Help us help them…

Tyler is heartworm positive

Tyler is heartworm positive

At least six of our GOOD DOGS need YOUR to help for their heartworm treatments.  Heartworm is a parasite that attacks the cardiac muscle, causing blockages, symptoms such as lethargy, coughing and ultimately death of the afflicted dog.

Pretty Boy, Tyler (see photo right), Coco Chanel, Bree, Farley, and Speaker all must be treated for heartworms.  This treatment ranges in cost from $100 to $200 per animal, dependent on the size of the animal and the severity of the parasitic infestation.

Additionally, heartworm positive dogs spend up to 90 additional days in foster care recuperating from the infestation, before they can be adopted into loving homes.  This extended stay means GOOD DOG RESCUE cannot take in other dogs until foster space opens up.

Adoption fees for GOOD DOGS range from $125 to $150, which includes their spay/neuter, their vaccinations, and their rabies shots.  So, when we have a dog that must also receive treatment for heartworms, instantly, the dog’s adoption fee covers less than half of the medical bills for the animal.  Please note, EVERY heartworm positive dog taken into GOOD DOG RESCUE receives treatment.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  Excellent question!

First, you can help by donating funds to cover all or a portion of a heartworm treatment for one of these very deserving GOOD DOGS.

Secondly, you can foster a dog during its treatment.  There is NO EASIER foster than a dog recuperating from heartworms.  They must be confined to crate rest and can only be let out to go potty ON LEAD.  Since they feel kind of lousy, they’re generally quiet and sleep a lot…IN THEIR CRATE, so they are NO TROUBLE at all to foster.

Please help a GOOD DOG recover from heartworms by sponsoring his/her medical treatment and/or fostering during recuperation.


Help our lovely Cocker Spaniel see her world

Janie, our chocolate Cocker Spaniel

Janie, our chocolate Cocker Spaniel

Janie is a sweet 2-3 yo purebred Cocker Spaniel who is absolutely lovely. When people see her, they ooh and aah and just make over her.

Well, others can see her but, rather rapidly, Janie is becoming unable to see her world. In a short period of time after she came into rescue, Janie started having distance problems with her vision and was bumping into things. Not only does she have cataracts in both eyes, but they are rapidly becoming more of a vision deterrent. The veterinary ophthalmologist has diagnosed her with hereditary juvenile cataracts, a somewhat common condition for Cocker Spaniels. Read more about hereditary eye disease in dogs here.

The success rate for treatment with surgery is 95%. Janie has a willing foster mom who can comply with the need for post op care. The bill, even with rescue discount, is $2000 for both eyes.

Janie is a young dog and the investment of surgery now will have great benefit over her life span. We are seeking donations, large or small, to help defray the costs of giving the gift of sight to this lovely Cocker Spaniel.

You may make your tax-deductible donation in one of four ways:

  1. Come to one of our adoption events and donate in person with cash or a check.
  2. Go to our website at and donate using the Paypal button. Indicate the donation is for Janie’s fund.
  3. Send a check to Good Dog Rescue; 1753 Carruthers Place; Memphis, TN 38112. c/o Janie’s fund.
  4. Go to Janie’s fundraising site and donate using Paypal, credit card, or e-check.

We will have updates at our adoption events and provide fundraising updates here also.

Janie and the volunteers of Good Dog Rescue thank you for anything you’re able to donate to Janie’s cataract surgery fund.

Jessie Wiggles is ready for her forever home!

Jessie Wiggles

Jessie Wiggles

Jessie Wiggles is our much too cute and friendly Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie mix that had landed in the Memphis Animal Shelter as a stray. Good Dog Rescue founder, Lisa Trenthem, rescued her and found her a foster home where she could thrive for a bit.

You see, Jessie Wiggles was heartworm positive. Which meant that we needed to see her thru that treatment that, for some dogs, can be life-threatening. In addition to her heartworm issue, she had a very large abdominal hernia that needed repaired.

So, back in September, Jessie had a day of it! She had her hernia repaired in the morning, her heartworm treatment in the afternoon, an overnight stay at a great vet’s place, and then back to the foster home where she would need to stay as quiet and restrained as possible so that she didn’t suffer ill effects of her heartworm treatment.

Well, keeping this young dog quiet has been a challenge. See, when she came to us, her name was only Jessie. We quickly changed that to Jessie Wiggles … it’s a declarative statement and it fits her to a T for her name. She is a happy and loving young canine. Here you see her in her favorite place … the deck … making sure that we are safe from all of those darn dangerous chipmunks and squirrels.

Today concludes the one month post-treatment for Jessie. She has done extremely well with her heartworm treatment. You can’t even see where she had her hernia repair. The vet said she could stand to lose about 5 lbs – when you see her you’ll wonder that it doesn’t come off with all the wiggles!

See her YouTube debut by clicking on the VodPod video (“It Started with a Kong”) in the upper left-hand column of our blog. Or go directly to it by clicking here.

Jessie Wiggles will be with us during Sunday afternoon’s adoption event at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Avenue.  View Map. Come visit us there!

Here are some additional pics of Jesse – we LOVE her camo shot!

Beauty, well, is in the eyes, it seems!

Sweet Cher, the female near-look-a-like to Sunny, the spaniel mix male, has a condition known as ‘cherry eye‘. This is a malfunction of the third eyelid in some dogs that is easily corrected surgically. Cher hit the jackpot this week when a generous dog-lover offered to donate the money to ensure her surgery can be done SOONER rather than later.

Cher, fostered by Julie C, came from the MAS where she’d been picked up as a stray. She had a severe flea allergy that resulted in hair loss and sores on the lower half of her body. Foster Mom Julie reports that NEVER in many years of rescue she has done has she seen such a saturation of ‘flea dirt’ on a small dog. Prompt applications of Capstar and Frontline plus killed all the fleas and ticks that were chewing on this dear little girl. But, the newly spayed Cher had to wait until her surgical wound healed before she could be bathed.

With her spay stitches removed after the proper healing time, Cher was given a luxury spa bath this past weekend and clearly feels much better. Her hot spots have healed quite a bit due to the post-rescue regimen of benadryl and antibiotics. NOW we just wait for her lovely blond and white silky soft fur to grow back in as we work on our inside potty manners.

Cher is a sweet, gentle, sticks close to your side small dog that would love YOU to be her forever human. Cher will snuggle close to you and talk in low soft sounds to let you know she loves being held and touched. She does not bark at all (so far!) and gets along well with all the foster dogs and cats at HeartsHaven. She is on the website and will be at the upcoming adoption event this weekend.

Check Cher out and come meet this pretty little girl.

Ladybug ‘shows us the money’ – anonymous donor sponsors her heartworm treatment!

Ladybug, the very pretty tri-color champion counter-surfing border collie mix recently rescued by Good Dog Rescue, tested positive for heartworms.  While fatal if not treated, this parasitic infestation can be treated and Ladybug should have a complete recovery.  She’s been on the list to get into the vet who works with local area rescues on heartworm treatments.

This is a picture of a dog’s heart infested with heartworms.  YUCKY isn’t it?

Ladybug’s foster mom noticed right away that she had a persistent ‘mouth’ (versus deep chest) cough that would not respond to cough control medicines.  Besides, Ladybug was an owner surrender and had not been to an animal shelter where she would have been exposed to kennel cough.  SO, the foster mom decided to get this pretty girl to her own vet to get her checked out.  By now, you recognize this nervous nellie foster mom is JULIE C.

Turns out, Ladybug is a special case, because even though her test shows a light positive response, in reality, her lungs are already very damaged from the deadly parasites.   Dr. McCutcheon diagnosed lung damage and added oral steroids to the antibiotic regimen that Ladybug was already following.  The lungs are so inflamed and damaged from the heartworms that Ladybug’s heartworm treatment will have to be broken into three (where it’s normally one or two) treatment sessions of 30 days each.  Now that is a severe case of this deadly parasitic disease! And, Dr. McCutcheon shared that she has a special fondness for border collie types.  I just think that Ladybug turned on that CHARM she is chock full of!

Dr. McCutcheon will recheck Ladybug’s lung next week and if she’s able, Ladybug will begin with the first of her three total treatments.  I am glad to report after 3 days of steroids, Ladybug is already coughing a lot less and should be improved enough to start her treatment next week as planned.

Ladybug wants to say thank you to the donor who loved her enough to help her get her heartworm treatment and hopes that more people will read this and choose to help other GOOD DOGS get the medical care they need.  Every donation is used 100% to provide medical care and food for all the GOOD DOGS in our foster care.

Hadley’s Clear Eyes

You’ll remember Hadley. He’s our 5 year old Shih Tzu mix who was found wandering blindly in Tipton County and taken to their high kill shelter. He came to Good Dog Rescue with existing fleas, allergies, and poor vision from mature cataracts. If you’re a reader of our blog, you’ll know that Hadley was adopted by a great couple and has had successful surgery to remove those cataracts.

Hadley stopped by yesterday’s adoption event at Bartlett Petco to show us his pretty, unclouded eyes. Compare the pre- and post- pictures for yourself!

Hadley\'s pre and post comparison

What a difference! Look at those clear black eyes! Hadley was running from person to person (and dog to dog) yesterday, having the time of his life.

  • Cost to rescue him from the shelter that was sure to kill him: $85.00.
  • Cost of the surgery to remove his cataracts: $2,000.
  • Excitement at Hadley’s sight-restoring and clear sight life: Priceless!

We hope you’ll agree … and thanks, again, to all of you who so generously donated to Good Dog Rescue to help Hadley see. Your contributions totaled $1,508!

The countdown is on for Dorsey’s heartworm treatment!

We’re counting down the 30 days of Dorsey’s battle against parasitic heartworms. Treatment began on April 23, so we’re 7 days into treatment with 23 to go. The most critical/dangerous times are ahead–days 10 to 18. He’s at highest risk during that period for the dying worms to break off in clumps and travel through his bloodstream to create a dangerous clot in his lungs.

To ensure this does not happen, Dorsey is presently confined to his crate for ‘bed rest’ with several outings on leash only each day for fresh air and potty breaks. He’s eating very well and showing no restlessness at his confinement. Dorsey is very well mannered and easygoing for a terrier. This makes enduring his ‘confinement’ a lot easier for him and his foster mom. Of course, the new routine of a tiny piece of turkey hot dog as reward for going into his kennel might be one motivation!

For those who don’t know, heartworms are 100% preventable with monthly heartworm preventive (prescribed by your vet). The disease is transmitted ONLY by the bite of a mosquito–which can be considered the STATE bird in all Southern states. Many dogs are surrendered each year to shelters because their owners neglect to give them their monthly pills, causing the parasites to develop INSIDE the heart. Untreated, heartworms are 100% fatal and it is a painful disease/death for the animal. Treatment is very expensive and is akin to a chemotherapy session that humans endure. Good Dog Rescue treats all heartworm positive dogs it rescues and does not pass the expense along to the new adopters. Donations may be made to Good Dog Rescue to sponsor the heartworm treatment of a rescue. These are tax deductible to the donor.