Favorite Walk: To the pond to visit the swans & the ducks
Best Tricks: Sit, Paw, Down
Arrival Story: Jasmine is my 3rd foster Shiba. She was allegedly found in an abandoned building in Philadelphia, and then brought to Philly ACCT suffering from extreme pain and abdominal swelling as a result of Pyometra. Thankfully, the people at ACCT were willing to save her life by performing an emergency spay, and NYC Shiba Rescue stepped up to pull her out of the shelter and into foster care. I learned of Jasmine's situation at 3PM on Valentine's Day -- by 6 PM she was pulled by Henry's Mom (a fellow Dogster Shiba Buddy) and by 9PM she was safe in her foster home with me (we had to stop for a pee break for the human driver & a Petco visit!). Jasmine is the best Valentines Day gift I have had in many, many years. :)
Bio: Jasmine has gone thru alot in her short life -- aside from the pyometra, she has endured fly & flea bites to the point of allergic reaction causing some rather nasty skin & coat issues, and was underweight. Now that she is safe and starting a brand new healthy life, I will be fortunate enough to share with her the wonderful transformation in her physical appearance which will finally match the endearing, affectionate, and loving soul that is inside her. Update: 3/24/11 -- Jasmine has now been further diagnosed with one partially and one completely collapsed disk in her lower lumbar region, a condition which, without surgery, may be degenerative and could lead to paralysis and even death. The surgery required to correct this damage and enable Jasmine to lead a normal life will cost upwards of $6,000. Please help NYCSR to provide Jasmine with this needed surgery by visiting www.nycshibarescue.org. UPDATE 4/17/11: Thanks to the incredible generosity of many, many people, over $7,000 was raised towards Jazzy's surgery and rehabilitation. Jazzy will be admitted to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, April 18, 2011. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. Please keep Jazzy in your thoughts and prayers. UPDATE 05/03/11: Jazzy's surgery was a complete success and she is now in the recovery phase. Her staples were removed yesterday, she is healing well, and is becoming more active and mobile. She will be on strict crate rest until the end of May, but we will be able to get her into therapy shortly. UPDATE: June 6, 2011: Jazzy begins physical therapy to regain mobility and strength including cold laser treatments, massage, and underwater therapy. Unfortunately it has been determined that Jazzy has luxating patellas in both rear legs. We are hopeful the therapy will assist in strengthening the joints so further surgery is not needed in the short run. UPDATE: August 5, 2011: Jazzy completes her initial therapy sessions. Her left rear knee is a grade 1 and non-surgical. Her right rear knee has improved, but is still considered a grade 3 and may require surgery in the future.