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Missouri 11

About all the dogs.

December 19, 2010

12/19/10:

On December 14, the Missouri 11 minus Doug's trip to Kansas City and Omaha began. PAWS volunteers loaded up 10 dogs in a van to meet Teresa in Kansas City.  Then on to Omaha to catch their flights.  One went back home with Teresa to Oklahoma, 7 flew out east, and 2 are waiting till the 21st to fly to the southeast.  Doug hung out with PAWS till Wednesday when he got up before dawn and headed to Des Moines by car to meet Kathy and head north to Minnesota for further hospitalization and tests.

Once they got to Omaha, the Nebraska Humane Society had wonderful volunteers there ready when the dogs arrived to exercise them, feed them, get them settled, and most of all to pet and comfort them with gentle hands and very warm hearts.  They didn't care that it was late at night - they showed every one of those dogs love and kindness.  We can't thank you all enough.  There simply aren't words.  It's a testament to the dedication and love for animals and for these lucky fox terriers that rescue volunteers show time and time again. The PAWS team has been amazing!  NEHS stepped right up with enthusiasm.  The entire experience gives a whole new meaning to "Christmas Spirit"!

American Fox Terrier Rescue and OKFTR volunteer Teresa was astonishing.  Taking time to meet the PAWS volunteers getting thing arranged with the Nebraska Humane Society - she made magic happen for these dogs.  And she's even going back to make sure the last two get on their flight ok!  Everyone involved showed their love and dedication for these sweet, innocent fox terriers who's entire lives were in spent in cramped cages or pens.

The Pet Airways crew was fantastic. They were careful and gentle with the dogs, knowing that they'd been through so much up to this point and they made everyone as comfortable as possible and tried to reassure them all.  In addition to the great staff at Pet Airways, Teresa had 3 extra sets of helping hands--thanks to the NEHS folks!

As the dogs landed in their various destinations, American Fox Terrier Rescue volunteers were waiting to gather them up and send them to their foster homes.  They're all doing really well so far as they're settling in.  Grooming, some follow up vet visits, and socializing has been going on and they're all responding wonderfully.  Some are still shy, some are like nothing ever happened - but all of them are surprising their foster homes every day with their resiliancy.

On December 15th, Carol from PAWS and her husband Larry got up very early to bring Doug to Des Moines for his trip to Minnesota.  He rode like a trooper and by 10:30 a.m., the paperwork was being reviewed, medication and the medication list (which is very extensive!) was passed on.  And while Carol and Kathy were going over things, the emails were arriving that the other dogs had landed safely at their destinations.  After a quick "yahoo!" Doug was switched to Kathy's vehicle and off they drove for Minneapolis. 

He was taken immediately to Compassionate Care Animal Hospital in Brooklyn Park where Dr. Judi Funk and her very able staff were waiting for him.  Dr. Judi and Dr. Lindsay Merkel from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital had been collaborating and reviewing his records from U of Missiouri-Columbia and getting an intial plan of treatment and possible complications to watch for in mind for him and everyone was excited to actually get their hands on him.

They got him settled in at CCAH and fed him and let him relax and decompress after his very long day.  The next morning, Dr. Judi did a complete physical and determined that there would be no sedating Doug at this point.  We really wanted to be able to deal with his ears (flush and clean) and his infected gums from broken teeth, but he is still not healthy enough to withstand sedation.  So instead, Kathy went over to groom him, and the cardiologist, Dr. Janet Olson from Veterinary Cardiology Services found time in her schedule to come in and run a doppler echocardiogram and an EKG and determined that Doug's heart is healthy!  We finished cleaning him up and got him groomed as well as he'd allow ("No clippers on my head, thank you very much!") and he spent one more night at the hospital.  Then on Friday his foster family picked him up and brought him home.  He's doing wonderfully! 

Doug will always have breathing issues - akin to COPD in humans - because his bronchitis was never addressed and the damage can't be reversed.  But it can be medically managed.  The prognosis was good when he left the hospital for him to have a number of good years ahead with the proper medical management.  And every day in a warm and loving home sees him improving.  It's all very heart warming. 

You for more pictures stories and comments, you can see the latest on our Facebook page by clicking here. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures.  Please look at the pictures, become a Fan of our Facebook page if you'd like, and think about giving the gift of medical care to our wonderful group of dogs - especially for Doug.

Doug has lots of medications and continued vet care and follow up before he's truly as healthy as we can get him to be.  He's really come a long way in a short amount of time but he has a ways to go.  He's a great dog, and giving him a chance to live his final years in a warm, loving home means so much to all of us! So please consider Doug and the other 10 beautiful fox terriers from this gang as being deserving of your charitable contributions for the year.  They made it this far thanks to all of you who have donated to American Fox Terrier Rescue .  Their care and transport has been made possible by the generosity of people who simply love fox terriers and showed that love in the form of a donation to their care. 

Thank you to everyone involved in the effort to save these wonderful fox terriers from life in a puppy mill. Their lives are forever changed by your caring. From those that are hands-on to you who have financed the effort - and to all of you for your good wishes and emotional support!

Many thanks to Coconut Retriever and Doggie Duds, Wegmans, Pet Airways, and Compassionate Care Animal Hospital for your support!  



 

December 10, 2010

All of the Missouri 11, with the exception of Doug, were vetted, spayed or netuered, heart worm tested today.  ALL got clean bills of health - and heartworm free! **Big sigh of relief!!**  They also got high marks for darling, happy temperaments! Thank you to Bev and Carol from PAWS who drove 3 hours round trip with 10 lively fox terriers. And cheers to the vet and her staff who tolerated just a bit of fox terrier chaos!  Now on to the airport for flights to their next foster homes next week.  And Doug will be chauffered on Wednesday from Missouri to Minneapolis to start the next phase of his care.  A lot of truly amazing people have done a lot of truly amazing work to bring this together.  Thank you so much to all of you.


 

Further Updates

Well the gang now has names.  Kudos to the PAWS volunteers who have been wrangling 3-4 fox terriers per foster home!

Our PAWS friends came up with the following names:  Baby Face Nelson, Petty Boy Floyd and C. W. Moss are named after gangsters; Franklin, Hermann, Ava and Minnie are named after towns in Missouri, Sissy, Sasha and Sugar have "S" names and Doug - well he's special - so his records at the University simply called him "Dog".  So we added a letter to that and for now, he's Doug!

Read more: Further Updates

   

Day 3 Update

Baths, baths and more baths!  The last set of the Missouri 11 got their "day at the spa" for baths, dipping, nail clipping, and all-around fluff 'n buff!  PAWS told us that a previous adopter, Julie, came in to adopt a kitten.  She saw how busy they were with the fox terriers and decided to hang around and pitch in with baths and grooming!  Who says there aren't Angels out there?  The fox terriers all did wonderfully and are now fluffy and clean and waiting for their trips to the vet for shots, physicals and spays and neuters.

Read more: Day 3 Update

 

Day 2 Update

Wednesday, PAWS took 2 males and 2 females to get all cleaned up.  All reports are that they did very well. Despite the bathing, dip, blow drying, brushing and clipping, they were happy enough to give the ladies tail wags and kisses. Jackie, Carol, and Shellie did a great job washing and grooming the lucky Fox Terriers.

When they were finished, Millie (another wonderful  PAWS member) fed the ladies homemade soup and hot chocolate.... which warmed their bodies to match their very warm hearts!  Carol then brought the four squeaky clean pups to her home and let them loose in a 10 x 20 pen. They ran, jumped and played, celebrating their freedom!  Nothing is more heartwarming than seeing a puppy mill dog be able to run full out for the first time.

Read more: Day 2 Update

   

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