November 2nd 2010 10:34 am
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As some of you know, my mommy is involved with a 501(c)(3) non-profit schnauzer rescue organization called Schnauzer Love Rescue, Inc. Unfortunately, due to the economy, lack of adoptions going out, high intake of dogs, and the high medical expenses of some of the dogs, the rescue is really lacking in funds right now. We know the economy has hit everyone hard, but if you can manage to make even a small tax-deductible donation, it would really help to continue rescuing schnauzers. We thought we'd tell you a couple stories about two of the dogs on the website front page that mommy helped rescue or fostered.
Dolce is a dog mommy is currently fostering. She spent two weeks in Seminole County animal control where she was attacked by her kennel mate, and received many bite wounds, one going all the way through her foot, and a dislocated hip. Schnauzer Love Rescue was called and stepped in to treat her. This was about two months ago, and her leg was bandaged up to fix her hip, in the meantime she had no use of the leg, and lost some feeling in her left rear leg as a result. So now, Dolce hops on three legs, refusing to use the left rear leg, and the rescue is afraid she may have to lose the leg. But they are doing everything in their power to avoid that. She goes to a specialist, has pain meds every day, gets acupuncture, and has 3-4 physical therapy sessions a day to encourage to her use the leg and increase her range of motion, as her ligaments are really tight and painful. Her veterinary expenses are ongoing, but nothing is being spared to give this sweetheart every thing she needs. You would think after this horrible experience she would be dog aggressive, but she absolutely loves all dogs, and cries to see every one of them. She also just gives me kisses during her physical therapy sessions, when I know they're painful. She's just the sweetest dog, and really needs help to fund her ongoing medical care right now.
And then there's Jerri. Jerri comes out of the very same animal shelter miss Bella, my former foster pup, came out of, Lake County animal services. Jerri was turned in by his owner with severe demodex, the non-contagious mite that usually only affects puppies. His owner's neglect and disregard for Jerri's health led to this condition, and also his eyes were so covered with green goo, the vet thought he might have dry eye. But once treated, they completely cleared up, so this was also just a result of severe neglect. Dogs in this condition are almost always put down, as they are deemed adoptable. But a shelter worker pushed for Jerri to go to rescue, and even though he was older and had so many physical ailments, Schnauzer Love Rescue took him in, and gave him the best treatment. You think his neglect would make him distrustful of humans, or even aggressive, but you really never met a more loving dog than Jerri. He just loves to sit in your lap and look into your eyes like you are the best person he ever saw. He's currently looking for a home, and trust me, he'd make the most wonderful addition to any home. I wasn't able to foster him, but did help with taking him to the vet and bathing him every 2-3 days for the month he was in Florida, and I fell absolutely in love with him.
These are just two of the stories I have personal knowledge of, but there are so many more, and always more coming, unfortunately, as there seems to always be plenty of schnauzers losing their homes. So the rescue really needs your help right now.
So think of a beloved schnauzer or dog or pet you have lost, or an amazing pet that has inspired a love of animals, as my Sassy has done for me and ispired me to get involved with rescue 7 years ago, and if you're able to, please make a tax deductible donation through paypal or through check to Schnauzer Love Rescue, Inc., at our website www.schnauzerloverescue.org. Or if you choose not to donate to our rescue, but some other rescue, please do that, as I know all rescues are hurting financially right now as well. So I'm asking everybody, as a rescue dog myself, to help rescue, if you're able, even the smallest donation helps. Or if you're not able to donate, consider fostering a schnauzer for rescue, transporting for rescue, or just getting the word out that Schnauzer Love Rescue, Inc. really needs help right now.
Again, our website is www.schnauzerloverescue.org, and please help out if you're able.
Thanks for reading,
Precious and her mommy Jennifer
October 25th 2010 9:39 am
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I'm entered in Dogster's World's coolest Dog and Cat contest under costumes and shades. My costume is a pilot, and it was mommy's best idea of camoflauging my cart that i need to walk. It worked pretty well as some people really couldn't tell I was paralyzed! He, he, he! So, anyways, if you guys like my pilot costume, please vote for me for the contest. This is the link:
October 14th 2008 6:09 pm
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Been awhile, Mom's been super busy, and hasn't updated my page in forever (grrrrr!) Oh well, anyways, in the meantime, we've rescued a bunch of puppies and got them into different rescue organizations, so we're pretty happy about that. Mom says it's more important than my social life, but I'm not in agreement, because obviously I am the most important thing, but whatever.
Right now I'm graciously sharing my home with my foster sister, Minnie, a 2 year old salt and pepper miniature schnauzer with natural ears and tail from the local animal shelter. She's okay, but I swear if she sticks her face in my food dish one more time, I'm going postal! Also, mommy helped pull out a schnauzer with no hair, no hair because of skin condition so bad and obviously left untreated for months. You couldn't tell she was a schnauzer, but my mommy could, because with 5, you really get to know what a schnauzer looks like, even without hair. She's really sweet, so that made me kind of sad for her, especially because her foster mommy tells my mommy she's been abused as well. But she's doing well, and her hair is growing back well in all places, except her thighs, but her skin might be so damaged there it won't ever grow back, we'll see.
And most importantly, I went to school today. Yes, me, Precious went to Paisley elementary school to talk to five classrooms about being disabled. Well, mom did most of the talking, but i did add a bark or two in about some things. Mom says I was super well behaved, but I always am. Being a therapy dog, you have to be, so it's a good thing I am. I also got to show the kids my two new tricks, which I learned super fast. I can give my paw now and speak on command, which is the cutest little bark, mommy says. That speaking trick really makes people laugh, my voice is funny mom says. The kids all loved me, and all petted me and said hi, which I very much enjoyed, because I especially love kids. I ignored the teachers completely, but that was okay because i was there to see the kids. And I ran around in my cart all over class, and the kids thought it was hysterical. I got really excited when they started laughing and shouting, so I barked a little then, but was calmed quickly when they stopped, so it was okay. Oh, and then we left, and walked around the halls, which are outside in Florida, for those reading who don't know what Florida schools are like. That got me a lot of strange looks and disbelief on kids faces, so I really enjoyed the attention and spotlight.
And, I have CGC testing, which for those or you who don't know, stands for Canine Good Citizen testing under the AKC. I have to have it to remain in my therapy dog group, so I have to take it Saturday, but mom's pretty worried about it. I'm pretty good on all the challenges except the last, when the handler, my mom, has to leave me with a stranger for 2-3 minutes alone without me throwing a fit and crying and trying to follow like crazy, which is of course what I do. But, to be fair, I'm not like the average dog. My mommy or my grammy or auntie is with me almost 24/7 because I'm special needs, and I am held a majority of that time, so I don't like being left alone, especially with a stranger. Usually I squirm and cry so much when people besides mommy try to hold me, they end up giving me back to mommy, so it's a bit of a problem. But it's umcomfortable for me to be held in a lot of ways because of my disability in the curve in my back, so there are valid reasons. I don't like feeling like someone may drop me, so it scares me a lot. Also, when I was younger, I had no control over my bladder and it would jostle and a little pee would come out and nobody, i mean nobody, wanted to hold me. Now, mommy's good about expressing my bladder right before therapy work, so I don't have this problem anymore, but because I've only been held by mom, grammy and auntie, really thus far, I get scared when held by anyone else. Anyways, wish me lots of luck for testing, mom thinks I'll need it! But mommy will still love me either way.
Barks and growls,