Helping a Rose Bloom
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4 Years running
Help our Rose bloom again!
Rose Nylund--yep, named after the Golden Girl's-- as she is one of our most desperate rescues. Rose and her state if ill health is up there with Jude, Roxy and some of the other multi-afflicted pups that we've had in the ...
Help our Rose bloom again!
Rose Nylund--yep, named after the Golden Girl's-- as she is one of our most desperate rescues. Rose and her state if ill health is up there with Jude, Roxy and some of the other multi-afflicted pups that we've had in the past. We came upon Rose by accent. We were at the Shelter investigating a couple other bulldog mixes that has been part of a bust/seizure, when I shot passed Rose's kennel, put on the brakes and back-peddled to her kennel. Despite having seen thousands of dogs in very bad shape, one is never quite prepared for happening upon a dog like Rose; the reaction is always something the effect of "you've GOT to be kidding me!". Rose had gunk pouring out of her eyes like a 3 year-olds nose, she was dangerously underweight and her gaze was confused while at the same time agitated. We opened up her kennel to give a snout to tail assessment and quickly realized that the entire surface area of her coat was infested with ticks. This kind of infestation is compounded in Rose because 1) She's a bulldog and has many "folds" for the ticks to more effectively concentrate and even breed in, and 2) she is older and very weak, so an infestation could literally kill her. On the bright side, she had been treated by the vet staff for ticks and the vast majority of them were dead. While inspecting her, we also noticed that she "flinches" when you touch her, which is a sure sign of blindness. The flinching and cloudiness of her eyes are proof positive signs of blindness, which we have since confirmed. The troublesome diagnoses continued when we got to her rear end and discovered that she had a prolapsed uterus which essentially means that much of her vaginal wall and lady parts have exited her body in an "inside-out" fashion and are exposed. There is a relatively simple explanation for this: Bulldogs cannot and should not give natural births; they are not structurally fit for pups to naturally pass and therefore MUST ALWAYS have "C" sections to insure their health and the health of their pups. In Rose's case, judging by her ulcerated nipples, she has been breed an ungodly amount of times and forced to pass the pups naturally. No telling how many pups se lost because of this, or how much pain she was in, but I'm sure the Mom's out there can empathize with her situation. That is a pretty long list of negatives but her upside is just as extensive. Rose has an indomitable spirit that leaves no room for the past. We may focus on what she has been through but she has clearly moved on. Also, for an 8 year old, beat up Bulldog, she has plenty of spunk, energy and love to give. In other words, she has plenty of time left on this Earth and we should do our darndest to insure that her Golden Years are the opposite of the years she has known.
Here is what we've done and where we need to go from here. Rose had a two day spa treatment at the Tehachapi Pet Lodge where they bathed her 3 times and literally picked every last tick off of her. They cleaned her ears, which are infected, trimmed her nails, which were obscenely long, and basically inundated her with love. We have also found a spectacular foster home for her that will aid her in learning to trust, accept love and be a normal dogs. The sensory overload for her at the rescue was simply too much. Not being able to see the smells that your brain is processing was frustrating for her.
The Veterinary report on Rose is very extensive. She has a URI (upper respiratory infection) which requires antibiotics. Her lady parts are infected and leaking goo as well as prolapsed. This will require medication for the infection and surgery to repair the prolapsed uterus. The Doc will fix her prolapse when he spays her which will only be doable when she has recovered from her URI, put on some weight and had a thorough blood panel.
We had told ourselves that we were going to hold off on rescuing an severely sick dogs but I just couldn't pass her up. On the bright side, we have 3 bulldogs now, which should focus a lot of attention on Marley's Mutts from fanciers of the breed. The more bulldog fanciers we get looking our way, the better chance we have of finding them all great homes.
Please do what you can to help us put Rose back together again.
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