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Found rotti mix? dog in cornwall, warning, heartbreaking pictures

Melinda
March 16th, 2008, 08:59 PM
I found this wonderful friendly dog in my neighbours garbage, I was told I must advertise it as a found dog, the spca will be coming to take pics of her tomorrow, (but not removing her from my care) we will be seeing a vet tomorrow also, she's a female, approx 14-16 months maybe?? hard to tell by her size, red collar (funny its not loose on her if she's been missing awhile), If anyone knows of anyone missing this girl, please pm me.
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Frenchy
March 16th, 2008, 09:03 PM
omg that poor dog :sad:

happycats
March 16th, 2008, 09:19 PM
Whoever lost that dog should never get it back if that's the condition they kept it in!!! They should never be able to own a pet again........And I hope what goes around comes around :evil: May they get theirs for doing this to that poor poor dog.

Rottielover
March 16th, 2008, 09:23 PM
OHHHHHHH the poor girl, I am glad she found her doggie angel in you...

onster
March 16th, 2008, 09:24 PM
oh my god. :sad::sad:

the gang
March 16th, 2008, 09:26 PM
:yell: horray another doggie angel, can you keep her if not claimed???

pbpatti
March 16th, 2008, 09:30 PM
I hope that she is skinny because she has been a stray for so long:confused:, I am sure she is thankful that you found her and will take care of her for as long as you can. Hopefully her family is/has been looking for her and want her back so she can be part of the family again.

I have read here about those that have lost their pets and are just frantic to get them back and have had so many troubles. pbp

Melinda
March 16th, 2008, 09:33 PM
she will be with me/us till she's healthy, after that I'm not sure (have to work on hubby) the vet thinks she is starved, not a stray...her collar is NOT loose on her....any information on feeding/caring is appreciated...but I will looked for owners..

Frenchy
March 16th, 2008, 09:34 PM
How long would it takes for a dog to get that skinny from being a stray ? They usually can find food in garbages and stuff .... IMO , that dog isn't in this condition because she is a stray , she probably got this way where she was before. Yes yes I know I could be wrong ... but I don't think I am.

Melinda , if you ever need help to place her in a rescue , I would do whatever I can do to help.

luckypenny
March 16th, 2008, 09:55 PM
Thank you Melinda for taking on the responsibility for caring for this poor girl; you may very well have saved her life.

....any information on feeding/caring is appreciated...but I will looked for owners..

I'd recommend you start with a high quality food (check out the food forum here for ideas if you need any). Start with smaller amounts fed more often throughout the day ie. at least 4-5 times. Once she's adjusted well to her food, you may want to begin supplementing her with satin balls (at least 4 hours before kibble or 8 hours after kibble as kibble takes more than double the amount of time as raw to digest). Here is the recipe I've used in the past with emaciated dogs:

http://www.njboxers.com/satin-balls-recipe.htm

I imagine you've already made an appointment with a vet? Please don't forget to take in a fresh stool sample to have tested for intestinal parasites. I strongly suggest to not having her vaccinated until she's received a clean bill of health and has reached her optimum weight.

Wishing her the best of luck to a healthy and happy future.

hazelrunpack
March 16th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Oh, that poor girl. I'm glad she found her :angel:, Melinda! I hope she gets an otherwise clean bill of health at the vet's! :fingerscr

Melinda
March 17th, 2008, 05:11 AM
Thank you Melinda for taking on the responsibility for caring for this poor girl; you may very well have saved her life.



I'd recommend you start with a high quality food (check out the food forum here for ideas if you need any). Start with smaller amounts fed more often throughout the day ie. at least 4-5 times. Once she's adjusted well to her food, you may want to begin supplementing her with satin balls (at least 4 hours before kibble or 8 hours after kibble as kibble takes more than double the amount of time as raw to digest). Here is the recipe I've used in the past with emaciated dogs:

http://www.njboxers.com/satin-balls-recipe.htm

I imagine you've already made an appointment with a vet? Please don't forget to take in a fresh stool sample to have tested for intestinal parasites. I strongly suggest to not having her vaccinated until she's received a clean bill of health and has reached her optimum weight.

Wishing her the best of luck to a healthy and happy future.
thank you luckypenny and yes, she'll be going to see my vet today, he gave me some puppy canned food for her and we'll buy some performatrin canned and kibble puppy food,

Frenchy thank you for your offer of help, I can't see us needing a rescue for her, but then again, you never know, she won't be going anywhere until she's given a clean bill of health.
thank you all for your kind words

Love4himies
March 17th, 2008, 07:50 AM
Oh melinda, you are an :angel2: for helping this poor dog.

Yes, I agree that if the collar is not loose, then somebody was not feeding this dog. How can people be so cruel and what is the purpose to starve a dog?

Melinda
March 17th, 2008, 03:40 PM
ok, we're back from our vet visit, she went in wearing Daisy's huge flannel coat, my friend (office manager) came out and said "shelley! a new dog," then I removed her coat and she went white...Whisper was so happy to be there, so happy to be in the car and so good in the car. A different vet saw her. He said "I believe I'm looking at a dead dog standing, " he said he has never seen a dog standing and so alert while being that emaciated, said she is a wonderful dog, asked her to "sit" on the table and she did. so we have meds for worms for the next two weeks, advantage multi, vitamins (tube) and they are giving me the 30% that rescues get.
ok, breed at best guess, rotti/lab/shepherd, she is 22 pounds, 43-48 pounds underweight, stools tested negative for any worms, he's 90% sure she is spayed as he thinks he felt a scar, best guess at age is 14-16 months, she has an underbite, hates getting her nails done *S* had to call a third person in to hold her tail that would NOT stop wagging. I can't let her and Brina meet for a good 10 days, he's deworming her "just in case" no vacinations till she puts on some weight. spca investigator is coming at 5 to see her, she promised she would not take her, guess she wants to make sure the garage is heated, she was calling from the vets office in fact and I told her to ask them all about me, they know me well unfortunately. but I'm still nervous, she said "you realize the owners do legally have 3 days to claim her"....I said yes......and she replied quietly, "but it doesn't mean we have to give her"......so we'll see at 5 whats what.

hazelrunpack
March 17th, 2008, 03:47 PM
omg--only 1/3 the weight she should be! :eek: That poor girl! :sad:

Is her tummy taking to food well?

She's so pretty--and so lucky to have come to you. Good luck with the spca visit! :fingerscr that all goes well there!

And :grouphug:s to you for taking Whisper into the fold...

Melinda
March 17th, 2008, 03:51 PM
she has brought up 3 times...but the vet says she's getting rid of the "garbage" and garbage is right, ciggy butts, saran wrap etc......

hazelrunpack
March 17th, 2008, 04:40 PM
she has brought up 3 times...but the vet says she's getting rid of the "garbage" and garbage is right, ciggy butts, saran wrap etc......

omg! :sad: She must've been snarfing down anything and everything trying to get enough food. :yell:

The payoff will be when you can see that she's gaining weight!

duttypaws
March 17th, 2008, 04:44 PM
she has brought up 3 times...but the vet says she's getting rid of the "garbage" and garbage is right, ciggy butts, saran wrap etc......

omg... :cry: you are an angel and I hope that she gets better.... in a way its nice to see that the rubbish is coming up makes way for all the yummy food that will fill her tummy. :)

Rainy
March 17th, 2008, 05:11 PM
That is so damn sad and lucky for this beautiful girl that she found you.What an awesome guardian angel you are!:cloud9:

chico2
March 17th, 2008, 05:26 PM
OMG,poor girl,but very lucky to have found you:angel2:
We see it all the time on Animal Planet how dogs are simply starved by idiots who don't care.
I am hoping this is not the case with Whisper,I so wish they could talk:pawprint:
Hopefully her tummy will adjust to eating real food and hopefully she'll be found to be otherwise healthy,poor gorl,lots of luv and kisses to her from this end.
Thank you for saving her life:grouphug:

Melinda
March 19th, 2008, 07:19 AM
update

after 2 1/2 days of presenting us with her stomach contents of a bottle cap, elastic, cardboard, saran wrap, foam packaging from meat etc.....she has finally gone 24 hours without being ill , we had her on a diet of pedialyte (lots), bland rice but with turkey broth and eventually with a bit of mushed up performatrin puppy food. She is looking so much better, we have discovered this: she has been through some (not sure how much) OB classes, she sits, laysdown, "partial" heel, sit pretty, roll over, speak for cookie, smile on command, gives paw. I introduced her (with moms permission) to one of my daycare children (5 yr old female) and she became such a wiggle butt that the little girl laughed saying she's doing the twist. She LOVES kids and men, spca worker came to check her out, (I threatened her with my broom if she even dared tried to remove her) to which she laughed and thanked us for taking her in, she lent us a kennel, Whisper loved it!! I put a king size comforter in it and before I could get out, she was in it and slept quite comfortable in it (open) last night, she is house trained. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful dog!!! an owners dream. so....as of 2 pm today she becomes "our posession" I hate that word. The spca will be by today to scan for a chip, she wanted to wait till we legally had claim on her in case the owner has a history of abuse , then we can legally refuse to hand her over. I want, desperately to find her original owners, someone loved this dog greatly!!! can I ask a favor of everyone here? search your memories....way back, think of anyone who lost a dog fitting "Whispers" description....anywhere,....she is or was loved by some family ....I want to get her home or at least know her history. thank you all.

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Winston
March 19th, 2008, 07:55 AM
:shrug: Please explain? based on those pictures I am not sure how you could say this???

someone loved this dog greatly!!!

Cindy

chico2
March 19th, 2008, 07:58 AM
Oh Melinda,she's soo skinny,I hope beeing in this condition has not harmed her organs.
It is very possible she has been missing a long time,like some of the pups(Sable,Spencer,Billie)here and there is a family out there,who would be exstatic to have her found.
For now though,she has a wonderful rehab-place with you:thumbs up

chico2
March 19th, 2008, 08:00 AM
Winston,it is very possible like I said,she could have been lost for months,hence her condition:confused:
I am sure Melinda would not just hand her over,if she suspects abuse..

Rottielover
March 19th, 2008, 08:05 AM
Melinda is right, we can not judge the owners we do not know how far she might have travelled. If she has been eating everything in sight, and throwing up, weight comes off quicker, same with the runs.
Lets first see if someone is dearly missing this girl. She really looks like my old dog Angel. who was a rott/ lab cross.
I hope for you Melinda, and for whisper some family is missing this dog dearly.
Remember dogs roam, and if she roamed far that can be a reason for this look...
I will keep an eye out on facebook for dogs lost...

Melinda
March 19th, 2008, 08:39 AM
believe me when I say she will NOT be handed over on a platter to the owners "IF" she is chipped or if I find them.
Their name will be searched and will be put into the computer at the spca to see if they were EVER accused of any animal abuse or have ever given up an animal, hell I dislike birds (grew up with a dad that raised them) but I kept a budgie here for 6 yrs that I caught outside with the ravens and no one claimed, I nursed it back to health and couldn't part with it wondering if the new owners would treat it as well as I would *L*. I would talk to neighbours of "imaginary" owners, to vets....make sure they are worthy of Whisper....no law would force me to give her back because she would be mine....BUT....if they do check out etc....they could have searched desperately for her at one time....just a chance I have to take, someone seriously trained this dog...and it had to have been a family




I have two theories

#1. a loved pet gets lost....someone finds her, thinks she's a gorgeous dog and keeps her...loses interest.....dog is tied out back and fed on occasion

#2. loving family has to for some reason rehome their gorgeous well trained dog, finds what they think is a loving home.....it has been known to happen before...new family again looses interest....dog neglected or gets loose.

Winston
March 19th, 2008, 08:44 AM
OH Melinda I wasnt implying you were going to give Whisper up....I think I was just shocked because I figured this was an abuse case..considering her body....its hard to imagine that she would have lost so much weight but I am sure its entirely possible! I hope that she is just lost and does have a home somewhere!! Maybe we will have another happy ending story...Thankyou Melinda so much for saving this girls life! She looks like a true darlin!

Cindy

danaekitty
March 19th, 2008, 08:47 AM
Wow - I can just imagine this dog's story...wouldn't it be cool if she'd travelled so far, rescuing people and making so many friends - like the littlest hobo? You americans might not get the reference.
Good luck to Whispers, and yay for you for taking her in! We can tell you're already in heart with her.

Melinda
March 19th, 2008, 09:17 AM
very very much in love with her but it's almost, a small "almost" impossible for me to keep her, I run a city daycare and already have a large dog in the home that was specially trained to be around children. it's hard, it honestly is.....:cry:


Winston/Cindy, I'm sorry, I just felt helpless and defensive this morning I guess, I knew you weren't being nasty, guess I'd better put on another pot of coffee *L* I just wanted you to really really understand where I was coming from with Whisper *S*. I have just called 8 vets in our area, in fact, some as far away as 40 miles and no one has called missing a dog....thank you all for your wonderful words of encouragement.

mastifflover
March 19th, 2008, 09:18 AM
You rock for taking this beauty in. It takes a while to put the weight on. I had a rescue Boo some of you will remember him he was maybe worse than Whisper. I found the best thing was puppy food I fed Boo about 12 cups a day for the first 2 months he was free fed unbelievably he was not a gulper ate slowly and would take breaks and lie down. Satin Balls were also used. Boo was 92 pounds when I got him a skeleton he gained about 100 pounds in about a year. He did have a very sensitive tummy and I had to be careful of his diet not to vary it much he could not tolerate change of food, he would get terrible diareaha. Something to look out for. Good luck and you will see changes in Whisper daily
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Winston
March 19th, 2008, 09:28 AM
Melinda what did the SPCA person say? Did they check her for a microchip?

Cindy

Melinda
March 19th, 2008, 09:35 AM
she will be coming back today, later in the day to scan her, 72 hours will be up by then :thumbs up and IF she is chipped...then the name is given to me (and they check it out also)and I decide what to do

Melinda
March 19th, 2008, 09:39 AM
You rock for taking this beauty in. It takes a while to put the weight on. I had a rescue Boo some of you will remember him he was maybe worse than Whisper. I found the best thing was puppy food I fed Boo about 12 cups a day for the first 2 months he was free fed unbelievably he was not a gulper ate slowly and would take breaks and lie down. Satin Balls were also used. Boo was 92 pounds when I got him a skeleton he gained about 100 pounds in about a year. He did have a very sensitive tummy and I had to be careful of his diet not to vary it much he could not tolerate change of food, he would get terrible diareaha. Something to look out for. Good luck and you will see changes in Whisper daily
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seeing that poor dog laying down is like looking at Whisper, my god, breaks my heart!!!! I've slowly started adding mushed puppy food in her rice and she loves it...and so far it's stayed down, I can't free feed her yet because she eats till she's sick....so every hour I'm giving her almost a cup of food....when she starts leaving little bits in the dish, then I'll go free feed again to try. The vet looked over the recipe for satin balls and would like me to wait a few days for her tummy to "toughen" up, he thinks because of all the garbage in her guts that raw hamburg might irritate it or add more bacteria to whats already there, asked me to wait 10 days, but I'll definately be doing that when I'm able.

Winston
March 19th, 2008, 09:46 AM
So they did not think this was animal abuse rather a stray thats been hanging around awhile? So sad isnt that no one else came to help her if she has been roaming free!!

Cindy

Melinda
March 19th, 2008, 10:50 AM
thats the strange part Cindy, Brina (my dog) and I came in an hour before I caught Whisper, on one side of me is open field, besides deer tracks ours were the only tracks, it had just snowed that morning and this was 1 pm, across from us is a field/bike path, same thing, our tracks and deers, other side of us is a trailer court, NO one saw her and everyone keeps their garbage bags outside....none tore open except the one neighbours that called me....so....can you figure it out? I think someone had her (not original owners) and just just dropped her off an hour or so before we found her....Brina and I walked around for over an hour. we do that daily, you'd think I'd have found something? and she leaves her marrow bones on our deck, would a starving dog not smell them and take them??? I don't know...complete loss here

Winston
March 19th, 2008, 11:07 AM
Melinda I wonder if she was left somewhere tied up in a yard for a long time and finally managed to get free..but what doesnt make sense is you said her collar fit her pretty good right? not as if it was hanging off her as if it had been on a bigger body? ANd if she had been tied somewhere you would think she would have alot of sores and stuff on her body...This one doesnt make alot of sense...I wish you good luck! your an Angel :cloud9:

Cindy:rolleyes:

Love4himies
March 19th, 2008, 11:17 AM
Could it be somebody found her as a stray, put a collar on her, then she got away from them?

I think it is very important to find the real owners especially if as you say, she is loving and well trained. She was not gotten as a puppy and left tied up on a leash in their back yard.

She could be a Sable, Bille, or Spencer, and she may have travelled as far away as Ottawa, Montreal, who knows:shrug:. We would want anybody finding Sable, Bille, or Spencer to try their hardest to find their original owners.

Melinda
March 19th, 2008, 11:26 AM
exactly love4, and you know she wasn't tied in a yard because there is no frost bite anywhere...not even the tips of her ears, nor are her pads cracked or dry....skin is dry because of being malnuturished.

and yes Cindy, her collar wasn't overly tight, nor overly loose, I could slip two fingers under it quite comfortably

Winston
March 20th, 2008, 06:28 AM
How is Whisper doing today? I hope she has managed to eat and keep it down!!

Cindy

Melinda
March 20th, 2008, 08:54 AM
she is doing super well today, wagged her butt off at the school bus load of kids when it arrived to pick up my daycare child...climbed a huge bank to do her duty....so then this almost 50 yr old had to climb up to clean it up *L* she had roughly 6 cups of rice/turkeybroth/canned performatrin puppyfood yesterday at different intervals and has kept it all down!! I can actually feel a slight....very very slight belly on her....I'm corresponding with a woman in Ottawa (very slowly) about a dog she lost last may, rotti/shepherd mix, female , spayed......medium size. She is microchipped so as soon as Whisper is checked, maybe we'll have our answer????:fingerscr

chico2
March 20th, 2008, 08:59 AM
OMG,would that not be wonderful,if after such a long time she would get her dog back:pray:
Makes me think of Shirley and Sable,there is always hope:pray:

Love4himies
March 20th, 2008, 09:10 AM
Oh that is such good news that she is now able to keep good food down. I pray that you find her original owners (if they were indeed good owners).

SARAH
March 20th, 2008, 09:14 AM
believe me when I say she will NOT be handed over on a platter to the owners "IF" she is chipped or if I find them.
just a chance I have to take, someone seriously trained this dog...and it had to have been a family


I have two theories

#1. a loved pet gets lost....someone finds her, thinks she's a gorgeous dog and keeps her...loses interest.....dog is tied out back and fed on occasion

#2. loving family has to for some reason rehome their gorgeous well trained dog, finds what they think is a loving home.....it has been known to happen before...new family again looses interest....dog neglected or gets loose.

I rescued an Airedale who was very well trained, the best trained dog I ever had in fact, but the family still threw him out (back to the breeder in this case, lucky for him). Unfortunately, well trained doesn't automatically mean well loved :sad:

thats the strange part Cindy, Brina (my dog) and I came in an hour before I caught Whisper, on one side of me is open field, besides deer tracks ours were the only tracks, it had just snowed that morning and this was 1 pm, across from us is a field/bike path, same thing, our tracks and deers, other side of us is a trailer court, NO one saw her and everyone keeps their garbage bags outside....none tore open except the one neighbours that called me....so....can you figure it out? I think someone had her (not original owners) and just just dropped her off an hour or so before we found her....Brina and I walked around for over an hour. we do that daily, you'd think I'd have found something? and she leaves her marrow bones on our deck, would a starving dog not smell them and take them??? I don't know...complete loss here

Very strange indeed. A stray/lost dog usually wanters relatively aimlessly around, checking everything out in a random zig-zag pattern. You should have seen something IMO ...

I'm corresponding with a woman in Ottawa (very slowly) about a dog she lost last may, rotti/shepherd mix, female , spayed......medium size. She is microchipped so as soon as Whisper is checked, maybe we'll have our answer????:fingerscr

IF it is a case of run-away doggie then maybe this woman does deserve her dog back, depending on how and whe the dog ran, and how the search was done afterwards.
IF it's the scenario of re-adopted-and-dumped ... neither former owner should get her.

It could be ... third possibility ... someone who moved, with the dog. Dog gets away and looks for old home, it happens.

Question though, a dog doesn't get to be as skinny as Whisper over night. If she's been away from her family for a long time, will she even remember them? She now knows and trusts you, knows she's loved and cared for. Will it not be a more human-selfish thing for the old owner to want her back?

Love4himies
March 20th, 2008, 09:22 AM
If the dog has been wondering since last May then it could be that skinny.

What if Sable was found and was that skinny and the people who found her thought they shouldn't return her because she may have been abused by Shirley?? That would be a horrific mistake made by the founders. We shouldn't assume.

Melinda, is there anyway for you to check to see if this possible new owner was actively looking for her dog last year as Sarah has suggested?

Also, do you think you will be able to tell if Whisper fears/excited to see the original owner if indeed the microchip thing works out?

happycats
March 20th, 2008, 10:03 AM
Has this person told you what her name was? If so have you tried it? It's amazing, but dog's do remember.

SARAH
March 20th, 2008, 10:27 AM
That would be an idea, but if they are bad memories ... ? And if you're going to end up keeping her and you don't like the old name :rolleyes:

Tough situation, I'm glad it's not me who has to make that decision, but I certainly wouldn't have left the poor animal outside to roam any longer just to keep from having to make such a decision!!

Is she chipped?????

Melinda
March 20th, 2008, 10:40 AM
she sent a picture this morning (finally got her computer to cooperate) and it wasn't Whisper, I feel so bad getting her hopes up. I will make sure of the owner before I hand Whisper over, I had checked out this one already, she was still looking, occasionally, she had updated the info on the dog in Nov. o7, well on one page, and I did a search on her name and email and found her listed on the spca lost website in ottawa so I called ours and they said yes, she was on the list as still looking, I pray she finds her Dakota.

Love4himies
March 20th, 2008, 11:35 AM
That poor lady :sad:. When is the SPCA doing the scan?

Mud's Mom
March 20th, 2008, 06:50 PM
thank goodness she was found by some one like you.

One more possible senario. Years ago my sister had a wonderfull dobie and someone stole him out of the fenced yard. He was found months later in poor condition over 100 miles away. This was before microchipping. Luckily the people who found him wandering months later realized he must have had a good home at one point and searched for the orriginal owner. Apparently whoever broke into the fence just dumped him on the street miles from home.

Good luck with Whisper she's a luck dog.

shirley1011
March 20th, 2008, 07:45 PM
Yes I know and I hate to admit, I had a cousin who took a dog from the Collingwood area where he was fishing back down towards Toronoto. His mom wouldn't let him keep the dog, so he just let him go. This was many years ago and I didn't learn of the story until years after it happened or I would have done something. There are all kinds of possibilities that could have happened and this dog may have someone looking for him but in the wrong place.

I have this awful feeling I am looking in the wrong place for Sable too.

Winston
March 21st, 2008, 09:49 AM
Any luck with the scan Melinda? and how is Whisper doing today?

Cindy

Sylvie
March 21st, 2008, 01:14 PM
I am so happy you found Whisper (what a great name!!) Unfortunately, we will never know her story and there are so many out there. It really makes me sad that animals are treated so badly.:cry:

I know it is not much, but thank you for being you. I totally understand what you are saying about being loved at one time. Hopefully, somehow this story gets back to them. Time will tell, however in the meantime she is on her way to a good life, whether with you or a hand picked new family.

Please keep us updated and if there is anything I can do to help I am in Ontario but not sure if I am near you.

Sylvia:thumbs up

shane 123
March 21st, 2008, 01:27 PM
The most puzzling thing about this dog is the collar. How would the collar not be dropping off the dog when she is that starved? It also looks like it's in good shape, not used or raggedy looking. Wondering if she might have run from someone hoarding animals thinking they are giving them all a good home when in reality the dogs are starved and neglected. I have never in my life seen a dog in such sad shape. A puppy someone once loved who grew too big, the owners had no time for it, the dog didn't fit into their busy life anymore??? So many things to wonder about.

Melinda
March 22nd, 2008, 05:00 PM
A little update, Whisper is doing wonderfully and has gained a whopping 4-5 pounds, you can actually see her filling out, I have finally discovered a flaw in the dog, she does not like my female, so I think if the owners are NOT found then she will have to go to a one dog home. She is just so darn loving!!!! No messes in the garage at all, she sleeps in her kennel (open door of course) waits to be let out to do her "duty", she (today first time) is eating puppy kibble and keeping it all down, no throwing up for 3 days so I think thats all over, I'm going to try to get her into the vets this week to be weighed and scanned, the lady from the spca never showed up, I know she is very busy as she is the only one for most of S.D.&G, thank you all for your kind words, but I'm telling you, NO one would have been able to turn her away....

chico2
March 22nd, 2008, 05:18 PM
Melinda,thank's for keeping us updated:dog:
I am so glad she's getting better,I was soo hoping Whisper would be the long lost dog of that lady,but it was not to be.:sad:

Love4himies
March 22nd, 2008, 05:43 PM
A little update, Whisper is doing wonderfully and has gained a whopping 4-5 pounds, you can actually see her filling out, I have finally discovered a flaw in the dog, she does not like my female, so I think if the owners are NOT found then she will have to go to a one dog home. She is just so darn loving!!!! No messes in the garage at all, she sleeps in her kennel (open door of course) waits to be let out to do her "duty", she (today first time) is eating puppy kibble and keeping it all down, no throwing up for 3 days so I think thats all over, I'm going to try to get her into the vets this week to be weighed and scanned, the lady from the spca never showed up, I know she is very busy as she is the only one for most of S.D.&G, thank you all for your kind words, but I'm telling you, NO one would have been able to turn her away....

The SD&G is where I got my absolute precious Jasper (named Autorious by the shelter) from a year ago. Yes, they are very busy.
I am so glad to hear Whisper is doing well. Do you think it is possible that Whisper may have some issues because she is protective of her food or had to fight other dogs away during her time as a stray?

You are such an :angel2: for saving this poor dog, looks like it was only a matter of days for her.

Melinda
March 25th, 2008, 08:40 AM
ok, here is where we stand. *drum roll* Whisper went to the vets to be weighed and scanned....I thought.....3-7 pounds....would you believe she has almost doubled!!!! she is almost 40 pounds, (wouldn't stay still to get an accurate reading) the scale went from 40-42 pounds, now we slow down on the feeding so she'll even out and muscle up,she looks so good, the daughter and I will take pics of her after without her sweater. She barked at each and every dog that came in (at the vets) and only if a human was paying her attention would she stop barking. I called Shannon(my dogs trainer) and we are starting her in doggie daycare 1/2 days next week, she will start with letting one of her dogs interact with her under her watchful eye, then add her other one...then finally all 4 of her dogs, if all goes well she will be put in with all the daycare for the half days, so we'll know exactly how she is with all types of dogs, neutured males, small dogs , large dogs etc. So of course it was off to the vet again for the second time yesterday to get her shots so she can safely be around the others. So hold your breath, oh and no microchip, darn, so it's in the paper for 3 days as "found"....then in about 2-3 weeks I can hopefully start looking for her forever home, I just hope we get her use to other dogs or I'm afraid it will be harder to find her a home. She is such a cuddle bum, I lay on her bed with her and she puts her head on your chest to be loved, so if any of you can think of a worthy home for her...please email me.

Love4himies
March 25th, 2008, 12:52 PM
No microchip:sad:, Gaining weight wahoo:thumbs up. Are you going to consider other papers, such as Ottawa, Brockville and into Quebec just in case this dog has travelled a distance from his home?

It is hard to tell from pictures, but Whisper's fur looks fairly healthy. Could that mean that the weight loss was quick and not a gradual starvation?

Melinda
March 25th, 2008, 03:05 PM
I'm in the midst of registering her as "found" at all the humane societies, brockville, Prescott, already did ottawa

Melinda
March 26th, 2008, 12:48 PM
her skin is dry, but the hair is coming back really nice and shiny, DOES that mean a rapid weight loss???
here are some updated pics if you'd like to see them, I wanted to show her out walking on the weekend, she loves tracking the deer, we field/swamp walk twice a day, three times if it's not too dark when I'm done working, the ones without the sweater were taken today, notice the back on her, it's filling in slowly *S*
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/DSCF1511.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/DSCF1515.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/DSCF1520.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/DSCF1521.jpg
and finally (hope I didn't overload you ) the "I'm so beautiful and proud" pose
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/DSCF1518.jpg

Frenchy
March 26th, 2008, 12:56 PM
You can never post too much pics of this girl Melinda! :lovestruck: She looks so much better already ! omg !!! :lovestruck:

happycats
March 26th, 2008, 01:08 PM
OH MY, What a beautiful girl, I can't believe how improved she looks!! your doing an amazing job, she looks like a different dog!

Love4himies
March 26th, 2008, 01:52 PM
I can't believe the change in her. You have done an excellent job :thumbs up.
No word on her owners, I take it.

aslan
March 26th, 2008, 02:02 PM
OMG, she looks amazing. The one pic she looks like she's smiling.

Melinda
March 26th, 2008, 02:14 PM
aslan, she DOES smile *L* she has the rotti grin and when my hubs is around the grin is steady, cracks him up every time.

love4himies, nope, no owners and it came out in 3 papers today, two women emailed, but one lost her dog only friday, and the other last july just after she had her second litter of pups....grrrrrrrrrr what IS it with people???? maybe hers ran away because it was sick of having babies...

frenchy and happycats, thank you so much for the kind words. she is sooo easy to take care of, she's on straight performatrin puppy kibble, oh alright, I also add one tablespoon of puppy canned food and mix it up *L* she won't eat it if I don't....sometimes I fake it and she will eat it *L*she's so easy to love.

Love4himies
March 26th, 2008, 02:50 PM
love4himies, nope, no owners and it came out in 3 papers today, two women emailed, but one lost her dog only friday, and the other last july just after she had her second litter of pups....grrrrrrrrrr what IS it with people???? maybe hers ran away because it was sick of having babies...



I wouldn't doubt it, Sweet Pea wanted to run away from her kittens too. Never saw such an exhausted cat in all my life.

aslan
March 26th, 2008, 02:59 PM
LOl, sounds like someone is falling in love, could this turn into a forever home.

Melinda
March 26th, 2008, 04:36 PM
I would love this to be her furever home, but she doesn't like my female, or dogs period, well, not really that she doesn't like them, she doesn't want to share and I think she was just never around other dogs, she doesn't seem to know how to play with them, hopefully that will change when she goes to doggie daycare next week. I run a city daycare and it would be hard in case her and brina got into it with the kids around, I can't take a chance on them getting injured. But....we'll see what time brings.

dogcatharmony
March 26th, 2008, 04:41 PM
:thumbs up awesome job Melinda!!! She looks like a different dog, she looks so good with a little belly on her!

chico2
March 26th, 2008, 04:49 PM
OMGMelinda,she looks great,what a sweet pup:lovestruck:and very lucky she found her way in to your heart.
It's very strange the way things work out.
Even if you cannot keep her,she is certainly getting a great chance at having a good life,the way she looked before,she would probably eventually just lied down to die.
Thank's Melinda:thumbs up

Ford Girl
March 27th, 2008, 03:07 PM
Melinda, you are an :angel:.

She looks so much better. :highfive: Is there a soclization program your trainer could help you with so that your dog and this dog can start to build some trust? :shrug: They have a reactive dogs class at our HS, and its for situations just like this. :)

Winston
March 30th, 2008, 04:13 PM
Melissa just checking in on Whisper? How has she been doing? Any progress at doggy day care?

Cindy

Melinda
March 31st, 2008, 05:28 AM
she starts daycare today Winston, but I don't think she'll need it all week, her and my dog get along great, we bring her in the house during the day and she's doing well. I honestly think we can actively start looking for a good home for her, she will be having her "spa" day at Shannoncourt when she goes to daycare today *L*, so hopefully a client there will see her and possibly fall in love with her.

chico2
March 31st, 2008, 07:14 AM
Melinda,that is just wonderful,she is such a lucky girl:dog:
It's amazing how animals can adapt and be forgiving,no matter what their bad background.
Hopefully someone will see what a beautiful pup she is:fingerscr:goodvibes:

hazelrunpack
March 31st, 2008, 10:21 AM
She is looking so much better, Melinda! I notice it in her head, too--the sunken areas on top are filling back in :thumbs up She's a real beauty--both of you should feel beautiful and proud!

Melinda
April 5th, 2008, 07:16 PM
just a quick update, Whisper is heading to her "trial" forever home tomorrow, I couldn't have chosen a better home for her , the "trial" is for my benifit I think *L* Makes me feel better. thank you all for your help and words of encouragement, I'll let her new "mom" make the announcement here herself.

badger
April 5th, 2008, 07:53 PM
Bravo! This must be so satisfying for you. Give us a hint, eh? Is it a board regular? If so, you've kept your secret well. Hooray for Whisper, she's a survivor.

Frenchy
April 5th, 2008, 08:03 PM
I'll let her new "mom" make the announcement here herself.

Give us a hint, eh? Is it a board regular? If so, you've kept your secret well.

:D http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=51141

badger
April 5th, 2008, 10:39 PM
Completely missed that thread. Congratulations Stacer! Count on us to bug you for pictures, weekly weigh-ins, etc. Lucky Whisper.

T&Csmom
April 7th, 2008, 07:05 AM
OMG :sad: That look on her face in the second pic is so heart breaking :sad: I am glad you found her, people can be so cruel sometimes. Please keep us updated on what happens to her.