Sweet Dee's Care and Recovery Fund

On June 16, 2015, we rescued Dee from a very overcrowded kill shelter. Her people said they were moving and dumped her and another dog, Roxie, at the shelter.  We agreed to take both girls.  By the grace of a wonderful pilot, Dee was able to escape the 110 degree temperatures she was living in, and flown up to us in Santa Rosa. In a dehydrated and over heated state, weighing 94 lbs., and with an internal temperature of 105 degrees on arrival, we rushed her to the vet to make sure she didn't have any major health issues. When we first got her, she was too stressed to walk. After cooling down, getting rehydrated, and feeling more relaxed, we discovered that she could walk on her own, although with difficulty and great strain on her legs, feet, and joints.

After having a day to recover, we saw Dee's very sweet and charming personality emerge. Although Dee may be two and a third times more than her ideal weight (of 38-40 lbs. for her size), she is still a cattle dog! She is very alert, observant and bright, and wants to be with her people as much as possible. Dee does her best to follow her foster person around the house. She is also house trained and very obedient. She waddles to the door when she needs to go out and comes right back in when her foster calls her. She is a happy girl, who will roll over for petting whenever someone approaches her. Dee also wants to make friends with her foster's cat. Her foster mom is very impressed with what a good girl Dee is!

Dee arrived with kennel cough from the shelter, and initial blood work results show that she has a hypo-thyroid, some anemia, and a high white blood cell count. We immediately started her on meds for her cough and thyroid condition, and started her on a low fat diet. Her teeth also look very bad, and it looks like at least one tooth may need to be extracted. We don't dare knock her out for any procedure until she loses at least 40 lbs.

We are in it for the long haul with Dee, and already discussing plans for physical rehabilitation for her muscles, joints, and range of motion, as she loses weight and becomes more mobile. We will continue to update our information on Dee's status and condition.

It is clear that our veterinary and other health care expenses for Dee will add up quickly. We would be very grateful for any donations to help us pay for all our costs to help Dee, and enable us to continue rescuing great dogs like her, whose illness or injuries make them unlikely to be considered by most others. As a federally recognized, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible.  No contribution is too small.  Every $5 and $10 helps! Thank you so much!


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Marina Chang Harrison 
Santa Rosa, CA
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