Penny's rescue journey started late one wintery night in January of 2017, where she was found with her deformed puppy, frozen to the porch of a stranger's house. The Good Samaritan who found these two, starving, and looking for shelter, immediately contacted local authorities, who ended up taking Penny and her puppy, Skippy, to a local animal control facility.
Upon arrival at animal control, Penny and Skippy were separated, and Skippy was quickly adopted by a couple who was committed to providing complete care and rehabilitation to him. But our Penny, was once again, all alone and left behind. She was distraught, locked up for most of the day, and all night. A pound is a very scary place, especially for a mom who just lost her baby.
When things seemed like the couldn't get any worse for our Penny, they did. Penny was placed in a kennel, next to a very dominant, unaltered, very dog-reactive male. Penny was clearly used as a breeding dog for her entire life. Forced to reproduce for her owner's benefit. So being placed next to a male dog, was not the most appropriate placement. Not only did this cause distress to Penny, but it made the pound environment even more volatile that it already was.
By no fault of her own, Penny ended up on death row, to be killed, after already living an unimaginable life.
And that is where Penny's journey FINALLY took a turn for the better. Our rescue stepped in and pulled Penny on February 6th, 2017.
Penny's Freedom Ride
When we went to pick Penny up from the pound, the vet wanted to speak to us, about some things that were discovered during Penny's spay surgery. We were horrified to find out that our sweet Penny had evidence of MANY previous C-Sections, only confirming what we suspected, that she was merely a vessel for puppies, used only for reproduction.
Penny was a little groggy, but you could see the relief on her face, she knew she was saved.
Penny rested up for the next several days, learned what it was like to have a cozy bed, lots of blankets, plenty of food and water, and TOYS! She was especially enamored with balls. She absolutely loves any and every ball ever made!
It was during this recovery that Penny started to display discomfort in her one of her hind legs. She favored it mostly after a period of activity. At first, we didn't think much of it, and then it was discovered that this poor girl was suffering from a Luxating Patella, or a "floating kneecap".
Surgery for this type of aliment is quite expensive, and rarely, if ever, works. So we started Penny on a regimen of strong joint supplements and all natural pain meds, which seem to help tremendously.
Her knee issues haven't slowed this girl down at all. She enjoyed romping in the yard, playing in leaves, and carrying around her favorite spiky ball.
Penny spent the first couple months residing in our emergency kennel, and it was around April 2017 that she entered her first foster home. Penny showed very quickly that she was eager to learn the routine of daily life, and was almost immediately potty trained. She really enjoyed the comfort of her crate, and still loved playing with her ball. Her foster mom spent as much time working with her, but she not only had Penny, but another special needs foster, and two dogs of her own.
Over the summer, Penny worked on her leash manners, and did great! She is a smart, fun loving girl.
But it has become clear that not all dogs thrive in multiple dog households, especially dogs who prefer to be the only dog. Penny is part of a crate and rotate household, and if you are not familiar with this, it is where each dog gets one on one time, but cannot interact with a pack, for whatever reason. Therefore they are living segregated most of the time, by baby gates and dog crates.
Sometimes in rescue, a foster home is just not enough, sometimes the most important thing for a dog, especially a dog like Penny, is a FAMILY OF HER OWN.
Penny needs a HERO. She needs a family where she can be the only fur child, where she can be the center of attention, where she can finally become the dog she is meant to be. She needs a home where she doesn't have to compete for attention, where she can be socialized and provided all of the love and attention that she deserves. She needs a home that can help take her to the NEXT STEP of her rescue journey.
If you are interested in hearing more about our sweet Penny, if you would like to meet her, or if you ready to become a HERO to one of the most deserving dogs, please email us right away at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Become a HERO today. You won't regret it. And Penny will be forever grateful. Her love and devotion will repay you tenfold.
From Casper's foster mom:
"Casper (aka Peggy) is doing better every day! She loves to play and is getting along great with my male & female dogs."
This sweetie's skin is looking better everyday! She's been breathing a bit heavy/spitting up so she's going to the vet tomorrow to get checked out again.
This girl got her freedom ride today from the Tuscarawas County Dog Pound. She is a senior, has 3 legs, one of the worst skin conditions due to pure neglect, and is mostly deaf because her ear infections are so bad. Her "owner" after not getting her any vet care for a very long time, decided to dump her at the pound and then had the nerve to try to adopt another dog. A younger dog 😡 (thankfully Beth stopped him right there).
Casper is finally getting all the love and care she's been so in need and deserving of! We need your help to cover some of her vet costs! She is on antibiotics for her skin & ears. And we also need to get her heartworm tested.
Little Harley was feeling well enough to participate in the photoshoot with Candy Stick Photography!
We've never met any creature more determined to live than this beautiful little girl!
Despite being attacked at 5 weeks old, left with no medical care before coming to Pitties and Kitties, full of worms, a bacterial infection and chronic sinus and upper respiratory infections, Harley continued to fight for her life. Living with injuries that were already in advanced healing and dealing with her infections that we struggled to control, Harley then gave us a huge scare and started uncontrollably seizing. Everyone thought that it was her time. That her little body couldn't take anymore, BUT she decided that it was not her time. That she was going to FIGHT!
Harley is finally at home, discharged from the emergency hospital and resting safely with her loving foster family. She has beat the odds stacked against her over and over and over. Keep fighting girl! We are all rooting for you!! 💕
A HUGE thank you to all of our friends, family, followers and supporters for helping us with Harley's medical bills! Without YOU Harley would not be home!
As many of you know, our little Harley was admitted to Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic last night because she suffered a seizure earlier in the evening. While at the vet Harley continued to seize and was not responding to the medication being administered. She was admitted and the amazing staff at Stark Vet worked tirelessly overnight to try and stabilize our little girl. She was stable on and off, but the staff continued to monitor her and observe her continue to regress. She was conscious and able to eat a meal earlier today, but she quickly took another turn for the worse and had 3 more seizures. She has to be completely sedated while the vet works to ensure her stabilization and to keep her from seizing.
As the staff continues to do all that they can to stabilize Harley and make her comfortable, her prognosis is grim.
If you have followed Harley’s story from the very beginning, you will know that she has struggled with infections since she came into our care. Due to the inhumane neglect she received the weeks following her initial injury and before coming into our care, Harley has suffered from chronic sinus and upper respiratory infections. Because of these infections and Harley’s overall poor health, we were solely focused on bringing her weak body to a state of health so that we could pursue a CT scan to determine if she could possibly be a candidate for corrective surgery to her nasal and sinus cavity. Despite our continuous efforts, vet visits and constant antibiotic regimens to get our little girl healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia and a CT scan, she just never reached a point of true stability.
The doctors at Stark Vet do not believe that the seizures are a direct result of Harley’s injuries as they have stated that these symptoms would have presented themselves prior to yesterday if they were a direct result of the physical injuries. Also, seizures are a neurological issue, only to be determined by an MRI, which was never something that was recommended for Harley’s condition up until last night. Originally we were seeking to get Harley to a point where she could receive a CT scan.
Harley is growing! She's getting bigger and really developing her own personality. She is such a fun loving puppy!
Her health is not great. She is perpetually sick with chronic sinus infections. She is still not strong enough to be put under anesthesia for a CT scan. Her little body just wouldn't make it out of the sedation.
She has another vet appointment tomorrow to address the ongoing sinus infections she is struggling with.
Her eye is actually looking much better. It's shrinking and doesn't bother her one bit!
Harley has found a wonderful foster home to help her grow stronger and hopefully get these infections under control so that sedation is possible.
We will continue to update you as things change and progress! Thank you for your shares, donations, love and support for our little hero!
Harley is gaining weight, eating, drinking and playing like a normal puppy. She was seen by my favorite vet ever, Dr. Gainey and he said her eye poses no threat of pain, BUT, she needs a CT scan to determine if the damage done to her snout and sinuses can be fixed. Currently her sinuses are so damaged she is suffering from constant, chronic sinus infections. She was put on a doggie Zpack and we are contacting OSU to see about her CT scan and surgery.
Harley was rescued on 8/31/2016 after being attacked by a pregnant adult dog at 5 weeks of age. Her snout was crushed and her eye was severely damaged. Instead of seeking immediate medical care, her "owners" popped her eye back into the socket themselves and waited another 3 weeks before finding her another home via Craigslist.