Friday, February 4, 2011

MS. CAROL UPDATE FROM AHGRRS

Hey Hounders, Patti-Whackit here.  We got a newsletter update about goings-on up at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary.  We're posting it below.  I also need ya'll to help me out in my quest to win Mango Minster 2011 in the Insane Cracker Dog category.  Twinkie Tiny is the category judge.  Please stop by Twinkie Tiny's blog where you can see my points summary and leave Twinkie a POSITIVE comment about my qualifications.  Check out my entry post.
- Patti Whackit

MS. CAROL'S NEWSLETTER
 Hi Everyone:
Sorry for the delay in updates.  Skip became ill just before Christmas and has been in and out of the hospital with a terribly infected leg since then.  He is finally off all IV antibiotics and though he does have permanent damage to the blood vessels of his leg - he is doing much better now.
The Shelter Challenge is once again in full swing.  We are currently in 2nd place, but I know if we all pull together, we can once again pull into first.  The prize money would be very welcome here - - - - - as the vet bills have skyrocketed this year.  Please help us win the $1,000 first prize.  (And if you notice, there is also a writing contest - - - - - stories about rescues????)
Here is the link for voting.  Please pass it along to all your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and relatives. 
(ed. - WE CAN DOUBLE OUR VOTES: Seems you can vote once about every 10 - 12 hours.  Vote early in the morning before going to work and again before going to bed.  Vote when you get to work and try again just before going home.  It's been working for us.)
Here are a few of our orphans who need sponsors.  Please take a look - any and all help is appreciated.
BRANDY
GLAD
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Brandy & Glad, 4 - 5  year old littermates who came to us intact and heartworm positive.   They have received their treatment and are on the mend.  These are two of the nicest dogs we have ever had the pleasure to help.  To date, their vet bills have exceeded $1,100.  Any and all help is appreciated.
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HANNAH
5 year old Hannah had been used for breeding.  We will never know why her owner decided to relinquish her, but we suspect it may have had something to do with the cough she has.  Our vets are still investigating the cause, our bills are already over $750.  This sweet girl needs your help.
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TWISTABOUT
3 - 4 month old Twist was found wandering alongside a busy roadway.  This sweet puppy loves everything and everybody in spite of his past.  We estimate his vet bills will exceed $300 - just for routine vetting.

SUGAR
5 - 6 year old Sugar lives up to her name.  After being bred for profit, her owner decided she wasn't worth the cost of having her eyes corrected.  Sugar has entropian (eyelids turn in and scratch the eyeball).  We are still getting estimates for everything she needs, but we already know her bill will exceed $750.
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THEODORE
2 - 3 year old Theodore came to us after having been dumped at a high kill shelter in Virginia.  Theo tested positive for exposure to Ehrlichia - a hideous tick borne disease, and in order to make sure he had just been exposed - and was not actually ill - we had to have a very expensive test performed on him.  Our vet bills for Theo, including his routine vetting has totalled almost $500.  We are happy to report that Theo is not an ehrlichia victim, he is a normal, healthy, sweetheart of a dog.
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RALPHIE
We are happy to report that 10 year old Ralphie is doing well.  He came to us after his owners dumped him at a shelter, declaring that "they just didn't want him any more".  Ralphie's eyes were almost glued shut with pus and matter, his skin was full of sores, and his entire demeanor was one of a dog who was ready to give up.  Ralphie is now ready for adoption - - - and whoever takes this boy home will be one very lucky person.  Ralphie is a personal favorite here - - - - - - he is truly special.
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(ed. Here's a bit of GReat news in the letter to offset the terrible news from earlier in the week.)
 
Poor Boy and Cooper have both been adopted and are living happily ever after in their forever homes.  That could not have happened without all the help we had from our sponsors and supporters.

COOPER
POOR BOY / PETEY

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We "may" have found at least some temporary help here at the Sanctuary.  The added expense of even a part time salary will put a strain on the rescue's budget - but with the numbers of dogs who need us, and Skip's health issues - it is necessary.  We are still trying to work out the details - and we have no idea how long this arrangement will work.  (The man is now laid off from a much higher paying job - and may be called back to work.) 
Thank you for allowing us to continue our work.  We are looking forward to spring -
Carol
Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.
www.almostheaven-golden-retriever-rescue.org
 

2 comments:

Nubbin' Tails said...

You guys are so great. I hope you can find a volunteer to help out these wonderful sweet kids!

Wags!

Mr. Nubbin'

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

So glad to see all the pretty Golden doggies y'all are helpin'.

My Humans are addin' Skip to their prayer list.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

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