Please Say A Prayer for the Goldens
I heard from Deb of Golden Huggs, and two of the little guys have PARVO. Tina mentioned it on her gardening blog.
As you may know, parvo can be a nasty disease and a puppy can die from it, but they can also recover. The pups are at the vet and the others will have to be watched closely. They must have been exposed before they got their initial shots.
While this is a setback for their rescue, I know they came to our attention by fate. Everyone has been so helpful, especially Tina who is caring for them and doing all the running around. Tina, please keep us posted on what is going on.
The two sick ones are at Soutside Veterinary clinic and Deb has been talking to them about the pups care. This of course will cost more than the original plan of just spays and neuters.
I know we've been sending money for lots of needy pets lately, but if any of you can spare anything for these sweet pups, you can send a donation to Soutside Veterinary Clinic, 2330 Hwy. 48 South, Clarksville, TN 37040. Put a note or on your check that the donation is for "Golden Huggs puppies."
And also, please pray these little guys make it, that the others don't get sick and that if they do they all recover and find their new forever homes after their long ordeal is over.
Thanks again to all of you for always stepping in to help animals in need. Here is what Deb has had to say in part in her e-mails:
"We can only pray for them and offer support to Tina who is doing so much out of the goodness of her heart to help these pups. Now it is an emotional roller coaster for us, for her especially. Only time will tell. Parvo is an insidious virus that feeds off the weak.
"The last time we had a pup with parvo it stole the pup's life over a heartbreaking 3 days of pain and suffering. It ravaged his little body, slowly sucking the life out of him. He tried with every ounce of energy but couldn't win. We cried do hard our eyes were almost swollen shut. It was like an elephant was stomping our chest. We felt we failed him. The rescue almost went under with the medical costs, but it was worth the effort. His life was worth the effort.
"Brig and I believe these pups - all pups born innocent are worth the effort.We hope they are strong enough. We hope they can overcome and defeat this. We hope the remaining four do not show any signs.
"Anyone who could call Tina and tell her how great it was she picked up on the symptoms would make her feel a lot better. She is a good Mom and she did the right thing!"
"It is more than likely they came in contact at the shelter before they received the shots. I do not know how long they were there for. It is an insidious virus and it does come down to survival of the fittest - literally. So one could carry and infect others. The one carrying could be sick, and not die, but the others could. It is BIGGER than us.
"I spoke with Dr. Herbeck, he was such a gentleman, he was wonderful to speak to and told me I could call anytime for updates and if he could he would talk to me himself. I broke down on the phone and upset Tina terribly, I felt so bad. She is such a good soul and she took this personally and she cant!!!"
So far the two biggest males are there. One was acting a little laid back on yesterday, he is probably the carrier. The other one became ill today, they are both there. I know the smaller of the two, Lamar started to throw up - spit up and he
did this twice. She took them right over, she did the right thing. Now the other 4 have not yet shown signs but it has an incubation period of 10 days I think. Tina needs a hug and support, and to know she is amazing!
"We will not give up and do whatever the vet says. We want him to try as long as he can to do whatever possible until they either pass the critical point or he cannot help them."
So, let's all pull together for these pups. We've met two more wonderful Pet People in Brig and Deb, all the way in New England. I believe it was fate that I contacted Laurissa that day I was looking to place Matt's dog. I don't know what made me write to her, as I never do, as I know the Dover H.S. always has so many dogs of their own. But now I know what made me: fate. I found Golden Huggs, they helped Matt's dog (now called Chica in her new Massachusettes home!). I think it was all meant to be to hook us up with this rescue so we can help even more dogs. Charlie was just that first. I have been meaning to post about her, but with my Internet down at home I couldn't. She is loving the snow, her new Mom and Dad and her new life. And hopefully, these six puppies will too!
posted by Sandy at 1/31/2008 06:14:00 PM