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Age: 9 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Special Gift Box:
the Turner family

Baby Bella, Bunny

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

March 24th 2008

Her mommy and daddy, cuddling, biting/chasing feet

no food in her bowl

Favorite Toy:
Blue Man

Favorite Food:
Wellness core and Old Mother Hubbard doggy treats

Favorite Walk:
doggie park!

Best Tricks:
She can sit on command now!

Arrival Story:
I had always wanted a puppy since I was a little girl. My parents would not bugde on the issue and I knew I would never get my wish until I lived on my own. I am now 22 and have lived on my own (well with my boyfriend) for about 6 months. I wanted to wait and make sure I would be financially able to handle to responsibilities of having a little puppy. I even got puppy insurance just to make sure she was well taken care of. I finally got my little girl on June 30, 2008 (my birthday). She was everything I ever could have wanted. Soon after we got her, we noticed that she did some strange things but just brushed it off as "puppy" behavior. It wasnt until 2 months later that we realized something was really wrong. One morning Bella was teething and we woke up to blood all over her toys and bedding. Two hours later she began acting funny and running into things and then foaming at the mouth. We panicked and took her to the vet. They give her an IV and wanted to keep her all day. Later that day the vet called and said she was afraid that Bella had some problems in her brain and would require specialist's attention or she would need to be put down. My heart just broke into a million pieces. My next thought was.. it's a good thing I got puppy insurance. We got to take her home at 5pm that day and again by 9 that night she was exhibiting the same symptoms only much worse. We took her to an emergency vet where they told us there was a possibility she had a liver shunt. A liver shunt basically means that the blood goes to the intestines without being filtered through the liver so toxins can build up in the body can cause these reactions. They told us that one one form of this shunt would be fixable and that was if it was located on the outside of the liver which would require a sonogram. The next day as I was filling out my insurance claims, I noticed something on my policy.. the exclusions page. In big bold letters read the sentence, No congenital defects will be covered listing a portosystemic shunt as one of the examples. We had already spent close to 800 between the vet and the emergency clinic and now I wasnt going to get any of it back? On top of that my doggie might need surgery that can go well into the 3,000 range. Fast forward a couple days and 400 more dollars later it is confirmed our puppy has the liver shunt that can be operated on but with what money. I am after all 22 and a part time worker/ full time college student. So meanwhile I am writing and e-mailing every organization I know of to help us with this problem because I could never find it in my heart to put down my first puppy. And so goes the story of our little Bella. She's so young and already has so many obstacles to overcome but hopefully this page will document her long life of recovery.

Forums Motto:
My mommy <3's me!!!!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Very interesting poll result about pet expenses..

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August 19th 2008 More than 8 years!

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Surgery #2

June 13th 2010 11:18 am
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Another harrowing experience for our little baby. Bella had to have a second surgery in just two years all because of a piece of carpet. The vets couldn't figure out what was wrong which = big bucks in itself. They went ahead and did exploratory surgery after she had been vomiting and not eating for about 6 days. She had a piece of carpet in her GI tract and it had meshed with her feces and created blockage. Poor baby can't get a break. We now keep her in the crate every day when we aren't home which breaks my heart because I really don't think she did anything wrong. She doesn't actually chew on things she isn't supposed to, I think it just got in there from eating treats off the floor.


Clean bill of health!

March 4th 2009 1:22 pm
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Yippee! I had my bile acids retested 6 months after my surgery and I am doing just fine! Thanks to everyone who helped with your prayers and the others who gave a little extra ;) You have made my parents sooo happy.


Yay for mommy and daddy

February 13th 2009 8:33 pm
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My mommy and daddy got engaged today, so I will be a legit doggy soon! :)

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