Update: Wiggles & the Wiggletts

Posted November 15, 2009 7:37 am

Puppy duty is hard work….. but oh, so worth it. Mommie Wiggles and her Wiggletts are doing well. It’s so funny because already, we can see a huge difference in the personalities of the pups. The white little girl is soft, sweet and submissive.  She’s so good and is an “easy” puppy. The boy…. well, let’s just say he’s trouble! He’s going to be a little stinker when he gets older. Already, he whines and fusses…… he’s very active. Even with his eyes still unopened, he’s a little explorer…. Constantly venturing off his nice cozy bed to explore the rest of the crib, while his sis lays sleeping in her corner unmoved. They are so cute together! Wiggles is doing better, she’s such a good mommie. We are feeding her special Canidae canned food and supplementing her with Ensure drinks and Pedialyte to keep her hydrated and healthy. She would much rather go to the potty on the floor in the nursery room where her pups are than go when we are on our brief recovery walks thou. The pups are not even 1 week old yet…. Days like these are ones we’ll look back on and treasure the memories… that’s why we’re taking tons of pics! Enjoy!

Hamlet is ready for adoption! So is Kira, Bonnie, Pebbles & Dino!

Posted November 15, 2009 1:08 am

Wiggles and the Wiggletts, Bones, Mack, Hamlet

Posted November 13, 2009 3:05 pm
We know everyone is very anxious for updates on our new little rescues. We try to post brief updates on Facebook daily, so please friend us there if you have not already. (http://www.facebook.com/adoptabull) Sorry we cannot answer all your questions or reply with comments, we're quite busy as you can imagine!
Momma wiggles and her pups are doing good so far. Of course, it's only day 4 :)  Wiggles is still very pale, her gums are faint pink. Nursing is a very stressful job and she is getting a lot of supplements and rest in between. The pups are nursing about every 3 hours now. The boy weighs a healthy 17 ounces and the girl is almost 11 ounces. We're trying to increase the time mamma and pups get to bond- the more bonding time they have the better. So after nursing we let Momma Wiggles lick and clean and snuggle with her little babies for a little while before they go back in their crib. Between the nursings, they are in a crib away from the mom so that they don't get hurt. Bullies mammas are large girls and one roll-over or accidental paw step could be fatal. Below are some pics of the little Wiggletts and their exhausted momma.
   
Other bullie updates:
  • Bones & Mack were adopted this week

  • Hamlet is getting neutered today

Day 1 Home with Wiggles & the pups.

Posted November 11, 2009 6:50 pm

Yesterday was one of the most eventful days in the history of Adopt-A-Bull Rescue. Wiggles had 3 pure English Bulldog puppies. 1 solid white female, 1 white & fawn/brindle male…. and another female white/brown that unfortunately didn’t make it.  Lucky for us, we were able to sit in on the surgery/c-section and photographed the entire procedure. After what we thought was a considerably successful procedure we had a major setback. We were on the way out the door, literally in the car, when we had to turn right back around. Wiggles had blood (more than usual amounts) seeping out of her incision site, and her color was extremely poor, gums basically white/very pale pink. The vet put her back under and re-opened her up attempting to find the source of the problem.  Not sure exactly where at the blood was coming from, he cleaned her up again really good and sealed her back up. After a little over 7 hours, we all were on our way back home. Yesterday night, the first day home was the worst. No amount of prepping, or speaking to breeders could prepare us for what we were about to be throw into. Pups must be separate from mom except for supervised interaction and feeding time. Pups must nurse every 2 hours with our assistance positioning, adjusting, and monitoring. At around 2:00 am Wiggles temp shot up to 104.7 and we almost had to admit her to the ER. Luckily, with cold compresses and fluids, it began to drop slowly and by noon today it had returned back to normal. Mommie Neely came over today while Mommie Erica went to work for 4 hours. Every 2 hours they must nurse and be stimulated manually by us with cotton balls and warm water to poop and pee. Wiggles may take over these duties in about 48 when she’s completely recovered from the anesthesia. Wiggles is doing fine now, she is a great mommie. We am very impressed actually, not ever having to go thru this type of thing before, Wiggles is making it easy on us. She is fantastic & we are so proud of her. She's on antibiotics and pain meds so maybe that's helping to an extent, but really she is a great mom. At the vet, they put warm water inside a latex glove so the pups would be warm on the way home and our boy started nursing on the warm water fingers! HA!  (See Below) The pictures document Wiggles c-section from the surgery prep to arrival home with the pups nursing.  Enjoy!

We wanted to thank Dr. Fox and his staff at River Bridge Animal Hospital for a job well done and for their help during the miracle birthing of Wiggles and her Wigglettes. Thanks also to the current local foster homes that have doubled up on foster dogs temporarily to relieve the burden at Mommie Erica's house. Sad to say at a time like this, but we do need more foster homes as the needs of the rescue bullies are never ending. Even though we are technically "full" we are still attempting to deal with the calls that keep coming from owner surrenders and the needs of bulldogs at county kill shelters as they come in. Toodles for now, off for feeding time again. - Mommie Erica & Mommie Neely  Oh, check out this video of the proud Mommie & bullie pupsL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Z4uoZ6j94

We are ALL home...

Posted November 10, 2009 9:01 pm
... and exhausted. Wiggles was pregnant with 3.... 1 of the girls didn't make it. Updates tomorrow. For a sneak peek and hourly updates posted in real time, check out our facebook: www.facebook.com/adoptabull

Wiggles' temp is down to 99.2, Puppies!

Posted November 9, 2009 11:13 pm

By now you have all heard the story of Wiggles, but for those of you that haven’t had a chance to read her story, here is the Reader’s Digest version:

Wiggles was being sold on the internet for $300.  If you had an extra $200 you could have the artificial insemination kit.  Well, we didn’t want the kit but we were not going to leave Wiggles in a situation where she was going to be used as a puppy maker.  Thanks to Mommie Neely who let us borrow $300 we were able to arrange the “sale.”  Mommie Beth drove to Kendall to pick up the poor baby.  She was filthy, her nails were long, and her nipples practically dragged on the ground.  The seller claimed: “She only had one litter but that was before I got her.  She had 11 in that litter!” Anyway, Mommie Beth took her back to her house to wait for the glorious day that she would be spayed.  YEAH!  It’s the big day!!  Off Wiggles goes to the vet, but much to everyone’s surprise, rather than getting spayed, she was pronounced “Pregnant!”  So now she is at Mommie Erica’s awaiting the big day when she gives birth to her two puppies.  That brings us to today…

Wiggles’ previous owner FINALLY called Mommie Erica back after almost a week of leaving messages for him.  Mommie Erica says that she needs information from him and she needs him to be 100% honest.  Her first question?  “Are the puppies inside Wiggles mixed puppies?”  His reaction??  “WHAT?”  Yup, he flipped out.  He had no idea that she was pregnant which was evident by his reaction, cussing, and the unbelievable next statement, “I can’t believe it took!!”  Needless to say Mommie Erica wanted to know what he meant by that.  “It took!  I artificially inseminated her but I didn’t think it worked!!”  Can you believe this guy? 

 Mommie Erica went on to ask him about the obvious multiple litters Wiggles has had and how was that possible when he told her that he had her since she was a puppy?  He never said that (of course).  He bought her a bit over a year ago from some guy and he paid $1,000 for her.  He went on to say that the reason he got rid of her was because she was shi***** on the floor in his trailer and he was sick of cleaning up after her. He wanted puppies from her and when it wasn’t working he wanted to give her up. Anyway, Mommie Erica proceeds with many questions about the sire of the pups and kindly requests a picture of him. 

Now, here’s the best part.  Guess what he asks Mommie Erica…  “Will you sell me one of the puppies?”  Are you kidding right now???  Really???  “Why do you want a puppy when you just sold me your dog?”  Says Mommie Erica.  He didn’t want an old dog like Wiggles.  He wants to start fresh with a puppy! 

 

Update: As of approx 5:00pm Wiggles temp has dropped to 99.2 degrees. We called the original owner back to ask of the artificial insemination date.... 9-12-09, or possibly 9-11-09. From talking to a few Bulldog breeders, they give birth between 60 and 63 days, but 59 days is not unheard of. The worst thing that could happen is if she starts to push and "free whelp" or have the babies on her own.... this is extremely dangerous to momma and pups. A c-section for sure should be in order for any pregnant female English Bulldog. We are hoping to hold off from going to the Emergency Room this evening to have puppies.... if Momma can hold off we will have a scheduled c-section tomorrow afternoon. Needless to say, Wiggles will be monitored thru the night with Mommie Erica very close by.

Zana made it to rescue today...(Thanks to Auntie Shontell!)

Posted November 8, 2009 5:30 pm

Today I learned what “rescue” means in many senses of the word – I know Erica and Neely have seen worse, but this was pretty darn ugly and extremely sad.   Last Sunday, Erica asked me if I could pick up a surrender in my area and I immediately told her I would be happy to....it didn’t happen last week, the owner hadn’t gotten around to filling out the paperwork.  Time kept passing and I thought, oh well, they probably changed their minds.  As the weekend got closer I get the call....the paperwork is here, let’s set a time and place to meet.  The owner was getting her hair done yesterday and when I offered to pick the dog up from their home she said, “it's really messy because we are moving”. So we agreed to meet the next morning.

I asked a few questions just be sure I had all the information I needed for Erica since this was my first “surrender” where I felt responsible. I asked about shots...her “boyfriend gives them to the dogs and she knows she had them recently, but I’m not sure what they were”.  Ok, have you ever taken her to the vet? “no, I don’t think so”  The paperwork says she doesn’t get along with other animals but that you have a dog and two cats, can you explain....”well, she is ok once she knows them but she does still go after my cats sometimes”.  Alrighty then.

Moving on to the get together...I knew I was getting a “female, approximately 6 years old who is great with people but not so great with other dogs and or other animals...until she gets to know them because she likes to dominate, be the alpha...she is not spayed and supposedly had a litter a few years ago.”  There were no listed medical issues but a mention of “nail clipping is a two person job”.  The reason for surrender: A friend of a friend left her with us a few months ago to travel and now we can’t reach him to take her back.  We don’t have time to care for her.

When I arrived at the location to the meetup location we agreed upon, I saw a pretty bully girl watching the world go by and then I immediately noticed her nails...long....like Guinness book record holder long.  Ick.  I didn’t comment.  I talked with the owner – who was very nice, by the way – and found out she had tracked down the prior owner and confirmed he definitely didn’t want her back. And, P.S. - she is about 8 or 9 YEARS OLD.  About this time I noticed the yucky mass on Zana’s leg that was oozing. The owner gave me a bag with some treats and some Otomax in it...explaining that Zana had an ear problem a while back and the doctor gave it to her.  I asked about her food...”she gets Beneful and green beans.  She has been on a diet” The owner didn’t bring any for me to take with me, however.  Finally to her credit, she gave me a $100 donation to contribute to the rescue for her spaying and future care.  As we started leaving she told me how difficult it is to walk Zana....I noticed.  She is a butt plopper downer and not moving bully.  Being the pack leader I am, I coaxed her along but said goodbye to the surrendering Mommy.  She stopped to pee at least three or four times on the way back to the car...gotta remember to tell Erica about that.

We finally made it back to the car but in the meantime I got to see how uncomfortable she looked walking. She reminded me a bit of Spencer in that the older they get, the slower they move unless they REALLY want something!  I loaded her up and away we went.
Got her home broke out all the bully cleaning stuff - let the scrubbing begin.    I started with a general looking over: fleas – check, mass under skin by right shoulder, check, mass on right leg oozing puss, check, nasty ears that probably haven’t been cleaned in months, check, nails long enough to scratch the neighbor’s dogs back, check, discharge coming from both eyes, check, polyps sticking out of her butt, check, Icky breath, check.  Teeth...wait, am I really seeing what I’m seeing?  Nasty brown teeth rotting at the base so much that they are black??? Check.  
My heart breaks.  I realize this dog has been neglected, ignored; only God knows what.  Left outside?  Left alone....or just... left.

I take pictures.  I clean her up and keep telling her I love her and she is in a better place and we are going to get her comfortable again as soon as possible.  She seems to know it’s ok.  She lets me cut her nails in the back without wincing, moving to bite or anything.  She hasn’t shown any aggression towards me at all, thank goodness.  I accidentally hit the quick on one of her toenails and NOW she is paranoid a little. Luckily, most are cut by this time and I feel terrible that I added to this poor baby’s misery.  Ugh!  She lets me gently wash each paw and between her toes.

I get Zana down and we have bonding time.  I dry her off and make her comfy. She is shaking.  I can’t tell if she is cold or just...relieved.  It reminded me of when an emotional release takes place inside us and we can’t control it.  I think she knew she was in a good place but still scared and maybe a little cold.  I got her a big soft cushion and a blanket and wrapped her up in it.  I called Erica with the news: we have a neglected baby who needs medical help right away.  We agree on a plan.  God willing, she will be at the SPCA tomorrow to see my favorite Doctor and find out how and where to start.

If you believe in God, would you please pray for Zana’s comfort?  I don’t know how she has been eating.  Her eyes are oozing so she is obviously ill.  Finally, I made a HUGE mistake that you all should know – because she had fleas, I gave her my last dose of Revolution, thinking this was a good thing, right?  WRONG.  Erica tells me that if a dog has heartworms, giving them preventative can kill them.  Oh my gosh.  I feel so stupid.  I never knew. So, would you pray this little ole lady doesn’t have heartworms and my “helping” hasn’t actually hurt her?  Thank you. Finally, would you pray for all her issues to be treatable ones and that the doctors will be able to find and cure each item specifically and efficiently?

While it is a sad story, and I could be angry at the people who let her get like this...I prefer to be grateful that they were brave enough, or had enough humanity in them to at least call a rescue rather than let her keep suffering further.  I don’t know what Zana’s journey looks like, but I do know that today she is better off than she was yesterday thanks to Adopt-a-bull Rescue and my love for bullies.  If you would like to be a volunteer “rescuer”, won’t you please let Erica or Neely know? Times are tough for all of us and I sense they need all the help they can get not to be overwhelmed. You don’t have to be perfect (obviously from my blunder) but you do need to be willing to learn, grow and love these babies while you have them in your care.   It is so rewarding to know one less bully is suffering at the end of the day.  

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Princess Zana! 

The scoop on Preggar Wiggles

Posted November 6, 2009 10:15 am

Well.... Wiggles is very prego with 2 darling little puppies! The vet estimates she'll have her pups in about 10-14 days. In the meantime, we are researching like crazy and speaking to mentors about how to properly plan for and care for these little bullie babies. We've left several messages over the past couple days for the original owner in attempts to find out if these may be pure or mixes. We have yet to receive a phone call back so at this point we still do not know. Unfortunately, we get a lot of female bullies in our program with sagging nipples and tons of extra "stuff" where it doesn't belong.... this is why just assumed Wiggles was used as a breeding dog rather than actually being pregnant at this moment. There are still many un-answered questions, many things we can only speculate about... one thing we are absolutely sure of though: Wiggles has entered bullie rescue heaven and this WILL BE the last litter she ever will have!

A friend of ours with experience in raising litters sent us the following email. The funds we are able to raise for Wiggles and her babies will be used to purchase these items and everything else they need.
"You will need heating pads or a heat lamp, I use head lamp from walmart with red bulb 250 first few days and then 175 thereafter.
a place to keep them- whelping box, kidie pool, etc. You can keep them in a large rubbermaid tub first week, and put on to nurses as needed.
Benebac
Formula
Bottles
Tons of blankets/receiving blankets, etc etc...
Vitamins, folic acid, puppy food for the extra vitamins and nutrients
thermometer to check temps
feeding tubes just in case you have sick pups, I order just born, nutrical, benebac and Just Born formula for bottles I use playtex nursers with liners.
Lots of baby wipes to clean them up
Cotton balls to pee them and poop them- I dip in warm water then stimulate the area
Desitin for raw butts or A&D
Kayro and Nutrical for mom when she first nurses may have head shakes etc. Give nutrical as she nurses...or kayro.
Also can be used on pups to help them regulate insulin control
Lots of papertowels
I also keep beef and chicken liver around before and after pups for fading puppy syndrome and mom to eat ..boil and syringe into pups mouth the broth if they fade
Scale to weight pups..they can loose up to 10% body weight in first 10-14 days, thereafter they should gain..`1 week 1 pound, 2 weeks 2 pound etc...
At 3 weeks I start cereal, gerber rice or other mixed with formula, make watery, put in small low dish and let them lap up or spoon feed them, then make thicker as they get older. I do this 3-4 times a day until 4-5 weeks. At 5 weeks I add in gerber meats, then by 6 weeks mushed dog food."

Wiggles Update & Dog Breeder Investigation

Posted November 4, 2009 1:55 pm
There were some complications today during Wiggles’ spay surgery. But don’t worry, we think everyone is ok….yes, everyone… still not getting it? Ok we’ll tell you—WIGGLES IS PREGNANT! The female bullie you just helped us rescue by donating to her "re-homing fee" in order to save her from becoming a breeding dog (she was being sold with a voucher for $700 worth of sperm, remember), is already pregnant! Don’t get too excited, (or disappointed, depending how you look at it,) we don’t know any details yet. Are these purebred bullies? Or did she accidently get “friendly” with the last owner’s nextdoor neighbor dog? We have no idea. We don’t even know the health status yet. All we know is, when the vet team opened her up, there was a surprise inside! We’re in the process of contacting the owner who we got her from to try to get more information. He explicitly stated that she had never been pregnant “while in his care”, but based on the size of her nipples we had our suspicions he wasn't being fully honest. We had no idea she was currently pregnant! We’re going to need lots of help with this one. A pregnant bullie is no easy situation. Prenatal care is top priority. And like we said, we don’t know how far along she is, or how healthy these puppies are. Obviously she has had no prenatal care up to this point. It’s going to take your help to get Wiggles and her new pups through this! Please click below to donate and help our newest additions!! This is our chance to give them a good life straight from the beginning...something we don't often get to do! In fact, this will be our very first experience with this. Info to come as we learn more.....stay tuned.

On a separate note: One of our meetup members and current foster homes previously purchased a pup from this horrific woman. This is why we encourage everyone to do their research!!! YOU MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO, PLEASE SPREAD THIS LINK: http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-dog-breeder-investigation-110309,0,1475320.story

4 surgeries in 2 days: Bones, Wiggles, Corona, Dexter

Posted November 3, 2009 9:11 pm

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Tomorrow is a very busy day for our vet, we have 3 separate surgeries to be done. Wiggles will be spayed, Corona will be neutered, and Dexter will have entropion. Bones had cherry eye surgery today and it went very well. He's scheduled to be back home with us tomorrow. We are very very busy here lately with all the bullies, local foster homes are needed!

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