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: Barbie Background: In late July Barbie came into care with her siblings BoPeep, Etch, Bullseye, Woody, Buzz, Rex, Hamm and Sarge from Grand Rapids. Challenges: Barbie is anemic, has very little muscle mass, a fluid-filled abdomen, anorexia and lethargy. Total Vet Bills: X rays, blood work, medications, a couple hospital stays, IV fluids, ultrasound, diagnostics: $2,000. Funds raised $1325.00 Current Health: Barbie has an intussusception, which means part of her intestines are going inside another part and will need surgery to fix it. Her x ray shows cloudiness which is all of the fluid in her abdomen. Barbie will have her surgery and be spayed tomorrow on October 27 and if all goes well, she should make a full recovery. Update: Barbie is doing fantastic after her surgery and will get her staples out in about a week!
Nemo's Story Background: Nemo was transferred to MMDR from East Beaches Animal Shelter because they didn’t have the resources to foster Nemo during her heartworm treatment. To help Nemo along, they donated $800 to help with her care. Challenges: Nemo has heartworm. Total vet bills: Heartworm treatment: approximately $1200. Funds raised: $800. Current Health: Nemo started her heartworm treatments on September 30 at St. Pierre Vet. She absolutely loves attention and is a huge (90 lbs) cuddler. Nemo likes to sleep in the kennel and is working on her house training. Overall, Nemo is a low-energy girl but she of course gets a little excited when she gets to go outside or for walks. She does well on a leash and enjoys lounging outside under the deck.
Kluane's Story Background: Kluane was a stray found on someone’s property and is a mommy who came into MMDR very skinny. Her puppies were found under cement stairs that needed to be broken to get all the babies out. Challenges: Kluane has tested heartworm positive. Total vet bills: Heartworm treatment approximately $800. Funds raised: $100 Current health: Kluane is still skinny but she’s eaten over 50 lbs of kibble in less than a month. She has a hard time breathing when she runs and is very slow. Kluane tries to play with her pups but she can’t for long since her breathing becomes laboured. Because of this, she spends most of her time in a kennel or in the garage where her pups are. Although Kluane needs to breath heavier at times, she’s still happy girl who loves attention. Update: Kluane aka Lanie is back from her first heartworm treatment at Fort Garry Vet. She did really well, she's moving slowly but seems happy!
Jack's Story Background: Jack was found outside of a school with her brother and sister. Jack’s tail was damaged when they were found and all three puppies had lice. Challenges: Jack was in rough shape when she same into care. She was extremely dehydrated, anemic and had a infected tail. She needed a few extra days of extra care to stabilize in the hospital before she had her surgery. Total vet bills: Three days in hospital, surgery, IV for fluids, blood work, antibiotics, pain medications and go-home pain medications: $1,000. Funds raised $400. Current health: Jack had her tail amputated at McLeod Veterinary Hospital on October 2, but she is making a fantastic recovery! She has a great appetite, is full of energy and loves to play with the other dogs and cats in the house. Jack is scheduled to get her stitches out on October 15-16 and then she can say goodbye to the cone! Update: Jack had to have another 10 days of antibiotics and will be finished them on Saturday October 24. Otherwise, Jack is growing into quite the pretty little lady; her fur has grown out and is very soft compared to her thin, coarse fur when she first came into care. She’s getting taller every day and is miss long legs now. Jack is a very energetic and curious pup who is loving the warm weather. She runs around outside with the biggest puppy smile!
Roz's Story Background: Roz came into rescue on October 2 and after receiving her initial vaccinations Roz developed an extreme and adverse reaction. Roz had a seizure and was quickly rushed to the vet to confirm the root of the seizure and check for any complications as a result. Challenges: After the initial seizure Roz had TWO MORE seizures which lead to her being rushed back to the veterinary hospital and ultimately required overnight emergency care and follow up tests. Roz was put on an IV, had x-rays and bloodwork, and was put on a “seizure watch” with expert care. Notice the bells around her neck? The bells would ring if Roz began to seizure again. Total Vet Bills: $550 for overnight emergency care, IV fluids, x ray and bloodwork. Funds raised: $125. Update: Roz is back in her foster home under continued supervision. We fully expect her to bounce back after this scary and rare reaction.
Indy's Story Background: Indy was found wandering in a northern community on someone’s property. She also looked as though she must have had pups recently. Challenges: During Indy’s intake exam, she tested heartworm positive. Total Vet Bills: Pre-treatment medication, x-ray, hospitalization, heartworm treatment, pain relief, IV: $1000. Funds raised: $175. Current health: Indy’s treatments will be done at Dakota Veterinary Hospital. Update: Indy’s energy levels have improved now that she's had her first round of heartworm treatment, yet she is still very good at remaining calm. Indy is a good natured girl who is a complete pushover when it comes to getting treats and attention. Indy is doing great with her training and will definitely shine once she’s done her heartworm treatment and is allowed to exercise.
Moby's Story Background: Moby was a stray found in Peguis. She was found with her brother who went to another rescue. Both Moby and her brother were terrified and starving. Challenges: During Moby’s intake exam, she tested heartworm positive. Total Vet Bills: Heartworm treatment: $700. Funds raised: $50. Update: After Moby’s first heartworm treatment, she was super tired and not herself but after a couple days, she was wagging her tail and wanting to play. To fully recover from the heartworm, Moby’s isn’t allowed much exercise but she seems to be much happier. Especially since she’s been adopted by a wonderful family who loves her lots!
Winx's Story Background: Winx was rescued by a rescue group called Strays That Can't Pay in Canupawaka. He was found alone and very skinny. Challenges: During Winx’s intake exam, he was diagnosed with parvo. Total Vet Bills: Four days hospital stay, IV fluids and meds: $485. Funds raised $100. Health: Winx is doing really well, the parvo was caught very early so he’s had an excellent chance at recovering. Update: Winx came home on November 4, from his surgery (he had a bad hip) he's doing really well and is fully enjoying the extra babying he's been getting. Winx has been relaxing a lot, he's a little sore and itchy from the incision but is still a super happy guy. Absolutely nothing can keep this little guy’s spirit down; he’s such a happy puppy with the worst luck.
Red's Story *UPDATE* Red has contracted Demodex which are tiny parasitic mites that live in the fur. The poor girl can’t start mange treatment because of her heartworm so she is currently using shampoo and antibiotics to help get rid of them. 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, Demodex treatment: $1964. Funds raised: 100%. Update: Red has contracted Demodex which are tiny parasitic mites that live in the fur. The poor girl can’t start mange treatment because of her heartworm so she is currently using shampoo and antibiotics to help get rid of them 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 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. 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.
In Memoriam This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.
Rest in peace sweet girl This little girl 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: $0
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.