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.
Baxter’s Story Background: Baxter was found by a community member who held him for a while but once his caretaker noticed he had a hernia, she wanted to send him to Winnipeg to see a vet. Challenges: Baxter has a hernia on his belly. Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, major blood work, hospital stay, IV fluids, antibiotics: $1000. Funds raised: $33. Update: Baxter is septic and is currently fighting for his life at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital. Update: Baxter has recovered and is thankfully back at his foster home. **If you would like to help Baxter, please donate 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 care.**
Gizzy’s Story Background: Gizzy was hit by a car in a northern community and was instantly paralyzed. Challenges: Once Gizzy was flown into Winnipeg and was rushed to the vet, his x-rays revealed that he had a severely broken femur. Surgery was attempted to plate the femur and save little Gizzy’s leg but since his bones were too brittle, he ended up needing it amputated. During surgery Gizzy went into cardiac arrest which has caused him to become blind. Total estimated vet bills: Surgery, medications, wheelchairs (he’s still growing so he may need 2), halo, rehabilitation- possibly hydrotherapy, acupuncture, laser therapy etc.: $6,000. Funds raised: $2,950. Update: Gizzy can currently see shadows but we're not sure if he will fully recover his sight. He will need major rehabilitation treatment once he's been cleared by the vet. Gizzy still cannot see and the vet is sure he will be permanently blind. An update from his vet tech foster home says he is getting stronger every day and even starting to play with toys! Take a look in the comments below to see Gizzy before the surgery. **If you would like to help Gizzy, please donate 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 care.**
Hendrix’s Story Background: Hendrix was born in care by his mom Stevie. Challenges: Hendrix developed a skin disorder called puppy strangles at only 2.5 weeks old. He has a walnut-size lump on the side of his throat. Little Hendrix was rushed to Southglen Veterinary Hospital where he had x-rays done to make sure it wasn’t putting pressure on his trachea and preventing him from eating. Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, medications: $500. Funds raised: $168. Update: Hendrix’s lump was drained of some fluid and he was released to his foster home with some antibiotics and steroids. The lump hasn’t grown or gone down but Hendrix is still active and eating well. **If you would like to help Hendrix, please donate 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 care.**
Joburg’s Story Background: Joburg was found under a car. Challenges: Joburg had severe mange when he came into care and needs to have some big papilloma warts removed. Total estimated vet bills: Mange treatment, papilloma growth removals: $600. Funds raised: $90. **If you would like to help Joburg, please donate 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 care.**
Miley’s Story Background: Miley was found walking alone until a driver made a 7 hour trip to pick her up and bring her into care. Challenges: Once Miley made it into care, she continued to get sicker and sicker. She not only has tested positive for parvo but she also has rickets, a defective mineralization or calcification of bones that can lead to fractures and deformity. The poor girl also has chewing lice, a tape worm, a skin infection, some balding and a urinary tract infection. Total estimated vet bills: Medications for parvo, uti, lice, tape worm, mange treatment and skin infection meds: $1500. Funds raised: $200. **If you would like to help Miley, 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.**
Vanelli’s Story Background: Vanelli was a stray who came into care with lice. Challenges: Along with the lice, Vanelli sadly also has a lot of rotten teeth that need to be removed. Total estimated vet bills: Tooth extractions: $800. Funds raised: $340. Update: Vanelli has found her forever home but still needs to have her rotten teeth removed. **If you would like to help Vanelli, 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.**
Woody’s Story Background: Woody has been living outside his entire life but thankfully the people in the community were feeding him. He waited patiently for 3 years to be rescued. Challenges: Woody has tested positive for heartworm. Total estimated vet bills: Pre-treatment medications, tests and heartworm treatments: $1000. Funds raised: $690. **If you would like to help Woody, please donate 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 care.**
Wally and Wilson’s Stories Background: Wally and Wilson were living outside together for the past three years where they were being fed by people in the community. Challenges: Both Wally and Wilson have tested heartworm positive. Total estimated vet bills: Pre-treatment medications, tests and heartworm treatments: $2000. Funds raised: $500. **If you would like to help Wally and Wilson, please donate 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 care.**
Pam’s Story Background: Pam came into care with pellet wounds and her seven week-old puppies Dwight, Stanley, Michael, Toby, Angela and Andy. Challenges: Pam had a couple pellet wounds and it looks like she has an old leg injury that didn’t heal properly. She has also tested heartworm positive and has a few rotten teeth that will need to be extracted. Total estimated vet bills: Heartworm treatment: $1000. Funds raised: 100%. Update: The vets managed to remove a pellet from Pam’s back but the rest will remain in her body as they aren’t causing her any pain or problems. Pam is currently getting some well deserved relaxation in her foster home and is starting her heartworm treatment. Pam has been taking pre-treatment pills before she goes for her first round of heartworm treatment on December 27. Some of the pills were giving Pam an increase in appetite but now that she’s finished them, she’s back to her normal eating habits. Her hair has regrown where her pellet wound was surgically removed but when you look closely, the mark itself is still there. Pam also has a scar on her leg but we’re not sure if it was caused by another pellet. Pam is enjoying a relaxing life in her foster home where she is learning to trust again. She’s gradually becoming less skittish but if Pam is taken off-guard, it’s back to square one. **Take a look in the comments below to view Pam's pellet wounds.** To donate to Pam’s care please visit http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with Pam’s name so your donation goes directly to her care.
In Memoriam This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.
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.
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%
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%
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%
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.
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: 100%]
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: 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.