I'm assuming that you remember the five puppies that had a brief stay here - Billie, Abby, Melly, Indy and Dudley. I rescued the puppies from a shelter in Ohio, where they were to be gassed to death. They stayed with me for a few days, and then a week ago they were picked up by Joann of Across the Miles Rescue, which is based in Toms River, NJ. This rescue was formed to help dogs in danger in the Ohio area, and to get them to safety in the Northeast. The original plan was for the pups to stay temporarily with Joann and then on Friday (01/28) to head to New England and go to their new foster homes in CT and MA, where they would be fully vetted and then adopted out to approved families. Unfortunately, while staying with Joann the puppies have become ill. They may have parvovirus, or something similar, which is a very dangerous illness for unvaccinated puppies, and unfortunately shelters like the one they came from all too often harbor the virus. This disease causes lethargy and severe vomiting and diarrhea, until the dog dies of dehydration and malnutrition. It is a virus so there is no cure except to keep the pups alive until their bodies conquer the disease. Fortunately, the puppies are doing well and seem to be recovering, but Joann is spending many, many hours nursing them through this, and has growing vet bills. Here is the most recent e-mail I received from her:
Just wanted to let you know that Abby which was the really sick one who wouldn't eat yet. Finally ate today when I cooked her some chicken and rice in chicken broth she chowed down about 1/2 cups worth and drank some water,. Needless to say I was very happy. The others seem to be doing okay the Aussie throws up every once in a while otherwise her spirits seem fine. I will be taking them to the vets again this week...Since your in college and I know college kids don't have much money (I have one myself) could you maybe take a penny collection up as a fundraiser towards the vet bills...
We all fell in love with these puppies while they were here, so if anyone has a dollar or two to spare and would like to send it to the wonderful Joann who has helped give these dogs a chance, then please see Ben or me or bring it to the writer's house, or even if you just have some loose change laying around... Joann is doing so much for these pups, giving them fluids every hour and nursing them through their illness, along with taking care of her disabled daughter and her own six dogs...so if we can help at all, that would be great. If you can't spare anything at the moment that is fine, I just wanted to make everyone who met the puppies aware of what has been happening in their lives. Hopefully soon they will be fully recovered and ready to find forever homes!
Also, here are the puppy pictures. My favorites are 1, 3, 9, and 19.