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 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. Vet Bills: Hospital stay, blood work, fluids, surgery, pain meds: $850. [Funds raised to date: $645]
To donate to Habanero’s care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate Background: Habenero first came into care as a stray from a small community, where he was being fed by local workers, in November 2014. Challenges: When Habanero’s foster brought him to the vet to be neutered, it was discovered that he has an old pelvis injury, and his right rear leg will need to be amputated. He also has a couple of fractured teeth that will need to be removed. Successes: Habanero is learning how to live the good life in his foster home. Surgery is scheduled for the week of December 8, 2014. Vet Bills: X-rays, leg amputation, tooth extractions: $939. [Funds raised to date: $440] UPDATE: Habenero’s surgery went well and he is doing great! He is now resting in his foster home, adjusting well to life on three legs.
To donate to Archer’s care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate 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: $1,200] UPDATE: Archer has been doing well in boot camp, but still needs more time to continue learning how to act with people and animals.
To donate to Valour’s care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate 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: $400 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 Apple’s care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate 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: $0]
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 in and causing her a lot of pain and irritation so she requires entropion surgery to fix them. Eyelid issues are are commonly found with Mastiff breeds. Unfortunately this condition may not be resolved with one surgery, she may require another 1-2 surgeries to fully fix her eyes. 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. Vet Bills so far: $1250 [Funds raised to date: $660]
To donate to Titan’s care please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html 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: $475]
To donate to Trigger’s care please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html 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: $475]
To donate to Hope & Chance’s care please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html 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: $650] UPDATE: Both Chance and Hope have found their furever homes!
This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.
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: $0] Run free Miss Beazley, we're glad we could show you love.
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: $360] 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.