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In Memory of Munchkin who crossed the Rainbow Bridge 9-06 at almost 21 years old. Munchkin was our first Virtual Adoptee ("Forever Foster”) and lives on as our poster Lhasa ... If you would like to make a donation for, or sponsor a Virtual Adoptee ("Forever Foster”), please use the buttons below!
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Sophie, will you sponsor me?


0 July 25, 2012 12:00 AM in Virtual Adoptee's
Sophie is a 5 yr old very sweet Lhasa Apso. She came into rescue in May of 2004 just before my mother died. I ended up keeping her for several months because of this, so I was very attached to her by the time she left. She was given up by a very sweet young gal from Oregon that worked long hours and was unable to spend the time she needed to properly care for Sophie.

Sophie came with a whole wardrobe of pink fluffy jackets and a soft warm bed, she was very much loved. I placed Sophie with a wonderful family in Eastern Washington, they had just lost their Lhasa to old age and natural causes. They drove 6 hour to come and visit with her and fell in love instantly. The family donates their free time to help with children who are underprivileged but they do not have a lot of money themselves. They have a warm house, food for her and lots of love to give and so wanted another Lhasa, I decided to place what I thought was a young healthy Lhasa with them.

Just a few months after Sophie went to live with them she developed what the vet thought was a ruptured disc disease in her neck and she had to be rushed to the vet. They were able to control this with steroid and antibiotic injections and she recuperated quickly. The family hoped this was the end of the problem. However, Trish came home from work last week and Sophie was laying in her crate and unable to stand on her feet. Trish rushed her to the vet and they started IV's and again began the injections and the antibiotics. Trish couldn't afford a long hospital stay or even the x-rays to confirm the problems. So the vet let her go home with an IV apparatus and more medications both for pain and cortisones for the swelling in her disc, hoping Sophie would respond. This time the response was not so quick and 3 days later she was still unable to get up or eat. The vet said it was degenerative disc disease and that Trish might be faced with having to either put her down or look into an expensive disc surgery which would run $1500 to $3000 dollars.

Trish doesn't have the money to get her surgery so she called rescue, offering to give her up if anyone would take her and get the surgery for her. She loves her dearly but the alternative was to put her down rather than see her suffer. I do not have the money in rescue to do this surgery, the money I bring in from the dogs barely takes care of the normal medical needs of each dog coming into rescue.

Trish came home the next day after calling me and Sophie was again on her feet. She was elated. It was truly a miracle in Trish's eyes and mine. The problem still exists however and even though miraculously she has responded to the medication once more she really needs to have the surgery. This is a very intricate surgery that should be preformed by a skilled Veterinarian and the surgery can only be done once. If we can raise enough money to pay for this, we would be getting the surgery done at the WSU vet clinic which is about 60 miles from her. She would have the best of treatment, as that is the other problem here. Trish lives in a very rural part of Spokane county where there are very few vets available especially of this caliber. I have a son going to school at WSU and he would take care of her through the surgical process and healing until she is strong enough to go home. Please if you can help with any amount, Sophie and her family would be eternally grateful.

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[the $1.00 option is a nice way for children to make a donation and know they are making a difference in the life of a rescue dog]
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