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Help McGee - Orphan Collie Puppy needs surgery
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Ended Nov 21, 2013
McGee needs $4000 raised for surgery to repair a cleft in his soft palate. This little puppy has fought his heart out. Please consider donating for the future of this baby.DescriptionMcGee the Collie puppy has a birth defect of the soft palate ...

McGee needs $4000 raised for surgery to repair a cleft in his soft palate. This little puppy has fought his heart out. Please consider donating for the future of this baby.DescriptionMcGee the Collie puppy has a birth defect of the soft palate that requires surgical repair at Colorado State Univ. Vet. Teaching Hospital. 

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Baby McGee the Collie puppy was born August 7, 2013 with his sister Ziva by C-section. His mother died 7 and a half hours later from internal bleeding. She was Kingsmark Unforgettable: the last of her line. She nursed them to her last breath, leaving both alive but alone to be hand cared for as neonates. Another volunteer Collie bitch, Auntie Izzy, (Owain Heirlair Espania) helped to cuddle, clean and nuzzle these two babies between tube feedings. But as soon as the 10 day danger point passed and tube feeding was winding down a bit, it became apparent that little McGee had some kind of "snooter: problem. He would sneeze and cough a little, just like when you laugh with a mouthful of milk. Out the nose it would come. He also had trouble transitioning to solid foods and remained on the tube feeding for 6 weeks. But being a bright, beautiful and highly adaptive little guy who desperately wanted to live, he taught himself how to drink like a bird does and eat while swallowing, instead of inhaling. By the 7th week we were able to finally see the problem: a cleft in his soft (the back) palate which would allow food to go through his sinus cavity and out his nose. Nothing else has been found wrong with him and research plus his birth circumstances have proven that this is not a genetic problem but one he acquired in the womb, as his placement was next to the already dead monstrosity puppy blocking the birth canal. It is a relatively rare condition in Collies and one that I have never encountered in 35 years. In any case, McGee has persevered and is well worth saving. To cure this birth defect we must collect even the smallest donations to either CSU (see web link), and two other non-profits to help cover the surgery costing approximately $4000, which includes his pre-surgery tests. It can't be done on him for a month or two so we have some time to think about giving McGee the gift of a normal way to eat and live by Christmas. CSU can accept your tax exempt donations to the McGee Fund. I have elected not to go to any shows, though I have a Collie needing only 2 singles to finish his AKC Championship, because an entry fee is better used to help McGee. I would challenge all people who have collies, whether for show or for pets, to give just a portion of an entry fee to the McGee Fund. Show your commitment to the breed. Share your love for the courage of a Collie. Give McGee a chance to WOW you and touch your heart. Here at Heirlair we do everything from the breeder/exhibitor side, to fostering, to hosting free spay and neuter clinics for the community. Finally, we will let you know if we can set up a Pay-Pal method for donations, if you don't want to go through other networks. McGee pleads with you to broadcast this everywhere on the web. In return, with our newly donated camera, we can post photos and videos so you can watch him grow, because he will belong to all of you who will give to help save his life. I only mention that this is a life saving surgery because, as any website will tell you, a cleft in the palate is an open door for death by aspiration pneumonia and other infections. McGee is begging you with his face and eyes to show your devotion to the breed and the kindness of your heart. Please give what you can.

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