Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Angelina and her four Pups

Angelina and her four pups were in a shelter for weeks waiting to come to Dogs XL. The puppies had to be old enough to "safely" transport. We anxiously awaited these cute puppies!

Last weekend, started the heartbreak. When they arrived on the transport, we took one look at them and immediately rushed them to the vet! Angelina and her puppies were emaciated, failing to thrive, and lethargic. Almost right away, Alice, passed away. The vet determined that it was from dehydration, starvation, and accentuated by intestinal worms. When he looked at Angelina, it was obvious. She had not been feed enough to thrive let alone give her babies the nutrition they needed to survive.

Volunteers dedicated hours to holding, loving, and caring for the puppies in the vets office with his staff. IV's, forced feedings, transfusions.... anything to give these beautiful, deserving puppies a chance. News from the vet and volunteers kept us hoping, but apprehensive to say the least.

Two of the pups and Angelina made a turn for the better yesterday and started eating and moving around. In our hearts we are praying for this family!

Today, unfortunately, we are heartbroken and devastated. Abby (Abigail) fought hard for her life today. Held by a loving volunteer, she spent a few hours struggling to live for the life she so deserved. It was too much for this little girl. With the advice of the vet, we sadly and lovingly said goodbye to Abby.

We know that she will be loved and cared for across the Rainbow Bridge. She is running and playing and causing puppy trouble, being chased, held and hugged by a loving family that she deserved.

Dogs XL appreciates all the support and kind words that our Rescue Family provided during her struggle. The donations towards her medical bills and the bills of the other 3 puppies and Angelina really added up. We depend on you to do everything we can in cases like this and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sweet Daisy Mae - Shot in the Head!

Daisy Mae is headed up to the Baltimore area this weekend!

It is bittersweet for all of us at Dogs XL because we are excited to have saved her and can't wait to give her the love she deserves, but sad because we know she is in pain.

Its hard to imagine anyone doing this, but someone shot Daisy Mae in the head. Miraculously she survived. However, she still has the bullet and multiple bone fragments in her head behind her eye.

Daisy Mae is happy and loves to play, but when these fragments move in her head, she is in extreme pain and her vision and function is temporary affected.

Daisy Mae is from Louisiana but unfortunately, they are not able to find the proper care for her for her extreme injury. We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we had to help her! She will be transported to the Baltimore are with the help of NUMEROUS volunteers so Dogs XL can do their best to get her the help she needs. This will involve multiple doctors opinions, neurologists, and most likely surgery.

Please consider donating. The neurological surgery that is being proposed will cost upwards of $5000! Can you help Daisy Mae get her life back? We can not do it without you! Please click here to donate to be a partner with Dogs XL with giving Daisy Mae her life back!

Carolina Has Painful Bladder Stones and a Thyroid Condition

Carolina came to us from North Carolina after she wound up in a high-kill shelter. She was matted, extremely overweight and tired. The vet estimates her to be about 3 years old and most likely an Australian Shepherd Mix with a little Golden and something else full of fluff. It turns out she was overweight, not due to being over fed, but due to medical neglect. She has a thyroid imbalance and painful and fast-growing bladder stones.
The blood work, urinalysis, x-rays, special diet food and medications were expensive running $600. Unfortunately, she may need surgery to remove the bladder stones as well which will cost over $1000. CAROLINA NEEDS YOUR HELP! Any donation goes directly to her medical costs!

Lucy Has Life Threatening Levels of Heartworm

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy.... well our beloved Lucy was rescued from a high kill shelter in South Carolina that had to get her out at the last minute to save her live! Dogs XL didn't hesitate and she is now in a foster home in the Baltimore area.

Unfortunately, when she got here, she didn't feel well. The vet ran tests and determined that she was Positive for Stage Three Heartworm Disease. The cost of xrays, medication, blood work and treatment come to hundreds of dollars!


Please donate to help Lucy recover and get to her new family healthy and happy!