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.
Super Trooper Update: Madeira Background: Madeira was found hanging around the teacherage in Black River. She had no collar, was hungry and looked unkept. Challenges: During Madeira's intake exam, the vet found a very deep puncture wound on her chest and her blood work came back showing she was Heartworm positive. Total Vet Bills: Wound repair surgery, hospitalization, medications and Heartworm treatment: $650 Funds raised: $0 Update: Madeira underwent surgery to place two drains in her chest so her puncture wound can heal properly. The drains and staples were recently removed and she has healed up perfectly! She has also completed her Heartworm treatments and is well on her way to picture-perfect health! Throughout her whole ordeal Madeira has been an excellent patient and even willingly took her medications from her foster family!
To donate to Marnie's care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate Background: Manie was found in Grand Rapids after allegedly being torched and hit by a car. Challenges: When Marnie was taken to the vet she had a huge lump in her knee. Her x-rays showed us that her entire femoral leg bone was fusing itself in an abnormal way. If this continued, she eventually wouldn’t be able to walk. Marnie also had bruising along her right side and upon inspection, it seems that a couple ribs were broken at one point. Total Vet Bills: Spay, leg amputation, medications: $875. Funds Raised: $35. Update: Marnie has had her leg amputated and was spayed. Due to her leg injury, Marnie has had lots of practice modifying her balance for life on three legs. Although she went through two surgeries, she still wants to be up and walking but she needs to learn how to slow down to allow everything to heal. To donate to Marnie's care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/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. 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! Total vet bills to bring into care: Hospitalization, IV fluids, IV medication and take-home medication: $1500 to treat all three pups. [Funds raised: $802] Update: Bliss, Cupid and Sweetheart still have some tummy issues so they’re staying on a gastro diet for a little longer. They’re getting their first vaccinations this week and are working on their kennel and house training which are coming along nicely. Bliss, Cupid and Sweetheart can all sit for treats and Cupid is shaking a paw! They’re all super snugglers and Bliss is a big kisser, she thinks everything is better with a kiss. Sweetheart is learning to fetch but she hasn't mastered “drop it” yet.
In Memoriam This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.
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: $20
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.
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]
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.