Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sophie: Best Super Bowl EVER!

Foster Update 1/31/09:
As everyone is getting ready to celebrate this weekend with the super bowl, Mike and I would like to tell you about a different super bowl party. Last night, Sophie decided drinking out of the water BOWL was ok and she has done it all day. Just now I was making Satin Balls and decided to give her some. I was hand feeding her when I noticed she kept looking at the bowl. I placed the bowl where she could eat out of it and she ate out of the BOWL! This is awesome. This is the best super bowl weekend ever!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sophie: Small Miracles

Foster Update 1/28/09:
We have seen small “miracles” since our last update. Her walking has become more steady. She rarely falls and if she starts to, she will catch herself! Her appetite has greatly increased although we still hand feed her, she is eating solid food and loving it!. Just this morning she went to the dog dish to check it out so she may be getting close to feeding herself. Her temps have been constant so we no longer do the subcutaneous fluids. She still is seizure free so the dosage of Penobarbital has been reduced slightly. She is beginning to watch us more and smell every inch of the grass. I was working on the computer and noticed she had come into the room and stayed watching me. She lifts her head and tail. We still have a long way to go but these small “miracles” have greatly encouraged us.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sophie is making progress

Foster update 1/17/09:
Sophie is making gradual progress. No fever for almost a week. She will now lap pureed dog food mixed with Pedialyte or Ensure from a bowl and her appetite is improving. We are reducing the amount of subcutaneous fluids. We have also reduced the dosage of Phenobarbital and so far no seizures. However, she‘s still very unsteady on her feet which is troubling. Hopefully, she’s not suffered long term neurological damage.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sophie update

As of today, we can spoon feeder her (a very soft food that goes down easy). Mike thought he saw a (1) wag of her tail and I thought this morning she tried to put the tail up over her back rather than letting it hang. It didn't stay long but we are holding on to anything. She even watched me vacuum which she didn't care anything about earlier. We continue with the subcutaneous fluids which has helped to keep her temp down.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Prayers for Sophie

Sophie's Intake photo

Foster Update 1/12/09: Prayers for Sophie and the importance of puppy vaccinations.

Sophie is a young Golden Retriever with gentle and loving spirit. Tragically, Sophie is now fighting for her life because she did not receive the recommended set of puppy vaccinations. Sophie has distemper, a viral disease often lethal and sometimes causing lasting neurological problems. Because of this, Sophie has suffered seizures, high fevers, severe loss of appetite and is very unsteady on her feet.

Her loving fosters are giving her round-the-clock care, including subcutaneous fluids to help reduce her fever and using a syringe to feed her liquefied food. Sophie is putting up a courageous fight against this dreaded disease and GBGRR is doing everything possible to help this sweet girl recover so she can live a long, happy and full life.

We are all pulling for Sophie!
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Friday, January 9, 2009


Monte was neutered today and had his left canine pulled (it was a dead tooth) Dr. Diaz at West Alabama said his jaw was kind of loose upon the pulling of the tooth so she put some wire in there and it will stay for a short period of time. The wire will impact his eating so he will be on soft food for that period of time. He will stay overnight tonight at the clinic and is foster mom will pick him up at noon tomorrow. Monte is heavy heartworm positive. The vet thinks he could start his first heartworm treatment in about 10 days if all goes well.

Monte is being fostered by GBGRR volunteer Shari P. who truly is Monte's guardian angel!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

GBGRR, a non-profit organization founded in 1999, is celebrating our 10-year anniversary. In our first ten years, GBGRR has rescued more than two thousand Golden Retrievers and received numerous awards and grants. GBGRR received the Starfish Award from the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) for our rescue efforts during hurricane Katrina, and in 2008, two of our rescued Goldens won G.R.A.C.E. (Golden Retrievers Achieving Community Excellence) Awards in two different categories at the GRCA Nationals in Providence, Rhode Island.

We hold a variety of fundraising, public awareness and educational events throughout the year. The highlight is our Reunion Picnic each May, where hundreds of rescued Goldens (and the humans who love them) meet to play, romp, swim, socialize and have lunch, and those dogs in their "Golden Years" proudly participate in the "Parade of Seniors". It's not to be missed! Whether you're interested in fostering, adopting, volunteering or just love golden retrievers, go to to join our mailing list.