Mitzie was at my vet hospital in March, 2010. Her owner was in hospice care and could no longer care for her. They said she was a Pekingese mix-- but when I saw her, at about 40 pounds, I knew she wasn't Peke. But, she still needed help.
I put out a plea-- and my friend, Toni, said she would help her until a home could be found. Well, Mitzie was there a short time, and Toni decided that her home had been found-- with her!
Mitzie was 13 years old when she came to live with Toni and her family of kids and dogs.
Toni has a heart for the downtrodden dogs, and she loved this "little" girl right away.
Mitzie had a stroke this year and with Toni's care, she came through it all.
Toni lost her beloved Marco in July, and I know losing Mitzie is a double loss in a short time. I understand because I lost two dogs this year, too. It's really tough.
Mitzie was 17 1/2 years old-- she began to decline rapidly and she left Toni today. Toni hopes she was met by her previous owner and that they are now together. Mitzie was loved all her life-- and she was released with love, too. Run free now, sweet girl. Your family will miss you so much.
He gums were almost white-- she was very anemic. We took her immediately to the vet.
She stayed in my office, resting in an xpen, where I could keep an eye on her.
She wanted to be wherever I was. She had been kept in an outside pen in her other life, and she was afraid of being left. Don't worry, little girl.
Beach Bit watched over her also.
She adored being held.
She had two transfusions when I got her-- her red blood count was dangerouly low.
She ate, gained weight and began to take a lot of medicine.
Her mouth and teeth were so nasty-- she needed a dental badly. When she was stable enough, we were able to do that. She had a fistula from her mouth up to her sinuses, full of infection. We fixed that.
She slept in a playpen in my bedroom-- I wanted her close so I could watch her. (Now, she sleeps on the end of the bed!)
She healed from the dental (and we were able to spay her).
Right after surgery, she felt terrible, but that was short term. And she was babied a lot.
She discovered tiny toys and little tennis balls.
She found hidey-places.
She learned I was never far away.
The open crate behind my desk is usually full of Kai Kai and Lexie.
When it got cold, she wore a plaid coat and a blue sweater.
She stole tennis balls at the Peke meeting.
Lexie has gained weight-- is now over 11 pounds!
She was diagnosed with IMHA-- Hemolytic Anemia. It is very serious. After over 4 months of treatment, I was encouraged to also have an internist see her, so we did that yesterday. They did a few tests that had not been done before (I thought we had done everything, but there were a few more.) We watch her red blood count careful-- and yesterday, it was 34! YIPPEE! The internist adjusted a few of her medications. We will get test results of her tests/bloodwork next week after Thanksgiving.
I am so grateful for Dr. Evans and Dr. Hodges who have watched over her carefully. Dr. Evans is my vet at Acredale Animal Hospital in Va. Beach and Dr. Hodges took care of Lexie for a few weeks in Roanoke. They have taken so much time to research this awful disorder and have done so much to help her. Lexie is so sweet and we want her to live. We have several people that are on her team-- Team Lexie. Her bills are high, so if you would like to be on her team and help us with her care, please email us at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We are so grateful to all of you who have stepped up to help this sweet girl. She is only 5 years old-- she deserves a long life of love. So, for all of you who are already on Team Lexi, thank you! You are appreciated and it's because of you that Lexie is here. You are all the best!
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Gustopher was one of our seniors who was turned into a shelter when his owner could no longer care for him. He had eye surgery and is doing great.
His brother, Batman is very protective of Gustopher. I love his eyes!!
Here's another of his siblings-- all his family are rescued dogs. What a great group.
Batman wants Gustopher to get in the car so they can all go home.
His brother was ready to get back into the car and head home, too.
Gustopher loves his new life in NC. He will receive all the love he can handle from his new mom and dad.
And Batman will be close to watch over him, too. Thank you for adopting a senior!! They are so worth it. November is adopt-a-senior month. Just let us know if you would love for a senior to join your home. email@example.com