It is with a heavy heart that we announce we had to say good-bye to Fergus on August 1st. Fergus was struggling with heart failure and had also recently been diagnosed with renal failure. The two are difficult to treat together at best and Fergus fought hard until he was just too tired.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with his story, you can read about Fergus here:
And also an update post here:
We only had a year and a half with Fergus but it feels like we had him forever. He came into our lives right after we lost Big B and I think we crossed paths because we both needed each other. It’s almost as if Big B sent him to me in my time of need and grief. He fit into our home so perfectly it’s hard to believe we didn’t have him forever. A couple of weeks ago, we had some photos done by Julie Austin and Fergus charmed her and everyone he met. Always one to roll over for a belly rub he broke down stereotypes and preconceptions of everyone he met. He did good work but it was time to rest. RIP Sir Fergus Of Bravo, thank you for letting us love you and loving us back.
I would like to thank Clackamas County Dog Services for trusting us with his care, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care for always being there for us and Julie Austin for the fantastic photos.
So a while ago (ahem) I ordered a couple of items from Ella’s Lead. I saw a Walker Bait collar on Facebook and just knew that I had to have one for Minnie. If the ZA actually happens, Minnie is just wily enough to not only survive, but thrive. Just like Glenn in The Walking Dead. This collar has held up amazingly well and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Because I wanted this to be a fancy, sparkly collar it would mostly be for ‘going out’. Rebecca and I decided that she also needed an every day collar. We decided on black leather with pink and gold. I *love* this collar and it’s been worn every day for months and held up remarkably well.
I also got basically the best leash in the world. I wanted something in pink and orange to match her new collars and I also choose a style I hadn’t tried before. This on has a handle with a clip and the other end also has a clip. There’s a floating ring on the length of the leash that you can use to make it a slip leash. This is really important if you work with some shy dogs like I do. Sometimes leashing them up can be difficult but this allows for less stress on everyone involved. It’s also convenient and quick. Because I work with dogs all day every day I like to always have a leash on me. This one lets me wear it around my neck and clip each end onto a belt loop. That way I’ve always got one that’s convenient to get at but not flopping around or falling out of my pocket. This leash has been used all day long, every day for months and it’s amazing. I’m going to order another one soon.
If you are interested in any of these products, you can peruse the site here:
It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Fergus. I can say he’s doing so amazingly well that I can’t even believe it. He’s settled right into our household like he’s been here for years. His eye is looking so much better, his fur is literally soft and supple and his mobility has greatly improved. For those not familiar, you can check out his original story here:
He’s had two acupuncture/chiropractic treatments and it seems to be working really well. He absolutely LOVES his doctor for that, Kelli Taylor and gets so excited when he sees her. In fact he was feeling a little too frisky after his last treatment and decided to jump over the baby gate! He tweaked his freshly adjusted back a little bit so we had to delay his hydrotherapy a bit but he’s feeling better today. We’ve had to start giving him daily eye drops as his right eye doesn’t produce any tears but Dr. Brad thinks he’ll do just fine.
I’ve got some updated photos of Sir Fergus for you to enjoy!
With his improved mobility, for the first time ever Fergus was able to lay on his back and actually roll all the way over from one side to the other. Imagine how good that had have felt after being to stiff and sore for so long?
Sometimes it’s hard to get photos of Fergus because he’s infatuated with the flashy light! Haha.
Big thanks to Clackamas County Dog Services, Dog Rescue Around Washington, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care, Dr. Brad Evergreen, Dr. Kelli Taylor, Mindful Healing Veterinary Care and everyone who helped Fergus in his journey back to feeling good.
I guess it’s time to formally introduce my newest foster, Sir Fergus Of Bravo. On 2/28/12 Fergus was found by a nice lady in Oregon after he wandered down her long driveway and tried to cuddle up next to her house. Can you imagine stepping out of your house and finding this poor lost and sad soul curled up on your porch?
His kind savior immediately sought medical attention for him by delivering him to Clackmas County Dog Services. Weighing in at a measly 37 lbs they immediately started IV fluids and medications and most importantly….FOOD!
Amazingly, Fergus didn’t appear to have any long term complications from the starvation. He ate well and put on weight at a reasonable rate. His muscles were so atrophied that he had some trouble walking but that didn’t stop him from winning over every one he met. Fergus continued to recover and by 3/5/12 he weighed in at a whopping 46lbs! At that time the director reached out to me to see if I would be able to provide a medical foster for him. I agreed and on 3/16/12 through the help of two transporters Sir Fergus made the trip up to WA and landed with me!
He made the trip like a champ and was checked out by Dr. Evergreen that very day. He heart and ears were good and he was up to 48lbs! He found some elbow dysplasia, an eye lid tumor, several nasty teeth that needed to come out and most likely a partially ruptured disc in his back. Poor guy.
I took him home and introduced him to the back yard right away. He marked everything out there and then came in and cuddled up on his nice, comfy new bed from Auntie Rayanne.
Fergus came to me house broken and knowing sit, down, shake with each paw and can catch a treat! Clearly he was someones beloved pet that either got dumped or lost. He was so very lucky to land in the lives of people who cared and took the time and effort to do something. Fergus is still gaining weight (he’s at 52lbs!) and getting stronger but will still need some surgery in the near future to complete his journey to full health.
If you have any information about Fergus, please contact Clackamas County Dog Services at 503-655-8628.
Special thanks to Fergus’s rescuer, Clackamas County Dog Services, DRAW, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care and all of those who have sent good thoughts!
I thought I should give an update on Dash as his journey has been a long and difficult one. Dash continued to get better and was adopted by a really nice family at the end of February. Although being healthy when he left he didn’t do well in his new home. He had several trips to the vet which culminated in Dash having a CT scan that brought to light a surprising diagnosis. He had no nasal passage on one side and just a pin hole on the other side. This was interfering with his breathing and the only thing to be done was surgery to the tune of $3,500. The family decided they just couldn’t undertake that journey so Dash was returned to me on 3/13/11. He was *so* happy to see me when I picked him up that he practically jumped into my arms! He actually looked great……had put on weight and his coat looked fabulous and he seemed happy and not sick at all, except for the continually snotty nose.
Now, all of this horrible news was coming to me as I was in Atlanta, GA for the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival. It’s really hard to get that kind of news (that your beloved foster pup was gravely ill and needs thousands of dollars of surgery) when you’re far away and can’t really do anything about it. So I got on the phone, DRAW started fundraising and I started calling in any favor I had with every vet I know.
The response I was getting was that this was uncharted territory for the surgeons because they’ve never seen a pup live longer than 72 hours with this particular birth defect as pups need to be able to breathe out of their nose as they are nursing. Luck was on my side and I was able to quickly schedule a surgical consult with Dr. Fry at Cascade Veterinary Specialists for Tuesday, March 14th. Dr. Fry happens to specialize in this type of surgery with Pugs and Bulldogs. He told me it’s ‘terrifying’ and ‘gruesome’ because of bleeding and they would plan on doing a blood transfusion during the procedure. There would be a 25% chance that he could bleed to death during the surgery. *gulp* BUT Dash needed the surgery to survive so we scheduled it for that next Monday, March 21st. Dr. Fry was kind enough to charge just what we’d been able to fundraise for the surgery which was about $2,500 less than his normal fee.
Dash came through the surgery like a champ. I was able to pick him up and bring him home the next afternoon. They sent off a biopsy of the stuff they removed to the lab. Dash’s recovery was remarkable, even though he had to wear the dreaded Donut Of Shame.
He could breathe out of both nostrils right after surgery which must have been such a relief for him. He had quite a bit of drainage and discharge which is typical of this type of surgery but he was eating and generally being a typical Boxer pup. His incision ran from his forehead down to his nose and he got pretty tired of me wiping the snot off his nose but he took it all in stride.
On Friday March 25th we got Dash’s histopathology results back. The results were interesting to say the least. It wasn’t a birth defect but a cartilaginous benign tumor called a Chondroma. It’s rare to see a benign version of this tumor so once again we are in uncharted waters because we don’t know if the tumor will grow back. There’s no way to assure clear margins unless you also removed the roof of his mouth, etc which obviously isn’t an option. I choose to believe that the tumor will not grow back and that Dash will have many, many years of fun and happy ahead of him. Because of the ambiguity of his future I think Dash will be staying here and become an official member of the Fitzgerald family. He’s clearly likes being here and I genuinely enjoy having him around. He’s a really good and special puppy.
There are many people that need to be thanked for helping Dash along his journey:
Diana at Clackamas County Dog Services for taking in a sick little pup and nursing him back to health, Karin and her family for adopting Dash and spending a ton of money on diagnostics to figure out what was wrong, Dr. Steven Weinrauch at Banfield in Woodinville for putting in motion the plan to get Dash surgery, Dr. Brad Evergreen and all the staff at Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care for always taking such good care of Dash and for the support for all the DRAW dogs and especially Dr. Fry at Cascade Veterinary Specialists for saving Dash’s life. I’s also like to thank each and every person who donated money for Dash’s surgery. It really does take a village to save a puppy and I’m humbled and honored to have been a part of this scary and stressful yet wonderful journey.
I guess I never realized how picky I’ve gotten about leashes. They’re either too long or short, the fabric gives you leash burns on your hands, the clips suck or they’re just plain ugly. Granted in my line of work I use leashes all day long. I’ve been moaning and groaning about not finding the perfect leash for a while now. Finally I just sat down and checked out Ella’s Lead and had a couple made up. I ordered Saturday and had them in my hands today! I chose a traditional style and a slip lead and I couldn’t be happier. They are sturdy which is a must for me, easy on the hands (and eyes) and are exactly what I want in a leash (finally!).
The first is the Eco Lead in Desert Camo, 7 feet with stainless steel hardware and no tubing. It’s super soft material!
And the second is a slip lead, 7 feet, mountain rope in black and olive. This one will be mostly for work as it’s super handy to have a slip leash on you at all times when you work with dogs.
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