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Raised by 221 people in 5 months
Created April 23, 2018
LG
Leigh Anne Gray
on behalf of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
This is Starfish. She was abandoned at 10 weeks old on the beach in a Heineken box, unable to walk and splayed out on top of her food, like a starfish. Her body was flat, her organs were flat and the vet recommended euthanasia. Our local animal shelter brought her to specialists for a second opinion: Starfish was born with Swimmer's Pup Syndrome, a curable genetic condition. Team Starfish was able to harness her indomitable spirit and guide her recovery over the course of two months of physical rehabilitation.

She's had almost six active months on her feet and we've just read her Xrays again: she has extremely severe hip dysplasia.
 
 
Team Starfish supports this dog. Our continuing partnership with the nonprofit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)--the wonderful shelter that rescued Starfish, believed in her, and brought her into our lives--will accelerate Starfish's medical care. FAAS will be covering the costs of the surgeries and the follow-up care – estimated to be $10,000.

Please consider making a donation in honor of Starfish and to help FAAS pay for her surgical procedures. The money from this campaign will be directed to their Angel Fund. Any funds raised in excess of what Starfish needs will help pay for the extraordinary medical care of other animals that come through the shelter – animals just like Starfish.

We'd like to recognize her team of dedicated caregivers (http://www.holisticvetcare.com) (Christa Sapita) (vcahospitals.com)(alamedaanimalshelter.com). We are a young family in the San Francisco Bay Area who adopted Starfish with the belief that she is perfect for our family and meant to be walking around our community, inspiring people with her unique story. Starfish lives with the promise that the Underdog in all of us needs a little boost and a lot of love.

Please keep in touch to follow her rehabilitation from FHO surgery. 
The story of Starfish has touched millions of people worldwide. The outpouring of compassion and love has made a huge impact on our family and our community.

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One of the best things about working with Starfish is learning about how she ticks. Unlike most dogs, Starfish doesn't very much enjoy going on walks. These days, I'll try to walk her around the block, and she curls up--seemingly quite bored and ready to go home--after a quarter block. Hmmmmm.

She loves the dog park. A neighbor who volunteers at the shelter took her this morning, early early, to meet the dogs. Except for when she's on leash, she cowers when confronted with any aggression. So, we make sure to take her to the dog park when only the die-hards are there. Good dogs, careful owners. That's how she rolls.

Her favorite thing to do these days is to swim, and it is such good exercise for her back end. After a couple of weeks' swimming off the boat ramps, she has stopped twisting together her back legs as she walks. She still prefers the side that had hip surgery first in pretty much everything that she does, so she's got a ways to go. We take her swimming every other day, and hope to start her physical rehabilitation again soon.

We give a special nod to the new swimmer's pups out there, and wish them good spirits and strong back ends.
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Starfish is home again, and back at the beach this morning where it all started for Team Starfish. This time, she has command of her surroundings.
She won't ever be able to swim here because of the bird sanctuary rules, but she is ready to explore new launches;)
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We're surprised to learn that Starfish can swim, retrieve a stick, and shake off excess water just like any ol' dog. What a great development... this will be so good for her leg muscles!
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Eureka, CA. At first glance, Starfish poses on a harbor outlook, surveying the boats and ready to chase birds. But really... she is not as happy as she seems. This is a rehabilitation exercise for her back legs that is challenging at this height. She tends to compensate for weakness on her back end by using her front legs for pretty much everything. Usually we find one stair for her to stand on her back legs alone, but this concrete bulwark was like 2-3 steps high. She lasted as long as it took to snap the photo;)
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Raised by 221 people in 5 months
Created April 23, 2018
LG
Leigh Anne Gray
on behalf of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
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