner. Snuffy had not been vetted in a long time and he was in a very emaciated condition. Snuffy was having difficulty eating and keeping his food down. We immediately scheduled a vet appointment and learned Snuffy has a condition called Mega Esophagus just like another Forever Ours Foster, Evo. Snuffy is being treated for his condition with a medication called Metoclopramide HCL which is a liquid administered 30 minutes prior to mealtime. This medication helps relax the muscles in his esophagus so he can actually get the food he eats down into his stomach. Foster mom also blends and waters down his food so it is of a slurry consistency and can be easily lapped up. He has been doing very well with this regimen and has actually gained weight since first coming into rescue. His Mega E condition is inoperable so medical management is all that we can do for him.
In addition, Snuffy is a biter. Thankfully his foster mom is able to handle him, but he does need to be muzzled when he sees the vet. He's a cute little guy with a sassy attitude but foster mom loves him dearly.
Update 3/9/16: Snuffy continues to suffer with his MegaE condition which causes him to vomit up his meals unless he is held upright for 30 minutes. Like our other MegaE Forever Ours pup, Evo, his condition is not really treatable or operable. He will life out his life with his loving and caring foster mom.
To date we've spent $3031.86 on Snuffy's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $93.50 in donations.