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**

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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: $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.**

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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: $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. 
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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.

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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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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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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Pam’s Story

Background: Pam came into care with pellet wounds and her seven week-old puppies Dwight, Stanley, Michael, Toby, Angela and Andy. 
 
Challenges: Pam had a couple pellet wounds and it looks like she has an old leg injury that didn’t heal properly. She has also tested heartworm positive and has a few rotten teeth that will need to be extracted. 

Total estimated vet bills: Heartworm treatment: $1000. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: The vets managed to remove a pellet from Pam’s back but the rest will remain in her body as they aren’t causing her any pain or problems. Pam is currently getting some well deserved relaxation in her foster home and is starting her heartworm treatment. 

Pam has been taking pre-treatment pills before she goes for her first round of heartworm treatment on December 27. Some of the pills were giving Pam an increase in appetite but now that she’s finished them, she’s back to her normal eating habits.  

Her hair has regrown where her pellet wound was surgically removed but when you look closely, the mark itself is still there. Pam also has a scar on her leg but we’re not sure if it was caused by another pellet.

Pam is enjoying a relaxing life in her foster home where she is learning to trust again. She’s gradually becoming less skittish but if Pam is taken off-guard, it’s back to square one. 

**Take a look in the comments below to view Pam's pellet wounds.**

To donate to Pam’s care please visit http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with Pam’s name so your donation goes directly to her care.

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Pam has joined the Super Trooper Alumni! From the very first day of Pam finding her furever home, she has been making herself comfortable and at home. 

Pam is very gentle, and is still a little timid. She enjoys lots of snuggle time on the couch and if her mom stops petting her, Pam isn't afraid to let her know she has not had enough snuggles or pet. Pam has had lots of visitors since she has moved in and has done very well with all of them, and she made friends with her moms friends three year old son. Pam is definitely not a guard dog, if someone comes over she doesn't make a noise, she barely gets off the sofa; if you happen to know her name she might, just maybe get off the couch to visit you. 

Pam loves to go to for walks and cries when it's time to go head home. Since she's still recovering from heartworm, she has to be cautious of how much activity she does. Pam is heading in for her spay and dental work next week and by the time she is recovered from those procedures she should also be fully recovered from heartworm and will be able to resume normal activity which means, long walks/run in the nice weather that is sure to come. She's a bit afraid of the stairs but one morning when her mom was taking too long to come down she ran up the stairs, whined to get attention and then ran back downstairs to wait. 

 We’re so happy that Pam has found her forever home.

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Vanelli’s Story

Background: Vanelli was a stray who came into care with lice. 

Challenges: Along with the lice, Vanelli sadly also has a lot of rotten teeth that need to be removed.

Total estimated vet bills: Tooth extractions: $800. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Vanelli has found her forever home but still needs to have her rotten teeth removed. 

**If you would like to help Vanelli, 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!

Vanelli has joined the Super Trooper Alumni! Vanelli has found her furever home and even received a name change (Micah) to go with her start at life. Micah has warmed up nicely to her new family, although she's still quite shy around strangers. Micah loves to play fetch and run in the yard. She's very intelligent and learns new tricks very quickly. Micah has already learned, high five, shake a paw, roll over and she even taught herself a new trick; she taught herself to open the pocket door to allow her access to the whole house when no one else is home!

When Micah came into Manitoba Mutts she not only had lice but a lot of rotten teeth she needed to have removed. Her forever family would like everyone to know that she is healing nicely from her surgery. 

The thing her furever family loves the most is how affectionate she is. She thanks you with a rub and a kiss after every meal, she cuddles up next to them when they are relaxing or when it's time for bed, and every morning starts with a Micah kiss. 

Congratulations Micah on finding a loving furever family and home to call your own.

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Prue’s Story

Background: Prue was living with her mom and siblings when her mom attacked one of the pups. The injured pup was urgently taken to a nearby vet but unfortunately needed to be humanely euthanized. We aren't completely sure if the Prue’s mom injured her leg as well but it is likely.

Challenges: Prue’s leg is fractured but fortunately it isn’t severe. Since she’s young, it should heal without surgery. 

Total estimated vet bills: Splint, radiographs, bandages, and progress exam: $400. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Prue now has her splint off and has full use of her leg again thanks to the physiotherapy she’s been doing to help heal.

*Not available for adoption.

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Donations saved my life!

New to the Super Trooper Alumni group is Stella (formerly Prue)!

Stella has been adopted and she is making herself right at home with her new fur-ever family. She has an 8 year old human brother, and a feline sister Zoey – non alumni (inset photo)!

Stella is spunky and fearless, and her human brother thinks that she must be part kangaroo! Stella loves to skip along when she’s happy and well that is pretty much all the time. She loves to curl up next to her family, but equally loves racing through the snow. She’s currently learning how to play fetch in her new backyard.  Stella adores all humans, no matter their size (big or small).  

Stella is almost 4 months and weighs in at 20lbs, and although she’s still working on her puppy manners she had a great adventure with her family over the holidays. She got to stay over-night at a pet-friendly hotel and she did great!

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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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The Super Troopers would like to welcome Beauty to the Alumni’s! 

Beauty was a little bit scared when she was adopted earlier this month but she is now settling into her new home nicely and getting to know her feline sister! Beauty loves to play but she’s also a laid back lady who loves to snuggle and receive ear scratches. 

We’re so happy that Beauty has found her forever home.

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