Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lucky's World...

Most of you are familiar with our little Lucky.

In two days, we will be transferring Lucky to another rescue who will be able to get her the medical attention she needs with a neurologist. It weighs heavy on my heart that we have to let her go but I know it is what is best for her.
I have had several opportunities to just watch Lucky. Sometimes I wonder...what does she think right now? does she understand? what does she see? what can she hear?  It was frustrating to really want to see through Lucky's eyes and not be able to know what was going on with her. The one thing that always stood out about Lucky is that she is HAPPY!

As the weeks went by and we were able to spend more time with Lucky, I went from feeling sorry for her to feeling like I needed to protect her. Lucky didn't let her condition stop her or hinder I shouldn't cry for her b/c she is the way she is. She is HAPPY. My tears didn't stop for her though. I went from crying and hurting for her because she is different to shedding tears of fear and desperation of wanting to protect her and help her. I accepted Lucky the way she was because she accepts her life the way it is. Whether she understands what is going on around her or not....we may never know. Lucky isn't in physical pain and she isn't sick. She has a neurological condition that makes her different. We don't know if she understands how to communicate with us or other dogs. She doesn't respond to other K9 communications like most dogs. 
As we were able to watch Lucky and Sammie play together; we realized Sammie didn't judge her either. They became close friends and Sammie played with her no matter what. When she didn't understand to stop nipping at Sammie he just changed the game to tug or chase.Unfortunately, Sport and Toby became less tolerant of her. They sensed she was different and that made them nervous.
Through the weeks that we had Lucky, we heard several opinions on what we should do....keep her, adopt her out, get her help but what we heard the most was heart wrenching for us to even hear......euthanize her! We have never had to put a dog to rest and surely weren't about to consider doing it now. I met and spoke with vets, rescue volunteers, and trainers. Everyone has a different opinion. I finally realized I needed to figure this decision out on my own. Lucky didn't end up with us for no reason and I wasn't about to give up on her. 
Shortly after my grandmother passed away in March, I struggled alot with my faith. I was desperate and felt I was almost out of options. I figured, "why not", who's it going to hurt, just pray....It went something like this "God, you may be up there and you may not, Grandma could be listening for all i know, FINALLY....but if you are, I'm sure you are pretty pissed off at me  right now but we can talk about that later and if you feel the need to strike me with lightening then you can do that but it will have to wait a while.....this isn't about me so do you think you can just help me out? Lucky needs a miracle. I think I at least believe sometimes things could happen for a reason and I know these dogs I rescue don't end up with me for no reason. If she is meant to stay with us, can you please talk to Toby and ask him to be nice to her because he isn't listening to me and Chad? and...can you please teach her to be potty trained? I don't think she understand us. Most of all, can you please help me to help her. I know she is happy but she needs a special doctor and I want her to be able to live out her life. Please help me find her the help she deserves"
Last Saturday afternoon, I spoke to another rescue volunteer on facebook (she emailed me). This was a lady who I have never met before. The same lady who gave me all the resources and contacts I needed to get Lucky pulled from a shelter two hours away form me and boarded at an affordable rate for the 10 days we were on our honeymoon. She was a blessing. She gave me the name of another rescue group that might could help with Lucky. So I sent them an email.......and waited.

Monday, I got a reply to my email "Amanda, I think we can help Lucky" signed Noah's Ark Rescue. I had cried all morning at my desk this day wondering if I was going to be able to help Lucky. I cried all afternoon because my prayers had been answered.
Lucky hasn't been an easy dog to take care of....she isn't potty trained, she doesn't understand commands, she has to take medicine twice a day, she nips and bites, she grabs your pants leg and plays tug, every 5 days in the middle of the night she has seizures. At times it was challenging and exhausting but all we had to do is just watch her for a few minutes and realize, Lucky is a HAPPY dog.
I am not sure what goes on in Lucky's world but I know she has taught me alot about mine. As much as we were able to help Lucky, she changed us, taught us and made us appreciate so much more. 
We are going to miss Lucky....very much. For us this isn't good bye, its see ya later. Doesn't make it any easier, at least not for me. I know I have to trust the rescue that is taking her and getting her to the neurologist.....but it doesn't make it any easier to leave her. We will always keep up with Lucky and how she is doing and hope to get to visit her.....who knows maybe one day she will come back to our house. I know this is what is best for her. There becomes a very special bond that cant be explained between a dog like Lucky and the ones who care for them. While my heart is scared, broken and hurting for her; she is still smiling at me and HAPPY. A few people said to us...."she doesn't even know she is happy"....."she doesn't even know what being a dog is like"......Lucky doesn't have to know the definition of happiness, Lucky doesn't have to know the rules or ways of being a dog......Lucky just has to be allowed to be Lucky and if you allow her to do that, you will see she is HAPPY.

Part of me has a broken heart but I would like to think it is the part that I am sending with her when I have to let her go.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lucky Update....

I wanted to post an update here on our new foster, Lucky. Many people have heard about her and seen a post or two on facebook so I wanted to recap her first week with us.....
First, let me tell you the Lucky has idiopathic epilepsy, all this means is that she has epilepsy but there is no diagnosed cause for it. The vets have determined through blood tests and other tests that Lucky was probably born this way.

Don't underestimate this baby girl....her epilepsy doesn't hold her back from anything. She is about 5-6 months old, 7lbs and full of energy and life. She loves to play, run and jump. She isn't potty trained and tends to nip and bite a little. We are working on the potty training. After checking out her teeth, she seems to be teething some so we have given her several chew toys to help cut back the nipping and biting.  She is a very vibrant puppy. We think she is Jack Russell and Daschund mix opposed to what she was listed as previously, Chihuahua.

This is her favorite chew toy!
Right now Lucky is on Phenobarbital for her seizures. However, she hasn't tolerated it very well and we are going to look at switching her over to Potassium Bromide this week. The Phenobarbital has left her a little uneasy on her feet, almost like a "drunk" puppy. I have done much reading and the Potassium Bromide seems to be the better tolerated medication for idiopathic epilepsy.
Please keep an eye on the blog and I will keep everyone updated on her progress. As soon as we get a medication that she can tolerate then she will be posted for adoption.
After a hard day at play....she really has a tough life!!
This video was taken the one day she was off her medication....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Go "LUCKY"....

I know.....we said we would wait.....we said we wouldn't do it.....but this is the face that stole our hearts two days before our honeymoon!

This little baby had a rescue back out on her and was going to be put down today. I knew if I could just find someone to keep her safe until after our honeymoon then I was going to be able to save her. A great lady with a wonderful rescue was able to pull her for us today and is keeping her safe until we return. Lucky is part chi/jack russell mix, she is about 6 months old. She has seizures and we aren't sure at this point the severity of them. I can't wait to get back from our honeymoon and meet her!!

Cali Furever Home....

Our last of the "Camden three" was adopted last weekend. Cali had a little bit of a struggle but such a happy ending! Cali was pulled June 19 out of Camden, SC. She had just got spayed the day before and came strait from the vet that Saturday morning. As soon as Cali came from the vet Chad picked her up and held her while I was getting Kidd and Heidi. Cali just froze and stared strait in the air. Little did she know at that moment the loving arms around her would become her saving grace and best friend! It was obvious Cali was not used to any human contact and very scared. Cali tested heartworm positive when she was vetted at the shelter so we knew we were in for a challenge, especially never having cared for a heartworm positive dog before. We were definitely up for the challenge and were willing to do what we could to give this angel a healthier and better life.
It took Cali a while to adjust at our house. She was scared, confused and definitely not used to being loved. Just as soon as Cali started to come out of her little shell, she had to go to the vet for her heartworm injection treatments. After the shots we had to keep her very calm and inactive for the next four weeks. During the four weeks Cali broke out of the shell regardless of her not being able to be active. She started showing affection, relaxed when you held her, she didn't cower when you reached for her, she even started giving little nudges and kisses. Chad and Cali became a pair. She got really attached to him and he didn't seem to mind one bit.
A few weeks into Cali's treatment we got an inquiry from a very special family wanting to adopt Cali. We decided to wait until her recovery period was up and to see if Dr. Love cleared Cali to return to normal activity. On Aug 6th Cali was cleared to return to normal activity.
Ralph and Marlin LaSalle could not wait to meet her! We took Cali over to their house to visit and stay for a sleep over the next day. We were really skeptic about Cali and how or if she would ever adapt to a new home. She was very comfortable in our home and extremely attached to Chad.
They always say dogs just have that sense about people. We don't pick the dogs, the dogs pick us. Cali knew and let us know, right away, Ralph and Marlin were going to be her new family.
She has made her self at home and has adapted well. Cali and Ralph have become best buddies!
I am so happy that after such a rough road this little angel got the happy ending she deserved with the best family ever!!
Thank you Ralph and Marlin for choosing adoption and helping save this angel!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Update on Roxie....

I received an update from Roxie's mom....they are doing great! Roxie is working on her manners but adjust very well. Dawn and Roxie are a great pair......

Update on Cali....

As most of you know Cali tested positive for heartworms. I am happy to say, she just completed week two of her recovery and is doing great!! She is such a good girl. She takes all her medicine and eats all her food with no problems. We have sorta spoiled her rotten and allowed her to lay on the couch and sleep in the bed. Cali has two more weeks left of recovery and she will go back to the Dr. for another test. Lets all keep our paws crossed that this one is negative. I know she is ready to get in that backyard and play with Sammie.

Sammie and Cali napping

Cali and Kid resting

Kid goes home....

Kid has been adopted!! Last weekend Kid stayed for a sleep over with the Trocchio family. She was a little scared and nervous at first but warmed up to this fun-loving bunch in no time. I couldn't imagine a more perfect place for her. Lots of energy, place to run and play, so much love and plenty of playmates.
We went back Tuesday evening to check on her and the smiles on the boys faces made my week. This is why I do this.....