Good Dog Rooney has crossed the Bridge

Dear Good Dog Rescue,

I wanted to let you know that our beloved Rooney (formerly Blitzen) succumbed to auto immune hemolytic anemia last night (Sunday, August 30, 2009).  We tried every treatment we could, but his body could never regain the Rooney cu cropped amount red blood cells needed to have a normal life.  The past few weeks have been very difficult for him.    He was unable to get around and his quality of life was deteriorating rapidly.  He will be missed, but will live forever in our hearts.

Rooney & Juliet cropped

Rooney touched many lives.  Anyone who was ever around him seemed to love him.  Melissa, Juliet, and I will always have our memories.

When I first met him at the feed store, I knew he was part of my family.  When I met you I knew that he had been in good hands.

I have attached a few photos of Rooney before he got sick.  This is how I choose to remember him.  I also wanted to thank you for the  Roo waiting for rob croppedwonderful work you do with animals.  It is because of you that we were able to have the wonderful times with Rooney.

Regards,

Robert A. Montgomery – beloved Master of Rooney

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The Power of a Vaccine

Little Grace

Little Grace

Grace was one of the three pug puppies we adopted from Memphis Animal Shelter in early September.

Grace was euthanized on 10/16/08 after six weeks of battling distemper virus.

The pups were probably way too young to have left their mother, much less be in a shelter where airborne disease is very hard to control. We think they were only about four weeks old when they entered the shelter.

To add to the riskiness, the young puppies underwent spay and neuter surgery before leaving the shelter.

Grace in her girly pink

Grace in her girly pink

Distemper can be transferred from dog to dog by breathing the viral particles in the air. It can take up to three weeks to actually show up. In the first week following exposure to this virus, the pup/dog may show diarrhea or gastrointestinal upset. At about two weeks, there may be some upper respiratory symptoms that are indistinguishable from kennel cough. At three weeks, they may get better and get off antibiotics. They usually relapse and show signs of pneumonia. Many dogs with proper care will survive this stage.

Young puppies are at highest risk. They depend on antibodies from their moms to give them protection in the first few weeks of life. An unvaccinated mother dog has no immunity to pass to puppies. Surgery weakens a dog’s immune system and even though these babies received a vaccine at the shelter, they may never have  been able to mount an immune response to it.

This is the lesson we take from losing little Grace:

Please vaccinate your animals for distemper/parvo/corona virus when they are puppies, and follow the suggested regimen for booster shots. This is a very small price to pay to save your dog’s life and your family’s broken heart. Also, you cannot make up for lost time once a dog is exposed to distemper; the immunity must already be there from a previous vaccine. IF your animals are NOT UP TO DATE  on this vaccine, please see your vet immediately.

Nutmeg awaits us at the Rainbow Bridge

Our dear puppy, NutmegIt is with immeasurable sadness that I report the loss of a great puppy this week. Nutmeg, the schnauzer mix puppy succumbed to the onslaught of a coccidiosis (protozoan infection of the gut).

Please keep the foster and adoptive families in your prayers and kiss your fur babies because you can. And especially lift Lisa in your prayers, because she grieves heaviest of all of us.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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