Friday, October 31, 2014

Sibling pups with different mothers

Last Friday, I shared the story of "Victoria's victory". Three of her puppies died at birth, but she took over care of three of BethAnn's puppies in foster care. We received this update and video.



UPDATE FROM FOSTER CARE:
When BethAnn had 10 puppies and fellow doggie mommy, Victoria, had only 2, we gave Victoria 3 of BethAnn’s puppies. Victoria is a diligent mother providing hovering care. She seldom wants to be away from her babies for more than a few minutes. She is a small dog and appears to have just enough milk for her 5 pups. When last weighed they tipped the scales at just under 2# with one of her own biological pups being just over 1.5#. They started walking at 2.5 weeks and started eating some on their own at about the same time.

BethAnn has a vast amount of milk. Her puppies are rolly-polly. At 3.5 weeks they were barely walking, mostly just lying in their little bed waiting to be fed. At 4 weeks I forced them to leave their bed so they would start to do some walking and they began to eat a wee bit on their own. At 4 weeks they are not walking as well as Victoria’s were walking at 3 weeks. Each puppy weighs between 4 and 5#.

Remember, these puppies are biological siblings but being raised by different mothers. Ah, the old nature/nurture argument. What remains, is which is better, huge slow moving but happy puppies or active slim puppies, who also appear to be happy, though motivated. :-)



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Queen Emma: All grown up


UPDATE ON QUEENIE/EMMA:
Queenie was transferred from Red Lake Rosie's Rescue to Tri-County Humane Society. We adopted Queenie on Jan 6, 2012 and named her Emma; she was 2 months 7 days when we brought her home.



We adopted Queenie because my German Shepherd/Husky, Daisy, was old and had cancer. I knew my time was limited with Daisy and I couldn't imagine not having a dog. 

Emma always puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh. When I talk to her, she always turns her head like she is listening to everything I say. She is a great dog and we are happy we adopted her.


We have been fostering for another rescue for the last two years. When we bring home a new dog to foster, Emma will lay by their crate for a while at night. We think she is telling them they will be fine now and reassures them. 

Emma lives in the house with us, but loves to be outside, also. In the summer,  she will lay on the driveway and sleep. She does race to the front yard to bark at the occasional 4-wheeler or car that drives by. But there aren't very many because we live in a rural area. 


We laugh because she even knows how to spell. Sometimes when she pushes on one of us to go back outside, we ask her if she wants to go out by spelling it and she barks at us and runs for the door. 

At night she sleeps with my son, who just loves her. 

EMMA AND BROTHER SHADOW
Emma does see one of her brothers once in a while because my ex-husband adopted him. His name was Tiny (he was the runt) and he is now named Shadow. Shadow is also spoiled. I have included a picture with the two of them together. Emma is on the Left and Shadow is on the right in the picture.

MB~

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Maxine Fund update

So happy to get an update on Maxine- A special thank you to all the contributors to the "Maxine Fund" and to Dr. Melissa of Mn Paws - also to Heather for getting the surrender. Maxine now has been adopted! The change in this dog is truly remarkable; look at the original post about her HERE.

MAXINE AFTER SURGERY
UPDATE FROM DR. MELISSA:
Hi Karen,

Thanks for sending the check for Maxine. She was adopted into her new home on Sunday. We never thought we'd find her a home so quickly! She is doing amazingly well. She is getting stronger by the day, and walks better on her legs now than she did before surgery. Her physical therapy instructions say she should "walk, play, and jump as much as possible". She is doing that and more!
 

MAXINE & WALTER HER RLRR BRO IN FOSTER CARE
GOLDEN BRO AND NEW ADOPTIVE FAMILY
There's a middle-aged (but active) Golden Retriever in the new home and she keeps him on his toes. Her new mom said she exhausts him by the end of the day! She came to visit us at the clinic on Friday. 

CAR RIDES ARE FUN
She spent most of the time in the exam room upside-down asking for belly rubs:) She is a lovely dog, a real clown, who loves everybody she meets. Thank you for saving her. I'm attaching some pictures of her. Walter was her foster brother (the brown brindle guy), he also came from Rosie's.

Melissa 

SHE LOVES THE BIG BACK YARD

Monday, October 27, 2014

October: A Record Breaking Clinic

Our recent October clinic was a huge success in many ways.


First, thank you to Dr. Lisa and her MN SNAP crew, we were able to spay/neuter a near record total of 104 dogs and cats!

MAMA DOG AND PUPS
A special thanks goes out to Dr. Katie, who provided wellness checks and vaccinations for an additional 44 animals! Dr. Katie removed porcupine quills from 2 dogs and provided much-needed emergency care for Koko, a 7 month old shepherd mix, who had eaten something toxic to her system. Dr. Katie volunteered her time with us and is a vet with our partner clinic St. Francis Animal Hospital in Roseville, MN. Learn more at: www.stfrancisanimalandbird.com

DR. KATIE
QUILL REMOVAL UNDER SEDATION
Another record was the number of first time clinic volunteers- 13!. John R., a longtime supporter of RLRR, worked his first clinic with 6 of his friends. Thank you John for bringing Chris P., Stephanie G., Wendy H., Patti W., Jackie S., and Cass C. Cass not only volunteered, but she adopted Sadie, a RLRR shepherd mix. This is her second RL dog!

CASS AND JACKIE
Also, first time volunteers Jenn G., Len and Caroline F., and Teresa, Bill and Dustin from White Earth Feline Rescue.



Another record, the most senior volunteer- Len F. Len is 81 years of age! He and his wife Caroline came up to check out what his daughter Deb F., has been doing in with RLRR for years. Len kept the cart moving, loading and unloading items

LEN AND DEB

And thank you to Kim W., Deb H., Carma H., Julie C., Heather B., the 4 local youth- Whitney, Destiny, Vivianna, Elonzo- and of course Tom and Nancy O., who have all volunteered for this, and many previous, clinics. Without this great bunch of volunteers we couldn’t have accomplished what we did.


And yes, there is another record- the amount of laundry that piled up. Our washer and dryer were barely in working order, requiring us to install new ones before next April’s clinic.

LAUNDRY!!
We had a most significant year of clinics. In all five 2014 clinics, we saw animals in overall better condition, a direct result of better nutrition. Our praises to Karen for creating this change every day as she helps animals in distress and distributes food. Overall, there are less dogs being hit by cars, fewer embedded collars, fewer animals found at the dumps. There is still plenty of work to do for RLRR, but this year we have noticed a change that has us hopeful for the future. Thank you to EACH OF YOU that, in your own way, have helped make this change possible!

BEST JOB? HOLDING SLEEPING PUPS

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Victoria's victory

Our good friend Paul from Ponemah called on September 22nd that he had two small breed dogs that had no home. Their owners had moved out and left the two behind, a story we hear too often. Paul said one of the dogs was going to have puppies.

VICTORIA AND HER TWO PUPS
It was quite late after dark when Paul arrived with Verna and Victoria. The two were tucked in a kennel together since we assumed they were sisters.

VICTORIA ON ARRIVAL AT RLRR
What a surprise the next morning to find that Victoria had 2 living puppies and 3 stillborn ones! We felt so badly for Victoria as she was clearly distressed about the puppies lost, although happy for the surviving two.

VICTORIA'S TWO PUPS
P.U.P. responded to the needs of Victoria and her puppies to be placed in foster care. The little family left on September 27th into their care. Verna was also lucky to a placement the same Saturday at AHS.

VERNA
These two girls were so lucky to arrive at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue when they did. One more night being homeless may have meant that Victoria would have had no surviving puppies.

AND the story does not end there. We soon got this update from P.U.P. after Victoria’s arrival there:

"Well, your little Victoria got pressed into action on our behalf.

We had a pregnant, small and under-nourished dog . She delivered 10 puppies on Sunday night and clearly was unable to cope.

We offered 3 of them to Victoria and she is the happiest dog in Saint Paul!" 
JW

So, although Victoria lost 3 of her puppies, they were restored to this very happy girl!

VICTORIA'S BLENDED FAMILY OF FIVE
Thank you to P.U.P. rescue and other rescues, transporters, and all those who support the work of RLRR to help so many animals like Victoria and Verna.

Sincerely, Karen RLRR

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kittens from RLRR to ACT V

ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation took three kittens from Red Lake Rosie's Rescue into foster care on August 30th. Interestingly, these three tabbies all came from different litters!

KITTENS AT RLRR
One was a little grey tabby stray found by Polly; another was a tiny grey tabby turned in at the August clinic with a URI and was in isolation  at the shelter for a while, and the 3rd one was a dark tabby that came in with a litter and mama that was taken before the clinic. 


Raylan, Wynona and Mags became Josse, Fussy and Flo at ACT V.

BIRDWATCHING IS FUN
DOGS ARE NICE
MAGS/ FLO HAS FOUND HER FOREVER HOME
TWO KITTENS ARE STILL WAITING
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