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.

Shenzi’s Story

(Brown puppy in photo)

Background: Shenzi was adopted in early April but has since become very sick.

Challenges: We thought Shenzi might have parvo but thank goodness it came back negative. She still needed to stay overnight at the vet to do some bloodwork etc. 

Total estimated vet bills: Tests, hospitalization, IV, medications, blood work: $500. Funds raised: $84.

Update: Turns out Shenzi had a bad case of worms that were causing her to become incredibly sick. She’s currently in her home and recovering very well!

**If you would like to help Shenzi, 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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Missy’s Story

Background: Missy was once owned but once her family learned that she has heartworm, they decided to  surrender her to MMDR in hopes of being able to cover the medical fees. Missy has two surviving puppies Taco and Burrito - This is either her second or third litter.

Challenges: Missy has tested positive for heartworm. 

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, heartworm treatment and medication: $1000. Funds raised: $100.

**If you would like to help Missy, 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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Siouxsie’s Story

Background: Siouxsie was found wandering outside of a community mall.

Challenges: Little Siouxsie has tested positive for parvo during her intake exam.

Total estimated vet bills: Hospitalization and treatment: $800. Funds raised: $124. 

**If you would like to help Siouxsie, 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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Sarabi’s Story

Background: When Sarabi was found by community members they thought she was pregnant, but after a day realized that she already had her puppies! They followed her into the community so she could lead them to her babies. They found nine puppies who were roughly five weeks old, that were living under an abandoned house. One of Sarabi’s babies had a neck wound and two others were found to have heart murmurs.

Challenges: During Sarabi’s intake exam she was diagnosed with lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and heartworm.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, heartworm treatment and medication: $1000. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Big thanks to Jon G. for donating $940 towards Sarabi’s care!! Sarabi’s medical fees are now completely paid off thanks to you and everyone who supported our Super Troopers!! This gorgeous girl is now ready for her treatments.

**If you would like to help Sarabi, 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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Elka's Story

Background: Elka, a year old shepherd mix, was found by a concerned community member, limping and in obvious pain.

After closer inspection, it was discovered that the toes on her front right paw had been severed off, most likely from a trap or snare.

We were asked to take Elka into our care and we searched for a foster home, once secured we were able to bring her in.

Challenges: Elka was immediately brought to St. Norbert Animal Hospital to assess her injury. As expected, she will require amputation, but luckily all of the 3 legged Mutts we've had have all bounced back and recovered well, so we are confident Elka will do the same.

She is currently relaxing in her foster home, awaiting her surgery Monday (April 3).

Total estimated vet bills: wound wrapping, surgery, medications etc.: $1300 
Funds raised 100%.

Update: Elka had her surgery yesterday and it went well! During her surgery the vets removed two kidney worms out of Elka that were luckily found in her stomach cavity before they reached her kidneys. Elka went for a short walk outside to go to the washroom and did great on three legs! She was wagging her tail and cuddling with some of the staff and accepting the treats given to her. Elka slept overnight at the vet to help recover and is due to go back for a urinalysis in four weeks to ensure that there are no eggs in her kidneys from the worms. 

**If you would like to help Elka, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to note her name so your generosity goes directly to her care. 

All donations of $20+ will receive a tax receipt.

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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**

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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.**

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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: 100%.

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. 
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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.**

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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 $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.

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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.

Miley’s Story

Background: Miley was found walking alone until a driver made a 7 hour trip to pick her up and bring her into care.  

Challenges: Once Miley made it into care, she continued to get sicker and sicker. She not only has tested positive for parvo but she also has rickets, a defective mineralization or calcification of bones that can lead to fractures and deformity. The poor girl also has chewing lice, a tape worm, a skin infection, some balding and a urinary tract infection.

Total estimated vet bills: Medications for parvo, uti, lice, tape worm, mange treatment and skin infection meds: $1500. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Now that Miley’s lice are gone, her skin is healing and her hair is beginning to grow and thicken. Miley has more than doubled her weight since coming into care! That’s because she’s eating good food to help with any nutritional deficiencies that may have led to her rickets. Miley is now a strong and energetic puppy who loves to play with squeaky toys and balls! She’s even able to keep up to her 70 pound foster sister! 

**If you would like to help Miley, 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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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: 100%.

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.**

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Donations saved my life!

(Jimmy) Hendrix has joined the Super Trooper Alumni!

Jimmy keeps his new family on their toes, that is, if he’s not nibbling on them! His new fur-ever family loves him but he is reminding them that a puppy has its challenges. He is learning new behaviors every day, and then he pushes the boundaries. Jimmy has a cat sibling, who lets him sniff her. He’s busy learning new tricks; sit, lay down, wait and come. Next, he’s going to learn shake a paw. He had a play date with a 7 year old standard poodle and she was teaching him some manners, his mom says they are going to continue the play dates.  

Jimmy received a buffet of chew toys from his new forever family, but he always manages to find better logs and sticks in the yard. He has already gone hunting, tracking through grass and chased wild leaves with his new family and had a blast! 

His new mom says he looks twice the size from when they adopted him two weeks ago, and that he has a very unique look; a Rottweiler stance in front, a rear like a Shepherd and husky colors. 

From Jimmy’s new mom “I feel that if things are this good only after two weeks than we can expect years of great memories with Jimmy in our family”. 

Congratulations on finding your fur-ever home Jimmy!

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Baxter’s Story

Background: Baxter's family noticed that he had a hernia as a young pup and they are located in a community with limited veterinary resources. They wanted the best treatment for him so they surrendered him to rescue to have him seen by a Winnipeg vet.

Challenges: Baxter has a hernia on his belly.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, major blood work, hospital stay, IV fluids, antibiotics: $1000. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Baxter is septic and is currently fighting for his life at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital.

Baxter has recovered and is thankfully back at his foster home.

Baxter’s hernia is still the same size as when he came into care but he's made a full recovery from being septic three weeks ago. This little guy will be four months old in April so he’s scheduled to be neutered on April 10. Baxter is full of energy now and is constantly harassing his big foster brother Perry, so he’s definitely feeling much better. 

**If you would like to help Baxter, 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.**

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Donations saved my life!

Welcome to the Super Trooper Alumni’s Baxter (now Obi Wan)!

Obi Wan’s new family would like everyone to know that he is the perfect addition to their family. Obi had surgery for his hernia last Wednesday and did extremely well! He's healing fantastic and feeling great! 

Obi loves being outside with his new fur-sister. They really like digging in the mud and cuddling with the whole family! Obi is a little rascal who gets into everything. He loves to welcome people to the home with a wagging tail and show everyone all his toys! He's getting really good with sharing his toys and treats now too! 

Obi is still learning his manners, but he is very smart and learning quickly. He's even house trained now! 

Obi’s new furever family just can’t get enough of the little guy and loves him. Here he is pictured with his new fur-sister Kylo Ren and his little human.  

We’re so happy that Obi Wan has found his forever home.

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Joburg’s Story

Background: Joburg was found under a car.

Challenges: Joburg had severe mange when he came into care and needs to have some big papilloma warts removed. 

Total estimated vet bills: Mange treatment, papilloma growth removals: $600. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Joburg’s mange is gone and his warts have been removed. You’d never know he’s the same pup who had such a terrible start to life. He’s always happy and ready to play, and has a ton of energy! He’s learning about manners, sometimes he can be bratty but even his bad behaviour makes you laugh. Joburg’s goofy little face just melts your heart. He loves dogs and people. All in all, Joburg is a delightful, curious, sweet pup who will make a fantastic buddy for someone.

**If you would like to help Joburg, 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.**

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Donations saved my life!

New to the Super Trooper Alumni group is Jo'burg, as in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Some of you may know Jo'burg's story, but if you don't. Jo'burg was born in Cross Lake and found under a car, malnourished, freezing, and covered in mange. He was a very itchy boy! He was brought into care under Manitoba Mutts and treated by Fort Garry Vets and patiently allowed to recover and stay safe in his loving foster homes. And now, Jo'burg is home for good… and he even has a new sister, Lexi!

In the words of Jo'burg: 
"I have impressed my new family, already!  I sit VERY well, which makes everyone see how obedient I want to be.  I don’t like getting in trouble.  Although I’ve had a few accidents in the house, I do give signals to my family that they usually catch.  I found a piece of paper towel one day, but other than that haven’t chewed or eaten anything I wasn’t supposed to.  I RUN into my kennel/crate when I see the treat and hear the signal.  I was excellent in my kennel my first night and slept through the night.  I go into my kennel when my family leaves the house and have never had a problem.  I’ve adapted to my new kibble/food, and although I think it’s a race to see who can eat the fastest, I never bug Lexi while she’s eating.  

Lexi and I get along great.  She’s older but was looking for someone to play with, and that I am!  I could play with her all day, every day!  I’ve been to the dog park, and again, have impressed my family.  The first time I stayed by my mom’s feet mostly and then began warming up.  My mom says it’s all about socializing and after my 3rd time I was allowing dogs to get to know me so I could get to know them.  I still stay close to my mom as she has treats and rewards me when I come back and sit like a gentleman.  I’ve been recognized at the park, so if you see me, please come say hi!

Things I’m still working on – Being comfortable meeting new humans and dogs, greeting people quietly at the door, not making sounds/barks at people I see through the window, holding my bladder inside the house, not running away from the vacuum, not using my mouth as hands when I’m all excited and playing, not jumping up in excitement, and not using my paws at the door in excitement. You know, typical puppy things! 

What my new family loves most about me is my ears!  They go up when I’m curious or hear a funny noise and they go down and back, like bunny ears, when I’m happy and playing.  My ears tell everybody what I’m thinking!  They also love how well I get along with my new sister, Lexi, and how I keep her busy and happy playing.  They also think it’s funny that I really don't like puddles, but my mom says it keeps me cleaner anyways!

Congratulations Jo'burg on finding a loving furever family and home to call your own.

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