Wiggles & Wigglet & ZHU ZHU!
Posted December 2, 2009 9:36 pm
When we went to pick up Wigglet on Monday evening, we met Judi at her store. We took a camera, of course, and here are some pics of our arrival to take our baby girl back home. We were so excited to get her back, but wanted to make sure we knew how to do everything right so we stayed a while and Auntie Judi "edjumicated" us on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it! Today Wigglet weighed in at 1 pound 14 ounces!!!
And as you can see, Mommie Erica got her nails done about 2 weeks ago, french manicure in baby blue in memory of Wigglet's brudder that didn't make it :(
Momma Wiggles left Adopt-A-Bull headquarters about 2 hours ago to go to a foster home in the county just north of us. Since she can't be reunited with Wigglet, we felt it was best for her to go to foster care for a bit more 1:1 interaction in a home that was less busy. She'll be big sis to a 16 month old male bullie boy for a while and we're sure she'll have a blast! Wiggles will come back on Dec. 12 to pay us a visit when she returns for our Bullie Hotdawg BBQ Meetup! :)
Click over to our FUNDRAISER blog for more about how to bid & win on this Zhu Zhu Pet, aka, Wigglet look alike!
Wigglet is HOME & so are our Flip Flops!
Posted December 1, 2009 12:50 pm
Wigglet is doing well! Wigglet is 21 days old today - Happy 3 week Birfday baby Girl! She drinks her bottle like a Champ and is such a little princess. We have to feed her every 2 1/2 hours during the day and can stretch it to every 4 hours at night. We are back on a very strict schedule with her and are even more thankful now for Auntie Judi taking care of her these past 14 days. Wigglet is home at Mommie Erica's house and she stays in the nursery room... which has been renovated and is no longer the "home office." She is separate from all other dogs and is not able to have human visitors. Unfortunately, Wigglet will not even be reunited with Momma Wiggles. Wiggles is still undergoing treatment for her own worms and because she's been living in "general population" with other rescue bullies, we are playing it safe and must not reunite the two. You see, despite all the holiday fuss and the drama in our own personal lives, rescue must still go on! We get several calls a week about bulldogs in need and our local kill shelters continue to receive pure English Bulldogs in that we are called upon to rescue... the needs are so overwhelming. However, the sad truth is, despite tremedous support from the public and readers like you, we still need more $$$ to help the bullies and more volunteers to step forward as foster homes to house the bullies that need to come in. Like we mentioned last week, we got 3 news bullies in just a matter of one weekend. Without foster homes for them to go to or donations for them to be treated by a vet, we wouldn't have been able to take them in. You make this happen, yes you! You reading this right now.... you are the reason why we are able to care for, at this very moment, 32 dogs in our program. Mommie Erica and Mommie Neely can only physically care for a certain number of dogs and we realize we can not do this on our own. Yet, know matter how hard it is for us to delegate responsibilities at times, we must learn to trust people. People have let these dogs down, people are the reason why some of the bullies come to us looking like they do, it's hard for us to trust people sometimes. Yet, you are helping us help them, you are making it happen. We take the time to update this daily blog as a courtesy to keep you informed about our rescue; to show you what your donations are being used for and all the good that we are able to do for these poor bullies that don't have a voice. Please share this link with your friends, and please spread the word. Don't breed & buy while shelter pets die! Please be their voice... please continue to help us help them. Thank you to those that support our mission and have donated, thank you to those that want to give but are not able to give at this moment. And for those that are able to give, but have not done so yet... do you think you can spare a few extra bucks this holiday season and support the bullies that need a home for the holidays? Wouldn't it be great if every bulldog had a home, or at least a rescue home for the holidays? (We can't save them all, but we can at least try, right?) I'd bet they'd be most thankful for a nice cozy dog bed, a loving home, medical care and 2 meals a day compared to the hard, cold concrete floor or metal cage at the local county kill shelter where they sit not even realizing that today could be their last day on this earth . What do you think??? - Thanks in advance, Adopt-A-Bull Rescue bullies (past, present and future.)
Wigglet is coming home & Zana Update!
Posted November 30, 2009 6:47 pm
Wigglet is coming home this evening!!! She weighs 1 & 1/2 pounds now and it steadily improving; she continues to make progress. She is off all meds and her poop is getting much better. After we write this little blog, we'll be leaving to go pick her up!!! Please stay tuned to a full Wigglet update tomorrow.
Poor Zana. This little girl has been through it. Due to all the neglect, the vet had us put her on eye drops, ear drops, antibiotics and pain medication BEFORE even considering surgery for her mass in her shoulder and mammary glands in addition to her rotting teeth. Just when she was feeling good and starting to show a little sparkle in her eye...it was the big day. Two days before Thanksgiving Zana went into surgery and was under anesthesia for three and a half hours! They had to pull 6 teeth, including one of her canines, remove a mass from her shoulder and while they planned to remove all the mammary masses, we opted to stop after removing one to find out if it is malignant before removing any more....she had been under anesthesia long enough. We got her home and as instructed kept her heavily medicated. However, on Thanksgiving morning she woke up early and scratched out her stitches in her shoulder. We will be going to the vet tomorrow to get them stapled back together. It is obvious she is in a LOT of pain. She barely (not always) makes it outside to do her business. On the positive side, she is eating and we continue to keep her on pain meds and pray for a speedy recovery. Please consider her future adoption...she deserves a special home and will be a sweet devoted girl when the time comes.
Happy Thanksgiving from Adopt-A-Bull!
Posted November 26, 2009 9:09 am
This year, we are especially grateful for all our members, supporters, adopters and donors! Thank you all!
Good Wigglet Update!
Posted November 25, 2009 6:07 pm
We received the following email this morning from Auntie Judi!
"Good Morning Erica! And this is a good morning! Wigglet (who now should be known as Piglet with this ravenous appetite) is doing great. Pup now weighs 1 lb -2ozs. She is crawling around looking for food, twitching, and sleeping on her back. Hopefully we are on the road to recovery. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. You and your group are good people and those bullies are lucky to you. - Judi"
We'd like to share a nice little comment we rec'd thru our "contact us" feature: ""This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for you! I had no idea there was such a need for bull rescues. Who could give one up or abuse one? Well, your posts have shown me a whole new world. I rescued my 2nd bulldog and consider myself the luckiest person alive!! I only wish you guys were in Ca. Hope you have a great holiday. You deserve it. Also, thank you for enlightening me, which has made me an even better dog owner!""
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Baby Wigglet Update! Dozer, Shar Pei's, Boomer
Posted November 24, 2009 9:15 am
Last night Mommie Erica, Daddy Fred and Mommie Neely took a trip to visit Baby Wigglet. Wigglet is still at the breeder’s house, she’s been there for a week now. We keep referring to her as “the breeder,” please allow us to clarify. The day our little male pup died, his sister started going downhill. We knew if we didn’t get help fast, she’d soon pass as well. The sad truth is that regular vets and even emergency clinic doctors do not know how to treat a fading puppy. The only people that have knowledge and expertise with these issues are dog breeders. Breeders have the knowhow and the hands-on dealing with such issues, they raise puppies! Who else better to contact? At around 10 pm I put a call out to a friend, Andy, who put us in touch with Judi the breeder. If it were not for Judi, we are certain the last of Wiggles’ pups would too pass away. Our previous blogs (below) have documented baby Wigglet’s journey a day at a time.
So, last night we visited Wigglet. She weighs a full pound now! Up significantly from the barely 10 ounces she weighed a week ago when we dropped her off. She looked funny with only one eye barely open. Remember, she had an eye infection in her left eye before it even opened, so Judi had to gently open it in order to administer eye medication to get the infection under control. Her physical appearance was looking better, but Judi was puzzled how she seemed to get dehydrated again. So she went back to tube feeding her coconut water, something that has worked wonders if she ever had her own fading pups from the litters she’s bred. (They also used coconut water as plasma in the wars for the soldiers.) Hey, it can’t hurt! Whatever Judi has been doing so far is keeping our little pup alive so we trust her judgment in what she sees fit to keep our baby Wigglet alive. We had a good hour of visitation and then it was time to let Judi get back to things. The whole time we were there we didn’t touch or hold baby Wigglet, we didn’t want to pass on any germs or bounce her around too much. It was so hard to resist petting her little head, but in due time, we know that once she gets thru this very delicate time, she’d be back home with us. We must only be patient, hopeful, and continue to pray for her survival.
Dozer IV continues to improve and we finally have some answers! Dozer has extremely small/tight nares, or nose hole openings. When he's sick or has a runny nose it's a bit more difficult because of the tightness factor for mucus or air to flow thru. He’s getting frequent baths, is being fed Canidae, a great high quality dog food, and is being spoiled rotten in a local foster home where he’s the only dog. We plan to start up another round of antibiotics to further clear up his persistent yeastiness and foot chewing. It takes a full 90 days to see if a new diet will “work” on a particular dog, so we are patient and hopeful! Dozer is a great boy. He’s very mellow and extremely well behaved. He adores his crate; it’s his safe place… his sanctuary. We don't even have to close the door on his crate, whenever we turn our backs he's in there! Special thanks to Auntie Adele for the care package!! (As you can see from the pic below, his nares are extremely tight.)
Our Shar Pei pups are finally ready for adoption! We are currently accepting applications on them:
Here's Boomer! One of the 3 bullies we got this weekend:
Baby Wigglett, Skyler, Tater, 3 new bullies & Spencer
Posted November 23, 2009 3:18 pm
We thought we were going to have a good update to report on baby Wigglet, but her caretaker just called us ten minutes ago with some bad news. Saturday she was doing great, absolutely fantastic: gaining weight and becoming more active. Sunday, she came down with an eye infection. Her eyes still haven’t opened yet so we’ve had to physically open her yet to administer daily eye medication. Her poop continues to improve, however. Today, she’s become dehydrated again and although not extremely lethargic, she is less active and is having that “limp” feel when she’s picked up. A new treatment plan is in place. Because our little Wigglet has regressed slightly in her progression, it is likely that her caretaker and special angel, Judi, will keep her thru the Thanksgiving Holiday. We are still hopeful of a complete recovery despite the few setbacks. We will be making a special trip this evening to visit our baby Wigglet and hope to report some good news (and tons of pics) by tomorrow!
We are still as busy as ever. This weekend alone 3 new bullies made their way to Adopt-A-Bull: Reba, Bruno 2 and Boomer. We are in the process of posting our new arrivals on the site.
Zana will undergo a few surgical procedures tomorrow. She will be spayed, have a few tumors removed, and have her neglected mouth/teeth cleaned.
Skyler is currently at the vet to be spayed today, along with Tater who’s boarding there until Monday.
Spencer had a very exciting weekend with Mommie Erica & Mommie Neely paying him a visit in his foster home. We even had a little special outing and went out on Auntie Shontell’s boat! His foster sissy, is named Snuffles and thru some research we’ve discovered they are actually related!
Posted November 21, 2009 1:16 pm
Our precious bullie baby is doing great! Now that she’s been medicated for the worms, she’s doing fabulous! She’s able to roll over on her back, and is getting more mobile as each day passes. She is still bottle feeding and we haven’t had to use a tube to feed her since that horrible night when her brother passed. Her savior and special guardian angel, Auntie Judi, has been an absolute blessing to our organization, and especially in the life of our very first rescue puppy. We are still deciding on a name for this very special survivor.
Amber and Christi headed up our Palm Beach County event this morning. Weezie and Big T. made their first public appearance and found a very special caretaker who made sure everyone washed their hands before touching the pups.
Posted November 20, 2009 5:33 pm
The good news is- it’s not cancer. WHEW. The type of cancer they thought it was had a very poor prognosis and we had embraced the fact that Champ may only be with us a short time longer, even with surgical removal. Mommie Neely is certain that is because of all of your prayers that what they thought was cancer turned out to be something so different. Once they opened Champ up and got a good look, they realized that what they thought was a mass on Champ’s spleen was actually……more spleen. His spleen has enlarged to nearly 5 times its normal size. In fact, it has gotten SO large, that it ran out of room and had actually started folding over!! The “mass” we saw in the x-ray was actually part of his spleen that had doubled up and twisted into a “knot.” Ouch. Maybe this is our laymen opinion but “knot” and “organ” shouldn’t be in the same sentence. Sounds very painful; this is probably why he cried when pressure was put on his abdomen. They also found a significant amount of scar tissue on his spleen likely from past trauma. Not surprising considering they also found BB pellets inside him! This boy has been through his share of pain and suffering that’s for sure. The scar tissue could be from previous physical abuse that caused damage to the spleen. They’re not sure why it is so enlarged, but the size in and of itself is not life threatening. There could be a variety of reasons why it is so big. But the bottom line is, a big spleen is better than no spleen. So the doctors “unfolded” it, removed the scar tissue, and basically “cleaned it up.” It appeared to be in relatively good condition once it was “cleaned up” even though it was still HUGE! So now Champ has a new and improved spleen!…ok not new, but it’s definitely improved! This should help with his pain, but it doesn’t explain all of his other symptoms, especially the anemia.
Which leads us to the bad news- we still don’t know what’s wrong!!
The doctors ruled pretty much out auto-immune disease. It’s not completely off the table yet, but it’s unlikely. A call was put in to an internist (Dr. of Internal Medicine) in Coral Springs. Hopefully she may be able to provide some answers. We also did a more complete blood test to rule out other tick diseases. His 4DX tests keep coming back negative, but they’re not as sensitive as the one that is being done now. Results of that (and a urinalysis since one hasn’t been done yet) will be in by Monday. Hopefully we will have some answers very soon, so this sweetheart can enjoy his senior bullie years in comfort. Perhaps it is a rare tick disease that is not normally tested for. Whatever it is, we just keep saying “at least it’s not cancer.” We can work with anything else, right??? We hope…
Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive. Your support, kind words, prayers, and offers for financial support is simply overwhelming. I cannot thank you enough for taking such an interest in this little man. He is truly an example of what rescue is all about. He was abused by humans for years, and he still suffering because of it. Yet his soul is still so gentle he makes people smile wherever he goes. Dr. Baumwell kept asking me “Is he always this sweet?” Yes, he is! Always! To go from his past life of abuse and suffering to his life now could not be done without the love and support from all of you. No dog deserves the treatment that Champ has had to endure. Unfortunately, there are countless other dogs out there, the victims of dog fighting, puppy mill breeding, and just pure abuse/neglect of irresponsible owners. Thank you to those who have shown support, not just for Champ, but for all of the bullies who find their way to us at Adopt-A-Bull.As we type this Champ update, one of our volunteers is on the way to the shelter now to rescue another bullie in need. We also have plans in the works for an owner surrender later this evening in Central Florida. In addition to all this, we have 3 other bulldogs on our newly created “Adopt-A-Bull intake waiting list.” We are so overwhelmed and do not have enough room… we hate to say we are “FULL” and turn away needy bullies, but the truth is we are running out of help, room, and finances to take on more.
Our baby girl is doing well and should be coming home to be reunited with Wiggles soon.
We have a new picture feature called, Petfessions/Dogfessions, created by Mommie Neely. We will randomly include these "Dogfessions" featuring Adopt-A-Bull's very own bullies in some of our blog postings. Enjoy!