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.
Lexie’s Story Background: Lexie is an older gal who has come back into our care at no fault of her own. Challenges: Lexie is due for a good dental cleaning as it’s possible she has a few cavities that may need to be removed during surgery. Her gums are also very inflamed and she flinches away when someone touches them. Total estimated vet bills: Surgery: $700. Funds raised: $0. **If you would like to help Lexie, 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.**
Melon’s Story Background: Melon was found wandering in a community with her sister Grape. Challenges: Melon was having diarrhea and her foster home noticed there was blood in her stool. We instantly thought it could be parvo. After the test came back negative, she was sent for x-rays and the vet found a foreign object in her stomach. Melon went for immediate surgery to remove it, and it was discovered to be glass! Poor girl was getting cut up from the inside. Total Estimated vet bills: Parvo test, x-rays, medications, hospitalization and surgery: $1750. Funds raised $1045. **If you would like to help Melon, 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.**
Chevy’s Story Background: Chevy (His Mutts name is Stud) was born in care in 2013 and had been adopted out as a young pup. Sadly he's been returned to our care at no fault of his own. Challenges: Shortly after coming back into care Chevy's foster noticed that he didn't put very much pressure on his hind leg and had difficulty going up the stairs. We sent him to the vet to get him assessed, it turned out he has a fully ruptured ACL and will need TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery. Total Estimated vet bills: Hospitalization, surgery, medications: $2600. Funds raised: $50. **If you would like to help Chevy (a.k.a. Stud), 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.**
Lloyd’s Story Background: Lloyd (LTI) was found in a field with his mom and his eight siblings from the Virgin Radio litter. Challenges: Unfortunately, Lloyd got in between another dog in the foster home and his supper. Lloyd was rushed to Pembina Veterinary Hospital and had to have eye removal surgery. Total Estimated vet bills: TBA. Funds raised: $50. **If you would like to help Lloyd, 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.**
Ajax’s Story Background: Ajax was napping under a car and since he is so small the driver didn't see him there and accidentally backed over him. His family called for help and asked to surrender him so he could get to Winnipeg for the medical attention he needed. Challenges: One side of Ajax’s abdominal wall is damaged all the way from his legs to his ribs. Total estimated vet bills: Diaphragmatic hernia repair surgery, hospitalization, antibiotics and pain medications: $1500. Funds raised: $1198. Update: It's been a couple weeks since this little land-shark's surgery and he's such a happy little guy! **If you would like to help Ajax, 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.**
Shira’s Story Background: Shira was accidentally run over and was showing a slight limp so she was flown into our care. Challenges: After further examination and x-rays during her intake appointment at McLeod Veterinary Hospital, we discovered her femur is completely broken and she has a trauma-induced diaphragmatic hernia - a hole in her diaphragm that allowed her abdominal contents to move into her chest cavity. Her breathing was very compromised and her liver couldn't even be seen in the x-ray, she needed immediate surgery that unfortunately couldn't be done at McLeod Vet. Thankfully Dr. Skakun at Transcona Veterinary Hospital was available and Shira was transferred right away. Shira luckily made it through surgery, it was the biggest hernia hole Dr. Skakun had ever seen, and Shira's entire liver was crammed inside her chest cavity! Shira's not out of the woods yet, she needs a second surgery to repair her broken femur, which is scheduled for Monday as long as she's strong enough. Total estimated vet bills: Pain medications, x-rays, hospitalization and surgery for her diaphragmatic hernia, internal injuries and her leg: $2000. Funds raised: 100%. Update: Shira is doing great and is still smiling! She saw the vet last week and they said that Shira's leg is healing well and her range of motion is as it should be. Ten more sleeps until the hardware comes off! **If you would like to help Shira, 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.** Take a look in the comments below to view pictures of Shira's surgeries.
Sarabi’s Story Background: When Sarabi was found by community members they thought she was pregnant, but after a day realized that she already had her puppies! They followed her into the community so she could lead them to her babies. They found nine puppies who were roughly five weeks old, that were living under an abandoned house. One of Sarabi’s babies had a neck wound and two others were found to have heart murmurs. Challenges: During Sarabi’s intake exam she was diagnosed with lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and heartworm. Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, heartworm treatment and medication: $1000. Funds raised: 100%. Update: Big thanks to Jon G. for donating $940 towards Sarabi’s care!! Sarabi’s medical fees are now completely paid off thanks to you and everyone who supported our Super Troopers!! This gorgeous girl is now ready for her treatments. **If you would like to help Sarabi, 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: 100%. Update: Woody has finished the first round of heartworm pills but he definitely doesn’t mind since they’re hidden in roast beef - Yumm! When Woody first came into care, he wasn’t interested in toys but now that he’s comfortable in his foster home he loves to play! He also likes having his paw held while being pet. Woody likes to howl at sirens if he’s outside for a walk but is nice and quiet once he’s inside. He’s also a gentleman who doesn’t make any accidents while he’s loose all day in the house. This smart guy has recently started moving his leash around when he wants to go out too! Woody had his first heartworm injection and is now taking it easy on his foster's couch. **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.**
Missy’s Story Background: Missy was once owned but once her family learned that she has heartworm, they decided to surrender her to MMDR in hopes of being able to cover the medical fees. Missy has two surviving puppies Taco and Burrito - This is either her second or third litter. Challenges: Missy has tested positive for heartworm. Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, heartworm treatment and medication: $1000. Funds raised: 100%. Update: Missy has begun her heartworm treatment and is eating much better now. She isn’t fond of other dogs, most likely due to previously having to defend her pups. Missy is currently continuing her treatment and recovering in her foster home. **If you would like to help Missy, 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.**
In Memoriam This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.
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.**
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.
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.