Sunday, July 22, 2018

MATILDA SAYS HAPPY SUNDAY

Matilda, bright eyed, and seeing, has gone back to her foster home-- which is going to be her forever home!!  She says HAPPY SUNDAY!   See her blog tomorrow!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

SCOUT BIT

Scout (shelter name Cortana) came to us from a Maryland shelter. 
You all gave suggestions for a name for her.  Her foster mom chose Scout!    And she said she wanted to add Bit to it after my Bits (grandkids).  I love it.
 Scout Bit is so cute!  She only weighs 9-10 pounds!
She has a tiny little face and she is always smiling.
Lisa met Georgia to get her to us.   I'm so grateful for our volunteers.  We work as a team-- and rescue is a huge team effort.   
She got VERY sick and had to be in ICU for two days.  Thank goodness she came into rescue where she could get that help. Gastroenteritis can set in because of stress and she has a full blown case of it.
  Fiona, her foster mom (and probably her adoptive mom) gives her rice cakes to nibble on.
  There's nothing in it except rice and Scout Bit likes to spread the tidbits around on the floor.  I'm not sure how much she actually eats.
She is making herself right at home, playing with toys and shaking them ferociously!   We're so glad she came into rescue!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SWEET ANDY

Andy came into rescue with Koko and Minnie.  Koko is his grandfather and Minnie is his mom. 
He came into rescue after his parents died and then his caretaker died. 
He is very timid, but is in a foster home where he is getting special care and love.
Harrison is his new buddy. 
He doesn't mind Andy's presence, because there isn't an alpha bone in his body. 
He needed a good groom, so he went to his foster parents' groomer this week.
He had matting underneath, so he was trimmed short. 
I bet that feels great in this summer heat.
He likes the deck, so shorter hair is wonderful.
His foster dad takes him on walks, but he needs to build up endurance.  His foster dad has a wagon he can ride in part of the way.   CUTE!
Andy need time to decompress and he's in the right place to do that.   I'm so glad he's safe in rescue.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NEW PEKES!

 I just want to introduce some new Peke fosters.  I'll do more detailed blogs later.
Here are Dumfries and Tinkerbelle!  (2 and 7)
 Buddy Beau-- 9.
 Chewy-- 9 
Scout-- young, more info later.
We will do all we can for them-- stay tuned!!

Monday, July 16, 2018

FAREWELL JEANNE-- RESCUER, FRIEND

I met Jeanne when she applied to foster for us in 2009.   I had been in rescue for six years and welcomed a new foster home and friend.   (Our group is over 30 years old, so there have been so many wonderful people in rescue and Jeanne was a wonderful addition.)
 Jeanne and Bill-- with Hannah-- love the Pekes. 
 Jeanne had many other interests.  She loved her chickens!
 Bill built an incredible enclosure for them-- and Jeanne decorated it!
 Didi, Jill Lee, and Sassy were three of hers that had so much of her love.
 Jeanne was a Master Gardener and her back yard was stunning.  So many of us had the pleasure of seeing it.
 In the winter, it had a peaceful beauty.
 Jeanne was part of rescuing so many-- Gus was one of them.  So many come to us in horrific condition, and Jeanne helped Gus to heal and have a wonderful life with his mom in New York.
 Jeanne was an identical twin-- her sister, Janice, is a lovely person.
 We have become good friends.  Many of you have the pleasure of knowing her, too.  Her loss of her twin sister is so great.
 Jill Lee will miss her mom so much.  Jeanne had kept some of our special dogs and loved each one of them.  (Jill Lee and Hannah were hers before she began rescue.)
 Jeanne was also quite a cook!   She brought wonderful things to our Peke meetings.   I remember her making a tomato pie and she told me, "It's smack-your-mama good!"  That just made me laugh.
 Jeanne came to our picnics and we all had so much fun seeing adopted Pekes.  (Gus never forgot his foster mom.)
 Jeanne had such a heart for rescue.  She had experience and was always learning more.  She and I shared so much on the phone calls during the 7 years she was able to help us in rescue.   When Jeanne became sicker, she sent a letter to the board resigning.  We didn't accept it.   She was part of us, even if she could not help us, so we gave her an "Emerita" status.   She didn't have to do anything, just take care of herself.  Potomac Valley Pekingese Club - About Us
 Our board made her a special blanket to thank her for all she had done.   She loved it-- I told her it was covered in love, so when she felt bad, she was to wrap herself up in it.
 Jeanne loved her local coffee shop, Stir Crazy Cafe, in Richmond.   She loved her morning tea and chats with her friends each day. 
 Jeanne fostered so many for us.   If there were puppies, she really was good at that.   My grandson loved visiting her home when the Bristol 18 came into rescue.  He adored the puppies.  (Jeanne loved my grandson.  For some reason, she just adored him.  I love this picture of him at her home.)
 Jeanne loved every dog that came through her home.   They were all cared for and she did everything possible for them.
Freddie Leaf loved Jeanne and he wrote this for her.   
 When I think of Jeanne, I will remember what she did for PVPC and our foster dogs.  She was amazing.   We will all miss her-- we will miss her humor, her stubborness, her love. 
 Jeanne is now with so many Pekes who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  I imagine there was quite a reunion.   💗

Denise made this beautiful tribute to Jeanne.
(2) Tribute to Jeanne Powers Reeves Potomac Valley Pekingese rescue - YouTube

Jeanne's funeral will be in Richmond, VA

Bliley Funeral Home
Address: 3801 Augusta Ave, Richmond, VA 23230
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: (804) 355-3800
Arrangements for Jeanne Powers Reeves
July 18, 2018
Viewing for 1 hour 10:00am to 11:0am then the service,
after the service Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Phone for Forest Lawn Cemetery 804-321-7655

Sunday, July 15, 2018

MATILDA

The Pekes love to watch out the front door.  
 And now that Matilda has her sight, she has joined them.  She is fascinated with the new world she has been given.   I was mowing the yard, and they were watching, but most of them got bored. 
 They slowly went back to doing their own thing. 
Not Matilda!  She sat there to watch me the entire time.  She is a sweet girl.  She has a new home she will be going to soon.   For now, I'm enjoying her at my home! 💗

Saturday, July 14, 2018

NALA AND BEEBEE-- TO THE VET AGAIN

 Nala and BeeBee require a lot of monitoring.   They have been battling IMHA for almost 6 months.  They had ITP (low platelets), but have done better.  They may also have GME, which is inflammatory brain disease.  The meds we are using battle that. 
 I noticed that BeeBee's tongue was more pale than it had been last week.  She also had another break through seizure, so we needed to have her phenobarbital levels checked.   Nala decided she would ride in Beach Bit's booster seat-- it gave her a much better view of the road.
 BeeBee couldn't see a thing-- that is until she realized she could stand on her feet and look out the window AND hit the window button and WALA-- it opened!   I went into high gear to shut the window and put on the "Peke locks."   (They are really child locks, but in this case, we changed the name.)
 They both had their bloodwork done.  Later, the vet called me and the results for BeeBee were not very good.  Their bloodwork had gone down to 18 before, but with med changes, it went up to 38.  Normal is 45-50, but 38 wasn't bad.   Last week, BeeBee went down to 26 and then 24.  This week, she was at 16-- it was getting too low.  Nala went down to 32, so not as bad.  We are closely monitoring both.    We are increasing BeeBee's meds to try to battle this horrible disease.   IMHA is a horrible disease and so many die, but we've been trying to save them.   We keep trying.   We are not going to extremes-- no transfusions this time.  (We did this with Lexie four years ago-- but ultimately, if a dog cannot reproduce her own red blood cells, the transfusion only buys a little time.  BeeBee has consistently been "non-regenerative" but we've been trying to "kick her into" it with meds.) 
The Sisters are so attached to each other-- and when we got home, they laid down together, Nala's head on her sister's back.  It was a precious sight.  I hope they won't lose one another.  💗

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