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: Sophie and Angelique Total Vet Bills: Hospitalization, medication, IV fluids: $2958. Funds raised: $1550 ** watch their story on SHAW TV https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TDDqiDL4S5s Background: Sophie and Angelique were a part of a litter of four who were having symptoms of lethargy, loose stool and throwing up. Since their owner couldn’t afford to treat all four puppies, she surrendered Sophie and Angelique to Manitoba Mutts while giving another pup to a different rescue in hopes of giving the puppies a chance to survive. Challenges: Sophie, Angelique and their brother came into Fort Garry vet on Friday July 3, 2015. They were very quiet, looked nauseous, were severely dehydrated and had drool leaking out of their mouths. Sophie and Angelique’s vet results came back strongly positive for parvo (canine parvovirus). They were then immediately hooked up to an intravenous and were on IV antibiotics and anti-nausea medicine. The next morning Sophie and Angelique received a plasma transfusion. They were depressed, and had no appetite. Gina, one of the Techs at Fort Garry vet, came in Sunday morning to check on the pups and saw that they were looking a little brighter. She even saw some tail-wags and rollovers for belly rubs. Both Sophie and Angelique seemed a little stronger and there wasn’t any vomit or diarrhea to be seen. On Monday, Gina entered the parvo ward expecting to be greeted by happy puppies but instead saw vomit and diarrhea. The puppies seemed to be worsening; Sophie and Angelique received a second plasma transfusion and a new IV antibiotic. They were also force-fed so their blood sugars didn’t drop too low. Tuesday morning, Sophie greeted Gina at the front door of her kennel and began to lick her force-feeding syringe. Angelique was quiet, as was her brother, but their little tails were wagging. Update: Unfortunately their brother succumbed to the disease but Sophie was bathed and discharged on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Angelique was strong enough to be discharged the next day. Angelique was spinning circles and eating great on her own. Gina says, “They were here for just under one week and I don't believe they would have survived without staying as long as they had. I'm glad we didn't give up on these sweet babies.”
Red's Story *UPDATE* Red had to undergo an emergency C-section while in labour. She did well, and has 11 babies that she's going to try her best to feed. As a result, Red's Super Trooper's funds need to be increased and additional funds are needed. Background: Red came from Swan Valley and when she came into care, she was very skinny. Challenges: Red tested positive for heartworm and is also pregnant. However, she won't be able to start her treatment until her babies are born and have been weaned. Since we have quite a few Super Troopers in care, Mutts was concerned about being able to fund her heartworm treatment. Total vet bills: Heartworm treatment PLUS emergency C-section and meds to assist with the birth: $1300 Funds raised: 100%!!. Update: Our generous supporters have raised $800!! This makes it possible to schedule Red’s heartworm treatment and to ensure she can start as soon as possible! Red has gained a ton of weight from her puppies and she’s due to pop any day now. The heartworm is causing her to breath heavier but she’s doing everything she can to support her babies. Red is a happy girl who loves cuddling and loves her food.
Pepi's Story Read about Pepi in the Metro news: http://metronews.ca/news/winnipeg/1428046/manitoba-mutts-desperate-for-donations-after-rescuing-eye-less-pup/ Background: Pepi came into care June 18, 2015 where he was found by an Animal Control officer outside of Winnipeg. He’s an eight year-old Bichon and Poodle mix who has lost his eyes. Challenges: Shortly after coming into care Pepi started showing signs of illness with loose stool, was lethargic and he was not eating. Once he was taken to the vet, Pepi tested positive for parvo. Total vet bills: Hospitalization, medications, parvo treatment: $1100. Funds raised: $1100. Update: Pepi is eating well and has become his foster parent’s little shadow. He’s opened up since being in care and loves snuggling up to sleep on his foster parent’s chest. Pepi is a brave little guy who is always willing to greet everyone and enjoys getting attention. Since he’s had his parvo treatment, Pepi’s energy levels have increased and he adores running outside in the grass. **Pepi is currently on medical hold and is not up for adoption yet.**
Linus's Story Background: Linus came from a Manitoba community after his owner passed away. Challenges: Linus came into the intake exam with sores all over his back which was caused by ticks. During the exam, the vet found that he was also heartworm positive and has lyme disease. Linus also had some early complications and had to spend a night at the vet getting treated. Total Vet Bills: Hospitalization, IV medication, IV fluids: $1100. Funds raised: $110. Update: Linus’s sores have healed and he is now tick-free. Although Linus has a laid-back personality, he’s regained his energy and seems to be feeling much better. Linus will be available for adoption once his treatments are complete.
Murfy's Story Background: Murfy is a Powerview stray that was caught by a dog catcher. He was very skinny and had only three days before being euthanized. Challenges: During Murfy’s intake exam, the vet found that he was heartworm positive through his blood work. Total Vet Bills: Heartworm treatment: $800. Funds raised: $600. Update: Murfy is feeling better now that he’s had his first round of heartworm treatment and he’s beginning to take an interest in playing with the fellow dogs in the house. However, Murfy’s heartworm is causing him to feel tired so he is restricted to limited exercise for now. Luckily Murfy loves cuddles and enjoys to sit on anyones lap to relax.
Sasha's Story Background: While a rescue team was delivering food and supplies to the residents of a Manitoba community, Sasha's owner asked if she could be surrendered to rescue. MMDR's intake team was contacted and luckily a foster home was found quickly so we could say yes to bringing her in. She had recently weaned puppies who were also surrendered and sent to a different rescue. Challenges: Sasha was very skinny from feeding her pups and had ticks all over her body. During her intake exam, Sasha’s blood work showed that she is heartworm positive. Total Vet Bills: Intake exam, heartworm treatments: $743. Funds Raised: $120. Update: Sasha hasn't had heartworm treatment yet, but she's doing well in her foster home. Each day Sasha is gaining confidence, is playful and outgoing. Sasha is eating well and has shown her foster her loving personality. Sasha is scheduled for her heartworm treatment to begin in the next couple of weeks. Update: Sasha has now completed two heartworm treatments and she’s doing great recovering in her foster home. We will soon know if she requires a third treatment.
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: 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.