*** UPDATED 6/30/01 *** During the late winter and early
spring, GRRI began providing extra special
care for some extra needy Goldens --
But providing that
care was very expensive ... GRRI veterinary bills for those
dogs alone exceeded
So we went looking
for some GRRI Angels who could help us pay those bills.
To the many Angels
we found, our heartfelt thanks!
And to those who
may be wondering *Did GRRI raise ENOUGH to pay the bills* ... the answer is ...
No, not quite yet.
So if the stories
& Max have touched you,
we would STILL be very grateful for your donation!
sweet face above
belongs to Sadie, a gentle 3 year old who came into
the GRRI program in late
February -- and in terrible shape.
seems that six weeks earlier, Sadie had eaten a kitchen towel ... and despite surgery, she'd
been gravely ill ever since.
was so sick when GRRI picked her up, she weighed only 38 pounds.
GRRI brought Sadie to
the vet right away, where x-rays, blood work and endoscopic
exams revealed that she had megaesophagus.
So Sadie was admitted
to the hospital for supportive care, which included inserting a stomach feeding tube
so she could get nutrition.
plans ... and her condition quickly deteriorated to pneumonia.
Things soon became so serious that she needed round
the clock vet care.
So GRRI transported
Sadie to The Animal Medical
Center (AMC) in Manhattan, where she was immediately
admitted to their intensive care unit.
That's when a sonogram
revealed that Sadie ALSO had severe pancreatitis.
The AMC started Sadie
on aggressive treatments
for her various conditions, which included antibiotics
and a nebulizer; IV nutrition and
fluids; and multiple endoscopies, lung x-rays, fluoroscopes,
blood tests and biopsies to rule out other potential
problems -- and to monitor her progress.
Throughout all of this, as sick as she
was, Sadie's true Golden spirit shined. Her tail wagged
... she gave kisses ...
and despite tubes, wires and Elizabethan collars, she snuggled
with her GRRI foster family
whenever they came to visit -- which was often!
Little by little, Sadie
began to stabilize to the point where the vets felt it was time to try the feeding tube again.
But again, Sadie had
other plans ... and a portion of the feeding tube itself came
off inside of her ... causing
a blockage that led to peritonitis and that required surgery.
Then finally, some happy
news for Sadie: she was adopted by the foster family
that's been seeing her through this ordeal.
So the minute the vets
say so, Sadie will be going
UPDATE 3/10/01 ***
We're thrilled to report that Sadie --
now Mystery, or Missy for short, is HOME!
She's got a 10" incision on her belly
that's healing, is still on the feeding tube, and gets special liquid nutrition as well as
three medications every four hours. Her new forever home includes a posse of other well
loved Goldens, and a couple of very friendly felines, too ... all of whom are eager
to play with Missy. Missy can't wait to play either, but the vets say she needs some
more time to get well first.
*** NEW PHOTO 3/12/01 ***
Missy sure looks A LOT
happier now that she's home! And this morning she even
helped one of her new Golden siblings,
Savanah, chase kitten Sonya around the backyard! Her
stitches will come out later this
*** UPDATE 3/20/01 ***
Missy's forever family
says she's doing great. She's now eating meatballs -- 10 of them, each the size of golf
balls, 4 times a day. And for a dog who has been through what Missy has been through,
this is tremendous progress!!
got all dressed up for St. Patrick's Day. She's come
a LONG way!
*** Update 4/16/01 ***
It's with great sadness
that we report that Mystery lost her battle last night, dying peacefully in the arms of her
She'd been hospitalized
earlier in the week with another bout of pneumonia, but despite intensive supportive
care, her condition continued to deteriorate, and she simply couldn't fight it anymore.
Farewell, sweet Missy
... we know you are forever healthy and happy now, and
running free with all our other golden friends at the bridge.
hello to Jack. Until recently, this loving 9 year
old Golden had spent his entire
life living in an outside
2' x 4'
kennel run with his mother, who is 12 years old. Severely neglected,
these poor dogs were living in their own waste. Fortunately,
they were both rescued
by a good
placed Jack's mother with a friend, and got Jack to the
vet so he could be neutered. Then she boarded him while
she tried to find him a forever home.
A few days later, she went to visit him ... and found him in shock,
his incision infected, green, swollen, and dripping
with puss. She immediately took him to the vet ... where he spent the next
eight days in critical condition.
They really didn't
think Jack would make it.
days passed before he was released ... with a long recovery
still ahead of him.
thanks to the good samaritan who saved him, Jack is getting well in a loving
GRRI foster home.
He weighs only 49 pounds,
is on seven medications,
and is restricted from most activity. He's
positive, but needs to get stronger before treatment can begin. In
addition, some of his other blood work
still isn't what it should be. Jack needs
significant vet care -- all of which
GRRI is providing.
foster Mom reports that despite his weakened condition and
having had no previous experience
living in the house, Jack
is so golden
hearted that he's making the adjustment beautifully!
He readily accepted
all the other dogs and cats
at his foster home, and because he LIVES for praise and attention,
he's quickly learning the ropes of housebreaking and all the rest.
And he's HAPPY. He's LOVING the
hugs, kisses and belly rubs he's
being showered with -- not to mention the good eats!
With time and vet care, GRRI is hopeful that Jack will make a full
recovery, and have lots more years of happy, well loved, and
well fed days ahead of him.
UPDATE 3/10/01 ***
results of Jack's latest blood, urine, fecal and x-ray testing is in, and it looks like he's
going to be starting his heartworm treatments this week. He's also got a nasty case of
hookworms, the poor guy. But as you can see from the picture below, Jack is enjoying
the good life at his foster home. That's him in the front, with the smile on his face!
*** UPDATE 3/20/01 ***
Jack has been adopted! After devoting so much care and attention
to him, his foster home just couldn't resist his charms and decided Jack was home to stay.
He still needs to gain quite a bit of weight and the lessons on housebreaking are still underway,
but it looks like he is over the hump of his medical crises ... and on the way to a great new
*** UPDATE 5/14/01 ***
Jack is gaining weight -- 16 pounds so far -- and is doing so much better!
He's still learning what it means to live in a house with people,
other dogs and a few cats.
And even after months of the good life, the most simple things
-- like attention, affection,
food, toys -- are still novelties to Jack. But he's
blossoming, and little by little,
all the TLC is turning him into a true blue Golden Retriever!
Our VERY special thanks go out to Jack's *Good Samaritan* who rescued
him from the depths of despair ... and to his foster/adoptive Mom. Without both
of these fine women, NONE of this would have been possible for Jack!
gentle old guy is Max. GRRI pulled Max from a
kill shelter in southern New
Jersey, knowing that as an old, sick dog, his chances of adoption
there were nil.
that Max deserved a second chance at life, GRRI decided to
give him one.
At least 10 years old, Max's overall condition at the shelter suggested that he'd been
wandering the streets for a long long time.
Thin, lethargic, obviously quite
ill, and sporting
a large growth under
his tail, GRRI took him to the vet right away.
The vets heard a heart murmur,
then did an EKG and a sonogram and found that his heart was significantly enlarged.
also found growths on his liver and an enlarged spleen. Blood tests revealed
irregularities, as well as anemia and a urinary tract infection.
He was also deaf and had cataracts.
The vets told GRRI that his time
was short ... maybe a month, maybe two.
So Max went
home with a loving GRRI foster family that included
two other Goldens and a couple of teenagers, all of whom would make sure that Max's
last days would be comfortable, happy, and safe.
That was four months ago.
Today, thanks to lots of love and excellent vet care, Max is spunky,
filled out, and his coat
has come back in, all thick and shiny.
The vets will soon be performing
additional tests on Max, and will also remove the growth under his tail if his liver and other
results confirm that he is strong enough.
deaf, Max responds well to hand signals, so despite
his cataracts, he seems to see very well. And his nose works just fine ... he's
one to smell food!
Max is the perfect gentleman and has never had one accident
house. He barks to go out -- a real old man sounding bark that
always makes his foster family laugh.
Max's favorite daily activity
is watching his foster Mom cook dinner. He lays right in the
middle of kitchen just in case something falls!
And after he eats, he goes in the living room and rolls
around on the carpet, happy to have a full belly, and looking like a big puppy.
Max had his young and healthy days
behind him when GRRI found him, but he's already beaten the
odds ... and most important,
he's living out the rest of his days comfortable, happy, safe,
*** UPDATE 3/20/01 ***
From Max's Foster Mom ...
When I took Max to the vet last
week he was scared that I was leaving him there. My poor baby!!!!
To test the liver they had
to do 2 different blood tests. One before he ate and one 2
hours after. They wanted me to leave
Max there and they would feed him and then wait 2 hours and
draw more blood. No way could I
do that to him. I brought him home fed him and then brought
him back 2 hours after. He would
have been devastated if I left him there.
I first picked Max up from the shelter a few months
ago, I brought him right to the vet. He ended up staying there for a few nights
lots of tests done and getting all cleaned up. When I finally picked him up to bring
home he was so scared. He must have thought I was bringing him back to the shelter.
want to leave the vet's office. I had to pick him up and put him in the van. I drove
blocks away and Max had a seizure in the back of the van. I felt so bad for him. I
him back to the vet's office to have him checked out. The vet said it could have been
on from stress ... so I'm really careful about not stressing Max out. BTW, he's never
had another seizure since, thank goodness!
Anyway, here's the latest
on his health: Compared with
his first visit, he's gained 18 pounds and has better muscle tone, and his coat
and healthy. His heart murmur is now gone, his thyroid is normal, his liver functions
are now normal, he's heartworm
negative, and everything is REALLY improved ... except he is still slightly anemic,
but getting better there
too. Can you believe how good he's doing? I knew he had it in him!!!!
The growth under his tail has gotten
a little bit bigger. In terms of removing it, the vet said
it will be very hard to keep the
incision clean because of the location, and of course, there
are some concerns about the anaesthesia.
So we've decided to leave it alone for now.
tears in my eyes whenever I think of him wondering the
streets alone, sick, with no food and no place to sleep. I hope he wasn't alone
for a long time. He
must have been so scared. My poor baby!!!
Helping Max has been such a rewarding experience. I've gotten to
watch him really come back to life right before my eyes. He's a different dog then
he was 4
months ago. He feels safe and he knows he is loved.
*** UPDATE 4/7/01 ***
We're sorry to report that Max has been having seizures
again :( ... several so far, each about a week apart. Initially, the vet wanted to hold
off on prescribing phenobarbital, but the time has come, and Max has now been on the drug for
about a week. He'll be going into the vets for some tests in another week, where, among other
things, the vet will see how well he's tolerating the dosage.
We are all hoping for the best with Max, but whatever the outcome, our
goal remains the same: to provide all the vet care and love he needs to live out the
rest of his life in comfort and dignity.
*** UPDATE 4/16/01 ***
Max is still having a bit of trouble adjusting to the phenobarbital, but
the vet says it can take some time ... so we're giving him all the time he needs.
He's been quite weak, though he has recently returned to his habit of supervising all kitchen
activities in hopes of spillage!
*** UPDATE 5/14/01 ***
Max has turned a corner! It took some time, but he's finally adjusted
to the phenobarbital and is back to his favorite past times, including rolling on the carpet
after eating like a big happy puppy.
Extra special thanks to Max's foster family, especially his foster Mom,
who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to give Max a rich and happy life!
*** UPDATE 6/9/01 ***
With all that Max has been through, the last thing he needed were more
medical problems. But something was definitely wrong, and it turned out to be his
teeth. Concerns about anesthesia meant the vets wanted to try antibiotics first ...
and he went on several courses. But they didn't help and it was clear his choppers
were still bothering him. So this week, Max had major dental work done ...
Yet again, Max came through with flying colors, despite the anesthesia
AND having a total of 5 teeth removed, including the molar that was abscessed and had been
giving him the most trouble.
His foster Mom reports that even right after the surgery, he was back
to his old self!
"I was cooking dinner for my sons and he was right there, supervising
the kitchen as usual. He's so funny!!! Right now he's laying by my feet resting from his big
day. But he's doing great you would never know he went through so much today ... Thanks again
everyone for all your prayers. Hopefully all his pain will be gone now."
*** UPDATE 6/30/01 ***
Max and his buddies -- Tucker (left) and Murphy (center) -- wait eagerly
for a treat.
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