|At the start of each annual picnic, Cathy and I always get out the microphone and welcome everyone. This year, I stood there alone. Sadly, Cathy took ill at 2:30am and was taken to the hospital by life squad. Thank God volunteers Cindy and Bri were here. They totally took care of our dogs and everything else that had to be done that morning.
For those of you that don’t know, Cathy was diagnosed with Still’s Disease about two years ago. It is a rheumatoid arthritis autoimmune disease and only one in 100,000 adults get it.
Cathy was released later that day. By the time I got her home and settled in bed, our great volunteers had all the items set up for the auction and had even unloaded all the items out of the trailer for the sales booth. Trust me, without these people, this picnic would have been a disaster.Usually at the annual picnic, we give some good news that has happened over the year. Well, this year was totally different. On June 30th, a breeder drove to a trailer park, tossed out a Mom and her three babies. Due to Ohio laws, they were taken to the shelter where they had to be held for three days, just in case the ignorant breeder had a change of heart and wanted to reclaim them. The shelter told us that Mom, had a tumor on her head and therefore was deemed unadoptable (meaning she would be put to sleep) and asked us if we would take her. Of course we said yes and they also allowed us to take her pups with her. Summer’s tumor was removed a few days later and was biopsied. It was found to be benign and should never return. The pups (Rocket, Bubbles and Freckles) where vetted and found to be healthy.Over the next few weeks, we noticed that Bubbles did not always act right. We had extensive testing done (including x-rays). Nothing in her blood work was normal. She was put on antibiotics for two weeks. At first she seemed to do better, but then she went downhill. Bubbles would cry in pain and at times would just stare into space. As the symptoms progressed, we were told Bubbles may need a liver shunt surgery. Although our vet does special surgeries, this was beyond their expertise. Therefore, our vet set up an appointment with Ohio State University Hospital the day after the picnic, but on Thursday Bubbles started having possible seizures. Therefore, Bubbles had to be rushed to Ohio State Vet Hospital. Leaving this little tiny puppy there was one of the hardest things I have had to do. Bubbles was admitted that evening as an emergency case, placed on IV’s and was seen the next day by the internist. An ultrasound was done that day and the liver shunt was confirmed. They felt Bubbles was too sick for surgery so they sent her home on a special diet and special medicines that needed to be given three times a day. Surprisingly, within days, we saw a totally different Bubbles. The blank stares, the crying in pain, the drooling, the possible seizures, etc were gone. On Tuesday, Cindy took Bubbles back to her home in Columbus to be dropped off on Thursday at OSU Vet Hospital for her surgery on Friday.The surgery was a success. As I am writing this, Bubbles spent Friday and Saturday in ICU. For the next few months she will have to have a special diet. Plus, she will have to return to our vet for more blood work to make sure her body is responding to the liver shunt surgery.
Sometimes the shunt is so big that the animal has to go through a second liver shunt surgery. Whoever adopts Bubbles will have to understand that she may need a second $4,000 surgery one day. This alone will make it hard to find her a home.
At the picnic, I begged people to bid high on auction items, to buy things at our sales table and to donate anything they could. In short, everything that day was going to Bubbles. Sadly, as of the day of the picnic, this rescue only had $200 in our checking account which obviously would not buy dog food for a month. When I took Bubbles to OSU, I was told her medical needs would cost between $2,500 to $3,500. After seeing the bill for her 24 hour stay and being told what the surgery would cost the day she was dropped off, we are looking more at $4,000. This amount obviously does not include her previous expenses at our regular vet or her future testings. With all this said, we are in desperate need of funds and are begging every one of you for help. No amount is too small. Every dollar counts. If you would like to donate, please send your check marked “Bucks for Bubbles”. If you would rather donate via PayPal, you can do so via our website. We want to thank you in advance for your support!!
I apologize for the email being so depressing. On the brighter side, we have rescued 856 shelties to date. Please check out our website as all the new dogs pictures and bios.
Please give all your furkids a hug and kiss from us. And please remember to send in your “Bucks for Bubbles”. We can not survive without YOU!
Pam (and Cathy)