I grew up just north of Detroit and moved out of state in the mid eighties when automotive was just beginning to tank. In better days, I remember going to Detroit for Ethnic Festivals at Hart Plaza, the food in Greek Town, Tiger games, and the Joe Louis Arena to name a few. I never imagined that it could get to where it is today – depressing beyond words.
With so many people losing everything, the animal welfare is also at an all time low. I want to share a video and link to a Rolling Stone story about Detroit Dog Rescue – DDR. In the midst of so much chaos and ruin, it might be easy for some to look away from the dead and dying dogs in Detroit. Daniel “Hush” Carlisle is not one to look away, he’s stepped up to the plate in a big way, and I’m hoping he can lead us to Detroit’s biggest Dog Rescue Success story ever. It won’t be easy, but I believe we can help turn it around.
Please share these stories. The Animal Control system in Detroit is broken and the dogs of Detroit are paying for it with their lives. They need us now more than ever. Please help bring awareness to the problem as well as the organizations like Detroit Dog Rescue that are making a difference.
I love this story. It’s such a testament to what love, kindness, and compassion can do. Such a heartwarming story. What could have been tragic, turned into an amazing success story. I’m sorry about the commercial, I’m not able to edit it out. It’s worth watching. Please share this.
Thanks to Erica Daniel from Dolly's Foundation for rescuing Harper and becoming his "forever home" and to Bev McCartt of Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy and Fitness for providing Harper's therapy. This story makes me smile. I would love to about hear YOUR happy rescue tails!
You can read the the entire the entire story here.
I’d like to thank our reader Ann for sharing Bandit’s journey.
When your companion is diagnosed with a serious illness, it throws you into a seemingly endless roller coaster of emotions and decisions. It’s a gut-wrenching time and only those who have gone through it can truly understand it’s depth.
I would like to thank everyone that has shared their story and offered comfort to those who are in the midst of caring for a sick companion, or worse, dealing with their loss. I hope that you will continue to provide us with updates – sometimes that glimmer of hope is the only thing that gives a bit of relief.
Reader Ann posted last year shortly after Bandit was diagnosed with Evans. Thankfully, Bandit responded well to her initial treatment and continued to progress to the point that she was taken off all medications four months later. On February 27th, it will be a year from the original diagnosis.
It’s import to be reminded that there are success stories, even with some of the more serious illnesses. It’s a brutally difficult experience to endure, and I hope that this site can offer some level of comfort and support during a difficult time – and see you through to a happy ending.
Emaciated and near death, Petey was rescued by an L.A. county officer who just happened to spot him and another dog in a backyard. When they were rescued, they were so emaciated that they had to be carried out, and it wasn’t certain if they would make it. Unfortunately, Petey’s sister did not survive.
From Bad to Worse
Petey became “evidence” in an animal cruelty case and was kenneled for six months. He had been used as bait in dog fighting ring – once the case ended and he was no longer “needed” he was scheduled for euthanization! What a horrific “remedy” for an already cruel and sad life Petey had to endure.
This is where dog rescue organizations become the heroes and advocates for those without a voice. When the officer that rescued Petey heard that he was going to be euthanized, she reached out to Forte Animal Rescue founder Marie Atake. Marie then rescued Petey and he was placed in a foster home until he could be adopted. In a perfect world, Petey’s horrific story would melt hearts at the dog adoption events he attended and he would find his “Forever Home” almost immediately. The sad reality is that older dogs are often seen as less desirable than puppies. I’ve had both in my life, and can tell you that while puppies are quite adorable, the effort required in those first few years can be ten-fold!
The Happy Ending
When I saw Petey online, he’d been available for adoption for almost a year. By then, he was five years old which is considered “mature.” I knew the moment I saw him that I’d be filling out an application for his adoption. After everything he’d been through, he was still so good natured that I really wanted to give him the opportunity to have a happy life.
There isn’t a day that goes by where I am not grateful for all of the wonderful people that worked together to rescue Petey – who has now been with us for six years. It was because of all of them, that he became a member of our family and found his “Forever Home”.
Happy New Year! We wish you and your current or future rescues a fantastic 2012!
Last month Petey gave us a bit of a scare. As I was walking through our front door, our eldest son let me know that “Petey was walking funny.” Now, this was a bit of a concern because Petey has a permanent limp, partly from his osteo-arthritis and partly from a bone infection quite a while back. I wasn’t sure what “walking funny” meant given his normal limp.
When I made it all the way through the door, Petey came to greet me as he always does when I come home. My son wasn’t kidding when he said he was “walking funny.” The best way I can describe it is that he was high-stepping with every step, his head was tilted to one side and he seemed to want to tip over. It was as though he didn’t have any sense of balance or perception of where the floor was. So many things ran through my head – did he have a stroke? Did he lose partial eye sight? Did he have an ear infection or something worse? I examined him and he was able to follow my finger so it seemed as though his eyesight was ok. His limbs all seemed to move normally so it didn’t appear to be a stroke.
Being a researcher, I went to my laptop and started the search. There were several posts from people that had a dog with similar symptoms. After reading through several responses from vets, I started to feel a little better. The diagnosis of “canine vestibular syndrome”, “vestibular disease” and “old dog vestibular syndrome” seemed to come up time and time again. Our vets office had already closed for the evening and based on what I was seeing and reading, I opted to wait until the office opened. With Petey’s very long history, I felt more comfortable waiting for Dr. Slusser.
I called the office in the morning and described his symptoms – the initial thought was – canine vestibular syndrome! He was due for his annual check-up later in the month, so we decided to move it up a and check him out all at once.
I was able to make an appointment for later that week and by the time I took Petey in, he was almost back to “normal”. I found out that in some dogs, the symptoms are so bad that they can’t even walk, they literally “roll over” to move. The good thing about canine vestibular syndrome is that it typically resolves itself in approximately two weeks, and once they’ve had it, it usually doesn’t come back. In some cases, the head tilt can remain but it doesn’t seem to bother them. If the symptoms are severe, your dog may not have an appetite – imagine being sea-sick and trying to eat. If this is the case, anti-nausea medication can be prescribed. Hopefully your faithful companion won’t encounter this syndrome, it is difficult to watch. If the symptoms ever appear, please contact your vet for a full exam and proper diagnosis.
And now for the happy ending to the story – All of Petey’s labs came back as “normal”. No sign of his immune mediated hemolytic anemia, and his thyroid (T-4) levels are normal as well!