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Thursday, January 31, 2008

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


Blogger B said...

I know that Sandy is right. It was meant for these little guys to have LONG happy lives. This is just a minor set back. I know that things will work out.
TINA--your still my hero---you are sharp as a tack for catching those early signs and taking action. God love ya--you are still top of the heap with us!
Money on the way--bombarding heaven with prayers for these little souls. Everybody have faith!

Friday, February 01, 2008 7:47:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Not what I wanted to hear this morning!
Tears have been shed, Check is in the mail and prayers have been said....

Friday, February 01, 2008 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger tina said...

Update, two more pups are in the hospital now because they threw up this morning. They were not as lethargic as lamar and dade, but it is certain what the problem is. they are on iv's and getting help.

on a great note. when i took them in i saw lamar, the sickest pup, and what a change. he pepped right up and did not look sick. they want to be sure he is eating well before he comes home. i am hopeful all will be home soon.

sandy, i have no experience with parvo, but researched it a little. pups can still get parvo even after vaccination. apparently, depending on how old they are when they are vaccinated the mother's immunity can interfere with the vaccination. these pups are young and had the shot two weeks ago. they are due a second one. the incubation period can be from 3-4 days (according to dr. herbeck) or 10-14 days according to research and dr. spoumante (sp). it is hard to say when they contacted parvo but it is indeed an insidious disease. it is so easy to spread. fortunately my big dogs are vaccinated, healthy and older so that even if they did contact it they would not get sick. i have sanitized everything with straight bleach but once a pup is exposed, since their immune systems are so undeveloped they are almost certain to get it. that is the really sad part, aside from the pups dying. we certainly caught it early enough as there was no diarrhea but the dr. said the two had it last night finally. that is a good thing because once they get rid of it, they should not ever get it again.

if anyone would like to visit with the pups once they all come home-feel free to call me. i just spoke to the vet and they need at least one more night but are doing great! the last two pups i have are on a preventative but there is no guarrantee so cross your fingers with them and soon they will all be through this!

Friday, February 01, 2008 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Wonderful news Tina! I haven't been able to concentrate all morning--me and God were having a confad--LOL. I am so glad to hear this, and Jeremy and I will be coming to see you as soon as the pups are free and clear over this little bump in the road. Hopefully the weather will clear up and not be so wet and we can have a good romp. Some of us pet folk can baby set and give you a few hours of you time. LOL

Friday, February 01, 2008 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

i am so happy you are volunteering to babysit. just so happens, since it seems they may be here longer than we anticipated, i have a workshop coming up which requires me to be out of town all day. would love some help as i am not sure my neighbor would like to watch all of these pups. she might and if you all are busy it is no big deal, i will work it out. i will email you though.

Friday, February 01, 2008 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I have talked to Deb and assured her we'll help with the vet bills. I am also checking if the Humane Society can help through their shelter assistance program. I will stop by and make a donation too. We WILL make this work. IT's a set back and I know the spays and neuters are delayed, but we CAN DO IT!!!!! If I have to sell one of The Boss's classic cars I will! LOL. Just kidding of course, but Tina has done a GREAT job and is a godsend! Let's just keep each other informed here and we'll all do what we can to get these sweeties to loving new homes. And eventually, I'll write a column about it all!

I told Deb that I know Southside will let them/us pay in installments if need be. They are wonderful, kind vets who always help rescues.

Friday, February 01, 2008 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

I'll take day off if need be.

Friday, February 01, 2008 2:21:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

If we want to help who do we send money to? The vet or the rescue. Sorry to be so duh. I am figuring the vet but just want to make sure.

Gracie RAN...wait...make that RACED around the front yard. You would never know she had a bum leg. We just love her.

Friday, February 01, 2008 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

You can send to the vet. I included their address in the post. Just make sure to mark check for "Golden Huggs" pups/

Saturday, February 02, 2008 9:20:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

WHERE has Pam been? I've been wondering and meaning to call her. Anyone talk to her lately?

Saturday, February 02, 2008 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Well, we had a lady come to the door this morning and tell us that we will be receiving notice within the next couple of weeks that my property has been stamped "blighted" and that I will have 30 days to file an appeal withe the city before they claim eminant domain and take it from me. Isn't this a wonderful place to live---its almost like NATZI GERMANY

Saturday, February 02, 2008 1:44:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That's simplly not true Brett. Was that woman from the local citizens group that formed to fight the "blighted" designation? There are so many misconceptions and falsehoods being told about the DDP's plan. It has nothing to do with taking people's homes against their will by eminent domain. There will be public forums on this, but please don't assume it's about emienet domain and forcing people to leave homes. Take a breath! You have to find out facts for yourself and not simply believe someone who says they are going to "take your house."

They've already changed course if you read the paper the other day. The Mayor has already said they'd be amending the plan or even scrapping it and starting over.

My point is that there has been a lot of nonfactual assumptions being made about the term "blighted" and what it means.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 1:54:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

just wanted to let all the pet people know the two pups who are still at home with me are doing so great! playing outside and chewing again. we are very happy. looks like the preventative helped dodge a bullet though they are not 100%.

the four still at the vets are still getting fluids and the virus is running its course. they are keeping them over the weekend and i will be checking up on them. hopefully on monday they can come home. i actually miss 'em. they are really sweet.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:26:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

sorry about your neighborhood b, but like sandy said it is not all said and done and citizens can make a change. hang in there.

Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:27:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Tina, as Deb and Brig said, you are the true angel in all of this, making the whole rescue possible!!!! You've done so so much and no thanks can ever repay you for all you've done.

Yes, Tina, it's not all said and done becuase what that woman told them is simply not true at all, and they are just scaring people for their own agenda. I can understand why B is so upset, but it's a shame because he doesn't have to be. The Leaf has been reporting on this story and I suggest anyone worried take a breath and find out the facts, talk to people who are working on facts, now whipping up emotions by not telling the truth.

Sunday, February 03, 2008 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

ok--have my head screwed on straight now. Went over the deep end, but then after Jeremy, my Dad and I sat down and talked it over, I know that it's not a one, two,three, thing and lots will have to happen before anyone could march in and run us off. But however the axe falls, NO ONE is going to run me off my land or take my home. The fact that this ordinance even got to the table is testimony to how warped and greedy Clarksville has become. I don't care who the mayor is, it never should have seen the light of day under ANY circumstances. If Clarksville and Austin Peay are that land hungry, then they need to go about it in a legal way and offer to buy the land. If the owner doesn't want to sell it--they need to get over themselves and do a re-think.
Now I am not a wizard at politics--but I know right from wrong--and so should these people.

Monday, February 04, 2008 7:43:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Brett, as the law is now it's easier for a government to take property than under the new plan. The plan is to offer incentives for people to IMPROVE rundown properties like on Kraft Street, so it can actually HELP other property owners in that it can raise the value of your property of the properties around it are fixed up. It is based on what other cities do to make improvements and has nothing to do with simply taking stuff away from people. The problem is that group is going around telling things that aren't true. Of course, there is always room to change specific words and language to ease people's fear, but this group is simply reacting emotionally and is doing the city a disservice my spreading things that are simply not true.-

Monday, February 04, 2008 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hi people, I'm back at last.
I pulled some muscles in my neck and back and have been in tons of pain. Things got a bit busy as well but hopefully I won't stay off here so long again. Sandy, thanks for missing me! I have got to see you to give you Glen's calender or put it in the mail to him or he won't get any good out of it.
I just got a check in the mail for the puppies too. Tina, you're an angel for helping them so much!
B, honey, so sorry for what you're dealing with. I'm sure it will all work out and will be sending up spme prayers for you in the meantime. Hang in there.
Also, everyone be on the look out for the actual date but Cats Are Us are having another yard sale next month. Yesterday we just gave them a pair of recliners for the sale and will be looking to see what else we can come up with. Hope they have a good sale as they need the help so much!

Monday, February 04, 2008 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

I understand what your saying Sandy. And I understand there are areas of Clarksville that could use some help. But there are already ordinances in place that need to be enforced. I am perplexed that my place is in this whole mess. How can my area be blighted when there are two brand new apartment buildings standing next to me?
As you said before, the whole thing needs a re-think, and I hope JP will be smart enough to send these guys back to the drawing board on it. Any fool should have known that the minute they put this thing out what the reaction was going to be. It was exceuted badly from the start. You don't put an option out there to help the community that is so defective in it's meaning and wording as to send a whole community of people into a panic, causing more decention in an already troubled city.
OK--soapbox theatre is over--I don't even want to talk about it anymore.

Monday, February 04, 2008 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Brett, they don't mean YOUR house is blighted, it's a designation that is made for a big AREA. It does NOT mean every property is a in danger of anything! There are many beautiful homes in the "blighted" area. It's that word that has got people all up in arms. The reason for such a designation of an area is so certain incentives can be offered to people to improve properties. As it is now, there are no incentives for any improvement. People are panicing only because that group going around is misrepresenting everything. Really, you need to take a breath and find out the truth and not make the assumptions you are making. As you said, there are new building in the "blighted" area. Do you think they are going to rip them down and pave over everything? NO! That's the point! Other cities have implemented such development programs and it's done by boxing off a huge area as the zone for improvement, but it does NOT mean that EVERY property is an eye-sore or in danger! Please, please do not make the assumptions based on false information. Hopefully things will be made clearer. REmember, there are always people who pray on people's emotions and fears in ways that have nothing to do with reality!

Monday, February 04, 2008 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh, and let's get back to the puppies! Sad news: Lamar had to be put to sleep today. But there is still hope for the others and even if this all has an unhappy ending, so much good will come and has come. So many people I've contacted will be helping with vet bills, we all learned more about parvo and one way or another, these 6 pups' lives have served an important purpose: to encourage more people to help, be responsible, to show the power of people working together to help animals. From the wonderful vets at Soutside to Brig and Deb who run their rescue and save many southern dogs to every single person who have been so generous in sending needed donations. The connections we all have made have given us to friends and new avenues to help more dogs in the future. Keep it up Pet People, you are all so wonderful!

Monday, February 04, 2008 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Brett, there is an article in today's paper addressing this issue, and included is a copy of a letter the Mayor is sending out to all affected property owners. Read it! I also emailed it to you.

I think that activism by citizens is a wonderful thing, and it is an agent of change, usually for the better. But, I cannot tolerate such a group that uses blatent scare tactics trying to whip home owners into a frenzy with FALSE INFORMATION. This whole thing sounds like the Friends of Clarksville, God help us!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 6:03:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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