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.

Frank’s Story

Background: Frank was living outside of a community mall when found. He was very skinny, had a cut under his eye and was limping.

Challenges: During Frank’s intake exam, his x-rays showed that he had an old fracture that healed abnormally which was causing him a lot of pain. 

Total estimated vet bills: Hospital stay, surgery, medications, and x-rays: $950. Funds raised: $50.

Update: Frank’s leg needed to be amputated but he’s adapting quickly to life on three legs, and is currently recovering in his foster home.

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Rusty’s Story 

Background: On August 2, Rusty was hit by a car.

Challenges: The trauma from being hit left Rusty with a bleeding eye and nose, as well as a dislocated elbow and a ton of road rash.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, hospital stay, surgery, medications: $1700. Funds raised $50.

Update: A splint was being used to keep Rusty's elbow stable while it heals. However, Rusty is still in pain and his elbow became dislocated again. He will have a full leg amputation at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital.

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Beasley’s Story 

Background: Beasley was a stray who started roaming around someone’s house. 

Challenges: We’re not sure how Beasley originally injured her leg but she came into care with a limp.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, hospital stay, surgery, medications: $1300. Funds raised: $0.

Update: Beasley’s leg has been causing her pain so she’s going into surgery on August 18 at Transcona Veterinary Hospital.

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Beauty’s Story 

Background: Beauty came into care as a pregnant stray from Sioux Valley. She was in care for 21 days before giving birth to the Beauty and the Beast litter. 

Challenges: Beauty was walking funny since she came into care but we thought it was because of her pregnant belly. Once Beauty gave birth to four lovely kittens, she still continued to walk weird so her foster took her to the vet. Turns out Beauty had a broken hip all along - She’s one tough lady!

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, hospital stay, surgery, medications: $800. Funds raised $0.

Update: Beauty is scheduled to have her surgery on August 10 at Transcona Vet , so until then she’s resting in her foster home. Her foster says, “Beauty is the sweetest cat and you can't even tell she's in pain.” 

If you would like to donate to Beauty’s care, please go 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.

**Take a look at Beauty’s x-ray in the comments below.**

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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 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:
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%]

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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: 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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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.

Ethni's Story 

Background: Ethni was found with her sister Nasya wandering alone.

Challenges: Ethni has mange around her eyes and mouth so she is being treated at McLeod Veterinary Hospital. 

Total estimates vet bills: Antibiotics, medications, and skin scraping: $250. Funds raised $139.

Current health: Ethni’s mange is healing nicely around her eyes and mouth.

If you would like to help Ethni, 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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Angus's Story 

Background: When Angus (The puppy on the right of the photo) came into care, he didn’t show any signs of being sick until he reached his foster home where he became very lethargic and was vomiting.

Challenges: His foster rushed Agus to Southglen Veterinary Hospital where he has tested positive for parvo.

Total estimated vet bills: Hospital stay, IV fluids and medications: $1000. Funds raised $670.

If you would like to help little Angus, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and please include a note in Paypal with his name, so your generosity goes directly to his care.

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Bindi's Story
 
Background: Bindi is a mama dog that came from a northern community where she had been chained up. Sadly before we could bring Bindi into care, her three 8 week old puppies died of a suspected poisoning.

Challenges: Luckily Bindi was brought into care safely, but unfortunately she was covered in wood ticks and had diarrhea. To make matters even worse, poor Bindi also tested positive for heartworm during her intake exam.

Total estimated vet bills: heartworm treatment, medications: $2000. Funds raised: $1535.

Current health: Bindi was re-hospitalized due to extreme pain caused by a distended abdomen. The good news is that she was x-rayed and nothing foreign was found - She most likely gorged on her food. During her two day hospital stay, Bindi was kept on IV fluids and pain medications until she was released. 

However the cost to help Bindi was an additional $1000 to relieve her pain.

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Elizabeth's Story

Background: Elizabeth is the momma of Diana, Camilla and Kate. 

Challenges: Elizabeth is losing hair, is very emaciated, and has a limp left back leg. Her leg has an old fracture that is causing her pain so she will need a femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery that is scheduled for July 13, at Transcona Veterinary Hospital.

Total estimates vet bills: Surgery, medications: $900. Funds raised 100%.

**If you would like to help Elizabeth, 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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Nadia's Story

Background: Nadia was found crying under bridge and we thought that she may have been hit by car. It appeared that she had injured back legs and pain in her pelvic area.

Challenges: Thankfully Nadia has no broken bones or dislocations but she does have some soft tissue swelling. She was full of ticks, had severe diarrhea, and was emaciated when she came into care. 

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, blood work, fluids, medications, hospital stay: $750. Funds raised: 100%.

Current condition: Nadia was discharged from Southglen Veterinary Hospital and is now recovering in her foster home.

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Nasya's Story 

Background: Naysa was found with her sister Ethni wandering alone. 

Challenges: Naysa’s face is completely covered by demodex mange which is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites. She also has a secondary infection.

Thankfully, Winrose Animal Hospital is sponsoring all of her treatment and vaccinations through their Rainbow Buddies Program!! We are ever so appreciative!

Total vet bill so far: $350. Medication, skin scraping, antibiotics, exam, and urinalysis. Funds raised: 100%

Current health: Nasya is recovering in her foster home where she is taking medications to help remove the mange from her face.

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Donations saved my life!

Nasya has joined the Super Trooper Alumni by finding her forever home! She’s settling in great and has been busy running around in the backyard, chewing on sticks, and swimming! 

Nasya is the biggest suck and needs to sit on her mom or her boyfriend for cuddle time. When they're driving, Nasya loves to cuddle and chase flies. She just started teething so she's a bit naughty when it comes to biting people and objects around the house. 

Her mom says, “Our favourite thing about Nasya is the love that she gives us, she's the sweetest little girl and we couldn't be happier! She's not quite grown into her paws yet and is a bit clumsy, so she gives us a good laugh every day! Thank you guys so much for helping us find our baby girl!”

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Posh's Story 

Background: On sunday morning little Posh wasn’t eating her breakfast and seemed unusually tired for a 2 month-old puppy, so her foster parents took her to the vet.

Challenges: During her visit at Southglen Veterinary Hospital, Posh was diagnosed with parvo. 

Total estimated vet bills: Hospital stay, IV fluids and medications: $1000. Funds raised: 100%.

Current condition: Posh is staying at Southglen Veterinary Hospital where she is being treated.  

Posh is now recovering and has started eating again! 

Update: Posh is now back in her foster home and is getting spunkier by the day!

*** To donate to Posh’s care please visit http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with Posh’s name so your donation will go directly to her care.***

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Donations saved my life!

Super Trooper Posh has found her forever family and is now known as Cookie. She’s an energetic girl who wants everyone to play with her. Cookie needs one more vaccination before she can go for lots of walks and outings, but in the meantime she’s enjoying tons of car rides. She’s also a smart girl who is learning very quickly and loves getting treats.

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Moe, Larry and Curly's Story

Background: Moe, Larry and Curly came into care on January 21, 2016.

Challenges: Moe, Larry and Curly have tested positive for parvo. 

Total estimated vet bills: $4200 - antibiotics, hospital stay, IV fluids, monitoring, multiple medications, transfusions. Funds raised: $3450. 

Current health: Unfortunately Larry has passed away from parvo on January 25, 2016. Curley and Moe are currently still in the hospital and on IV.
Three cheers for Moe! He's bustin' out of the hospital today! Hopefully Curly will be next - he's starting to improve too!

Curly is now out of the hospital and is recovering with his brother Moe in their foster home!

Update: Curley and Moe are both loving their foster home - They're doing plenty of running around and wrestling with each other!

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Donations saved my life!

Curly has found his forever family and is now a Super Trooper Alumni! In this picture Curly is at the lake, where he loves lounging in the shade, chasing sticks, and frolicking knee-deep in the water! 

The lab next door is being kind enough to try teaching him to swim, and every time they go for a romp he gets a little braver, and goes a little deeper. His mom sees long swims out to catch sticks in his future!

Curly is gentle with the kids in his new home and getting better each day on his leash. His mom says, “The best part about Curly is how much he loves love, both giving and receiving. He's always up for a snuggle and will shower you with loving kisses. We're so happy he came into our lives!”

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Donations saved my life!

Super Trooper Moe (now known as Bosco) has found his forever family! Bosco has settled into his new home quite nicely and he certainly knows where home is; if his family goes past their home after a walk, Bosco will stop. 

His new family says, “We love that he is curious and eager to meet other people and other dogs. He's got the energy for long walks, but also loves to lay around like a sack of potatoes when it's time to relax. He's a really sweet, good natured boy.”

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