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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
"FOREVER OURS" DONORS:
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
Barbara Butler: In Memory of Byron, Golden Retriever, beloved pet of the Whitfield Family
Barbara Butler: In Memory of my Beloved Whozit Louise
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
Auntie Trini Gilmore, Pixie and Gang
Geoff and Sandy Pagnotta and pups: Chisum, Ozzie and Robbie
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
Rich and Gayla Hutton
Barbara Butler and Wookie in April, Barbara Butler and Wookie in June!!
Barbara Butler and Wookie
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Evo with his Christmas blanket
Evo and Knuckles
HAPPY SPRING TO MY SPECIAL FRIENDS: AUNTIE CAROL AND AUNTIE RUTH!!
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO CAROL GOSTOMSKI FOR BEING MY SPONSOR!!
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO RUTH ANNA FOR BEING MY SPONSOR!!
Celebrate Forever Ours Evo's birthday with him on this video, "Evo's Birthday" .
See the Christmas video of "Evo" opening his presents.
EVO WAS RESCUED BY UYR ON AUGUST 10TH 2005
EVO HAS CONGENITAL MEGAESOPHAGUS
Update 12/01/11: Evo has been doing fairly well. He was at the vets for a dental and I got some bad news. He had to have all of his teeth pulled. Poor baby. He is doing well though. He has adapted well. It's amazing how dogs adapt to situations alot easier and quicker then we do.
He is holding his weight at about 4.7 lbs.....that is awesome. As long as he stays at that weight I am happy!
Evo still reguritates at night. He always has at least one episode a night. Other then that he likes playing with his brother Knuckles and all of his other fur brothers.
Evo just celebrated his birthday. Nov 26.....he turned six!!! I am so blessed to have in here with me for six years. I am looking forward to six more.
Update 06/02/11: Evo has been doing OK although he still reguritates almost every day (he tends to do it more at night). Evo loves to run outside and play with his brother Knuckles. Evo is a Mommy's boy...he follows me all around the house...but I wouldn't have it any other way. He still only weighs a little over 4 lbs. Evo likes to be held and LOVES to lay on anyones lap if they let him. Evo is such a good boy...I just wish he didn't have this health issue.
Update 11/12/10: Evo just got groomed yesterday. What a handsome boy he is. He was actually pretty calm while getting groomed this time. Getting groomed isn't one of Evo's favorite things. Evo has been very playful lately with his brother Knuckles. They chase each other around the house. Evo is little enough to run under the couch and love seat. He sticks his little head out and barks at Knuckles. Then he runs out from under the couch and runs circles around the couch as Knuckles is chasing him. Unfortunantly Evo still reguritates every night. I can hear his little throat gurgling. All he wants to do is snuggle up with me then. Which is fine with me. His appetite is good most days but there are days when it isn't so good. I always keep a batch of chicken and rice made so I can feed it to him when he doesn't want his dog food. Evo's birthday is Nov 26 he will be six.....I can't believe it. I started fostering him when he was 8 months old. Time sure does fly. But I have been blessed with being able to have this little guy in my life.
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Carol Gostomski has pledged to sponsor Evo to help UYR care for this sweet pup.
THANK YOU AUNTIE CAROL GOSTOMSKI FOR LOVING ME AND HELPING ME STAY WELL!!
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
Ruth Anna has pledged to sponsor Evo.
THANK YOU AUNTIE RUTH ANNA FOR CARING ABOUT ME AND HELPING ME STAY WELL!!
THANK YOU AUNTIE RUTH ANNA FOR YOUR DONATIONS! 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, 1/10, 2/10, 3/10, 4/10, 6/10, 7/10
Foster Mom: Carol Esposito - firstname.lastname@example.org
To date we've spent $2816.71 on Evo's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $2010.00 in donations.
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THANK YOU TO HARLIE'S RESCUE ANGELS!
Connie Pfeiffer, Marcia Minton, Amy Cooper, Kerri Rodriguez, Susan Kornatowski, Cynthia Duranti, Robert D'uva, Jan Norrish, Jackie Lingenfelter, Nicole Dias, Craig Seal,James Markey, Laura Travis, Catherine Colle, Susan Kornatowski, Rita Solomon, Michelle Fontaine, Suzette Hullette, Suzette Hullette, Craig Seal
A Special Thank You to Harlie's Sponsor, Suzette Hullette, who has chosen to help UYR keep Harlie safe and happy for the rest of his life.
Initial Bio 01/12/13: My name is Amy L. Cooper from United Yorkie Rescue. I am "Harlie's Foster Mum". She is a beautiful Yorkshire Terrier who was adopted from a breeder as a young puppy. In May of 2011 Harlie sustained an injury to her back legs while in the care of her owner. Despite not being able to have surgery on her back legs, Harlie has a positive outlook and tries really hard to walk on her back legs. She is able to get around by around by dragging her back legs and feet at times and she also walks on her tippy toes. Harlie also utilizes a wheel cart. Harlie is incontinent and I express her bladder three times a day, something which will need to be done for the rest of her life.
The results of her CT Scan / Myelogram revealed evidence of a previous disc rupture at the level of her 13th Thoracic Vertebrae (in the middle of her back.) The neurologist reports this appears to be an old injury and from the past information that we have pieced together regarding Harlie, this injury incurred in May of 2011 and it was left untreated. The damage to her spinal cord regardless of the underlying cause is permanent and surgery is not an option for her.
The recommendation for Harlie was physical therapy. She attends physical therapy once a week which consists of in the summer months at her physical therapists home salt water therapy in the heated pool. In the winter month's she receives therapy on the treadmill and heated water therapy indoors. In addition she receivers laser therapy for her back legs and exercises. I also have a packet of exercises from her therapist that I do at home with her.
I have posted a video of Harlie receiving her therapy. The therapy that she has received and will continue to receive for life, has made a huge impact on Harlie's quality of life; at this point she does not need to utilize her mobility cart for walks. Her balance, walking, turning in a circle, standing and sitting in a circle has greatly improved.
It is amazing that in less than one year of receiving therapy Harlie has made such amazing strides. When she came into care with me she could not walk, she would fall to her side and crawl on her knees. Her life has greatly improved thanks to United Yorkie Rescue. Harlie's medical care costs at this time are almost $5,000 dollars! Would you consider sponsoring Harlie? Sponsorship would mean such much to Harlie and me as her physical therapy would need to continue for life! I would be more than happy to keep in touch with the sponsor or sponsors and provide updates on Harlie and provide video's of her therapy and travels.
Her therapist is one 1-1/2 hours from my home one way so Harlie and I make a day of it and every week after therapy I take her to a special spot in Maine as Maine has many beautiful places to explore. In the summer we would always go to the beach afterward and enjoy the beauty of the day.
Thank you for taking the time to read Harlie's story ! Amy
This is the newest video of Harlie at therapy from October 27.
Harlie also has this Slide Show.
To date we've spent $4352.89 on Harlie's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $865.00 in donations.
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Jessie relaxing on one of her favorite beds
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SANDI WENDT - MY SPECIAL SPONSOR!!!
THANK YOU TO JESSIE'S SPECIAL FRIENDS
2012: Mary Sullenberger
2012: Sandy Pagnotta
JESSIE WAS RESCUED BY UYR ON MAY 2ND 2007
JESSIE HAS PROTEIN LOSING ENTEROPATHY
JESSIE ALSO HAS KERATONCONJUNCTIVITIS SICCA (DRY EYE) AND HAS SUFFERED CORNEAL ULCERS
SHE WILL CONTINUE TO NEED DONATIONS TO PAY FOR HER ONGOING CARE. THANK YOU!!!
UPDATE - 1/9/13 Well little Jessie has been bothered for two months now with nasal drainage. She has been on a combination of antiobiotics, none of which have helped. She had a dental and 2 nasal flushes on Jan 7 and we are waiting for the results of the culture of material that was removed to determine which antiobiotic should be used for her. The flush has helped significantly and although she is still sneezing, there is no colored mucus. Her appetite has improved which is good because her albumin level dropped to 2 which is .5 below the low end of normal. When the culture results are back, we'll know how to treat her going forward.
UPDATE - 10/19/11: Hi everyone, it's Jessie from Wisconsin and I'm still here and doing quite well. I just had two checkups recently for my eyes and a little sinus problem. My eyes are doing great thanks to my daily drops and I've got some antibiotics for a tooth problem that is probably making me sneezy. I weigh a sleek 6 pounds, 5 ounces and foster mom has to keep tightening up my harness. I now have an official pet sitter, Jenny, who comes each day and takes me and Buddy, Minnie and our new foster, Vanessa, out for walks and belly rubs. I let Jenny hold me and put my eye drops in when foster mom has to travel. I'm quite the good girl but still am afraid of other people when foster mom isn't around (yep, I still stress poop when someone else tries to pick me up). I guess it's a habit that is hard to lose. I do like Vanessa who has had puppies like I did. We are couch buddies and even though she is bigger, she is still very gentle with me. Well, I've got to go get dinner now...I do love my meals!
UPDATE - 05/17/11: Jessie has been doing extremely well in terms of managing her Protein Losing Enteropathy condition and her dry eye condition. Her most recent eye exam showed such marked improvement in her tearing readings, she is now able to have her eye drop meds administered only once a day as opposed to twice a day. The eye ulcer she had developed is actually filling in and is less visible. Jessie remains on her prednisone and lasix medications and will be going for a dental this week. She has made strides in accepting new people into the home and will approach for attention and chin rubs; but she still shies away if anyone tries to get closer to pet her. Jessie is very challenging to photograph; she always turns away and I have to catch her unaware in order to get a full face picture. She just had a bath when this latest picture was taken and was too tired after bathing, drying and nail trimming to fuss about the camera. She is snuggled on the sofa where she enjoys all the extra throws that make cushy napping spots.
UPDATE - 8/3/10: Jessie had another issue with her dry eye condition and needed some extra medication at mid July. Additionally, we discovered she had a urinary tract infection that required another course of antibiotics beyond the vaccination she received. Thankfully we asked to have a culture done and learned the bacteria she had was resistant to the antibiotic vaccination she was given. Jessie is a trooper and takes it all in stride although she was getting fussy about taking her pills. I now have to hide them in little bits of hot dog. Jessie decided she liked sleeping in a crate that was intended for her "sister", Minnie who had luxating patella surgery. When Minnie isn't using the crate for quiet time, Jessie goes in there to catch a few zzzzz's. Even though it's all open, she must feel it is a secure spot.
UPDATE - 5/2/10: Jessie just had her annual exam, updates to her vaccinations, a dental cleaning (woo hoo no extractions!) and had a mammary tumor removed. We hope this growth is benign. Jessie's bloodwork was much improved. Her albumin level tested at 3.4 (best yet) and her total protein was 6.0. The diet and her continuing meds are working well. Jessie's jaw lump resurfaced in January and she has been on two antibiotics for an 8 week period that took care of this. During her dental procedure, an x-ray was taken to see if the lump was related to a tooth or tooth root. The jaw bone is normal and nothing appeared suspicious with her teeth. So future lumps may be able to need only one antibiotic for treatment (unfortunately the one she likes least). Despite all the medicine she needs, Jessie is a good little girl who loves to catch sun rays and snooze the day away. She doesn't mind when Buddy snuggles into the same bed with her...in fact I think she likes it!
Update - 02/27/10: Jessie was diagnosed with a dry eye condition last November. She also had developed an ulcer on one eye so she got to visit a doggie opthamologist to take care of these problems. Despite Jessie's estimated age, she has no cataracts and her eyes are otherwise healthy. She had problems tolerating the cyclosporine and so she has been on a different tear medication for the last 4 months. Her last checkup tear tests were excellent. Jessie will need the eye drops for the rest of her life. She is still doing well with her special ZD diet and other meds and now that construction is finished at home, she is less stressed. Jessie is very camera shy so it is quite hard to get a nice picture of her. But we'll keep trying :-).
Update - 01/01/10: Happy New Year everybody.
Well I’ve had some health issues in the last 3 months. First, I developed an ulcer in my left eye. I was squinting all the time so foster mom took me to a doggie ophthalmologist. It turns out that in addition to the ulcer, I have that dry eye condition that Yorkies can get. So I’ve had to get eye drops twice a day for the last month or so. My ulcer is gone and my eyes look pretty good. I had to wear one of those nasty collars, but don't need it anymore. But I’ll need drops for the rest of my life.
Then, since I thought foster mom needed some excitement, I ate part of an onion on New Year’s day. Foster mom called the ASPCA hotline and they said I needed treatment based on the amount I ate. So we took a trip to the ER vet where they made me vomit and then stay overnight to get fluids and other stuff to be sure the onion didn’t get absorbed. I sure didn’t know that onions were bad…it seemed to taste ok. But I guess onions affect blood cells and I needed 3 blood tests over the next 5 days to be sure I was ok. Thankfully I am. My next adventure will be a dental procedure since my teeth aren’t looking too tip-top. I’ll let you know how that all comes out.
UPDATE - 10/30/09: We are doing a long taper for Jessie to reduce her need for prednisone to manage her PLE condition. She now gets 1/4 of a 5 mg pill. Her last liver panel shows Total Protein and Albumin levels in the low normal range. Jessie's life has been jolted recently with the death of her pal, Lexi. In addition her foster home is undergoing remodeling. Jack hammers, power nail guns and the traffic of workmen coming and going has proved stressful to her. During the day she must be confined to an area with her other pal, Buddy, listening to some "doggie anti-stress music" playing to help keep her calm. Needless to say, Jessie is very happy to see foster mom return home and jumps on her hind legs as a welcome. Soon, grandpa will move into the home and that will be another adjustment for Jessie. Thankfully grandpa isn't noisy and doesn't move fast, so she should be able to adapt to this change as well.
UPDATE - 04/23/09: Jessie's certainly doing well. Her last hepatic panel shows normal results for Total Protein and Albumin. She now weighs 6 pounds, 12 ounces and acting spunky. Her favorite job is to bark at the neighbors when they are in their backyard, or bark at the critters she sees in her backyard. She is always happy to see me when I walk in the door and she still enjoys laying near me when I'm relaxing. She still fears others, but doesn't bark if they stay seated. They just can't get up and move around :P. She got a bath for her vet visit and a little trim up. Check out her new pics.
UPDATE - 02/28/09: Jessie's last liver panel looks normal (third good test in a row now), so we are reducing her prednisone level to 2mg per day. She still is taking lasix. She will have another test in two months and at that time we may be reducing her prednisone dosage. The lump on her jaw is totally gone and there is no indication it will return. She is definitely feeling better and acting spunky :-). She's a little love bug (just with foster mom though).
UPDATE - 12/18/08: Jessie's last blood test showed an albumin reading of 3.0, so we have had two successful tests with improving and normal readings. Jessie is winding down on her antibiotic regimen for the lump on her jaw. The lump had decreased to the point it became moveable...a sign it was not connected to the bone. As of this date, it is barely noticeable to the touch. She is still on the 2.5 mg of prednisone daily and I can see she is feeling well and spunky again.
FOSTER MOM: Sandi Wendt: email@example.com
To date we've spent $11895.84 on Jessie's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $7878.85 in donations.
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THANK YOU TO MISSY'S RESCUE ANGELS
FOREVER OURS SPONSOR Sandy Pagnotta 4/13, 4/13
Polly Perkins 2012
UPDATE 03/19/2013: Due to complications from Missy's Cushings Disease and chronic UTI's, it has been determined that Missy is unadoptable, and has been brought into our Forever Ours Program. This means that she will be kept in her loving foster home forever and her medical neeeds will be taken care of by United Yorkie Rescue. Missy's current needs are:
Medication for Cushings Disease = $70.00-$100.00 per month
RX Food = $25.00 per month
Diapers/Pads = $30.00 per month
Missy needs a Forever Ours Sponsor - please consider sponsoring this special little girlie so that she can enjoy the rest of her life!
UPDATED BIO 11/17/2012: Missy is a 7 year old 15 lb yorkie-poo who is being fostered in Suwanee, GA. Here's what she had to say recently..............
Hello everyone! I’m Missy and I’m my Foster Dad’s princess, so for our fun Thanksgiving photos, FD and I decided I’d be a native American Princess, Missyhontas! How do you like my braids? I could have been a pilgrim like my foster , but I just don’t see myself in a white bonnet, not when feathers, braids and a headband are an option.
I’ve not been feeling the greatest lately but FD, the Vet and the Yorkie rescue people are working very hard to make me feel better. Even if I don’t feel totally up to snuff, I do feel totally loved in my foster home. I love to snuggle and give kisses in return. I’m not a real lap dog like these other little guys. I get too hot, but I do like to be close to you and I follow my FD around everywhere he goes and sit where I can see him. I love it when he takes me on outings for walks and car rides.
What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? I’m Thankful for the Yorkie Rescue people, for FD, for my Mom who loved me so much she gave me the chance at a new forever home, even though it broke her heart to let me go. I’m thankful for good food, good treats, nice foster brothers and for the possibility that someday someone will adopt me and bring me to a forever home. I promise to love you forever and ever and ever………………lots of kisses from me to you xoxoxoxo
UPDATED BIO 10/13/2012: Missy is a 7 year old 15 lb yorkie-poo who is being fostered in Suwanee, GA. Here’s what she had to say recently………….
Hello, Missy here. I've not been feeling too great recently, but Foster Dad and the nice Dr. Baranick are working hard to make me all better. FD says I'm a real trooper and he's sending me to the spa for a day of beauty. FD has started calling me his "Mamma Bear" because he says I look like a Teddy Bear, and I get along with all the other dogs so well. I like other dogs and I was recently introduced to a nice, but very strange-looking dog, that FD called "cat". I thought "cat" was nice, but sort of stand-offish. I'm sure she'll come around so I'll just let her have her space until she's ready.
FD insisted that I choose a Halloween costume. I tried on the witch hat, but FD said it didn't suit me …… see, I don't like being mean like a witch, it just isn't in my nature. Instead, I got a beautiful fairy princess costume with wings and a beautiful tutu. I know I look pretty, but can't wait until after by spa day when I can try it on again. If I knew where my forever home was, I'd try to use my wings to fly to you. I'd miss FD very much but I am ready to give all my love and attention to my forever parents. Will you bring me home, please? I'll be a perfect little companion for you and love you for all of my life............Missy xoxoxo
UPDATED BIO 08/08/2012: Missy is a 7 year old 15 lb yorkie-poo who is being fostered in Suwanee, GA. She is such a good dog that the only reason her Foster Dad wants to see her adopted is so that he can make room for other foster dogs in need. Missy is completely house-trained; an owner who is paying attention to her signals will never have an issue. Missy has Cushing’s Disease which advances some symptoms of aging and; she needs to take a tablet every day for the rest of her life which costs approximately $50 per month. Missy has some compromised vision and hearing issues, but she gets around without any problems. Her temperament is such that she gets along well with other dogs and likes everyone she meets. She’s a bit of a beggar in the kitchen and at the table, but we are working on discouraging it. Missy is dedicated to her FD and follows him everywhere, never strays, comes running when called, loves to play fetch and play with her foster brother Manny, never pulls on her leash, seldom barks, goes potty as soon as she goes outside, takes her morning pill without coaxing right from FD’s hand, and is patient and very loving. Missy is not cat-tested, but her FD suspects that due to Missy’s totally non-aggressive attitude that she would be fine sharing a home with a cat. Missy seems okay with children, but her energy level is not what it used to be, so her ideal day consists of lengthy naps under FD’s desk where she lightly snores away until it is time to go outside.
Missy wanted to tell you a little bit about herself……..here’s what she had to say:
My name is Missy and I’ve had several homes in my short life. I was sad to leave my last home, but my owner could no longer care for me. She says the entire neighborhood was very sad to see me go. I love living with my FD who I follow around everywhere. I try to never make much noise and sit quietly nearby and nap while FD is working. He says I snore but I don’t believe him. FD says he has changed my name to Missy Poppins because he says I’m “practically perfect in every way.” That makes me blush, but I do my best to keep everybody happy. I don’t hear as well as I used to, but when FD calls - I come running. It’s so nice to have someone that loves me! I don’t like to be left alone though because sometimes I get afraid that FD may not come back. So far though he has come back every time! I think I may have him trained! Okay, so I’m a pretty Princess, I’m house-trained, I come when called, I’m very loyal, hardly ever bark, and um……perfect (according to FD), soooooo, how come I’m still here? I can bring a lot of joy and happiness to my new owner and make them smile, just like I did Foster Dad.
UPDATED BIO 06/06/2012: Here's what Foster Dad had to say today about Missy:
"This little love bug is the sweetest thing I've been around. Sure, she needs to go out every couple of hours since the Cushings Disease makes her incredibly thirsty, but she hurries out to do her business and comes right back in. When she looks at you you can see the little cartoon hearts come out of her eyes. Everyone that meets her falls in love immediately. She's got me wrapped around her paw that's for sure.”
INITIAL BIO 05/30/2012: MEET MISSY! She is a 7 year old 15 lb yorkie-poo who is being fostered in Suwanee, GA. Missy was surrendered by her owner because she could not provide enough time and attention to her, and felt she would be happier if she was in a home where someone was home more. She is a very sweet dog, quiet, adaptable and well-trained. Missy would make an excellent companion pet for someone who is retired. She is leash-trained, easy to walk and is not aggressive or yappy.
Missy has been diagnosed with Hyperadrenocorticism, most commonly referred to as Cushing's Disease. Read more about it here….. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm151209.htm. Missy’s Cushing’s Disease is under control with medication and diet. She has been taking Vetoryl since 02/2012 and will need this medication for the rest of her life. Please don’t turn away from Missy because of this – she deserves to be well-loved and cared for as any other little doggie companion. Watch for updates on Missy as her Foster Dad gets to know her better.
FOSTER DAD: Edwin A. firstname.lastname@example.org
To date we've spent $1283.46 on Missy's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $250.00 in donations.
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Vanessa enjoying the sun
THANK YOU TO MY SPECIAL SPONSORS:
Doggie Kisses to my Special Sponsors
Milosz Ciesielski 2011-Oct 3,11,29; Nov 4,28, Dec 10,17,25; 2012-Jan 6,14,21,30, Feb 10, Mar 9, Mar 25, Apr 15, July 21, Oct 4, 2013-Feb 13
Brittana Kessler 2012 - Mar 15, Goodies on March 23 for Vanessa and family, Mar 30, Goodies for Vanessa and her fur siblings Apr 24, May 15, June 6, June 29, Goodies for Vanessa, Foster Mom and Fur Siblings on Jul 12, Oct 11, Nov 6, Goodies for Vanessa, Foster Mom and Fur Siblings on Dec 24, Brittanna Kesler Dec 29
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
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THANK YOU TO MY RESCUE ANGELS!
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
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 work...it'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 $6866.74 on Vanessa's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $1751.25 in donations.
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Walter looking super cute
THANK YOU TO WALTER'S RESCUE ANGELS and SPONSORS!
Kimberly Bandusky, Cynthia Dial, Linda Almasi, Suzette Hullette, Jennifer Tobiansky, Kimberly Bandusky, Suzette Hullette, 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 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 $1503.85 on Walter's vet bills, but with your support we've collected $705.00 in donations.