Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ozzie: Abandonment still shows in his eyes

On May 5th, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue got a call that a very hungry German Shepherd puppy was left behind when the family moved out some weeks before. I went in search of the little guy and found the him huddled next to a vacant house. He was at first leery of me- then wagging happily as I presented him with a handful of kibble. I named him Ozzie and he came with me to the RLRR shelter.

Ozzie was so hungry and ate many small meals of wet kibble mixed with canned dog food. We were concerned he would injure his stomach if allowed to eat all he wanted, as Ozzie would not stop eating. One day he happened to get into a bucket of food, and ate it all- His gut was rounded and Ozzie looked like a balloon.

After spending a little over a week, Ozzie left for TLC Canine Rescue where he remains today looking for his forever home. Ozzie was a wonderful dog and we grew to love him a lot. Starvation, especially for a growing puppy, is a horrible condition.

Thank you for all the rescues that take our needy animals like Ozzie and work with them as many are food aggressive for a period of time.

Also for the transporters, food donors, and the many supporters who provide financial assistance to help Red Lake animals.

Sincerely, Karen Good

Ozzie is a good boy that wants love and attention. He will not let his people out of his sight!

Thank You & Dog Bless
Lisa Quigley

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Poor little Pinky Louisa

Poor Louisa is a starving little pit-bull puppy with severe demodex mange that arrived at the Red Lake Rosie's Rescue on August 23rd as a transfer from Leech Lake Legacy. She spent only one week at the Red Lake Rosie’s shelter before she was transferred to Susie and Matt at ARVSS (Animal Rescue & Veterinary Support Services).

ARVSS has helped many Red Lake animals with severe medical needs. They have taken one dog that was shot, 2 dogs that were burned, plus many that had heartworm, mange or broken limbs. We really appreciate all that ARVSS does for the Red Lake animals and are thankful we can call on them when we have an especially needy or injured animal.

Severe generalized demodex requires long-term treatment of about 8 weeks. Demodex is not contagious, but is a genetic disease passed on from parents characterized by severe itching, skin lesions, and hair loss. Louisa was basically bald. In spite of all this, Louisa was a dear happy puppy!

Little Pinkie  Louisa came to us with severe mange, no hair, sores and scabs all over her little body. Her bones were not growing right because of her lack of nutrition. Fortunately, the rickets should correct because she is so young and now on a good diet. Poor baby also had a urinary tract infection. So, she is on antibiotics, sentinel-or milbemycin (which is good for demodex and not as toxic as ivermectin) and she gets a wonderful bath to help her skin :-) 

EVERYBODY loves her happy personality and two wonderful vets are giving her lots of care!

Pinkie (aka Louisa) three weeks ago (ABOVE) --and Pinkie today (BELOW)! Louisa is doing great! Her hair is coming in and her legs are straightening out. She is eating a ton of food! Everyone who meets her falls in love with her!


Monday, September 29, 2014

ABE! Fund Benefit

The ABE! Fund Benefit was a huge success again this year.

Invitees traveled from around Illinois and Wisconsin to have dinner at Susan's home in Lake Forest, IL. Susan served a feast of pulled pork and cole slaw mini-sandwiches, salmon with cream cheese, caprese skewers, rice salad, watermelon salad, carrot and tuxedo cakes, and mint brownies to her guests.

Her Red Lake Rosie's Rescue dog, Crumpet, enjoyed everyone’s attention and waited for food to fall near him.

Forty supporters donated to the Fund, not only monetary donations, but also Wal-Mart and Target gift cards, and large collars and dog toys.

Susan raised $5140, which brings the ABE! Fund total to nearly $34,000. Thank you to all the donors, many of whom have contributed every year since the Fund began in 2009.

In addition to her annual benefit, every year Susan buys loads of fleece fabric and with her friend, Cele, makes 50-60 blankets to keep the animals warm at the shelter.

Thank you to Susan for her ongoing dedication to helping the Red Lake Rosie’s animals!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Harvesting Hope for Animals

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue will benefit from this fundraiser along with other deserving local animal rescue organizations.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gilda needs heartworm treatment

On Sunday, September 14th, Paul arrived Red Lake Rosie's Rescue from Ponemah with a load of two dogs and two cats that were surrendered.

One of the dogs named Gilbert, much to my surprise, turned out to be a female, so I renamed her Gilda.  Gilda is a lovely shep mix about 3 years old.  She follows me around the shelter while we do chores, and is very obedient to go into her kennel when our day is over.

The previous owner had Gilda at our clinic so she is already spayed.  Gilda was boosted for rabies, DHPP, and had the heartworm diagnostic test.  We hoped she would be negative, but we were not too surprised to find out that Gilda was another heartworm positive that will need treatment very soon.

We are hoping to have funds in our Heartworm Fund to be able to help this great dog.  If we treat her now we can expect her to test negative by Christmas.  This will give her an opportunity to be transferred to a rescue and get a forever home.

Thank you for helping Gilda get her Christmas wish.

Sincerely, Karen Good RLRR

Monday, September 22, 2014

Battling Heartworm

What do the Red Lake Rosie’s dogs Rayna, Fiona, Rocky, Teddy, Li'l Abner, Isabella and now Gilda all have in common?

The answer is, all have heartworm and all require treatment costing up to $500 for diagnostic and retesting, and a two-day stay at the vet for treatment of immeticide injected in the back. The cost of the treatment is based on dog weight. These dogs have all been residents of the Red Lake Rosie’s shelter in 2014 and have been treated at the Cornerstone Veterinarian Service in Gonvick, Minnesota. Rocky was treated in Minneapolis.

There have been more cases at Red Lake Rosie’s that have also been treated by Pet Haven, All Dog, ACT V and ARVSS Rescues in 2014.

Due to the high population of mosquitos and lack of heartworm prevention on the Red Lake Reservation, most dogs over the age of 2, unfortunately, have heartworm.

The average life span of dogs here is about 2 years or less, therefore many more dogs would have heartworm should they live longer without the necessary heartworm protection. We have introduced the Red Lake companion animal owners to the concept of heartworm and provided heartguard. We are all becoming more educated about the disease, its causes, and how we can prevent our animals from getting this disease which will cause a prolonged illness and eventually a horrible death.

We are asking our big-hearted supporters if you are able to help provide a donation to a Heartworm Fund to help our dear Red Lake animals. Donations to the RLRR Heartworm Fund may be sent to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, 23880 South Good Road, Trail, MN 56684.

Thank you so much for your kindness.
Sincerely, Karen Good

On retesting Rayna and Fiona have tested negative!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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