Shelter Sketches: Meet Jasmine

My aunt and uncle had a dog named Jasmine when I was a kid. She was a shelter dog, and I always looked forward to seeing her when I went to their house. She died of old age years ago, but I still miss her.

Meet Jasmine

This Jasmine is in need of a home. She’s a young adult pit bull terrier, and while she may be a bit small for her breed, it seems as though she makes up for that with her sweet personality and intelligence. Jasmine is spayed, up to date on shots, house trained, and gets along with people and dogs. What more could you ask for?

Contact Info:
Chelsea Bailey Butte Silver Bow Animal Shelter, Butte, Montana
406 782-8450
ewall@bsb.mt.gov

Meet Jasmine

To find out more about Jasmine, check out her Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

O’Malley Surgery Update

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Hey everyone! Once again I apologize for such long intervals between posts about O’Malley. We have been super busy lately with me getting increased hours at work, going to dog events, helping at a fundraiser for Central Texas Feline Rescue, and being stuck with only one car for over a week. It’s always crazy around here but lately it’s been even more so.

Anyway, on to what you really care about: O’Malley! So O’Malley had his surgery last Tuesday, a week ago. We took him in early (along with Spunky to get another CBC which came out normal this time – yay!) and talked to the vet for a bit about how he’d been doing at home. We then left him and went to work. We were told we could call at 1:00 to find out how his surgery went. Now, anyone who knows me knows that that meant I was counting down the minutes until I could find out, waiting and worrying and just wanting it to all be over with. 12:45 comes around and I get a call from the vet. With them, no news is good news so I was frightened that they were calling but it turns out that the surgery hadn’t even begun. See, when Dr. Jill did two new pre-surgery X-rays, she say that the crack in his pelvis wasn’t healing like she thought it would. She was worried that he would have to have a plate put in and that bigger surgery would be what we needed to take care of right away versus just the FHO. So she put in a call to an animal orthopedic surgeon to ask about it. I was told that he may have to go out to another vet to have the surgery done now. Obviously we hoped he wouldn’t have to because we know and trust our vet and she knows how important O’Malley is to us even though he’s not “ours”. Luckily, after a consult, she was told to go ahead and do the FHO. Since the break in his pelvis is behind his hip, it isn’t weight bearing, so it should still be able to heal, it will just take awhile. Anyway, his surgery went great but since his operation happened so late in the day by that point, he had to stay overnight.

The next day when I picked him up, Dr. Jill showed me both his X-rays. She showed me the break she had been worried about and for the first time I got to see just how out of place his femur had been. She told me that she hadn’t neutered him like we’d planned because she said even though it’s such a minor surgery, she didn’t want to have to put him through one more thing. She told me that he was really going to hurt from this surgery just due to the nature of it. After all, she had to cut through his muscle, cut off his femoral head on that leg and suture it into muscle in the socket. She also gave me 5 days worth of pain medication (Buprenorphine) which she said was “hard to get and expensive” but that he needed it. Seriously, the stuff came with warning that say “Keep out of reach of children” and “Controlled substance, dangerous unless used as directed”. Poor boy. He was also put on a week’s worth of antibiotics (Clavamox) again which he finished last night. She also gave me a sheet of FHO aftercare. After all my briefing, she went and got him. He was laying in his kennel with no top because she didn’t want to squish him into it and she said he probably wouldn’t move if I just kept him like that. Ha! Dr. Jill doesn’t know how stubborn this cat is! He laid there quietly in the vet’s office but once we were in the car he was standing up and trying to move around so I put the top on. When I got home I tried so hard to move him into his cage without hurting him but he growled and hissed from the pain. Finally that crazy boy just stood up and walked into the cage himself! Same old O’Malley!

Since then his wounds have been healing fine. His hip looks a little funky and bulbous. I don’t know if it’ll stay like that or it’s still swollen. We’re supposed to be doing exercises with him as of 2 days ago. He’s supposed to be walking and standing, which he is, but I’m not sure it’s enough. It’s been a bit of a rush. I knew he would need therapy but I thought after like 2 weeks or more, not starting around day 5! Anyway, I called Dr. Jill today and she recommended another vet here in Austin who is certified in veterinary chiropractics and acupuncture. We also met another woman at a dog event we attended this weekend who has a whole Canine & Feline Rehabilitation & Conditioning Center. She’s apparently very well known in her field and has published scientific articles on the matter. She told us we could come in for even just one meeting where she could teach us some exercises. I wish he could be on a full therapy program but of course, sadly, it all comes down to money. I’m hoping one of them at least will give us a deal since he’s a rescue. I just want what’s best for him and know at the moment we’re lacking in the rehabilitation department. I’ll be calling both places tomorrow to see what can happen.

Thank you so much for everyone who continues to care about and ask about O’Malley’s recovery. We’ve still got a long road ahead but I’m hopeful that we’ll come out very successful in the end. We’re doing what we can and O’Malley’s such a fighter that I know his life will be amazing even if he walks a bit funny from now on. It’ll just give him even more personality! Haha. Anyway, I’ll try to take and post pictures of his X-rays soon and when he goes in to be neutered in around 2 months, it’ll be a good opportunity to get another X-ray to see how the healing of both his FHO and pelvis are coming along. I bet it’ll all look great! Also, some of you have been asking and, yes, we will be trying to raise some donations to help pay for this. Even though our vet is amazing and gave us HUGE discounts on everything, it’s still adding up. Thank you to everyone for your support. I know all that loving energy is helping O’Malley recover!

Shelter Sketches: Meet Andy

I’ll never understand why black dogs and cats often get overlooked at shelters. I think they’re so sleek and classy looking! This week’s sketch is later than I usually post them because Nick and I have spent the last two days traveling back and forth to Alabama for one of our dogs (Azu) to get a root canal. I’m hoping to get together a post about the process for later this week or next week. Let me know if there are any specific questions you’d like addressed!

Meet Andy

Andy is a medium-sized adult male domestic short hair. Despite having been declawed he was left outside at the end of summer and attacked by another cat. A neighbor brought him to the shelter, and he’s waiting for a loving home indoors where he can shower you with kitty kisses. Andy is neutered, house-trained, and up to date on his shots.

Contact Info:
York Adopt-A-Pet, York, Nebraska
402-362-3964
debbie@yorkadoptapet.com

Meet Andy

To find out more about Andy, check out his Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

Update on O’Malley

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Hey everyone! I’m sorry it’s been so long since our first post about O’Malley. It’s been super busy around here with work, the kids, and attending the No More Homeless Pets Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend to help with the Toki Poki booth. I kept wanting to write an update for you all but lack of time and sleep has been getting in the way. Finally, I’m able to write more about him – and at a very important time too.

O’Malley has been doing amazingly well. He is such a strong-willed cat and always such a sweetheart. His open wounds have been healing very nicely. The only one really presenting any problems is the largest one on his hurt leg because he keeps trying to self-heal it by licking and re-opening it, but even that one is so tiny and not at all infected. Other than that, this cat has been awesome. We almost took him to the vet again once, a few days after we got him, because he had not had any bowel movements. We had been told to wait until last weekend and if he hadn’t gone by then, to bring him in. We decided to do so, Nikki went outside to clean his carrier, and when she came back inside, he had gone. Silly boy. I guess he’d decided that he really didn’t feel like a trip to the vet! He’s been doing well since then and he uses the little litter box in his kennel very well. We can’t keep this boy down! Seriously, he won’t stop standing and walking around, on a broken pelvis and dislocated femur! We wish he wouldn’t, of course, but then we also have to admire him for how strong and determined he is. That gives me great hope that he will recover very nicely from his surgery despite his FIV status.

Speaking of which, O’Malley’s surgery is tomorrow (or rather today, now that I look at the clock). When my vet came back I spoke to her on the phone and she was available to do the surgery either last Thursday or this Tuesday. Nikki and I debated for awhile on which to choose. Obviously we wanted him to be fixed and on his way to true recovery as soon as possible but we also wanted to be here for him afterwards. Since we were gone for the weekend, and even though we trust our petsitter completely, we still decided it would be best to wait until we could be here so we could take care of him ourselves. I’m assuming he’ll be on more antibiotics and possibly pain meds but I’ll let you know all the details after the surgery. Again, he’s going to get an FHO, femoral head ostectomy. From what I’ve read about it, it seems like a great option and, as my vet said, “the answer to a more comfortable life”. His recovery should take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks so we’ll have him for a good time after this but I also hope that with such an inspirational story, he’ll have no trouble finding the perfect forever home.

Still, I am worried about his surgery, as any foster parent would be, so we would very much appreciate all the well-wishes and prayers and healing energies you can send O’Malley’s way. I know he feels it and I know he appreciates it. He is such a sweet, beautiful, loving cat. I can’t believe that after all he’s been through, he still just wants to crawl into your lap and be pet. He deserves the very best and we’re going to do our very best to give it to him. Thanks, friends. I promise it won’t be so long until his next update. I’ll let you all know how his surgery went ASAP!

Shelter Sketches: Meet Duchess

This week I I thought it might be interesting to include the rough sketch along with the finished sketch of this adorable pup.

Meet Duchess

Duchess is a young Boxer/(Lab?Shepherd?) mix who was literally a day away from death when she was rescued. After her owners were evicted from their house, Duchess spent a month alone in the backyard, in August, with no food or water. Finally a neighbor called DDB Rep Ashley Larson, who was a two-hour drive from Duchess. Ashley sent out a bunch of emails and within 10 minutes, Bethany Phyne and the Davenport family were at the house and didn’t waste any time getting Duchess to the emergency vet clinic.

Duchess, a 14 month old puppy weighing in at only 24 lbs., spent five days at the emergency vet, where the doctors confirmed that she wouldn’t have lasted another day. Since then she has been recovering under the care of her foster mother, Ashely. Duchess is now happy and healthy, but needs a forever home. In Ashley’s own words:

“I have been told and continue to learn that you must separate your feelings of a dog from what is best for the dog long-term. Even though I could shower Duchess with love… the time and space she deserves could not be provided by me. She needs a backyard to stretch those long legs. She would thrive in an environment with other dogs, young and old. I can see her becoming a child’s best friend. I guess this is the tough part of rescue work but I am putting Duchess’ best interest ahead of how much I will miss her. I realize there are other Duchess’ out there that may one day need a place to call home for a little bit and that is something I would want to be able to give.”

Duchess is spayed, house-trained, up to date on shots, microchipped, and most importantly, in need of a loving family. To help out with her medical bills, you can also sponsor Duchess!

Contact Info:
Dogs Deserve Better, Marion, Indiana
Ashley Larsen DDB Indy Rep
indyhumane06@live.com
317-260-1678

Meet Duchess

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To find out more about Duchess, check out her Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.