Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Duckie is home from the hospital!
Duckie took a big step last Friday and underwent surgery to get spayed. In the process of her exam and surgery, the vet found a tumor bigger than a golf ball on her spleen, so that had to come out, too. The good news is that the surgery was successful and she is now home recuperating nicely. We also got confirmation that Duckie is now officially Heartworm negative and has continued to remain negative for two of the three tick illnesses she had. This is truly wonderful news!!
At the same time that we received this good news, there was very sad news as well. Duckie’s mammary tumors are far advanced, and we are not sure if another more invasive surgery will be good for her. The vet said that her situation is one of the worst that he has ever seen. We will be talking in the weeks and months to come about Duckie’s situation and determining whether we can or should do surgery or just make her as comfortable and happy as possible for as long as she is with us.
Please keep Duckie in your thoughts as she moves forward on her road to recovery, and consider making a donation – of any size – to help us provide the care and treatment that this little fighter deserves.
Posted by Pat at 1:41 PM
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
After months of waiting, we have finally scheduled Duckie's spay for Friday, January 8th. This is really fantastic news - she is healthy enough to undergo surgery and get on the road to recovery. After her spay, Duckie will still have at least one surgery before she is ready to be adopted.
In her foster home, they refer to 2010 as the Year of the Duck. Please keep Duckie in your thoughts as she goes through the last - and difficult - steps to finally recovering from all of her health issues. Consider a donation to help us get her through the next couple of months; any amount will help IBR take care of her vet bills.
We'll keep you updated! Happy new year... we are sure it will be for Duckie :)
Posted by Pat at 5:43 AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Things that Duckie is grateful for this holiday season:
- A warm bed
- A thick coat of fur (its very shiny and beautiful)
- Rawhide bones
- Food (especially a full bowl!)
- Her doggie friends who are showing her that other dogs aren’t all bad
- Walks around the neighborhood
- Hugs and pets
- All of the wonderful IBR people who are helping get her healthy and strong.
We had a fun Thanksgiving and even walked in a parade. Everyone loved Duckie (of course). Now, on to Christmas and Hannukah!
Posted by Pat at 5:53 PM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sweet Duckie--upon arrival to the rescue in February of this year, she had already had her rear leg removed from being hit by a car. Bloodwork showed that she not only had Heartworm disease, but she was also fighting Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If that wasn't enough--Duckie will also need a mastectomy to remove the cancerous masses in her breasts. She is just an amazing little stoic dog and we hope she will be strong enough for her next life saving procedure. Currently Duckie's vet bills are nearly at $1,000. Mastectomy will be another $1,000- $2,000. Life has thrown a few obstacles my way, but I've gotten through each one. I'm not going to let a little thing called cancer get me down!
UPDATE 10-23-09 How about some good news for a change :). After a 7 month battle to fight the heartworm infestation, Lyme disease, Ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever--Duckie is finally making some progress! So far the Lyme disease is resolved and the antibodies for he other 2 tick borne illnesses have finally dropped. Duckie is still showing a positive antigen level for heartworm disease- but even at the 6 month mark--considering all the other things she is fighting --that will eventually go negative. We are going to treat her 2 more months on antibiotics and will plan her mastectomy surgery in early 2010. Miss Duckie should be ready for adoption in early Spring 2010!
Posted by Pat at 2:19 PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
September was a pretty relaxing month with Duckie taking time to relax and enjoying the start to fall. We have a vet appointment in mid-October, and hopefully there will be continued positive news and progress.
Here’s a few things to know about Duckie…
Someone must have taught her “shake” because every time I make her sit for a treat, she puts her paw in the air.
She can run impressively fast on three legs.
When she greets you, the first thing she does is roll over for a belly rub.
She loves to cuddle.
Duckie would make an exceptional companion to someone who is willing to work with her special health needs. She is just a cutie who is absolutely worth the extra time and care. Please consider adopting her or making a donation for her continued treatment.
Posted by Pat at 9:17 AM
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Duckie spent the weekend with two former IBR foster parents, and she had so much fun! She explored their garden, nibbled on mint, and went for long walks. She behaved herself well with two dogs she had only met a few times before. She is a little stinker, though. When she wanted to get at the mint to freshen her breath, no fence was going to stop her! Here are some pictures from her fun weekend with her new friends. Thanks to Jodi and Bonnie for taking these fun pictures.
Posted by Pat at 2:55 PM