Sophie is this week’s Dog Of The Week

Sophie is an 8+ year old Maltese, Bichon Frise Mix who we found down on her luck in a West Tennessee Animal Shelter. This grand lady asks for nothing other than a little love and caring in return for her gratefulness at being with her person.

Sophie is a special needs dog, in addition to being a senior dog. She has a heart murmur, for which she takes an inexpensive daily diuretic medication to prevent congestion. Just as with humans who take a “water pill,” this means that Sophie needs to go out more often for potty breaks.

Sophie may be slightly hard of hearing. She will stay quietly in her crate and asks for very little.

She really dances when you get the leash out, she wants to go for a walk. She has this slow ambling gait that would make her the perfect companion for someone else who wants to get out regularly for a stroll, but not be pulled along by a younger dog who’s trying to get somewhere quick!

Sophie has a few good years left, but she needs someone who can see her beauty and not focus on her aging deficits. You know, we’re ALL getting older … and better … even Sophie!

She gets along fine with other dogs in the household. Sophie would do well in a household with someone who is able to be home on a regular basis (think about “holding it” for more than 8 or 9 hours)!.

With November being “Adopt a Senior Pet month” we have reduced Sophie’s adoption fee to $75 for a qualified adopter. Could you be the one to open your heart and your home to our lovely and loving Sophie?

If you could be the one, please review Sophie’s bio and complete the adoption application.

Thanks for considering one of our senior “seasoned” dogs.

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.

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.