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.
Gizzy’s Story Background: Gizzy was hit by a car in a northern community and was instantly paralyzed. Challenges: Once Gizzy was flown into Winnipeg and was rushed to the vet, his x-rays revealed that he had a severely broken femur. Surgery was attempted to plate the femur and save little Gizzy’s leg but since his bones were too brittle, he ended up needing it amputated. During surgery Gizzy went into cardiac arrest which has caused him to become blind. Total estimated vet bills: Surgery, medications, wheelchairs (he’s still growing so he may need 2), halo, rehabilitation- possibly hydrotherapy, acupuncture, laser therapy etc.: $4825. Funds raised: 100% Update: Gizzy can currently see shadows but we're not sure if he will fully recover his sight. He will need major rehabilitation treatment once he's been cleared by the vet. Gizzy still cannot see and the vet is sure he will be permanently blind. An update from his vet tech foster home says he is getting stronger every day and even starting to play with toys! Gizzy is walking! His wheelchair came and he's a pro! He's definitely not paralyzed which is amazing news. It means he doesn't need as extensive rehab as we first thought. His funding needed has been reduced to coincide with this news. Gizzy has been given the go ahead by the vet and is now available for adoption! **If you would like to help Gizzy, 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. Or donate through Gizzy's gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/manitobamutts to help this little guy out directly**
Hendrix’s Story Background: Hendrix was born in care by his mom Stevie. Challenges: Hendrix developed a skin disorder called puppy strangles at only 2.5 weeks old. He has a walnut-size lump on the side of his throat. Little Hendrix was rushed to Southglen Veterinary Hospital where he had x-rays done to make sure it wasn’t putting pressure on his trachea and preventing him from eating. Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, medications: $500. Funds raised: $168. Update: Hendrix’s lump was drained of some fluid and he was released to his foster home with some antibiotics and steroids. The lump hasn’t grown or gone down but Hendrix is still active and eating well. Update: The first night after Hendrix left the vet, his foster mom sat with him all night because she was concerned about his breathing. She measured his neck and checked it twice a day so that she knew the lump was going down. She also checked his siblings daily but thank goodness they never got strangles too. Hendrix needed both liquid and pill medications to help the lump on his throat go down. He was able to take the liquid medication easily but the pills were a little tricky since he was still quite young. To help him, his foster mom crushed the pill medications and mixed them with water, so Hendrix could take them using an eyedropper. Hendrix also needed to take his meds with food so he had his own private nursing area with Stevie before and after he got his meds. But now that Hendrix is old enough to eat on his own, pill time is much easier! After two week’s of being drained and taking his medications, Hendrix’s lump is almost completely gone! Right now at 5 weeks old, Hendrix is a happy, energetic, playful pup who loves to be cuddled (all that holding paid off!) and he loves to give kisses. His foster mom says, “He’s a wonderful pup and just a joy to have around. I love him to bits!” **If you would like to help Hendrix, 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.**
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.**
Wally and Wilson’s Stories Background: Wally and Wilson were living outside together for the past three years where they were being fed by people in the community. Challenges: Both Wally and Wilson have tested heartworm positive. Total estimated vet bills: Pre-treatment medications, tests and heartworm treatments: $2000. Funds raised: $1397. Update: Wally has started his heartworm medications and has fully adapted to living inside - although he’s still a little fearful of loud noises. Wally’s appetite has improved, allowing him put on some weight. The medications are also improving Wally’s energy but he still prefers to sleep most of the time. He’s a very relaxed and gentle dog, so relaxed that his foster has never heard him bark! His foster says, “Wally is the most loyal pup I have ever met and loves attention from those in his pack. He is respectful of everybody including kids, cats, other dogs and everybody loves him back.” Wally will continue his medications in the coming months and is scheduled for his final round of vaccinations soon. Once this is complete Wally will be a loyal and loving companion. ____ Wilson has started his heartworm treatment and he’s doing fantastic! His energy is a little bit higher but he’s still a pretty relaxed dog. Wilson gets excited when his foster dad comes home and he loves to roll in the snow when he goes for short leash walks. Wilson has also made a couple new friends, Robbie a fellow mutt and Stu the cat. Wilson’s latest accomplishment is mastering the sit. Wilson is scheduled to have his first full round of medications near the end of March. **If you would like to help Wally and Wilson, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with their names so your generosity goes directly to their care.**
In Memoriam This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.
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.