Super Troopers

There are extreme cases of care and support at Manitoba Mutts. We feature these animals as super heroes. Their will to live, and our generous community of volunteers and donors save their lives. And along the way these dogs and cats touch all the lives of those involved along the way. We call them our Super Troopers.

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Barbie’s Story

Background: Barbie was very skinny when she was picked up on a rescue mission with her daughter Skipper. Barbie has had several litters in the past but has recently been spayed by K9 Advocates.

Challenges: Barbie’s tests came back positive for both heartworm and kidney worms. To top it off, poor Barbie also has bone shards in her stomach so she'll need to be hospitalized for a couple days. The shards have been passing through her stool but she’ll need more x-rays to ensure that they are moving through fine.

Total estimated vet bills: Hospitalization, x-rays, ultrasounds, medications, surgery to remove her kidney, heartworm treatments: $4000. Funds raised: $2757.

**If you would like to help Barbie, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with her name, so your generosity goes directly to her care.**

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Super Trooper: Xander

Background: Two month old Xander was found alone in a northern community.  When his rescuers noticed the growing bump on his side, they knew he needed vet care that was not available to them.

Challenges: Xander has a rapidly growing hernia which must be removed immediately. His surgery is scheduled for March 1st. 

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, surgery, hospitalization and pain medications: $1000 Funds raised:  100%

Update: Xander has successfully completed his surgery and recovering well under the watchful eyes of his foster mama! 

If you’d like to help Xander, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Xander’s name so that your generosity goes directly to his care.

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Super Trooper: Arnold

Background: One year old Arnold was found abandoned outside the grocery store in a northern community.  After nobody claimed him, he was handed over to Manitoba Mutts. Despite being only a year old, he was exhausted and walking like a much older dog, as well as covered in dirt and scabs.  He was taken to Southglen Veterinary Hospital for assessment.

Challenges: Arnold has tested positive for Lyme disease. 😞

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, blood work and two rounds of antibiotics:  $1,100.   Funds Raised: 100%

Update: After his first round of treatment, Arnold was still imping quite a bit.  Another round of testing shows that his Lyme levels were quite high so is on another round of antibiotics. 

If you’d like to help this big teddy bear, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Arnold’s name so that your generosity goes directly to his care.

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Super Trooper – Victoria

Background:  8-year-old Victoria is Lyme positive, has arthritis in her hips, is blind in one eye and was an owner surrender to Mutts when her family was no longer able to provide the care she needed.  This poor old girl was taken to Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital for assessment and treatments.

Challenges:  Victoria has severe periodontal disease and needs extensive dental work. She is also Lyme positive.

Total Estimated vet bill: X-rays, dental work, pain medication and antibiotics  $1100

Funds Raised:  $560

If you’d like to help this beautiful old lady, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Victoria’s name so that your generosity goes directly to her care.

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Super Trooper: Lenity (or Luna, as her foster mama calls her!)

Background: 7-month old Lenity was found in a northern community after being shot in the leg. She was being looked after by a crew of construction workers who reached out to Manitoba Mutts when nobody claimed her.  She was taken to Pembina Veterinary Hospital for assessment and treatment options.

Challenges: Lenity suffers from a severely fractured leg but fortunately it could be saved with a locking plate for stability.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, surgery and rehabilitation $1500

Update:  Funds raised 100% Thank you Argyle Alternative High School's Youth in Philanthropy committee!!

If you’d like to help this gorgeous sweetheart, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Lenity’s name so that your generosity goes directly to her care.

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Super Trooper – Lego

Background:  Little Lego was handed over to MMDR via a kind volunteer in northern Manitoba.  Over the weekend, he became very ill and was taken to Pembina Veterinary Clinic for assessment.

Challenges: Lego suffers from gastroenteritis, which causes vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

Total estimated vet bills: hospitalization, blood work and x-rays, treatment  $850 

Funds Raised:  100%

If you’d like to help this sweet baby,, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Lego’s name so that your generosity goes directly to his care.

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Super Trooper – Sasha

Background: Tiny Sasha was found abandoned by some good Samaritans and was handed over to MMDR for care and treatment of her cherry eye.  She was taken to Transcona Vet for treatment.

Challenges: Sasha also has a torn ACL and needs TPLO surgery, which can't be repaired until she is approximately 1 year old and her growth plates have closed. She will need to be kept on pain medication until the surgery to keep her comfortable, which will be in about 4 months at Transcona Vet.

Total estimated vet bills: Surgery, x-rays and medications $3000 

Funds Raised:  $180

If you’d like to help this cutie pie, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Sasha’s name so that your generosity goes directly to her care.

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Super Trooper – Kendo

Background:  3-month old Kendo was found sleeping outside a gas station in a northern community.  After he hadn’t moved for a few days, concerned residents contacted Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue Inc. about him.

Challenges:  Kendo is a strong positive for parvo and is currently fighting for his life at Southglen Veterinary Hospital

Update: Kendo has beaten the odds and kicked parvo’s butt! 

Total Estimated vet bill: parvo test, antibiotics, blood transfusions  $2000

Funds raised so far: $530

If you’d like to help this handsome little man, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Kendo’s name so that your generosity goes directly to his care.

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EMERGENCY Super Trooper : Watson

Background: Watson was found last evening under a porch in a rural Manitoban community. It appears he was struck by a vehicle sometime yesterday.

Challenges:  Watson was quickly brought in today to see our friends at Pembina Veterinary Hospital. His x-ray reveal a severe fracture in his distal left tibia and requires immediate surgery to hopefully save his leg.

UPDATE: Watson's surgery to repair his leg was successful! The pins that were used do need to be shortened sometime this week, but he will be going home on Friday to his foster family. In approximately 3 weeks he will have the pins completely removed.

UPDATE: Unfortunately our good news about Super Trooper Watson was short lived. Watson went back into surgery to shorten the pins that were placed in his leg yesterday and everything had shifted overnight rendering his leg unfixable, so they will have to amputate. 

Thank you to all who have donated so far!

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, surgery, hospitalization and pain medications: $2000   Funds raised: $1100

Please help Watson, by donating! http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ Be sure to include a note indicating Watson’s name so that your generosity goes directly to his care.

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Super Trooper: Pepsi

Background: Tiny Pepsi was left behind after a fishing derby and was found by volunteers in the community.

Challenges: Pepsi is extremely malnourished and suffering from a severe uterine infection, which would have killed her if left untreated much longer.

Total estimated vet bills: Antibiotics and spay $900. Funds raised: 100%

Please help this shy little girl by donating! Visit http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/. Be sure to include a note indicating Pepsi’s name so that your generosity goes directly to her care.

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IT'S SUPER TROOPER TUESDAY,  featuring our newest ST "Storm"

Background: 2-year-old Storm was surrendered to Manitoba Mutts after being found limping on a severely swollen foot in a northern community.  Upon his arrival in Winnipeg, he was sent to Southglen Veterinary Hospital for assessment and x-rays.

Challenges: X-rays show that Storm has more than 30 shotgun pellets in his foot, which caused irreparable damage to his foot and bones.

Update:  Storm underwent a successful amputation surgery today and is resting comfortably.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, pain medication, leg amputation and rehabilitation $1400

Funds Raised:  $980

If you’d like to help this miraculously happy dude, please visit http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating Storm’s name so that your generosity goes directly to his care.

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We try our best to give every animal we rescue the chance at a better life, but sometimes our hardest just isn't enough and they pass over the rainbow bridge. This is an album to honour those animals.

Rest in peace Jasko

Background: Jasko was hit by a car a couple days before coming into our care. 

Challenges: Jasko’s back leg was dangling - he had one shattered femur and another broken femur. Jasko was suffering and recovery would have been too hard for him, so sadly we needed to euthanize him.

Total estimated vet bills: Hospitalization, pain medications, x-rays and euthanization: $710. Funds raised 100%.

**If you would like to donate towards Jasko’s memory, please go to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with his name, so your generosity goes directly to his memoriam.**

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Run free little ones

Background: Fire and Rain were found outside of a nursing station.

Challenges: Both Fire and Rain started showing signs of canine distemper which is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure, so both girls needed to be euthanized before their suffering worsened. 

Total estimated vet bills: Parvo and distemper tests, blood work, IV fluids, antibiotics, hospitalization and euthanization: $1450. Funds raised: 100%.

**If you would like to donate towards Fire and Rain's memories, please go to  http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with their names, so your generosity goes directly to their memoriam.**

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Run Free Rusty

Background: Rusty was found tied up at a dump with no food or water. He has a tattoo but the WHS can’t trace it to anyone.

Challenges: Rusty is having stomach issues and either his leg or hip may have artheritis because he is walking very stiff. Rusty is house trained but he has bladder issues. He has scar tissue in his ear and two bald spots in his armpits from licking which is caused by pain. When Rusty eats too fast he vomits and he’s fighting an infection as his white blood cell count is extremely high. 

Total estimated vet bills: Daily pain medications, urinalysis and multiple blood work panels: $1000. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Rusty passed away in his sleep on June 2. For the short time that Rusty was in care, he’d like to stick his nose in the grass and have his big fluffy butt in the air. On the way to his vet appointments, Rusty would bark like a seal because he wanted his foster to drive with her hand on him. Rest in peace Rusty, you were very loved in your final days. Thank you to Rusty’s foster family for giving him a peaceful and loving home.

**If you would like to help Super Troopers like Rusty, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with the Super Trooper's  name, so your generosity goes directly to their care.**

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Unfortunately the news we have to share this morning is not what we were hoping for.

Lexi's surgery was sadly unsuccessful. Her bladder had completely detached from her ureter and the attempt to reattach it, didn't work as she was such a small girl. Urine filled her abdomen and she was in a lot of pain, so the decision was made to let her go.

We want to thank to Alicia from Strays That Can't Pay Inc. who alerted us of this poor baby and for transporting her to the vet. 

Another thanks goes to Dr. Carla Loewen and her team from Virden Animal Hospital for doing all they could to save her, and for comforting her as she passed. 

Run free over the rainbow bridge little Lexi, may you feel no more pain.

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Rest in Peace Sweet Perry

Background: Perry was a stray who was seen hanging out in a group of other dogs.

Challenges: Perry was in rough shape. He was extremely skinny, had some missing teeth and had mange disease.  

Total estimated vet bills: Antibiotics for a severe skin infection and UTI, bloodwork, urinalysis and kidney worms removal: $360. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Unfortunately we had to let Perry go over the weekend. He had multiple medical issues including mange, UTI, kidney worms, and severe separation anxiety that was so hard for him that he couldn't even handle being in a kennel for a few minutes. He ate through an indestructible kennel and had metal shards in his stomach and lost his teeth after being alone for under an hour. Poor fellow spent too many years without a home. We thank his foster home for showing him love his last few days, and for being with him as he crossed the rainbow bridge. Rest in peace sweet Perry.

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Run free sweet Hally

Background: Hally was very emaciated when found; There was no contact information through her tattoo but records show that she was spayed in 2010 and had no other vetting since.

Challenges: Hally was brought to the vet because she was lethargic and wouldn’t eat. Her bloodwork showed us that she had elevated liver enzyme levels which means that she most likely had liver damage. Hally also tested positive for heartworm.

Total estimated vet bills: Bloodwork, x-rays, IV fluids, hospitalization and euthanasia: $660. Funds raised $100.

Update: It was too dangerous to do a biopsy since Hally was extremely sick and severely emaciated so she was let go on August 31, 2016.

If you wish to donate to Hally’s memoriam fund to help cover the bills, you can donate online or by mail. We thank everyone who donates to help us give each animal we bring into care, the best chance for a healthy life. Sometimes even the best efforts can’t win, but we invest the funds to give them each the best shot at life.

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Run free Benny,

Benny first started coming to a lady's house in Black River for food in October. He was too timid for her to take him inside, so she fed him and gained his trust for the next two months. Eventually Benny ventured inside to eat and we planned to bring him in. 

However, Benny disappeared for four days until finally the day before his ride was coming, he returned but it looked like he had been attacked because he had fresh cuts. Benny came into care with serious internal injuries, hernias, multiple puncture wounds, trouble breathing, broken ribs, a raging infection and was euthanized that same night on January 16, 2016. 

Total vet bills: $700
Funds raised: 100%

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Rest in peace sweet girl

This little girl Kia was very sick when she arrived at the Southglen Veterinary Hospital. She was diagnosed with parvo and was so weak that she could barely lift her head. Her owners  surrendered her to MMDR because they couldn’t afford the large treatment fees. She was there for one night and passed away.

If you wish to donate to her memorium fund to help cover the bills, you can donate online or by mail. We thank everyone who donates to help us give each animal we bring into care, the best chance for a healthy life. Sometimes even the best efforts can't win, but we invest the funds to give each animal the best shot at life they can.

Total vet bills: $230
Funds raised: 100%

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Rest in peace little Iggy

Iggy came into care of Manitoba Mutts for three days before she became lethargic, started vomiting, had diarrhea and was diagnosed with Parvo. She was immediately placed on IV fluids, IV medications and was given transfusions. 

Despite the best efforts of the staff at Southglen Vet, poor Iggy continued to deteriorate to the point it was necessary to make the decision to end her pain and suffering. Iggy was let go with her foster parents by her side on April 19, 2015. 

Total vet bills: $1450
Funds raised: 100%

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Run free beautiful Akira.
We're glad we got to know you.

To donate to Akira’s care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate

Background: Akira first came into care in December 2014 as a surrender from a small community in Nunavut, where she used to be part of a sled dog team.

Challenges:  When Akira came into care, she had an infected, prolapsed uterus. The day after the corrective surgery and spay, she escaped from care. She ran through downtown Winnipeg with her cone still on her head, and got hit by a car. She continued to run all night and late into the next morning through several neighbourhoods. After a massive search by volunteers and people posting sightings online, Akira was finally caught. She was taken straight to the vet to be checked out and, miraculously, she had no new injuries and her stitches were still intact. 

Successes: Akira’s surgery went well, and she is resting in care after her big adventure. 

UPDATE: Akira began showing some symptoms such as watery eyes and lethargy so she was brought to the vet. Unfortunately she tested positive for Distemper, a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. Akira's foster family took her back home to allow her to spend her final days in a loving home. She passed away on January 14th. 

Vet Bills: Hospital stay, blood work, fluids, surgery, pain meds: $850. [Funds raised to date: 100%]

Thank you to all who donated towards Akira's care.

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Rest in peace Miss Beazley.
We're glad we could show you love.

To donate to Miss Beazley’s vetting costs please visit:
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Background:  Miss Beazley came into care as a stray from a Manitoba community on October 31, 2014. She was living outdoors in a school yard, where the principal watched over her until we could bring her into care.

Challenges: When Miss Beazley came into care, she had a broken hip, was severely dehydrated and underweight, had bloody stool, refused to eat, and was very lethargic. Testing revealed that she also had parvovirus, a life-threatening disease.

Miss Beazley was so weak that she would not have been able to handle the surgery and intensive parvovirus treatment.  She was beyond our help and the best thing for her was to end her pain. 

Vet Bills: hospitalization, IV fluids and meds, x-rays, euthanasia, cremation: $700. [Funds raised to date: 100%]

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Rest in peace sweet Ace.

To donate to Ace’s vetting costs please visit:
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Background: Ace came into care as a stray from a Manitoba community on September 26, 2014.

Challenges: While in his foster home Ace's foster mom noticed that he was lethargic and had difficulty breathing. He was immediately rushed to Southglen Veterinary Hospital. While in care we learned that Ace was suffering from pneumonia. He was immediately put on IV antibiotics and IV fluids.

Success: After a couple days of treatment, Ace is getting better! He's currently in his foster home and he will be available for adoption soon.

Vet Bills: $1750 for IV antibiotics, IV fluids, and boarding. [Funds raised to date: 100%]

UPDATE: Ace was introduced to you all as a Super Trooper last week and after rebounding for a few days he took a sudden turn for the worse. Ace's foster mom noticed that his symptoms were coming back and rushed Ace to an emergency vet hospital on Thanksgiving weekend. Ace then suffered from three grand mal seizures and it was apparent that whatever he had, he wasn't going to recover from. While we don't know for sure, his pneumonia-like symptoms now combined with seizures point to distemper being the likely cause of death. Run free Ace, we're glad we could show you love.

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Macy’s Story

Background: Macy was very skinny when she was found limping with an injured leg.

Challenges: Macy tested positive for parvo during her intake exam. She was hospitalized but continued to decline in health. Macy received multiple blood transfusions and eventually became bright enough to go home with her foster.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, parvo test, IV fluids, hospitalization, antibiotics, bloodwork and blood transfusions: $3000. Funds raised 100%

**If you would like to help Macy, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with her name, so your generosity goes directly to her care.**

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Super Trooper Memorial – Macy

Background:  8 week old Macy was initially brought to Manitoba Mutts suffering from parvovirus and a broken leg.  After a rough five day stay with the vet, she was sent home to her foster family.  Her foster family would help her through the last of the parvo, as well as mange treatments and ultimately a leg amputation once she was well enough to sustain the surgery.

Challenges:  Following her leg amputation, Macy continued to struggle to walk and after multiple vet visits and x-rays, it was determined she was also suffering from severe hip dysplasia.  She had also developed severe arthritis in her hips, despite her young age, and as a result of these injuries, had also torn a knee ligament in one of her remaining legs.

Outcome:  After much discussion with veterinary experts, it was sadly determined that a good recovery outcome was not going to be possible.  Despite being a sweet and happy puppy, she would only continue to struggle and be in pain.  Out of kindness and love for Macy, she was euthanized at the age of 8 months, with her loving foster family right with her at the end.  From her foster mom:

“Our family fostered her for almost six months, and all of us, including her furry MMDR foster sisters, were totally in love with her. We are so glad we have been able to share with her all the love we had to give. Because she never had a chance to be adopted, we wanted her to always have a home with us – so we paid for private cremation and have her ashes back with us now, so she did end up with a forever family”

If you’d like to donate in Macy’s name, please visit to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating her name.

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There are extreme cases of care and support at Manitoba Mutts. We've selected a few dogs to feature as super heroes. Their will to live, and our generous community of volunteers and donors save their lives. And along the way these dogs touch all the lives of those involved along the way. We call them our Super Troopers. Follow their stories. Share. Donate.

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