Audrey came to us from RSPCA QLD, a tiny, frail old girl, she has a Grade 5 heart murmur and has also just recently been diagnosed with chronic airways disease. Medication for her airways disease is keeping her comfortable and able to potter around at a slow steady pace without snuffling and snorting. At approximately 15 years of age Audrey is living life as happy and comfortable as we can make it.
Snowie is our dear little old man. He was adopted out by us a few years back (he was known as Walter then) but so very sadly his mum passed away. Snowie came back to us very low vision and had a hard time settling at first but now he is just so happy and at home so will be spending the rest of his days right where he is, with RWL, as a foundation dog. He is 16 years old and sleeps most of the day away but in the evenings he’s up and about. He doesn’t like to eat much in the mornings but has his 4 small meals each night, spaced an hour apart so he gets enough food in him to keep him healthy! Snowie is low vision and low hearing but he does really well except in bright sun and outside at night. He has a blocked tear duct which means his eye always weeps and is prone to infections and inflammation, so that needs to be kept clean and medicated as needed. Snowie is on pain meds for arthritis, occasional eye meds and a special diet to help keep his weight on.
Little Ms Cherry Pie lost her Mum in January 2018 and came to us with many large and small mammary tumours and severe dental disease. We were initially worried as 16 year old Cherry had a hard time recovering from the anaesthetic after the removal of an entire mammary chain, surrounding lymph nodes, all remaining teeth and de-sex operation and took a long to heal. But to everyone’s surprise, Cherry finally healed and her gorgeous personality came out in bucket loads. So, three months later the second mammary chain was removed and this time she healed quite quickly. Cherry Pie is a happy and healthy little lady today, remains in our care and is now proudly 17 years old. She recently suffered a minor stroke with was a big scare but she has now recovered with nothing more than a little head tilt. We love you Ms Cherry Pie. Thank you for brightening all our lives you pretty lady.
Albert has auto immune disease in his mouth which currently seems under control but can flare up. As an older chap with no teeth and after a lifetime of eating while having a horribly painful mouth, he is inclined to spread his food around but eventually manages to eat it all. He has rhinitis, which makes his breathing noisy and gurgly (think of water going down a clogged up drain and you get the idea) but it doesn’t stop him sniffing around for any morsels of food and bobbing his head which must help clear his nose. He can sneeze like a trooper and spreads his “love” shall we say, across the room. But we still love our messy little man dearly. He’s on 2 types of antibiotics, but because of his Cushings disease he can’t be given steroids. One of the antibiotics is especially compounded for him. He’s also on pain relief for arthritis. He sleeps on foster mum Trish’s bed and and keeps her warm at night. He is bestie with both Orlando and Freddo.
Alfie was a stray picked up by Mildura Pound, un-desexed crypt orchid (testicles inside his body), infected rotten mouth resulting in all teeth being removed, covered in fleas with resulting missing fur on backside and ears have reoccurring infections. He has a collapsed trachea which is advanced and on top of that a penchant for attacking every dog he meets (especially large ones) making him extra vulnerable at his size and no way to defend himself. Alfie will remain on anti-inflammatory steroids and nuelin for dilating his airways as it has much improved his quality of life. Alfie has settled in really well and while working through his issues and medical needs he has fallen hard and fast for the resident dog Alan and is a happy little guy who gets more loving every day.
Arty Schmarty came from a domestic violence home. The world is a big scary place for him and even if he knows you sometimes even that is too much for him. He is a very loving little man to me and Terry and just follows me everywhere.
Ticket came from a pound with a severely deformed leg which had been broken and not tended to. Her teeth were all removed due to severe dental disease. Ticket is a very shut down little dog who took months to wag her tail, but we are seeing small signs of improvement now and she is a joy in our home.
Essie was seized by RSPCA. She has a permanent dislocated hip, spine issues and has fear aggression at times when she has flash backs. We know Essie’s limitations and she has done amazingly well in the past two years to the point we have a loving relationship.