While all of our Sea Dogs are special, a few of them require some extra special veterinary care.  Sea Dog Rescue fully vets all of our Sea Dogs, no matter what treatments they may need.  In addition to vaccinations, spay & neuter surgeries, and preventative medicine, Sea Dog Rescue also provides needed treatments for ailments such as heartworm disease, tumor removal, surgical needs, and other health problems that may occur.  This special needs veterinary care is very expensive and we at Sea Dog Rescue rely on your generous donations to help us provide our rescues with the treatments they need to live healthy, happy lives.  Please read our Special Needs stories below to see how you can help us make a difference in the lives of our Sea Dogs.  We greatly appreciate your donation, no matter how small.  Thank you for supporting Sea Dog Rescue!

 

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SEA DOG LOTTIE

SURGERY TO HELP HER RUN AND PLAY AGAIN!

 

LOTTIE HAD SURGERY TO REPAIR HER ACL ON FRIDAY, 6/19/15 – PLEASE HELP US WITH HER SURGICAL EXPENSES BY MAKING A DONATION TODAY.

  From Humble Beginnings:  Lottie was found, all on her own, in a Save-A-Lot parking lot in TN when she was about a year or so old; that was in September 2007.  The ladies who found her in that parking lot took her to their shelter, Red Fern Animal Shelter, in TN, and provided a “lap of luxury” life compared to what Lottie had experienced in her short life.  Lottie said goodbye to Red Fern in October 2014, at 7+ years of age, when she joined the crew of Sea Dog Rescue, and now lives in a foster home in Kitty Hawk, NC.

Lottie is one of those “easy” dogs…ready to play, and equally ready to snuggle; never making waves and happy to simply “be a dog”, in all her quiet and gentle ways.  But now that she’s getting older, she plays a little more slowly and snuggles a little more.  Not long ago, eager to go out to greet the new day, Lottie took a misstep on the stairs in her foster home and stumbled down 2 stairs.  Lottie was a little surprised at what had just happened, but otherwise seemed to be ok.  A few days later, as her foster mom noticed that Lottie wasn’t real excited about going up or down stairs of any number, we had Lottie’s leg examined.

Lottie has a complete tear of her ACL.  She’s been seen by our veterinarian, is currently on an anti-inflammatory/pain medication combo, and they have given us options for treatment.  We’ve consulted other trusted and knowledgeable “dog people” who are involved in some aspect of caring for, training, or finding homes for dogs.  We’ve researched many options, such as non-surgical conservative management, and believe that because Lottie is in such great shape physically, other than the torn ACL, and because she can expect a return to normal activity and thus, great quality of life, Lottie will have TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) surgery to repair her torn ACL.  We believe this surgery will provide what is in Lottie’s best interest, above all.
Lottie’s surgery will be done by an Ortho specialist who comes in periodically to do cases such as these.  We just found out yesterday that Lottie can have her surgery this coming Friday, June 19, at Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC.  The surgical cost estimate is $2500.00.

All of you have been so great with sharing our dogs in need of foster homes, or other cases of serious medical needs, and it is appreciated more than you’ll ever know.  With Lottie’s surgical needs, I am once again asking you to share Lottie’s story and help us raise the needed funds to cover her surgery.  While the surgery is not “emergency” in nature, it has taken us a month to get onto the surgeon’s schedule, being confirmed only yesterday, and we must keep her Friday surgery date.  Donations are gratefully accepted by any of these methods:

 

Thank you for all your support and for helping us ensure that Sea Dogs get the best of care!

 

 

Toby TOBY – BILATERAL PATELLAR

LUXATION SURGERIES

 

JUNE 18, 2015 Update!  Sweet Toby had his last rehab checkup last week and he is doing great!  He want to run and play a little more than he should, and his Dad is having to watch him closely, but Toby’s veterinarian says his knees are doing great!  Thank you all for helping us provide the surgery that will provide Toby the chance to live life normally and have the ability and freedom to run around and play without pain.  Toby’s adoption will be finalized in the next week!

 

April 27, 2015 Update! Our little man Toby is doing great in his foster to adopt home and has settled in nicely.  Because Toby is a puppy mill survivor and has some challenges to overcome as a result of that horrible experience, we wanted to give him plenty of time to settle in, feel secure, and build some confidence in his foster home before moving forward with his surgeries.  Toby has made good progress and on April 15, 2015, Sea Dog Rescue went ahead with the surgery to correct the patella luxation on his right leg.  Surgery went extremely well and he came home sporting a cute soft cast, which he wasn’t too sure he liked.  He went back to the surgeon’s office for a recheck on Friday (4/24) and the soft cast was removed.  Toby will have to take it easy for another 4-5 weeks as his body completes the healing process, but his prognosis is excellent and the surgeon is very happy with his progress!  When Toby has healed from this surgery, the surgeon will re-evaluate the left knee for surgery.

We appreciate everyone’s help with covering medical expenses for Toby so very much.  He is a terrific little man who had no choice in the horrible early life he experienced.  Because of your generosity, Toby will have a wonderful life and will be able to run and play pain free!  Thank you!

September 18, 2014:     Toby survived the horrors of a puppy mill and joined the crew of Sea Dog Rescue on September 18, 2014.  Unfortunately, Toby has been diagnosed with Grade III/IV Bilateral Patellar Luxation.  This condition occurs when the kneecap is dislocated from it’s normal position; it is unknown whether Toby’s condition is congenital or is possibly due to an injury.  Without surgery his condition will result in arthritis, pain, and lameness.  Toby is a young boy, only 2 years old, and we want him to have a long active life, but we need your help to provide the surgeries he needs on his knees to achieve this dream.

The initial estimate from the veterinarian for the two surgeries that Toby requires is $4200.00.  This cost could go higher if correction of his luxating patellas requires more aggressive surgical procedures.

We are humbly asking for, and graciously accepting, donations to help with the cost of Toby’s surgeries.  Donations may be made directly via Paypal to the rescue address: paula@seadogrescue.org or may be made securely through the Sea Dog Rescue Donate page.  PLEASE SPECIFY THAT YOUR DONATION IS FOR TOBY’S KNEE SURGERIES.  Sea Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization and we function entirely on donations.  (Please note that we do not yet have our 501c3 tax exempt status.)  Thank you from Toby and all of us at Sea Dog Rescue in helping us provide the surgical care he needs to run and romp as any young dog deserves!

 

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TREATMENT

June 20, 2014:  As hard as it is to believe, the beautiful Ms. Bella was picked up as a stray in Martin County, NC and ended up in their local shelter.  Several days later she gave birth to one tiny baby girl, who we named “Gabby” because of her talkativeness.  When we had Bella seen by our veterinarian we weren’t very surprised to learn that our beautiful Mama Dog was heartworm positive and treatment would be needed.

Bella began her “fast kill method” of heartworm treatment by starting antibiotic pre-treatment on June 20, 2014 and has experienced so much since that time.  Bella was an exceptional mother and took very good care of her singlet baby, Gabby.  Gabby found a home of her very own and Bella said goodbye to her daughter as she went on to live with her family; Bella remained with her wonderful foster mom to complete the heartworm treatment.  But Bella had a bright future ahead of her as she also had a forever family waiting for her to complete her treatment so she could go to her new home!  Several weeks after Bella’s last treatment for heartworm disease she joined her new family – her new mom, new dad, and best of all, her new best friend and constant companion, her new young boy.  Bella’s story has a happy ending and we were able to provide the best treatment to cure her heartworm disease because of our wonderful supporters who make it possible for Sea Dog Rescue to continue to accept deserving dogs like Bella into our rescue in spite of treatment needs beyond the routine care for any dog.  Sea Dog Rescue has never had to decline to accept a dog due to an existing illness or injury, and we are committed to providing the best possible care for our dogs no matter the health challenge.  Without the continued support of our extended Sea Dog Rescue Crew we would be unable to save dogs like Bella who are so deserving of a long, happy life with a family all their own.  Thank you from all of us at Sea Dog Rescue for your support!

 

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March 29, 2014 UPDATE:

The flags of Sea Dog Rescue are flying half-mast today. I am heartbroken to update that we had to walk hand in paw to Rainbow Bridge with Sasha this morning. Our beautiful girl was deteriorating quickly and we made the decision to not allow her to languish and get to the point where her body could no longer handle her continued blood loss from her cancer and crash. Sasha’s loving Foster Mom, Foster Dad, and I stroked her hair, gave her kisses, reminded her how much she is loved, and wept as we said goodbye to our sweet Mama Sasha. When her spirit left her body she was comfortable and at ease, and she knew she was very much loved. Sasha’s legacy is not only the love she placed in everyone’s heart, but her three beautiful babies. Thank you all for keeping Sasha, her foster mom and dad, and Sea Dog Rescue in your thoughts and prayers.

The diagnostics, treatments, and hospitalizations she received were extensive and very costly. Sea Dog Rescue has been blessed to be able to provide funds for not only routine care for our dogs, but also extended testing, treatments, and care for those who have had serious illnesses that require such costly care. However, by providing such care our medical funds are now dangerously low.  Sasha’s medical expenses for diagnostics, treatments, and hospitalizations reached just under $3500.00. (Invoices are available upon request.)

We are offering TWO chances to win two different gifts in honor of Sasha’s jubilant spirit and her love of play. Anyone who makes a donation through May 10th will have their name entered into a drawing to win a fun gift package of toys, a blankie, and 2 over-the-collar bandanas (a $54.00 value), and we will draw a second name to win a yummy bag of “Treats by J” ($25.00 value)!  You can see the gift package and the treats here.

You may donate directly from the Sea Dog Rescue website  or via Paypal using the rescue’s email address: paula@seadogrescue.org   Please include “Celebrating Sasha” in the comment section when making your donation. Thank you from Sasha, the Sea Dog Rescue crew, and our current and future Sea Dogs!

March 25, 2014 UPDATE #2:  SASHA UPDATE FROM VSH in CARY, NC – I just got off the phone with Dr Wells at VSH and he commented on what a beautiful, happy, optimistic girl our Sasha is. We are looking at potentially a lot of diagnostics to determine what is causing her anemia – whether it is a GI issue or something else causing her anemia.

The first diagnostics recommended include blood work (including hematology, chemistry, and pathologist review of a direct blood film), an ultrasound to take a look at her abdomen and heart, and additional testing for other infectious diseases, some of which are particularly prevalent in bully/terrier breeds (such as babesiosis). Our estimate JUST for this diagnostic testing $2200 – $2500, after which we would have to have funds to cover hospitalization and treatment IF this initial testing showed anything definitive.

If the initial testing does not show anything definitive the recommendation is to move to procedures such as an endoscopy, possibly with biopsies, which could rocket us to an estimated $5000.00. We desperately need your help. Sasha desperately needs your help. I am praying that this first round of testing will show us what is wrong with Sasha and we can move forward with making her well, but we need your help to do that. Please help us. If you can help us fight for Sasha by making ANY size donation, you can do that securely through the Sea Dog Rescue website at http://www.seadogrescue.org/lend-a-paw/donate/ or directly through Paypal using our email address paula@seadogrescue.org Please don’t think your donation is too small…every $1.00 adds up and if you can donate more, thank you!!! Thank you for helping us. Thank you for helping Sasha.

March 25, 2014 UPDATE:  Sea Dog Sasha is still undiagnosed and has become dangerously anemic.  She is on her way to Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, NC for an evaluation and care.  We pray they can determine the cause of her bleeding and prescribe a treatment that will help her.  We expect that she will need an ultrasound, endoscopy, and possibly a transfusion, which will be in the thousands of dollars.  This is an enormous amount for a small rescue but Sasha has an incredibly strong will to live and we cannot give up on her.  Donations are desperately needed to help us provide the treatment she will require.  Please donate to help us provide care for Sasha by going to our Donate Page or by donating directly through Paypal using the rescue’s address: paula@seadogrescue.org     (Please put “Sasha” in the notes or comments section.)  As soon as Sasha has been seen by VSH and we know exactly what we’re facing, we will post an update.  Thank you for your compassion and generosity in helping us provide treatment for Sasha by donating toward her care.

March 22, 2014 UPDATE:  Sea Dog Sasha  had a lengthy stay at the vet’s office but is now back in her foster home.  She is still struggling with this illness that none of the veterinarians she has seen have quite been able to pinpoint.  Sasha is on a laundry list of medications and she is doing a little better but she is not yet out of the woods.  We are continuing to monitor her anemia due to her blood loss via the bloody diarrhea and her hydration.  This poor girl just isn’t responding as well as her veterinarian had expected and he has changed her diagnosis to possibly Gastric Ulcers.  Her treatment expenses have now topped $1275.00 and we are asking for donations to help us cover the cost of her treatment.  Please donate to help us provide care for Sasha by going to our Donate Page or visiting her You Caring Page.  Thank you for the entire crew of Sea Dog Rescue, and especially from Sasha!

March 12, 2014 UPDATE:  Sea Dog Sasha  continues to struggle with her symptoms and today SDR President, Paula, will be consulting with a 3rd veterinarian to try to determine why Sasha is not getting any better.  Costs for her exams, testing, and treatment continue to increase and Sea Dog Rescue really needs your help to cover her expenses.  Please donate to help us provide care for Sasha by going to our Donate Page or visiting her You Caring Page.  Thank you for your compassion, generosity, and help in making Sasha well again!   Sasha cannot begin her heartworm treatment until she recovers from this illness.

March 9, 2014:  Sea Dog Sasha got sick this past week and was diagnosed with Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE).  She had two trips to the veterinarian this past week and on the second trip had to stay overnight.  Today, Sunday 3/9, Sasha is going to the emergency vet, as her symptoms have returned and we are obviously very worried about her.  Her vet bills from the past week were in excess of $625.00 and we know her bill at the emergency vet today will be in the hundreds of dollars.  We need help to cover her treatment and are asking for donations.  Any size donation is greatly appreciated.

Left untreated, HGE can be deadly.  Please help us provide life-saving treatment for Sasha! You can donate on our Donate Page or you can visit her You Caring Page.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

February 12, 2014:  After Sasha’s puppies had been weaned, Sasha began her pretreatment of Doxycycline to prepare for her heartworm treatment.  Her Doxycycline has been completed and she will begin her treatment very soon!

November 19, 2013:  Mama Sasha has been pulled from the shelter along with her three pups, Chester, Toffee, and Nugget.  In addition to being incredibly thin, Sasha also tested positive for heartworms.  She and her puppies are currently at the vet getting the care and attention they so very much deserve.

Heartworm treatment is costly and lengthy, requiring several injections of Immiticide over the course of several months and complete crate rest between injections.  Heartworm disease is ultimately fatal and dogs cannot go untreated.  This treatment is above and beyond the routine vetting that all Sea Dogs receive and her treatments will cost an estimated $550 – $750.

We are humbly asking for, and graciously accepting, donations to help with the cost of her heartworm treatment.  Donations may be made directly via Paypal to paula@seadogrescue.org or may be made securely through the Sea Dog Rescue Donate page.  PLEASE SPECIFY THAT YOUR DONATION IS FOR SASHA – HEARTWORM TREATMENT.  Sea Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization and we function entirely on donations.  (Please note that we do not yet have our 501c3 tax exempt status.)

We are grateful for your donations, no matter the size.  Thank you for helping Sasha reach her happily ever after!

 

Leila_4Leila’s Heartworm Treatment

November 3, 2013:  Leila has completed her treatment and is now in her loving forever home!  We are so happy for you, Leila!

October 1, 2013:  Leila is currently receiving heartworm treatment in her foster home.

September 6, 2013:  Leila was pulled from a shelter in Washington, NC.  This beautiful girl unfortunately tested positive for heartworms.

Heartworm treatment is costly and lengthy, requiring several injections of Immiticide over the course of several months and complete crate rest between injections.  Heartworm disease is ultimately fatal and dogs cannot go untreated.  This treatment is above and beyond the routine vetting that all Sea Dogs receive and her treatments will cost an estimated $550 – $750.

We are humbly asking for, and graciously accepting, donations to help with the cost of her heartworm treatment.  Donations may be made directly via Paypal to paula@seadogrescue.org or may be made securely through the Sea Dog Rescue Donate page.  PLEASE SPECIFY THAT YOUR DONATION IS FOR LEILA – HEARTWORM TREATMENT.  Sea Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization and we function entirely on donations.  (Please note that we do not yet have our 501c3 tax exempt status.)

We are grateful for your donations, no matter the size.  Thank you for helping Leila reach her happily ever after!

 

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February 12, 2014:  Although all of Allie’s puppies have already found their loving forever homes, she is still waiting for her forever family to find her!  Please view her profile to read how amazing she is!

September 26, 2013:  SDR Matriarch, Allie, is all done with her heartworm treatment and she is hoping her family comes along soon.  If you would like to adopt Allie, you can view her profile here.

August 20, 2013:  Allie went to her medical foster home to receive treatment for her heartworms.

July 11, 2013:  Allie and her five puppies, the Constellation Quintet, were pulled from a shelter in Washington, NC.  While her five puppies were healthy, Allie unfortunately tested positive for heartworms.

Heartworm treatment is costly and lengthy, requiring several injections of Immiticide over the course of several months and complete crate rest between injections.  Heartworm disease is ultimately fatal and dogs cannot go untreated.  This treatment is above and beyond the routine vetting that all Sea Dogs receive and her treatments will cost an estimated $550 – $750.

We are humbly asking for, and graciously accepting, donations to help with the cost of her heartworm treatment.  Donations may be made directly via Paypal to paula@seadogrescue.org or may be made securely through the Sea Dog Rescue Donate page.  PLEASE SPECIFY THAT YOUR DONATION IS FOR ALLIE – HEARTWORM TREATMENT.  Sea Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization and we function entirely on donations.  (Please note that we do not yet have our 501c3 tax exempt status.)

We are grateful for your donations, no matter the size.  Thank you for helping Allie reach her happily ever after!

 

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Robbie’s Heartworm Treatment

November 27, 2013:  Robbie has been adopted by his loving forever family!  Read his Happy Tail here.

October 2, 2013:  Robbie is moving back to Chesapeake, VA!

Robbie has completed his heartworm treatment and is doing great!  He will be moving back to his foster home in Chesapeake, VA on October 26th!  Robbie is ready for adoption!

July 16, 2013:  Ship Mate Robbie needs help from his new crew!  Sea Dog Rescue saved Robbie from being euthanized in a shelter, but because he had no one to provide for him during his first year of life he did not receive the monthly preventives required to prevent heartworm disease.

Robbie is heartworm positive and needs heartworm treatment.  He will be undergoing treatment in his foster home in Valdosta, GA.

Heartworm treatment is costly and lengthy, requiring several injections of Immiticide over the course of several months and complete crate rest between injections.  We can’t know Robbie’s “worm load” without doing x-rays, but because Robbie is an active young dog he is more likely to develop severe disease with a relatively small number of heartworms.  Without treatment to rid him of heartworms, Robbie will suffer from a severe cough, inability to run and play, difficulty breathing, and enlargement of his liver.  Severe heartworm disease can cause temporary loss of consciousness due to poor blood flow to the brain, fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity, and death.

We rescued Robbie so he would have a long happy life – will you please help us ensure that he is able to have that?   Sea Dog Rescue is asking for financial help to provide the treatment Robbie requires in order to receive needed treatment for heartworm disease and live a healthy, happy life.  We are grateful for your donations, no matter the size.

 

photo(26)Betty’s Heartworm Treatment

October 1, 2013:  Betty was retested, and she tested negative!  We are so happy for you, Betty!

June 1, 2013:  Betty has been adopted by a family in Indiana that will complete her heartworm treatment.  (She will be foster-to-adopt until her spay surgery after her treatment has been completed.)

May 2013:  Sea Dog Rescue’s Ship Mate Betty is a young stray dog who knew just the right house to go to when she was lost – or perhaps she was dumped.  She went to Sea Dog Rescue Foster Mom Laura Bruner’s house!  We posted and advertised for her family in hopes of reuniting her with them, but were not able to find anyone to claim her – so she became a Ship Mate with SDR.  Unfortunately, Betty has tested positive for heartworms and of course we intend on treating her to make her all better!  Heartworm treatment is lengthy (about 3 months) and expensive.  Heartworm disease is ultimately fatal and dogs cannot go untreated.  This treatment is above and beyond the routine vetting that all Sea Dogs receive and her treatments will cost an estimated $550 – $750.

We are humbly asking for, and graciously accepting, donations to help with the cost of her heartworm treatment.  Donations may be made directly via Paypal to paula@seadogrescue.org or may be made securely through the Sea Dog Rescue Donate page.  PLEASE SPECIFY THAT YOUR DONATION IS FOR BETTY – HEARTWORM TREATMENT.  Sea Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization and we function entirely on donations.  (Please note that we do not yet have our 501c3 tax exempt status.)

Thank you very much for your continued support as we save dogs, provide them the veterinary care they need, and find them wonderful forever homes where they will never again be dumped at a shelter or abandoned to fend for themselves.  We appreciate you!


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Carlie’s Tumor Removal Surgery

February 12, 2014:  Carlie is still waiting for her forever family to find her!  Click to read her profile and to see her adorable photos!

August 24, 2013:  Carlie has returned to the rescue and is waiting for her forever family to scoop her up!  Carlie is healthy and ready to be adopted.  Please view her profile here for more information!

March 22, 2013: Carlie went to the vet for her last round of vaccinations and a recheck of her surgical site. All reports were good and she was declared a happy, healthy little pup! As with any cancer there is a risk of recurrence, but we expect her to remain healthy and have a long happy life with her new family. We would like to express our most sincere thanks for all the well-wishes and support we received for Carlie. Without you, our extended Sea Dog Crew, we could not provide the extensive life-saving care that is needed on occasion. Thank you all!

March 19, 2013: Carlie had a post-surgery checkup yesterday and had the last of her staples removed. Her incision looks good and is healing cleanly, and she is very happy to no longer require “the cone”. The histopathology test results on the tumor came back and show it was a Grade II Mast Cell Tumor. The tests indicate that excision was accomplished with clear margins, meaning they got all the tumor growth. Mast Cell Tumors are fairly common in dogs and a Grade II is typical. Carlie’s prognosis is good and she is happy and playful! We have not quite covered the cost of her care and are still accepting donations to assist with her surgical costs. We thank you for your donations and all the prayers and support for Carlie!

March 8, 2013: A day after the surgery, Carlie is doing well at her foster home and is wondering why she is being told she has to rest. We will not know the results of the histopathology tests until next week and we are praying that when they do come back, they will show an early stage tumor that was removed while still localized to the skin. We do still need donations to help us cover the cost of this life-saving surgery for our young pup – all donations are very much appreciated, and you may donate below. Thank you very much!

Carlie’s surgery is set for Thursday, March 7. Sea Dog Rescue is still in need of donations to fund her surgery. If you are able, please help this sweet girl. Your donations are immensely appreciated!

Sea Dog Rescue’s little girl puppy, “Carlie” (previously known as Raegan – 3+ months old Shepherd mix), was seen by our veterinarian on Feb. 25, 2013 to have a growth on the back of her head/upper neck, near her left ear, evaluated. The cytology report came back on 2/27/13 and results show: “CUTANEOUS MAST CELL TUMOR” and treatment recommendation is for surgical removal and biopsy of the tumor.

We have received an initial estimated cost for surgery and treatment of $700.00 and surgery is tentatively schedule for next week (March 4-8); expenses may go higher depending on what the histology report shows once the tumor is removed. We need donations to help us cover the cost of her surgery to remove the tumor, perform histological testing on the tumor, and provide treatment.

Donations can be made via Paypal to paula@seadogrescue.org or via the Sea Dog Rescue website Contribute Page.

Please help us provide this surgery for this young pup who is just starting out her journey of happy ev-fur-after! Thank you for your generosity!

Bailey_2Bailey’s Heartworm Treatment

November 28, 2012:  Bailey’s foster parents fell in love with her and adopted her.  We are so happy for you Bailey!

August 6, 2012:  Bailey is the Mama Dog to four puppies, all of whom were pulled from a kill shelter in Wake County, North Carolina.  You have come to know her puppies as Mollie, Tristan, Henry, and Bodhi.  This family of Sea Dogs was living on the streets until they were taken to the shelter.  Bailey was very frightened in the shelter and was separated from her puppies because they said she had “social issues”.  We just knew she was a sweet girl and that her “social issues” were because she was in a scary place and had been separated from her puppies.

As with so many Southern dogs who have lived on their own, Bailey was heartworm positive.  Her wonderful foster home tended to her while she underwent treatment and lovingly nursed her back to health.