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.

To donate to their care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate

Background: Bliss, Cupid, Lovebug and Sweetheart came into care on February 12, 2015. All of the pups had parvo which caused Lovebug to pass away.   

Challenges: We are working out their tummy issues and the dehydration that comes with parvo but they’re looking better everyday. All of the pups have gained a lot of weight with their improved health and diet since coming into care but they still face some health hurdles as their immune systems are still weak.

Total vet bills to bring into care: Hospitalization, IV fluids, IV medication and take-home medication: $1500 to treat all three pups. [Funds raised: $20]

Update: Bliss is the runt of the litter but came in healthier than her siblings. She’s a small and quiet girl who prefers to stay out of her siblings antics. She’s also very smart and has figured out the stairs and other challenges in record time! Bliss likes to stay inside and keep warm by cuddling and giving kisses to anyone in her vicinity, including the cat. 

Sweetheart is getting fluffier everyday! She loves to play outside but when it's time to slow down, she’ll snuggle right into your neck. Sweetheart was the weakest of the three but she’s perked up and loves to wrestle with her brother. She was also very skinny but is now eating like a champ and catching up.  

Cupid was also very skinny and weak when he came into care. He’s a handsome guy who loves snuggling with his sisters. Although he has the shortest hair of the three, Cupid is always on the top of the puppy pile to keep his sisters safe. As he becomes healthier, Cupid is starting to enjoy wrestling with his sister and running around in the snow. When Cupid slows down for cuddles, he usually snuggles with his siblings, but is always open to cuddle you too!

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

Background: Bruno was found in late January with a trapping snare around his neck.

Challenges: Bruno’s neck wound is healing well but due to the nature of the trauma, he requires laser therapy. This will help stimulate cell regeneration and blood circulation to allow the area to heal.

Total vet bills to bring into care and treat wounds: Neuter, hospital stay, surgical repair of neck wound, medication and laser therapy: $500. Funds raised: $70.

Update: Bruno’s laser treatment went well and his wound is now only a scar. He still requires a harness while going for walks to keep his neck safe from damage. Plus, Bruno is now available for adoption!

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

Background: In November 2014, Habanero first came into care as a stray from a small community, where he was being fed by local workers.

Challenges: When Habanero’s foster brought him to the vet to be neutered, it was discovered that he had an old pelvis injury, and his right rear leg needed to be amputated. He also had a couple of fractured teeth that needed to be removed.

Vet Bills: X-rays, leg amputation, tooth extractions: $939. [Funds raised to date: $939]

Successes: Habanero’s surgery went well and he is learning how to live the good life in his foster home.

Update: Habanero is doing fantastic! Having three legs doesn’t stop him from running around, being carefree and loving life!

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In Memoriam
This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.

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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: $750]

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:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

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: [$460]

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Rest in peace sweet Ace.

To donate to Ace’s vetting costs please visit:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

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: $960]

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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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.

Trigger's Story! 

Background: Trigger came into care after he was left with a couple of his buddies (who are also in care) on a porch in a Northern community.

Challenges: Triggers foster mom noticed that the day after he arrived he was lethargic, had diarrhea and was vomiting so he was rushed to Southglen Veterinary Hospital where he tested positive for Canine Parvovirus. If left untreated, parvo has a 91% mortality rate. Even with aggressive treatment, there is still a 5%-20% chance that the pup will succumb to the virus. Trigger was immediately hooked up to IV's and underwent antibiotic treatment. 

Success: Trigger responded well to treatment and he is now in his foster home to recover and get his strength back. He's even starting to wag his tail! Please keep him in your thoughts as he's not out of the woods yet.

Vet Bills: Testing, treatment, vet boarding, and aftercare totals: $550 [Funds raised to date: 100%]

To donate to Trigger’s care please visit:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

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Donations saved my life! 

Super Trooper Trigger has been adopted into a wonderful home! He’s growing fast and is a well trained boy. He’s full of energy and loves to play in the snow, chase his tail, play fetch and tug-of-war. 

Trigger is still a little boy who gets scared easily by noises outside. If he’s scared during a walk, he’ll grab his leash, turn around and run all the way home! His neighbours often see him pulling his owners up and down the street about four times per day.

When Trigger was first adopted, he slept with his parents for the first week but now he’s brave enough to sleep alone, under their bed. But when morning comes, Trigger gives them lots of cuddles! 

Trigger’s mom says, “He’s brought so much joy into our household and he’s amazing with our niece and seven nephews!”

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Apple's Story! 

Background: Apple first came into care as a stray in November 2011. She was adopted but returned in February 2014 because the burn wasn’t improving and her family was unable to devote the time needed for her recovery.

Challenges: When Apple came in, she had a severe burn on her back. Because the burn was so deep, it has been really hard to heal. Apple has been through laser therapy, various creams and bandages, medication, and dermatologist appointments. 

Success: Apple has had excellent care from Dakota Veterinary Hospital, and a wonderful foster. Her burn is healing well and she goes back for her second dermatologist consultation in January. 

Vet Bills: Vet and specialist appointments, treatments, creams, medications, and bandages: $600 to date, expected to rise to $1,000. [Funds raised to date: $500]

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

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Donations saved my life!

Super Trooper Apple has found her forever home and is now named Phoenix. Since being adopted, Phoenix has had a surgery to remove all of the damaged tissue and to close the area on her back where her severe burn was. 

She’s currently recovering by having lots of crate rest and short walks. Her new mom says, “She is the BEST thing that has happened to me and a true lesson in forgiveness and living for today! We can all learn from her!”

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Valour's Story! 

Background: Valour first came into care as a stray from a rural community about 6 hours north of Winnipeg on November 10, 2014.

Challenges: Valour had an infected gunshot wound to his rear left leg that was already a few days old. The staff at Southglen Vet are determining how much damage was done and whether the leg will need to be amputated or not.

Successes: MMDR volunteers and supporters came together to quickly bring Valour to Winnipeg to get the care he needs.

Vet Bills: Vetting, x-rays, bloodwork, fluids, pain meds, and amputation: $1675. [Funds raised to date: $450 donated towards vet bills at Southglen Vet.]

UPDATE:

Because of the damage done by the bullet and the infection, Valour’s leg had to be amputated. The surgery went well and he is on the road to recovery, resting comfortably in his foster home.

UPDATE 2:

Good news! Valour has been healing well and living the good life in his foster home! His goof-ball personality is shining through and has a knack for getting off his cone. Now that his energy is up, it’s time for the training to start!

The not-so-good news is Valour has tapeworm, which is treatable, but will add to his vet bills. Check out all our upcoming fundraisers on our website at www.manitobamutts.org/events/ All funds raised help our dogs, including Valour!

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

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Donations saved my life!

Valour has found his forever family and is now a Super Trooper Alumni! He’s adjusting well to his new home and has a ton of energy!

Valour is able to be himself and his family loves his goofball personality!

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To donate to Bella’s care please visit:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

Background: Bella came into care as an owner surrender on September 25, 2014.

Challenges: At Bella's intake veterinary appointment at Dakota Vet she was found to suffer from a severe Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Also her eyelids were turning inwards and causing her a lot of pain and irritation so she required entropion surgery to fix them. Eyelid issues are commonly found with Mastiff breeds. Unfortunately this condition may not be resolved with one surgery and she may require another one to two surgeries to fully fix her eyes.

Vet Bills: So far: $1250 [Funds raised to date: $720]

Success: Bella's UTI has cleared up well with the antibiotics. She also underwent her first entropion surgery at Dakota Veterinary Hospital which went well. We've also been told by the vet that she'll need at least one more surgery. 

Update: Bella is scheduled to go for her second entropion surgery February 5. Stay tuned for upcoming posts to follow Bella’s story.

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Donations saved my life!

Bella has found her furever home and is now a Super Trooper Alumni! 

Her second entropion surgery went well and her eyes are looking good with her stitches out. 

Bella is now living happily with her past foster mom, her daughter and a doggy pal (a fellow Mutt) who all love her to bits!

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Archer's Story! 

Background: Archer first came into care in September 2014. 

Challenges: Archer is a big, playful puppy who doesn’t know yet how to react to new dogs and people.  

Successes: Archer has been tested by one of our behaviouralists, and there is lots of potential for this big boy. He will be attending two weeks of boot camp to learn how to act around people and other dogs. 

Vet Bills: Boot Camp: $2,700. [Funds raised to date: 100%]

UPDATE: Archer has been doing well in boot camp, but still needs more time to continue learning how to act with people and animals.

UPDATE: Archer has been adopted! He's doing fantastic in his new home, and his bills have all been paid off. We couldn't be happier for the big guy!

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

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Donations saved my life!

Archer is now a Super Trooper Alumni! He was adopted on Boxing Day and lives with his two moms and a kitty friend! Archer started basic training at the Dryden Canine Academy in the beginning of February where he’s working on his leash manners. 

Archer loves his new home. He stays out of his kennel to watch the house when his family isn’t home for short periods of time, but once he’s ready, he’ll be able to stay out of his kennel most of the time. 

Archer’s favorite treat is peanut butter and on Saturday mornings, he has three eggs with his breakfast. He’s well-behaved for his age and is growing into a very handsome fellow. Archer also loves going for a drive in the truck and having friends over.

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Chance and Hope's Stories! 

Background: Hope and Chance were part of a group of 10 puppies in a rural Manitoba community that Mutts was attempting to bring into care once enough foster homes were available. Unfortunately the litter started to perish one by one seemingly overnight. Even though we didn't have enough secured homes we made a mad dash to save what we could. Sadly, when our volunteer arrived there were only 2 survivors. We've named them Hope and Chance. 

Challenges: Hope and Chance were rushed to Southglen Vet on Sept 26th where Chance tested positive for Canine Parvovirus. Hope's test was negative, but the vet believed she would eventually contract it as well. If left untreated, parvo has a 91% mortality rate. Even with aggressive treatment, there is still a 5%-20% chance that the pup will succumb to the virus. Both pups were immediately hooked up to IV's and underwent antibiotic treatment.

Success: Both pups responded well to treatments and are now in their foster home to recover and get their strength back.

Vet Bills: Testing, treatment, vet boarding, and aftercare totals: $1,015 [Funds raised to date: $1,015]

UPDATE: Both Chance and Hope have found their furever homes!

To donate to Hope & Chance’s care please visit:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

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Donations saved my life! 

Chance is now a Super Trooper Alumni and is now known as Winston or Winnie. He's doing wonderful and has gained more that 40lbs since the day his foster mom (now owner) picked Chance up from the vet to foster both him and his sister. 

Chance was scared of everything when he first came in but with the help of good doggie friends, he's come a long way and is enjoying being a puppy. 

Chance has also been a wonderful foster brother to Legend, and brings out the playful side of his brother Tigger.  His new mom Brittany says, “I love that he's a part of the family now and I wouldn't trade the chaos for anything.”

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Titan's Story!

Background: Titan came into care after he was left with a couple of his buddies (who are also in care) on a porch in a Northern community.

Challenges: Titans intake appointment revealed a bad skin infection so he was given antibiotics to help clear that up. A few days after coming into care, his foster mom noticed that he was lethargic and didn't really want to eat, he was taken to Southglen Veterinary Hospital where they performed a parvovirus test and it came back negative so he was sent home under strict supervision. The next day he had diarrhea with blood in it so he was rushed back to the vet where they tested him again for Canine Parvovirus, but this time it was positive. We're not sure why it was negative the day before but if left untreated, parvo has a 91% mortality rate. Even with aggressive treatment, there is still a 5%-20% chance that the pup will succumb to the virus. Titan was immediately hooked up to IV's and underwent antibiotic treatment. 

Success: Titan responded well to treatment and he is now back in his foster home to recover and get his strength back. Please keep him in your prayers as he's not fully recovered yet.

Vet Bills: Testing, treatment, vet boarding, and aftercare totals: $500 [Funds raised to date: $500]

To donate to Titan’s care please visit:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

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Arendelle's Story! 

Background: Arendelle is a 3 year old Collie X that was found as a pregnant stray in rural Manitoba. She came into Manitoba Mutts care May 12th, 2014. She gave birth to 8 beautiful babies on May 14th, 2014, all named after the popular Disney movie Frozen. They have all since been adopted.

Challenges: During a routine examination at Southglen Veterinary Hospital we learned that Arendelle suffers from heartworm disease. Heartworm is a serious disease that can cause a variety of health problems and can be fatal if left untreated.

Success: Arendelle has started her heartworm treatments and is currently resting in her foster home. Once we know the treatment is working, she will be available for adoption.

Vet Bills: $1,500 for blood tests, heartworm medication, and treatment.
[Funds raised to date: 100%]

Update: Arendelle had her first heartworm treatment on July 7 and there have been some complications. We are closely monitoring her and keeping her comfortable. Prayers and positive thoughts that she will pull through.

Update: Arendelle is doing a lot better, her foster mom says she has her "sparkle" back! Great news!

Update: Arendelle went in for her spay and everything went very well and her bills have all been covered by wonderful donations! She is now recovering in her foster home, just awaiting that perfect family- is that you?

Update! Arendelle has been adopted!! We're so happy this girl is all recovered and has found her forever home.

To donate to Arendelle's care visit:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

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Donations saved my life!

A huge thank you to everyone who bought something on our Flea(less) Market page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/340485732794482/ or donated online.

You’ve helped us pay off vet bills for our Super Troopers which means Arendlle is now a member of the Super Trooper Alumni group and is living the good life in her forever home!

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Loopsy's Story! 

Background: Loopsy is a 2 year old mixed breed dog that came into Manitoba Mutts care on August 21st, 2014 from a rural community in Manitoba.

Challenges: On Sept 1st she underwent routine spay surgery at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital where the vet discovered kidney worms that had made their way into her stomach. Kidney worms can be a devastating and intrusive parasite that can grow to take over entire organs. Unfortunately, that specific veterinarian was unable to perform the removal of the kidney at that time and a second surgery was scheduled at Southglen Veterinary Hospital for later that week as the removal surgery is quite time sensitive.

Success: Loopsy underwent her kidney removal surgery September 6th and sadly this girl cannot catch a break. The surgery was much more complicated then originally thought as they found more worms free in her body and one of her adrenal glands had to be removed. She is currently staying at the vet for observation.

UPDATE: During Loopsy's stay at Southglen Vet  while recovering from her second surgery, they discovered she was having trouble going to the bathroom. An ultrasound revealed that there were kidney worms in her bladder! This is an extremely rare occurrence, which is why it wasn't caught previously. After Loopsy recovers, she will have to undergo another surgery to remove those worms, unless she miraculously passes them on her own. Loopsy, despite all of this is doing well in her foster home.

Update: Loopsy had a follow-up appointment today (Oct 21) and she unfortunately still has a kidney worm in her bladder. She will be going for surgery on Thursday to have it removed, please keep her in your thoughts!

UPDATE: Loopsy went in for her surgery this morning (Oct 23) and the vet surprisingly found NO worms! Turns out, there was just a bunch of debris which they cleaned out and miss Loopsy is back on the recovery train.

You’ve helped us pay off vet bills for our Super Troopers which means Loopsy is now a member of the Super Trooper Alumni group and is worm-free and loving life in her forever home!

Vet Bills: Blood profiles, major surgery and aftercare totals: $1,400 [Funds raised to date: 100%]

To donate to Loopsy’s care please visit:
http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html

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