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.

Doodle’s Story

Background: Doodle was found near a farm so he stayed in the barn while the people in the area looked for an owner. Sadly they had no luck so Doodle came into care.

Challenges: During Doodle’s intake exam, he came up heartworm positive and needs entropion surgery which involves tightening of the eyelid and its attachments to restore the lid to its normal position.

Total estimated vet bills: Hospital stay, surgery, medications: $1000. Funds raised: $204.

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

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Mandy’s Story

Background: Mandy’s owner left the community, leaving Mandy on her own. Luckily Mandy was fed for awhile but the people in the community didn't know she was pregnant at first. The fire station in the community also kept Mandy safe while she was waiting for transportation to the city.

Challenges: Once Mandy came into care, she tested positive for heartworm during her intake exam.

Total estimated vet bills: Pre-treatment medication, x-ray, hospitalization, heartworm treatment, IV: $1000. Funds raised: $207.

Update: Mandy escaped her foster home and went missing for a few days. During that time, Mandy birthed her puppies and once the Mutts team found her, there were no puppies in sight. We searched the area for many hours with Mandy on a long lead to see if we could find them, but no luck. We even tried using tracking dogs to help. We assume the babies had already passed away since Mandy had no drive to search for them. Mandy is safe and back at her foster home and will be undergoing her first treatment soon.

**If you would like to help Mandy, 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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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: $453.48

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 100%.

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 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 $0.

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.

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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.

Neil’s Story

Background: Neil was found with a bag over his head.
Challenges: When Neil came into care, he was lethargic, had severe diarrhea and wasn't eating or drinking. Neil’s bloodwork showed us that he was battling an infection. 

Total estimated vet bills: Hospital stay, blood work and medications: $550 Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Neil was kept overnight at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital where he was on fluids and antibiotics. He’s now recovering in his foster home, is doing great and ready for adoption!

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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 100%.

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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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: 100%.

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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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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Donations saved my life!

Ethni has been adopted and is now a Super Trooper Alumni! Her fur is growing back nicely around her face and she’s full of energy. Thanks to everyone who donated to her!

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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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Donations saved my life!

Thanks to everyone who generously donated towards Nadia! Her medical fees are now completely paid off and she’s joined the Super Trooper Alumni by finding her forever home!

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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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Donations saved my life!

Super Trooper Angus is now known as Gunner and has joined the Alumni!

When Gunner first found his forever family, he wouldn’t leave his new dad’s arms. At first his dad thought it was because he was adjusting to his new home, but after a day Gunner began throwing up. He even crawled under the bed ready to give up. 

At this point his dad knew something was wrong so he took Gunner to the vet. Turns out Gunner had parvo, leaving him with little chance of making it through. 

However after staying the weekend, enduring shots and blood transfusions. Gunner was able to return home.

Gunner’s dad says, “After all that, Gunner clung to me like glue and I knew for sure I would be breaking the news of a foster fail. It's that puppy dog face that I just can't help but love! Look at those eyes!”

Gunner is a very smart boy who knows how to sit, Iay down, high five (with both paws), and comes when he's called...most of the time. He also knew how to be left alone in the house without accident or mischief within the first week. 

Gunner loves morning snuggles, car rides, puddle splashing, playing with other dogs, meeting new humans, chasing squirrels, and of course dinner time!

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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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Donations saved my life!

Elizabeth has found her forever family and is a Super Trooper Alumni! She’s now known as Bella and loves to cuddle, especially first thing in the morning. 

Bella is a little sassy and will turn her nose up at treats; There's no bribing this pup!

On the first day Bella was home alone, the only thing that fell victim was one of the curtains - Her new family has quickly learned that Bella gets frustrated when she can't look out the window. 

Bella recently went to a large family gathering, where she got loads of attention and all you could hear was "She is so well behaved! Look how calm she is! This is the nicest dog I've ever seen!" From her beautiful blue eyes, to her relaxed and lovable demeanor, Bella is definitely the favourite of any crowd. It's only been two weeks and her new parents are completely in love with her. 

Bella is also healing very well after her surgery. She gets tired and a bit sore on walks so she plunks herself down on the sidewalk for a quick break. She’s also becoming progressively stronger and has been able to go on longer walks each day. Bella's family says, “We're looking forward to bringing her on hikes in the Whiteshell with us next year.”

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