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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
"CURRENT FOREVER OURS" DONORS:
Carol Gostomski sponsors Evo
Kimberly Bandusky sponsors Walter
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Baby is a eleven year old tiny male yorkie. He weighs a whopping 3 pounds and is a Forever Ours foster pup who is being fostered in The Villages,FL
THANK YOU TO BABY'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Irene and Peter Havas, Jim Shal in honor of Paula Shal, Kory Katz, Joan and James Kirby
4/26/16 Update: Baby (a/k/a Bubba) is doing great. He absolutely loves his blankey that was given to him by a very caring group. I'm sure he still misses his brother, Zeus (as do we), but he's adjusted to being the kingpin quite nicely. Although he is toothless, that hasn't kept him from chowing down at every opportunity. He's such a love.
1/1/16 Update: Sadly, Baby's brother, Zeus, went to the bridge on Christmas eve, 12/24/15. Baby will be missing his big brother, but we know his foster mom will ensure he has a happy and good life.
9/24/15 Update: Zeus and Baby are doing okay. Zeus continues to have difficulty breathing, especially when he gets excited. Baby has started to develop the same "Canadian Goose" bark. At night, if Zeus can't get to sleep, he gets some cough medicine which quiets him down. When both pups came into UYR, they had skin irritations and were treated with shots and a prescription shampoo. They are both starting to develop the same again so we'll restart the same treatment plan. They are the closest of buddies, trotting around as if they were hitched at their hips. When they sleep, they have to be touching each other - or foster mom or dad. Zeus is forever giving kisses and Baby just keeps smiling with his toothless grin. They are wonderful little guys and we love them both dearly. They are hardy eaters - even Baby, who doesn't have a tooth in his mouth. They are mostly poop-pee pad trained, but do have daily oopsies which are never a problem.
12/19/14: Hi everyone, Zeus and Baby here. What a hectic few days we’ve had. Our mother was feeling really bad because she now works all day and didn't get home until late, so we really never got to go out and run and play anymore. She decided that it would be better for us to be adopted by someone who would give us lots of love and outside exercise too (very, very unselfish of her). So, since that decision was made, these very nice ladies from UYR came to our apartment to meet us and the feline members of our family, and it was decided that we would go home with them.
One of the ladies is our Foster Mom. We like her a lot and she sure does like us too. It was a long drive to her house, and Zeus doesn’t like to ride in the car, but we made it. There’s a resident Yorkie here, his name is Charlie. He’s a pretty kewl dude. We all get to sleep in the big bed with our Foster Mom and Foster Dad (of course we don’t take up a heck of a lot of space ‘cause we’re so tiny).
We went to the dogtor today and got shots. We both cried a little, but FM and FD held us tight and rocked us till the owie went away. The dogtor said that Zeus has a very collapsed trachea and it’s bad when he gets anxious (like riding in the car), so the dogtor gave Foster Mom some medicine for times like that and also to help him sleep. The dogtor said that Baby has a very deteriorated lower jaw probably from some gum infections over time.
Baby has had all but one of his teeth removed, but that doesn’t stop him from eating ground up food at all. We both have a bit of a skin rash, which could have been caused by fleas, but FM/FD will give us baths with medicated shampoo to make that all better.Both of us have to go back for boosters (yipes) and Baby has to be neutered (not sure what that means). Zeus will have to have some dental work done then too.
Well folks, that’s it for now. We’ll be sure to pop in and give you an update pretty soon. I know Foster Mom said we couldn’t go anywhere until we’re all spic and span and up to date with shots and everything. So, if you can wait a while, we should be available in another month or two but our foster mom said she would love you to submit and application for us, so we can be ready for our forever home when the time comes.
To date we've spent $272.08 on Baby's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $135.00 in donations.
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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
Update 4/24/16 Hi everyone, Bubba here. It’s been a while, but I’ve been super busy! I have a new sister now, and she just wants to play all the time. I try to play with her, but I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I still try. At least she keeps me busy and that’s better than just laying around doing nothing all day.
Foster Mom says I’m doing pretty good all in all, now that we’ve gotten my meds figured out. I have to take my medication (yuck) five times a day, and foster mom says she has to set her alarm clock to give me my morning meds, because she isn’t usually awake at 5 a.m. But hey, if I have to wake up, she should too. ha ha.
Even with the increase in my meds, I don’t seem to be too steady on my feet, but I don’t have seizures nearly as often either. I’m glad, because those scare me so much when I shake all over, and I don’t know where I’m at when I wake up. Foster mom or dad are usually there though to remind me how much I’m loved and that I’m safe in their arms, and that helps me a lot.
Foster Mom says that my increase in medication makes it really expensive, and I need my medication to survive, so if you find it in your heart to donate to my care, I’d really appreciate it! Okay, my sister wants to play so I gotta run. Thanks for taking the time to read about me!
Update 1/27/16: Bubba has been quite a challenge to get his seizures stabilized, but after 9 months of trying different meds and doses, I think, I pray, I hope we have it figured out. Bubba was having at least one seizure per day up until January 12, and so far hasn’t had one since. He is at the maximum dose of Phenobarbital and also takes Keppra with it. We started on a lower dose of the Keppra and after increasing it he has stabilized. If necessary, we can continue to increase his Keppra to ensure he remains stable.
Bubba does have a lump on his upper chest that was biopsied once and came back as a lump that may or may not (inconclusive) be cancerous. It was/is the hope that the lump would go away on its own, but it has not, and has actually gotten larger. The plan is to biopsy it again and if cancerous, it will need to be removed.
The reason we don’t automatically remove it is because anesthesia can cause problems with seizure dogs, and we want to avoid any complications if possible. I asked about doing conscious sedation, and that is something we will try first. If he can’t stay still enough to remove the lump, they will go ahead and put him under general anesthesia. If that happens, he will also get his dental done at the same time.
Sooooo, let’s all pray that this lump is not cancerous and will eventually go away on its own. He also has a lump on the inside of his ear that seems to have maybe “popped”. We’re keeping an eye on that lump as well.
All in all, Bubba is doing as good as he possible can be, and is a pure joy to be around. He’s a very simple guy – just wants to eat, drink, potty, sleep and be loved on. I just love my “Bubba Love”…..
Update 10/16/15 Bubba went to see the neurosurgeon on October 13 to follow-up on his seizure disorder. Bubba had two seizures, 12 hours apart, since last increasing his phenobarbital dosage. The plan is to increase Bubba’s dosage, and re-check his phenobarbital level in 3 weeks. If Bubba has any seizures prior to the 3 week re-check, we will consult the neurologist again and possibly increase his dosage again.
Updated Bio 10-4-15 Bubba’s foster mom calls Bubba her sweet Bubba Love. Bubba is UYR’s little guy who has severe neurological deficits – presumably from untreated seizures. After a consult with the veterinarian neurologist there is nothing really new to report except – this is really good news – so far he has been seizure free since he has been put on the highest dosage of Phenobarbital he can be on. He still remains very obese, despite being fed nothing but Hills Prescription “Metabolic” food. When he is done with this bag of food, his foster mom plans to transition him to a different weight management food.
There is still more we will need to learn about Bubba’s condition. After that we can decide if Bubba can be adopted. He is currently doing well, but his neurological deficits may never be repairable.
He is such a darling boy, who wants nothing more than to be loved and cuddled and taken care of. United Yorkie Rescue and especially Bubba’s foster mom are doing everything that can be done to insure Bubba will always be taken care of.
When more is known about Bubba it will be posted. Watch for further updates on this precious little guy.
To date we've spent $2474.25 on Bubba's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $1167.00 in donations.
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THANK YOU TO DALLAS' RESCUE ANGELS!
Sandy Pagnotta, Sandra Wendt, Pamela Davis, Amy Chernault, Aneta Roszkowski, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Karry Rogers, Jodi Pistler, Christie Rider, Connie Peters, Sarah Bartel, Carol Nelson, Joy Graham Travis, Irene and Peter Havas in memory of Buddy and Vanessa, John Sauser, Crystal Shores, Carol Gostomski, Anthony Riviera, Joan Shelly, Michael Baxter, Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Susan Klingbeil, Irene and Peter Havas in Memory of Buddy and Vanessa
On July 13/16 Dallas became a Forever Ours pup. We originally believed he had a liver shunt condition which brought on some puzzling neurological issues. He was originally surrendered to UYR because his owner couldn't afford the surgery. Dallas was promptly seen by a UYR vet and received medications and put on a low protein diet to help stabilize him. In order to give him the best chance possible, we transferred Dallas to one of our members in Texas where he could be treated by a specialist who has helped us before with other liver shunt pups. Dallas was seen by two vets and they recommended more extensive bile acid tests than the one done originally by the owner. The result of these recent tests showed that there was no liver shunt; rather Dallas’ problems are neurological in nature.
After being evaluated by a neurologist, it was determined that Dallas had hydrocephalus, a condition that must be medically managed given his tiny size. Dallas has improved with the medication he is taking, however he is still blind (his eyes function however the brain is not interpreting the visual messages) and will never be normal. Nonetheless, Dallas is a very happy little boy. When his foster parents are gone he stays in (and sleeps in) a pack and play. He eats and drinks normally and even uses the pee pad when he finds it. He is very much a creature of habit. He likes to know where he is and who is there with him. He has a restricted area of the den that he runs and plays in. Occasionally when he begins to circle or run into things too often, his foster parents comfort him and put him back in his pack and play. He has not experienced a seizure which is good news as his condition often comes with them. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean he will not in the future. His vet and neurologist agree that he has somewhere between 5 minutes and 5+ years in him. He will not be improving from his current status, but is a happy little boy and will remain in his loving foster home for the remainder of his life.
To date we've spent $1040.50 on Dallas's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $1005.00 in donations.
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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 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 $9413.20 on Daphne's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3321.00 in donations.
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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
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 $2445.47 on Desi's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $510.00 in donations.
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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
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.
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
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, 3/15, 4/15, 5/15, 6/15, 7/15, 8/15, 9/15, 10/15, 11/15, 1/16, 2/18, 3/27, 6/20, 7/17
Foster Mom: Carol Esposito - email@example.com
To date we've spent $5366.49 on Evo's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3465.00 in donations.
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Mushu is a 4.5 year old 5.2 lb boy who is being fostered in Gulfport, FL
THANK YOU TO MUSHU'S RESCUE ANGELS!
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, Erlinda Lopez, Jan Freeman, Karry Rogers, Jane St. John, Barbara Carvalho, Phyllis Lewis, Erik Ebert, Christine Brandt, Craig Seal, Nicole Licona, Dawn Beck
Mushu is a 3.5-year-old 3.7 lb. Yorkie boy being fostered in Gulfport FL
Mushu wanted to check in and let everyone know he is doing very well at this time. He continues to take his medication every 48 hours as his neurologist prescribes, as she fears he could slide backward quickly. He continues to have issues with his eyes focusing and has gait issues when he walks at a slow pace. However, when he is running there is no holding him back. Mushu holds his own with his brothers and sisters and loves being a member of the pack. Mushu's neurologist has approved him to get a dental cleaning as his teeth are extremely decayed. Foster mom is afraid he is going to lose multiple teeth, but at this time he is having trouble eating. Wish him well, will keep you updated.
Mushu is a 3.5-year-old 3.7 lb. Yorkie boy being fostered in Gulfport FL.
When United Yorkie Rescue first rescued Mushu he was not able to walk. We needed to understand the reason why so the long process of evaluating and diagnosing Mushu’s medical condition began. Thanks to Mushu’s supporters we were able to afford the very expensive MRI that would give us the answers we needed. In December of 2014 we found out that Mushu has a chronic and progressive disease called Necrotizing Encephalitis. This means that Mushu has a progressive inflammation of his brain that will need to be managed with medication and close monitoring by a Veterinarian for the rest of his life. This condition is very unpredictable. Mushu could do well for a long time with medication; or he could take a turn for the worse very quickly. We have no way to know for sure as very little is understood about the causes of this condition. There is currently no cure; only treatment to manage symptoms and maintain Mushu's quality of life. For this reason, Mushu was made a Forever Ours Yorkie.
We are very fortunate and grateful that today Mushu is doing well. He is able to chase the mailman and tug on his pants leg which is a vast improvement from the staggering, wobbly boy that could barely stand when we first rescued him. Mushu is very sweet and affectionate and loves to give his foster parents kisses. Managing Mushu's care is a continuous process that requires close monitoring and collaboration with his veterinarian and specialists. Mushu's foster parents are continually working with them to ensure that Mushu’s treatment plan gives him the best outcome and the best quality of life possible. Mushu’s is currently receiving a combination of traditional and holistic therapies that including prednisone, herbal therapy, acupuncture and physical therapy along with close monitoring of his disease progression. He does continue to have problems with his gait and on occasion still falls and has challenges getting back on to his feet. He is also having some visual challenges which are commonly seen with this disease. Mushu’s ongoing care is expensive. To date we have spent about $4000 on Mushu’s care and with your help we have collected around $3100. However, Mushu’s medical care costs will continue to accumulate and as long as he is a happy boy with good quality of life we will be there for him. We are SO VERY GRATEFUL for all of Mushu’s many supporters who have stepped up to help us with his care.
Update 12/07/15: Mushu wanted to update his fans as he continues to thrive in his furever home. He has even surprised his neurologist with his antics and progress. We had a change in medication a few months ago and have been able to cut back on his prednisone meds. He is loving having a new brother and sister in the home and is enjoying getting the new freedom to run the yard with them. We think the acupuncture and some of the herbal treatments may have helped as well as the physical therapy.
He does continue to have a lot of problems falling down and getting back up as well as visual issues. He does still have the head tilt and doesn't seem to see things correctly so will snap when getting hand fed. He is very good about taking his medication both liquid and oral. Mushu is going back to his neurologist in January and will keep you updated.
Update 09/28/15: Hi everyone, Mushu wanted to give you an update. He is moving to a home with another brother and sister and a yard to run in. We did visit the neurologist last week and she got to see a video of Mushu running in his new yard and said she would not believe it if she hadn't seen it. Upon further evaluation she said he hadn't gotten any worse, not improved but no decline this visit. Mushu's doctor, does still want to get him off the high dose of prednisone he is currently taking. The new dosage of medication she is adding is rather costly at $80 monthly and does have to be compounded. Any assistance for his prescriptions would be appreciated. Mushu sends love and kisses!!!!
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 $4581.62 on Mushu's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3123.00 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
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 $1857.75 on Peanut's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $655.00 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
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 $1479.67 on Roxy's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $2070.00 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
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 $2834.56 on Snuffy's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $68.50 in donations.
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Walter looking super cute
Walter ready for Christmas
Walter is an 12 year old Yorkie who was rescued in 2012. He suffers from Megaesophagus, collapsing trachea and neurological problems. His Forever Ours foster home is in Canton, IL.
THANK YOU TO WALTER'S RESCUE ANGELS and SPONSORS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO KEEP WALTER SAFE AND HAPPY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE!
2012: Cynthia Dial
2013: Linda Almasi 1/15; Suzette Hullette 1/18 and 3/8; Jennifer Tobiansky 2/23 and 12/16; Kimberly Bandusky 2/7, 3/1, 5/3, 7/16 and 10/16;
2014: Suzette Hullette 1/13; Kimberly Bandusky 3/14, 3/20, 5/21, 7/17, 8/12, 9/15, 10/29, 11/25 and 12/17
2015: Kimberly Bandusky 1/14, 2/13, 3/16, 5/18, 7/16, 8/18, 9/24, 10/16, 12/4
2015: Nancy Stanley
2016: Kimberly Bandusky 1/28, 3/7, 5/6
Jan Freeman, Jane Montford, Shannon Fair, Mary Cronin, Sandra Wendt, Phyllis Lewis, Carol Gostomski, Jane St. John, Matt Gann, Brenda Bargers, Jennifer Stein, Joan and James Kirby, Lynne Turner, Teri Rose, Lisa Santamarina, Angela Heath
Update 04/20/16: Walter is feeling pretty special this week. He got his very own prayer blanket & a yellow ducky to sleep with. He sends woofs & licks to everyone that has thought about him this month. He thanks everyone for their donations for all the Forever Ours pups!!
Update 04/19/16: Walter is 12 now and a little shaky, but still determined to do everything for himself. He is like a Timex..takes a licking, but keeps on ticking. His best buddy continues to be his Forever Dad and besides his meal times which he still loves, napping is his favorite pastime. Walter would like to thank everyone for all their good thoughts and donations to UYR to help keep him on a healthy and happy path. Walter says his forever family is the best as he always feels the love!
Update 11/05/2015: Walter wants everyone to know that while he is getting older & a bit shaky & his eyesight isn't as good as it used to be he is grateful for the last 3 1/2 years that UYR has taken care of him. He spends most of his days napping. He still has a bit of pep in his step. His favorite thing to do is hang out with his foster dad. He has an occasional small seizure but he is really doing well. He says thanks for letting him be a Forever Ours Foster.
To date we've spent $3442.08 on Walter's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $3425.00 in donations.