Gummy, Lemon, Cookie, Frodo, Wilbur
Posted September 22, 2009 12:06 pm
GUMMY NEEDS A FOSTER HOME TRANSFER! A FOREVER HOME WOULD BE BEST THOU! HERE'S NEW PICS OF THE HAM!
LEMON IS READY FOR HIS FOREVER HOME! HE IS AN ACTIVE PUPPY AT 2 YEARS YOUNG!
COOKIE IS STILL BATTLING PNUEMONIA, BUT IS LOVING LIFE IN ADOPT-A-BULL'S FOSTER CARE PROGRAM!
Frodo's ultrasound revealed a small piece of fatty tissue near his heart, but nothing to be concered about at this time!
Party at Heron Lakes Animal Hospital! Stimpy, Gonzo, Dino & Winston III.
Posted September 21, 2009 7:00 pm
We all went to the vet on the same day! Don't worry, we are all doing alright, all things considered. We are all availabull for adoption! StimpyGonzoDino
And Mommie Neely's favorite terror puppy...... Lemon aka, Noah, aka Chico!
Here's a little picture story of one of our newest rescues. Over the weekend, we got 3 separate bullies in less than 23 and a half hours!
Today's Updates in pictures: Bruno, Frodo, Dino, Bonnie, Winston III
Posted September 20, 2009 1:20 pm
Bruno is starting to walk slowly on his leg and put weight on it now; we go for therapy walks a couple times a day. During the majority of the day he's crate confined/activity restricted..... and it's oh.... so hard for him! He gets so mad seeing all his friends out and playing he cries and whimpers, it's so cute! Bruno will be ready for adoption in about 2 weeks, after his post-op re-check!
Frodo continues to do well in his foster home! He had another ultrasound done at the same time Wilbur had his, and we are expecting the offical results sometime this week.
Dino was adopted last year in September. He was recently returned to us and is now looking for a new forever home. He much prefers women over men. An ideal home for Dino includes one where a male figure is not present. When Dino entered our program last year, he was severely emactiated. Prior to adoption he was at an ideal weight, now he is overweight and is on a strict diet!
Bonnie is recovering nicely from her spay surgery. She's been very calm since the surgery, so although she's mostly crate confined, she's gotten to spend quite a bit of time out of the crate napping with the other bullies. She sleeps sitting up a lot; the 15 staples in her tummy must be tender! She just needs close supervision to not scratch at the staples!
Please welcome Adopt-A-Bull's newest intake as of late last night, Winston III, and as of 5pm today, Diesel! Read more under Avail-A-Bull's.
It doesn't look good for Wilbur the puppy :(
Posted September 19, 2009 5:22 pm
Thanks to everyone’s donations, we were able to get Wilbur an ultrasound. And good thing we did because what we found is serious. The official results will be in next week. But the unofficial diagnosis is pulmonic stenosis.
What is Pulmonary Stenosis? PS is a congenital heart defect. Normally there are 3 leaflets of tissues in the pulmonary valves. This tissue acts as a seal, opening to allow blood to pass through. The most common form of PS in dogs occurs when the tissue leaflets thicken and fuse together, thus causing an obstruction of blood flow. Not as common is when the tissue surrounding the pulmonic valve leaflets is too narrow.It is not uncommon for puppies with PS to not have any clinical signs. Which is how so many places get away with selling sick puppy mill dogs! Symptoms don’t come until later! Symtoms include exercise intolerance, collapse (similar to fainting, it may occur with excitement or exercise), and in severe cases- like Wilbur!- the right side of the heart will fail causing the abdomen to become distended with fluid.
So what are the treatments for PS? Dogs with mild to moderate pulmonic stenosis do not typically develop clinical signs or require an intervention. Unfortunately as we see with Wilbur’s giant distended belly, his case is definitely severe. Generally, there are 2 intervention options: 1) Balloon valvuloplasty in which a catheter is placed into the jugular vein in the neck and directed into the right side of the heart; a balloon on the end is then placed across the pulmonic valve leaflets, which is inflated to open the valve. 2) Surgical repair can be performed in select dogs by a specialized cardiac vet.
Unfortunately, we don’t think we will be able to proceed with these options due to some other complications Wilbur has going on with his heart. We will know more soon, so check back for updates. Please keep this bullie boy in your prayers. His treatment options are not looking promising. For now he is in stable condition on 3 different medications being administered every 12 hours. :(
Spencer, Frodo, Brucie, Gummy, Wilbur
Posted September 18, 2009 11:24 am
.... or perhaps it's the other way around as SHE always seems to be on top of HIM! :)
Frodo is doing fantastic in foster care! He's in a home with 2 poms, 1 lab and a couple children too! Frodo is coming along quite nicely. He's making good friends with his new foster brother & sisters, and is loving every ounce of attention he gets! He plays this new game where he steals all the toys, piles them up, then lays on them so the poms can't get them! LOL He loves when company comes over and politely seats himself as close to them as he can get.... He especially LOVES the ladies! He's known here as "Bully White" (Barry White). =x
Brucie is almost finished with his 2nd round of heartworm injections and will soon be ready for his forever home!
Gummy is ready for adoption, but no one has expressed interest in him :( His current foster mommy can no longer foster for us right now so Gummy needs a foster home transfer, a permanent home would be best though. If you can help foster, please call 954-802-1442 or 954-213-7648.
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Wilbur, Bruno, Bonnie...
Posted September 17, 2009 11:00 am
Yesterday, Wilbur went back to the vet to have more fluid withdrawn from his tummy. We dropped him off this time and when we came back 2 hours later to pick him up his belly was noticeably smaller!
On Tuesday, a sample of the fluid extracted from Wilbur's tummy was send out the lab. The results just came back.... the fluid is consistent with either "cardiac insufficiency, compression of vessels from neoplasia or mass, inflammation of an organ...". The vet says Wilbur either has a heart problem or a tumor. Thanks to our awesome donors we have enough money now to proceed with an ultrasound. Wilbur's ultrasound is scheduled for tomorrow.
Bonnie finally got spayed yesterday and even had a rotten tooth pulled! Thanks Dr. Abel for taking care of our smooshy princess!
Even thou we hadn't quite reached our goal for Bruno's surgery fund, we went ahead and got his surgery done anyway. Thankfully, our orthopedic specialist is very nice in allowing us to make payments if we needed to!
Wilbur: our newest intake. A baby boy, not a pregnant female.
Posted September 16, 2009 10:35 am
On 9-14-09 a bullie pup was picked up by the county as a stray. He would have remained there until his 5 day legal hold was up unless his owner claimed him during that time. Adopt-A-Bull contacted the shelter after reading his medical note that indicated "Demodex & bloated stomach" and inquired about his release on a medical foster. They said we could take him on a medical foster leave, but if his owner came forward during the next 5 days, we'd have to return him to the shelter. We agreed and made the trip down south to pull him from the shelter. Where we in for a shock when we actually saw him.... yes, it's a HIM! Not a pregnant female:
So, with mommy Erica freaking the heck out, we immediately loaded up in the car and drove as safe and as quick as we could to Heron Lakes Animal Hospital before they closed for the evening. Once there, we ran tests, blood work, more tests and then Dr. Sands drained nearly 2 full cups of fluid from his belly.
At first we suspected some type of intestinal worm infestation, but this is clearly much more serious. Wilbur seriously looks like big fat piglet, he even has the hair loss and coarse fur to go with it - that's why we named him Wilbur. (We had to change him name, the shelter named him Freddy and that's my husband's name...oops!) Wilbur has a heart murmur and the vet suspects a possible heart condition. Treatment for his severe demodex mange will come secondary to finding a definitive diagnosis for Wilber overall condition. At this point, an ultrasound is next in order. Please help us save Wilbur!
2 Bulldogs picked up for the 2nd time on animal cruelty charges...
Posted September 15, 2009 10:23 am
(The white bulldog is now in Adopt-A-Bull Rescue custody as of yesterday afternoon, we named him Stimpy.)
This duo was picked up by the county on a 2nd offense cruelty charge against their owner. The pair was previously picked up about a month ago on same exact charge and then released back to owners after several citations and fines. Both bullies were living outside in one small cage, crammed in there together. According to the county, the cage was really not even big enough to appropriately contain one bullie, let alone both. They were being contained in the one cage outside in direct sunlight without any food/water! When the county went back out to check on the bullies after the first incident, they saw the same conditions with no improvement and took them into custody yet again. The brown bullie's chip was traced and he was claimed by a previous owner - the owner had given his bullie to someone after listing him on an online classified ad and was complelety horrified to discover what had happened to his bulldog after his failed rehoming/sale attempt. The while bulldog was turned over to Adopt-A-Bull yesterday.
It's still early in the evaluation process for this little guy and more info will be forthcoming, but we know for a fact that so far he needs to be neutered, have cherry eye surgery, his complete vaccinations, heartworm test, de-wormed and preliminary bloodwork run. Estimated cost for treatment: $550, PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN, EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS. Take a stand against animal cruelty, spread this link and help Stimpy today!
Frodo's Rescue Story & Update.
Posted September 11, 2009 6:00 pm
Adopt-A-Bull saw me being sold on the internet for $100 so they contacted my owners and tried to talk them into surrendering. Gosh, it’s about time! I couldn’t wait until I was no longer with those people! I’ve lived with them since I was a little pup and it was about time I had a better life. I heard them giving the rescue the run around on the phone; they kept telling different stories and most were not true. Ultimately, it boiled down to be being out of the property by 12:30pm the same day my ad was posted online. You see, my owners moved down here from NY and didn’t make sure dogs were allowed in the apartment they were renting…. The landlord told my owners they had 1 week to get rid of me. On the last day possible, my owners were scrambling for options so they listed me online for sale for $100, first come first serve. They were willing to let the rescue have me, but demanded the $100, no exceptions. My owners would not surrender me willingly so the law office where Mommie Erica works put up the $100 bounty for me. Mommie Erica saw me in the photo online and not only did I look pitiful, but so did my so called “dad”. Here’s a picture that my owners put on my online ad:
So, this nice lady named Mommie Erica, left her paying job immediately and traveled to the next county North to meet me and my owners in a Mc Donald’s parking lot. Mommie Erica came prepared with the surrender documents, $100 cash and a self addressed stamped envelope with $3 postage paid so my owners could mail her my medical records. My owners told the rescue that, they had closed out my file with the vet I was seeing and the vet was mailing the records down from NY to FL so my owners would be able to transfer my file to whatever new vet I’d be seeing down her in FL. The records were apparently in transit so my owners promised as soon as they got the records they would in turn send them to the rescue. I arrived in the parking lot 20 minutes late and when I came out of the car, Mommie Erica had to hold back all the emotions she felt. I was a friggin’ mess! $100 – she thought she should be the one being paid $100 to take me instead of actually having to pay for me! I had crusty lesions all over my body and couldn’t see a thing because my eyes were filled with layers of goopy eye boogers and crusty infection. My ears were swollen shut with nastiness, my nails so long they interfered with the way I walked, and it looked like I’d been starved living out in a backyard somewhere! (Little did we know how true this really was.)
The only thing Mommie Erica inquired about was why I was so skinny… to which my owner snapped back with “I thought rescuing bulldogs is what you do? You should know they are supposed to look like this, they can’t have too much weight because of their hips.” My owners actually though there was nothing wrong with my weight! Shouldn’t they know better if they outwardly admitted to having [backyard] breeders in their immediate family breeding us? You’d think they’d know that bulldogs are NOT supposed to look like me! Oh, it’s such a shame! It took everything my rescue mommie had to hold back speaking what she was thinking and feeling. I could tell by the way she was clenching her fists behind her back and the fake smile she had on her face that all she wanted to do was scoop me up and be on her way with me. I was handed over without even a leash or collar; my owners never ever have used one on me. They said I walk okay without one, but no sooner than the words left their mouth I started to wander out towards the traffic passing by and mommie Erica had to follow after me and physically re-direct my path to keep me out of harm’s way. She told my owner to hold be tight and went to get the leash/collar she always keep in her car for emergencies. I was handed over with only a new tube of ear meds dated all the way back to 6-26-09 that was prescribed to me but never even used or opened for my painful, infected ears. Oh I wish they gave me my meds and got me the eye drops that I could have benefited tremendously from. How come my owners never cared enough about me like total strangers have? It was apparent to the rescue that something was terribly wrong with my owners so Mommie Erica politely hurried things up and the next thing I knew I was at a vets office…. but not before pulling over ½ way there cause I decided to go #2 in Mommie’s 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse! Sorry ma!
To make a long story short…. I was at the vet for 8 full days before Mommie Erica took me back to her house. That was about 2 hours ago and I love it here! My blood work is okay, my 4dx/heartworm test came back negative (Thank God because I’ve never been given a heartworm preventative in my life), my skin scrape is negative, although I do have a severe staph infection all over my body. My fungal test is still pending, I have sleep apnea, two different types of crystals in my urine for which I’m on special food for and I still have two circular objects still hanging off the rear of my body and mommie says she can’t wait until they are gone! I’m not stable enough to undergo surgery yet because the rescue is still trying to figure out what’s wrong with me and why I breathe so funny and sound so congested. My chest x-rays from yesterday came back questionable and it was though I may have a tumor or fluid around my heart so I was transferred to a different vet clinic this morning for an ultrasound. Thankfully the ultrasound did not reveal anything too concerning that would warrant a trip to a cardiologist so Mommie Erica took me home and is just going to monitor me carefully. It could be my elongated soft palate that is causing all this trouble with my breathing, but for now the plan is to keep my tummy full and happy so I can have a brand new start to my brand new life! In a couple weeks, as long as everything goes well, I’ll go back to the vet for a soft palate surgery consultation.
Mommie got upset yesterday because she called my original owners out of courtesy to let them know all that was going on with me and requested more info about my real age or even my birth records because there was a discrepancy in my age. Vet records say I was born 1-1-05, but my owners said I was born 3-5-06 and they knew that for a fact because my old mommie’s mother was my breeder (and apparently works at an animal hospital currently.) My old owner became very defensive and rude when it was communicated to her what horrible shape I was in. Not only did she not believe I had spent so many days and nights at the hospital, but she told my rescue mommie “I doubt he’s even seen a vet yet. How can he be so sick when he was just at the vet in June. Don’t you think my vet would tell me if my dog was so sick or underweight?” My rescue mommie encouraged my old owners to go on www.adoptabullrescue.com and check out my pics and they replied, “I don’t have time to go on your site, I have a baby to take care of.” That’s when mommie Erica got firm and said she could care less if I was 3 or 13 years old, but for the sake of accuracy and presenting accurate information to any potential adopters that may be interested in me when I am all better, it would be nice to have correct information. It was obvious that my owners did care about anything other than disposing of me and getting $100. It was a full week after I was surrendered and my old owners didn’t even call to check on me. It was the rescue that called just to let them know I was getting better with medical treatment, love care and some good meals. But hey!, what does that matter when they thought nothing was wrong with me to begin with. They hung up on my rescue mommie after calling her a name that rhymes with WITCH when she began to give them the riot act and go off on them about what poor condition I was in. All the other rescue bullies say it’s been a while since they have seen Mommie Erica this mad, but I’m sure glad I have someone to stick up for me and my friends! How could you not see something wrong with me when I look like this?
Tater, Harley, Brownie, Bonnie, Frodo Updates!
Posted September 10, 2009 10:59 pm
Harley Rose (left) and her daughter Tater (right) were recently split up into separate foster homes for their own benefit. Both girls are doing great in their homes and are settling in nicely...
And here's a new pic of Miss Brownie in her foster home. Brownie is a petite bullie girl around 40 pounds looking for a furever home!
Bonnie is doing great here visiting Mommie Erica's house, she's such a gorgeous bullie girl. Her pics do not do her justice at all! She's an absolute love and my new little shadow! She falls asleep resting her head on my feet where ever I go and is not content unless part of her body is touching mine. She's so cute we just wanna squeeze her so hard! lol :)
Frodo is still at the vet, he's been there for a week today. Hopefully, we'll get him back soon with a diagnosis. Poor baby :(