December 7th 2008 10:43 pm
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WOW!! What a WILD day we have had!!!
This morning I received a desperate call for help from a woman in Roseville
California - Placer County who stated that her Chihuahua gave birth to a cleft
palate puppy boy only 3 hours before.
The woman had no funds to take the pup to a vet... is disabled and cannot
drive... and does not have the experience or supplies to sustain the pup by tube
I immediately sent out bulletins, mass emails and made dozens of calls to see
how we could help!
I contacted Best Friends Animal Society for assistance and they were right on
the ball with putting out a call for help as well.
Many of our continued "Emma Supporters" jumped right in to help out with getting
the word out even more!!
It was imperative that we find a local vet hospital or volunteer that would pick
this puppy up and provide proper care for him temporarily until I could
coordinate transport for the puppy to Oklahoma where I will foster him. Without
our help, this puppy would literally have starved to death in a matter of
During all of this, the pup's owner had placed an ad for help on cragislist....
from that, came the response from a wonderful local woman who came to their aid.
She happily drove owner and pup to the vet... paid the entire 140.00 vet bill so
that the pup could be seen and could receive his first feeding!! (by now, baby
was around 9 hours old).
I received (but missed) a call from the veterinarian while they were there, to
discuss what he called a "very severe cleft palate".... the office staff said
that it was "the worst they'd ever seen".... but I'm told that the doctor did
not attempt to sway the owner either way as far as to treat or euthanize... but
was just very informative.
Baby got a full belly and in the mean time, I had received contact from a
wonderful woman - also located fairly close to the pup - who does some work with
a rescue group and is experienced with tube feeding newborn pups. She offered to
foster the baby until arrangements could be made to bring him to Oklahoma.
The answer to our prayers!!!
As many of you know... at one point during the day, I had contacted a Sacramento
news station with a plea for media coverage to aid our efforts.... this was
before we finally found a bit of resolve.... yet they followed through and were
happy to "catch up" with the pup once he got settled in with his new foster mom!
They went out and did an interview - which will air tonight at 11pm (CA time) on
CBS News Channel 10. (I hear that they were quite taken with the little one, and
even talked about maybe going out again tomorrow to check in!!)
At the end of the day.............. I am tickled PINK to find out from the
foster.... that the baby boy dubbed "Santana"....... is actually.... a BABY GIRL
called "Blanca" by her temporary foster mom!!
Emma has a new foster sister!! Doing well in her foster's care!! Her lil' face
is very deformed.... she almost looks like a lil' hedgehog .... she has no
tail.... but foster mom says she is "spunky as all get out!!" :)
We are working with our puppy nanny based in Santa Cruz - to coordinate a flight
from CA to OK for Tuesday to get this tiny girl home....
Our friend Tammy over at PetFlys was eager to help and contacted me with the
offer of a carrier and blankets to be overnighted to our foster mom for baby's
Please continue to hold everyone involved in your prayers.... the original owner
must be missing the lil' one tonight.... our foster mom will have a couple of
long nights to endure.... our puppy nanny is quite nervous to be transporting
such a delicate new baby... and Emma and I are preparing to welcome this new
little girl into our world!
Again, I am amazed..... so many people.... coming together for the good of one
tiny life.... may God's blessings be returned to you all!!!
Dena & our big girl Emma
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