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:

Thank you!

We are looking for people who would be interested in being a 'Sponsor' to one or more of our Forever Ours Yorkies! As a sponsor you would become a cherished person in this dog's life.

You would receive communications about your sponsored pup and your name would appear in their story on the Forever Ours page. If you are interested please contact Carl Sullenberger at


Irene and Peter Havas are Bear's Forever Ours Sponsors

Barbara Butler: For the memory of Whozit Louise, who left us 6 years ago today: October 9th 2003 Rest in Peace Little One

Jessica Dombroff

Barbara Butler: In Memory of Byron, Golden Retriever, beloved pet of the Whitfield Family

Barbara Butler: In Memory of my Beloved Whozit Louise

Ruth Anna

Joan Sansone: In Memory of Beaux-man Sansone

In memory of Mikey Fisher from Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Fisher

In honor of Taylor Edgar
Beloved daughter of Stephen and Tina
Cherished sister of Miss T.
Adored Prom Queen Eternal!

Lindsay Reiff: In loving memory of Bentley O'Herron.

Carol Gostomski: In memory of my little Domino, and from our new little girl, Holly!

Auntie Trini Gilmore, Pixie and Gang

Geoff and Sandy Pagnotta and pups: Chisum, Ozzie and Robbie

James Monahan

Anne Wallen

Barbara Butler and Wookie: For my fellow Yorkies on my 8th birthday!

Sophie Browning: From one special needs dog to another.

Anne Wallen: In honor of my friend Kathy Redmon's birthday!!

Barbara Butler & Wookie

Ruth Anna

Rich and Gayla Hutton

Ruth Anna

Barbara Butler and Wookie in April, Barbara Butler and Wookie in June!!

Barbara Butler and Wookie

Carol Gostomski



Raye Mayhorn, Casey Savelli, Raye Mayhorn, Marsha Bernhardt, Lois Forrester

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.

To date we've spent $1552.67 on Desi's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $500.00 in donations.
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Evo with his Christmas blanket

Evo and Knuckles


I have been busy taking care of Evo. He has good days and not so good days. I took him for another emergency vet visit on July 22, 2014. His little body was shaking and he was vomiting up flem.

It turned out to be an upset stomach. He was given a shot and I have pills

to give him.

I continue to take him in the bathroom when I take a shower and let the bathroom steam up. He stays in there and breaths in the natural steam. That helps with clearing and keeping the fluid out of his lungs. I also give him a quarter of a lasix pill every morning. My vet and I discussed it, and Evo was taking a half a lasix twice a day and the lasix makes him drink a lot which is not good for his emagashophagus condition. So since Evo's follow up with my vet and he didn't have fluid in his lungs and my vet and I discussed that I would continue to give Evo a quarter of a laxis every morning just to help with fluid not forming in his lungs.

Evo takes a full enalapril in the morning and a half at night. He has congenital heart disease.

He doesn't always want to eat for me, so on the days he doesn't, I have a tube of nutracal which is a supplement. It is loaded with vitamins and is nourishment for him. I give him his pills with that as well.

On the days Evo doesn't feel like eating I give him a Zantac and if he has a day where he is vomiting I give him a pill for vomiting. Then by the next day he is feeling better and will eat for me.

My vet told me not to worry if he goes a day without eating. Dogs can do that. I have the nutracal to give him which helps.

I feed him chicken and string beans. I also have wet dog food to give him and have also gotten Hills prescription dog food from my vet which he likes and is loaded with vitamins. Its a wet food.

But at this point Evo is holding his own and has been eating for me. I will continue to have him breath in the natural steam of the shower, and I have also noticed taking him on walks seems to help too. It seems to be good for his heart. So that is incorporated into our evening.

Whatever it takes for me to do for him I am doing. Please continue to pray for him. He is a special little boy and is so strong.

Thank-you to everyone who has donated to help with Evo's is greatly appreciated.


Stephanie Valletti, Mary Rogers

THANK YOU AUNTIE CAROL GOSTOMSKI FOR YOUR DONATIONS! 06/08, 07/08, 08/08, 09/08, 10/08, 11/08, 12/08, 01/09, 02/09, 03/09, 04/09, 05/09,06/09, 07/09, 08/09, 09/09, 10/09, 11/09, 12/09, 01/10, 02/10, 3/10, 04/10, 5/10, 7/10, 8/10, 9/10, 11/10, 12/10, 2/11, 3/11, 4/11, 5/11, 7/11, 9/11, 11/11, 1/12, 2/12, 3/12, 4/12, 5/12, 6/12, 7/12, 9/12, 10/12, 11/12, 12/12, 1/13, , 2/13, 3/13, 5/13, 6/13, 7/13, 8/13, 9/13, 10/13, 11/13, 12/13, 1/14, 2/14, 4/14, 4/14, 5/14, 6/14, 7/14, 8/14, 9/14, 10/14, 11/14, 12/14, 1/15

Foster Mom: Carol Esposito -

To date we've spent $4763.32 on Evo's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $2510.00 in donations.
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Sandy Pagnotta, Marla Wolfe

Update 10/6/14: Henri is now a Forever Ours pup. His age and health issues have not enabled him to be successfully adopted despite his sweet face. Henri will live out his life with his foster family and his foster siblings.

Update 06/02/14: Henri is just getting old, his kidney levels were a little high, get him to drink lots of water I was told. He has dry eye, so I have drops for that, he has really bad allergies so I have pills for that. Finding him a low protein grain free food is going to be a challenge I am up He collapses sometimes just for no reason, that is just strange, but nothing was found to explain why. Just old age. Poor old guy. He said to watch hi. For the next 30 days. Since I have pills for him I will take him to the pool with us and he can hang out with Evan and Dobby without itching like crazy from the grass.

To date we've spent $337.37 on Henri's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $30.00 in donations.
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Erin Mellini, Angela, Sandy Pagnotta, Renae and Jerry Sutley, Angela Gunter, Tim Wooten, Mary Cronin, Paul Sherman, David Jacklitch, Malena Cueva, Jeselle Kempis, Jane St. John, Maria Vinat, June Lee, Crysmyra Hopkins, Irene and Peter Havas, Siobhan Mullen, Linda Lewis, Heide MacLean, Cara Pensabene, Kerin Messner, Laura Gilder, Paul Sherman, Pamela Henry, Susanne Andriano, Erik Ebert, Daniela Camacho, Megan Mason, Traci Vanover, Judy Bettridge, John Sauser, Becky Baker, Edward Elmore, Shari Jones, Sandra Wendt, John Hazard, Nestor Sanchez, Linda Naylor

Mushu is walking. Check out this video!

Update 02/26/15: At the suggestion of Mushu's neurologist, we wanted to drop the amount of prednisone he takes, because it can cause much more damage to an already terminal disease. As previously noted, every time we dropped his dosage, he would get wobbly and unable to walk. So she suggested we try acupuncture and herbs to see how he would react and we could always go back on prednisone when necessary.

Well here he is getting his third acupuncture treatment and handling it like a champ. We have been able to cut his daily meds 1/2 what he was doing previously and thrilled to let you know since we have started the match of herbs and acupuncture, he appears to be stronger then ever. His condition remains terminal, but his physical abilities are good!

UPDATED BIO 1/27/2015: Given the prognosis of Mushu's condition, we have decided to make Mushu a Forever Ours pup. He will remain with his foster mom for the remainder of his life and we will give him the best care possible.

UPDATED BIO 12/11/2014: If you recall, Mushu was stumbling a lot when UYR rescued him (and even couldn't walk when we first had him). The vet suspected Yorkie Encephalitis but could never be sure without an MRI. While we were trying to wean his steroids over time, he had a setback and was stumbling again. We raised some money from our WONDERFUL donors, and Mushu had his MRI this week!!

Soooooo, we learned that Mushu does NOT have a brain tumor! (Yay). We received the diagnosis, it is Necrotizing Encephalitis . It is also commonly referred to as Yorkie Encephalitis and is basically swelling of the brain. This being said, Mushu will be a special needs puppy for the rest of his life. He will need to be under doctor supervision and on medications forever (prednisone is not very expensive). Any potential adopter needs to know it is generally a progressive disease. He could be doing great for a very very long time as long as he is medicated, but he could also take a turn and go downhill very suddenly.

We will allow Mushu to be adopted because he deserves a forever family. We are hopeful Mushu will be one of the lucky ones who lives a very long very happy life! THANK YOU to all for caring and contributing to his care!!!

To date we've spent $2982.52 on Mushu's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $2728.00 in donations.
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Nora is battling kidney disease


Renae and Jerry Sutley, Casey Savelli, Maria Christopher, Donna Dozois, Irene and Peter Havas, Sandra Wendt

Update 1/18/15: Just before the holidays, Nora's blood levels were not looking good. I increased Nora's home SubQ IVs but this didn't prove to be the answer. In the past, Nora has gone into the vet for overnight IV fluids with medication and this was needed again. I am Happy to report that Nora spent 3 days and 2 nites at the vets, getting IV fluids, some additional meds ands lots of TLC from the staff. Her kidney levels are down, she is peeing a larger amount at a time and it's not so concentrated.

When they brought her out to me she was so excited she had both front legs holding them straight out (like a child would hold out her arms) reaching for me...she was so happy to see me it brought tears to my eyes. She was glad to be home and reunited with Madison, Millie and Jilly. They all met her at the door and were in a huddle kissing each other. I am thrilled to have all my girls together.

Nora has another blood work up this coming Friday to re check her levels. I will continue SubQ IV's here at home along with daily meds. I don't think this little girl is going anywhere anytime soon...she's a diva for sure.

Update 10/15/2014: Hi everyone I'm Nora. As you can see I am as beautiful as can be. I just wanted to let everyone know how happy I am that I am in my forever home cuz I love my FM and sisters Madison, Millie and Jilly..we all look out for each other. FM let's us all sleep with her, but I get the closest even though I'm the smallest and get right under the covers. I still have prescription food every day, I also still take pills that FM hides in peanut butter. FM gives me an IV at least once a week sometimes more, depending on how I feel. I have a little infection in my eye right now but I have 2 eye drops for that. FM is always busy with me so I can stay healthy and my kidney disease doesn't act up. Thank you UYR and all the ppl who help my FM take of my expenses I wouldn't be here if I did not take them everyday. Love you all Nora

UPDATED BIO 05/07/2014: Hi it's me Nora! I am 10 years old and 4 lbs. I had 9 toofers out, so now I have none but I feel so much better and my breath doesn't smell bad anymore. FM still let me kiss her even when my breath was bad but Madison and Millie my fur sisters would turn their head when I tried to kiss them. But not now we all get kisses everyday.

FM has me stabilized cuz I get all my meds and eat my prescription food every day. But with my delicate health issues UYR has decided to make me a Forever Ours girl. I get to stay with FM for the rest of my life. FM holds me and carries me around a lot so I know I am safe and happy. Thanks to everyone who has helped donate to towards my care. Love Nora XOXO

UPDATED BIO 03/16/2014: NORA is 10 years old (but doesn’t act her age, acts much younger!) and weighs only 4 lbs; she is being fostered in Bunnell, FL.

Hi my name is Nora and I am as sweet as can be. I love to sit on my FM's lap. I have 2 doggie sisters that I love, but I would prefer just to sit on FM's lap all day. I also love to sleep with her under the covers and as close as I can be.

I use pee-pads as well as going outside. I love to eat, even though I am on prescription dog food for my kidney disease. I was pretty sick when I got here, but as long as I stay on the prescription food, along with 2 medications which FM hides in my food, I feel really good. Oh, one more thing, there is an IV I get every couple of days to keep my fluid levels up, it's not so bad ~ only takes a few minutes but I feel so much better. I am a happy girl looking for a loving home who will keep me healthy by giving me lots of love and continue my medications so I will stay healthy and live a long time. Could your home be perfect for me? I will love you forever and ever! Xoxo Nora

UPDATE! 01/16/2014: Nora is back! She is a 10 year old, 4 lb beautiful girlie; she is being fostered in Bunnell, FL. Nora was surrendered by her adopters due to a medical issue. Please watch for updates on Nora soon!

UPDATED BIO 12/21/2013: Nora is a sweetheart of a 10 year old 4 lb girl who somehow found herself in a high kill shelter right before the holidays. She is being fsotered in Miami, FL. Nora was rescued with a large mass on her vulva. The pathology came back today AND IT IS BENIGN!!! Now, that said, the margins were not completely free of the benign tumor. The vet said we should watch it to see if it starts to come back in the future. At this point, it is not worth putting her under anesthesia again as the growth may be too slow to make a difference to sweet Nora. She is ready for adoption!

OK, a little about Nora....... Nora is housetrained to wee wee pads and goes outside to do her business. She has what the vet calls pre-kidney disease. Her BUN and creatinine are elevated, but the vet says she has seen much worse. She is now on a prescription KD diet (which she loves) and eats dry AND wet food. The food is no more expensive than the premium Blue Buffalo food she was eating before :). She can still concentrate her urine just fine. We will be rechecking her labs soon to see if the numbers have improved with proper diet.

Nora has one other issue..... She sometimes lifts her front leg (and rarely her back) when she is walking at a fast speed. The vet did an Xray and found it is simply arthritis. Nora must be on glucosamine for the rest of her life. She takes Dasuquin 1/2 pill per day and eats it mashed in her food. The vet says to expect it to take 2 months or so before we see any noticeable improvement.

Despite her "issues", Nora is just an easy to care for, loving little Princess who would love to shower her new owner with kisses all day and night. She sleeps in bed with her FM and FD and uses doggy stairs to go up and down in the middle of the night if she needs to potty. She is a beautiful little girl who did not deserve to be in a shelter. She's asked Santa for a FURever family for Christmas. Could it be you?

To date we've spent $3193.90 on Nora's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3550.58 in donations.
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Vanessa enjoying the sun


Doggie Kisses to my Special Sponsors

Milosz Ciesielski, Brittanna Kesler

Nestor Sanchez 2012 - Apr 21, Jun 2, Jul 1, Aug 3, Sep 2, Oct 3, Nov 3, Dec 6

2013 - Jan 7, Feb 3, Mar 8, Apr 19, May 29, Jul 6, Aug 27, Nov 17

2014 - Jan 7, Feb 23, May 18, Nov 6, Dec 15

2015 - Jan 13

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Sandy Pagnotta, Cynthia Duranti, Kristen Serafin, Jan Norrish, Jessica Johnson, Sheena Gavin - Vanessa sounds like she needs lots of attention and love; she certainly has the right foster Mom for this...., Angie Brewer,

Alaina Hood, Renae and Jerry Sutley, Laura Bower - In loving memory of Tango

Katarzyna Niezgoda, Katarzyna Niezgoda, Irene and Peter Havas, Irene and Peter Havas, Irene and Peter Havas, Irene and Peter Havas, Dawn Gowen, Eric Tucker


Update 2/27/15 Vanessa has recently been seen by a neurologist for her mobility issues. Her back legs have become weak and often cannot hold her up. In addition, she has no sensation in her tail which suggests some sort of trauma. The neurologist believes she has a combination of orthopedic and neurologic issues. At this time, we are treating with pain medication to see if this helps and will begin some physical therapy. Additionally, Vanessa had an oncology recheck and we found 3 more mammary tumors. She is scheduled for surgery on March 11 and after healing, will have an ultrasound to check on her spleen nodules. Poor little girl is seeing more of the vets' offices than she would like, but she takes it like a trooper.

Update 11/6/14 In September, Vanessa had her prednisone dosage increased to help her irritable bowel disease. She has improved due to this and a slight change in diet. Hopefully we can begin to taper her off the increased dosage since Vanessa has been gaining a bit of weight. Her back legs are becoming unstable so we're thinking of getting her booties with floor grips to help her maintain stability. All in all she is doing well and appears to be quite happy.

Update 5/28/14 Vanessa had her oncology recheck as well as an ultrasound to recheck the nodules on her spleen and thickened intestines. Happily the spleen nodules remain unchanged from the last ultrasound in January. She still shows symptoms of IBD with thickened walls of the intestine, but there has been no increased thickening which would indicate a worsening of her condition. She is being managed with low dose prednisone and metronidazole. Vanessa weighed in at a slightly heavy 22.8 pounds but since she can have a fussy appetite, the extra weight is not seen as a problem. Were she to become ill, she at least has a bit of reserve. All in all, Vanessa is doing amazingly well given all her previous issues. She lost her best buddy, Jessie, another Forever Ours pup three weeks ago but is adjusting to the increased attention she is able to get from foster mom. Thank you for following Miss Vanessa...she is a very loveable girl who appears to be enjoying her senior years.

Update 01/23/14: Vanessa had a recheck ultrasound today to see if there were any changes in the nodules on her spleen and verify that her IBD condition is improving. At the last ultrasound, nodules were visible on her spleen and her intestinal walls were thickened, which was indicative of IBD. She had been experiencing loose stool that was black in color. Vanessa was put on prednisone to treat her IBD condition and since she has been gaining weight lately, I wanted to make sure it was healthy weight and not related to any tumor growth. Happily, Vanessa's spleen nodules looked smaller at this visit and the thickness of her intestinal walls is decreasing which is a good sign. Poor Vanessa had an accident in the vet's office so we had a fresh stool sample for the oncologist and that looked very normal. Vanessa was in fact squirmy for her ultrasound which had not been the case in the past. It was reported that she seemed impatient with the procedure and wanted to leave...a good sign since it means she is feeling better. Vanessa will continue on her prednisone treatment, and a medication for nausea. The oncologist said she was generally pleased with her progress and her general overall body condition. Of course, we'd like the bowel thickness to be normal, but Vanessa is heading in the right direction.

Update 11/16/13: Vanessa's health issues seem to have escalated as we were tapering her off the prednisone. I became so concerned, I asked for an earlier than scheduled repeat of the ultrasound test to ensure there were no other changes to the spleen nodules. She was seen on 10/31 by the oncologist who said Vanessa appeared to have an elevated white blood count. Instead of repeating the ultrasound, Vanessa was put on Amoxicillin for any infection issues and her prednisone dosage was increased. Vanessa's appetite has improved a bit but she remains a fussy eater. As long as she eats, we can address the other issues. She will likely need a follow up blood test to see if the antibiotic has lowered the white cell count.

Update 10/03/13: Vanessa had a follow up ultrasound test today to determine if there have been any changes to the nodules on her spleen and assess the intestinal wall thickening which may be indicative of IBD. Two of the nodules appeared much the same as they did a month ago; one appeared slightly larger but it was not easy to tell if the angle of the view made it seem larger. Vanessa was up 2 pounds (thanks to the prednisone she has been receiving). We will step down her dosage to every other day administration and recheck with another ultrasound in 4-6 weeks. Vanessa has been eating well, tolerating her food (sadly she has become hooked on chicken nuggets but at this stage of her life, I'm letting her eat whatever she wants), and acting normally. She has her playful moments but does spend a good deal of her time sleeping. Since Vanessa, Jessie and my new foster Tank get to sleep with me, I'm enclosing a picture of the 3 of them on the bed. Tank is the big fella in the middle and Vanessa just turned her head to look at me. She is a very precious girl.

Update 8/13/13 Four days after Vanessa's July 16 Vinblastine injection, she became seriously ill and spent 2 days in Emergency Care where she required IV fluids and antibiotics. Her white cell count had dropped to a seriously low level and she was spiking a high fever of 104.3. She was hospitalized for 2 full days at which time her temp returned to normal and she was eating small amounts of food. For a week we struggled to get her appetite back and deal with the diarrhea. Her recheck a week later showed that her white cell count was normal. On 8/14 Vanessa gets what I hope will be her last Vinblastine injection. She will receive a reduced dosage so her bone marrow is not as seriously impacted as it was in July. We are doing all this to eliminate the mast cell tumors that continue to plague her. Through all of this, she has been a very "patient" little patient. While her eating habits have become more fussy, I don't mind the extra cooking needed to keep her eating.

Update 04/25/13 Vanessa was seen by her oncologist today and we discovered another lump that was aspirated and found to be another mast cell tumor. This is not good news because Vanessa is currently taking Palladia which should be preventing the development of new tumors. Vanessa is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, May 1. After that, she will be put on prednisone in place of the Palladia to see if that can stop the spread of these tumors. Unfortunately Palladia has been the best treatment for these tumors, so the fact that it is no longer working is not good news. Please keep Vanessa in your thoughts and prayers as we struggle to find a solution for her.

UPDATE: 1/30/13 Vanessa met with the oncologist today and because one of the tumors that was removed was in the lymph node, Vanessa will need to go back on the Palladia medication (which runs about $95/month through a new pharmacy we learned about). Vanessa will start immediately and her treatment will go for 6 months if all goes well and she tolerates it as she did before. Please keep Vanessa in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE: 1/25/13 On the 18th I discovered another growth on the back of Vanessa's rear leg which seemed to pop up overnight. I was able to get her in for surgery on Monday and the vet removed two tumors in the general region, one of which was lymph node tissue. The biopsy results show mast cell tumors for both tissue samples. Vanessa and I have an appointment on Tuesday Jan 29 to meet with the oncologist to determine next steps. She may need to go back on the Palladia which I know has doubled in price (it will be more than $170/month). But we'll do whatever it takes to help her get healthy.

UPDATE: 1/9/13 Later in November it seemed like Vanessa was developing another growth, however whatever was there has disappeared. She continues to do well, has a good appetite (for foods she likes) and enjoys throwing her chew strips around. Her aim is a bit irregular and sometimes she has trouble finding them wherever they landed. Vanessa LOVES chicken and whenever that is a dinner item, she will beg for handouts. She doesn't get table food but I do make up ground chicken breast for her and that is a little treat she gets on her breakfast and dinner meals. Vanessa seems immune to the cold weather and continues to enjoy her walks despite the winter cold!

UPDATE: 9/1/12 Vanessa's tumor was a grade 2 however the grading system has changed and now there are only 3 grades of tumors. Vanessa's mitotic index on this tumor was very low which means there was no active cell development. Vanessa will continue to be watched for any new growths.

UPDATE: 8/22/12 Vanessa had her oncology checkup tonight. I had found a very small lump on her left side about a month ago. It hadn't gotten larger and in fact seemed to be shrinking. However today the vet did aspirate and it is a mast cell tumor. Vanessa will need another surgery to remove this tumor. This may be her fate for the remainder of her life. Watch for another update on the status of her surgery which will need to be scheduled quickly. Despite all this, Vanessa has had a good appetite, is active (she has started intentionally tipping the water dish when I leave for's her way of complaining about being confined to a room with 3 other dogs). I've tried a variety of strategies for placing the bowl out of harm's way, only to have it tipped every day. I think Vanessa will no longer be confined to the laundry room with everyone else. She'll be able to spread out and claim more space for herself.

UPDATE: 8/1/12 Vanessa continues to do well since completing her treatment for mast cell tumors. She will be seen by her oncologist in the next week for a follow-up body check. I have detected one small lump on her side but the size has not changed in the last 3 weeks so I'm hopeful it is a fatty growth. Vanessa, as you can see from her picture, loves to bask in the sun, even on the hottest days. The sun makes her want to take a nap which is a favorite pastime. Her other favorite pastimes include eating breakfast and dinner, taking walks, barking at the neighbors and playing with her chews which she throws about like a wild pitcher! She is a great bed-buddy who lets foster mom sleep in on weekends. One thing we have noticed is that loud noises and thunder storms are upsetting to her. She will shake a bit during storms but since it has been such a dry summer, that hasn't been much of a problem. Continue to watch for Vanessa updates and new pictures.

UPDATE 6/29/12 Last week Vanessa completed her 6 month course of medication for her mast cell tumors. She had her last pill on Wednesday and by Saturday was back to eating very hearty meals. On June 29 she had her oncology checkup, complete with bloodwork and happily all is looking very normal with no new growths. Vanessa will need another recheck in 6-8 weeks and I hope we have the same outcome. Vanessa has been a real trooper throughout her treatment period. She had developed a finicky appetite but now is eating well and cleaning her dish morning and evening. I will be transitioning her to a prescription diet to see if that helps with her allergy problems. She persistently chews her feet so hopefully the diet change will help with that. All in all, she still enjoys sitting outside and sunning herself on the deck, barking at the neighbors who are in their back yards and barking at anyone who comes in the door. She is my real watchdog! Vanessa got her summer haircut and looks adorable; but foster mom's camera battery needed recharging so pictures will be updated later.

UPDATE 5-24-12: Vanessa just had her monthly checkup with the oncologist. Since going on the metronidazole twice daily, she's been able to tolerate her Palladia medication. The cost of her Palladia (toceranib phosphates) went up to $169 per month. Thankfully this is Vanessa's last month on this medication so once we get through her next checkup, we hope she can discontinue the meds. The vet explained that the drug company had to increase the price and may stop production altogether due to the costs incurred in producing the medication. If Vanessa's mast cell tumors return, we hope the medication will continue to be available since radiation and traditional chemotherapy would be less effective for the type of tumor growth she has.

Update 1-14-12 Vanessa appears to be tolerating her medication for the mast cell tumors quite well. She takes prilosec daily which helps with any tummy upset. She still enjoys her daily walks, loves to sleep in (she'd rather sleep than eat!) All in all, she is making good progress. I've discovered no more lumps since the last surgery and start of her medication. I did discover that she doesn't like walking in the snow. We had some snowfall and she waited until I shoveled before heading outside. I guess I can't blame her for that!

Update 12-22-11 Vanessa saw an oncologist on December 15 to see what treatment would be appropriate for her mast cell tumors (two have been removed thusfar). The new medication she will begin taking is called Palladia and it has a 60% success rate on otherwise untreatable mast cell tumors. Vanessa began her treatment on December 21 and appears to take her pills well and is experiencing no side effects which would include a diminished appetite. Vanessa will be on this treatment for 6 months so please watch for updates.

Update 12/10/11: We just learned today that the lump Vanessa had removed from her leg during her final mammectomy surgery was another mast cell tumor. This is the second occurrence for her within the last two months and it is likely she will continue to develop additional tumors. We are looking at additional treatment options for her. Please say some prayers for Vanessa. She is being considered for admission into our Forever Ours program where she will remain with her foster mom for as long as she lives.

To date we've spent $12948.95 on Vanessa's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $2736.25 in donations.
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Walter looking super cute

Walter ready for Christmas


Kimberly Bandusky, Cynthia Dial, Linda Almasi, Suzette Hullette, Jennifer Tobiansky, Kimberly Bandusky, Suzette Hullette, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Jennifer Tobiansky, Suzette Hullette, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky and Rockie Boo, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky, Kimberly Bandusky

Special Thank Yous to Walter's Sponsors, Suzette Hullette and Kimberly Bandusky, who have chosen to help UYR keep Walter safe and happy for the rest of his life.

Update 08/10/14: HI!! Everyone Walter here!! I am a lucky boy UYR saved a little over 2 years ago & they have been taking very good care of me. I never have to worry about be alone on the streets again. I have had some trouble with my left eye it has a mature cataract on it & I have had a small ulcer on it. The Doctor gave me some medicine to help it heal. Other than a small seizure a couple of times I am doing great. I do a lot of napping & the occasional scuffle with my foster brother Romeo!! I get a bit cranky from time to time but I am a pretty good boy!! Thanks to everyone that has helped me have a good life!! Love, Walter

Update 12/10/13: HI!! Wally here!! I have been a good boy & I'm waiting for Santa!! All except when I chase my foster brother Romeo's tail when we try to see who gets to go out the door first!! I had a few seizures but I went to the Vet & he gave me some supplements to see if they would help. So far I'm doing really well. I love the life that being a UYR Forever Foster boy has provided for me. My foster mom just bought me a new fluffy bed for these cold winter nights & I am really enjoying that. My favorite things are when I get to have some cheese for a treat & sitting with my foster dad on the sofa. Well got to go I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

Update 09/03/13: HI!! Walter here!! I don't have a lot to tell. I've just been hanging out with my foster Mom & Dad & my foster brothers & sisters. My health has been really good lately. I am feeling pretty good & have a good appetite. I argue once in a while with my foster brother Romeo, but that is what brothers do!! I do love to play with my little toys. Sometimes I can toss it all the way across the room.My favorite thing to do is follow my foster dad around in the yard. Where he goes I will be right behind him. Well got to go I think I hear TREATS being served!! Love you all!! Walter XOXO

Update 06/05/13: Walter 12-092 Hi! Everybody!! Walter here. Foster Mom decided I should pose so she could update my picture. I have been doing really well. FM calls me her "Chunky Man" I'm not fat I'm fluffy!! I've been trying to be a good boy but sometimes I can be a stinker. I like to nip at my foster brother Romeo's tail when we go out the door.. Sometimes I try to sneak some of my foster sister Angel's food. She's a puppy mill girl so she can't bark, but she will squeak at me and bat me with her paw. I want to thank everyone at UYR & my Sponsors who have helped me have such a good life. I have a soft bed & toys & plenty of food to eat so I am a happy boy. <3 Love you all, Walter

Update 03-30-13 Hi!! Everyone!! Walter here. I got to go to the Paw Spaw to day to get groomed. I was a really good boy, so I'm hoping for extra treats today!! I also had a vet visit this week. I'm doing really good & I now weigh 5.8 lbs. I'm getting anxious for warm weather so I can go outside & sit in the sun. I hope everyone has a Happy Easter & I'll keep you updated on how I'm doing!!

Update 03/02/13: Hi!! Walter here!! I wanted to send everyone a new picture & thank them for all of the donations for my care. I'm sure getting tired of snow. I'm waiting for spring so I can go out in the yard & explore. I'm really trying to be a good boy so everyone will love me. I get a little grumpy when they want to bathe me or comb my hair. My foster dad is still my favorite person. I follow him everywhere & sit on his lap & sleep when I can. He tells me I am his little buddy.It sure is nice to have a buddy. Thank You again to everyone who has donated to my care. It sure is nice to know I have a loving home with a warm bed & plenty of food. I don't ever want to have to go to one of those shelters again. Love You ALL !!, Walter XOXOXO

Walter was rescued from the shelter in Chicago in July.We think he is about 9 yrs old. He was surrendered as a stray. He was a skinny, shaky, scared little bag of bones.You could feel his ribs & he was very unsteady on his feet. UYR rescued him & he came to live with us. At first he seemed to do OK, but in August he was having trouble keeping his food & water down.. He aspirated on some food and he quit breathing. We were able to do Doggie CPR on him & revive him. We took him to the vet & after some tests & ex-rays he was diagnosed as having Mega-E. He also has some neurological issues & a collapsing trachea. The vet said with out any info on him it would be hard to determine if he was born that way or if he had suffered some sort of trauma. Walter eats his softened kibble from an elevated bowl & is doing well. He has went from a skinny 4.1 lbs to 5.8 lbs. His fur is growing in & his appearance is much healthier. Walter doesn't like to be picked up & you have to approach him slowly. He is very sweet, but also very grumpy at times. We wonder if he was treated badly or teased at some point in his life. He loves to have his head & ears rubbed but on his own time. He loves playing with small toys & tossing them in the air & fetching them himself. His favorite person is his foster dad & has become his little buddy. Walter is a very loved member of our family and we will make sure he has a happy life.If you are interested in being a sponsor for Walter's care we would be happy to share pictures & his progress with you.

To date we've spent $2412.00 on Walter's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $1855.00 in donations.
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