She was surrendered to the rescue from a family who neglected care for her (which falls under many acts of animal cruelty) because they were too afraid of the vet bill price.
Believe me, we would DEFINETLY know first hand how vet bills can be, VERY EXPENSIVE. But I found out that her former owner had 4 other dogs and that they used her and the other dogs for backyard breeding. So the first thing that I thought of right away is, how afraid can you be from these vet bills? The average amount of puppies that Rottweiller’s have are between 6-10 pups. Now if you were to sell each dog for $100 each (which I know no one sells puppies this cheap) then you will have between $600-$1000. Average of puppies from a Chihuahua is between 2-5, again that $200-$500.
I still remember the day where Bernie and I picked her up.
As we were scanning house to house for the address, we heard barking, lots of barking. We knew we have found our house. Outside in the dark and in the cold, there she was. Afraid because she was outside in a cage with no water, food or clothes, afraid because she had cataracts in her eyes (white cloudy substance that covers her eyes, which makes it very hard for a dog to see) and did not know what was going on.
Prior to the pickup I told them I would be there around 8pm, but we got there half an hour late (we wondered how long she had been there for). They also informed me that she has an eating problem where she eats a lot but doesn’t gain any weight, that she’s feisty and that she likes to dominate. They also informed us that she is not potty trained and also said she has been scratching a lot so I told her to bathe her because I had 4 other dogs at home, and it wouldn’t be fair if my dogs got contracted fleas.
She was in such bad conditions that I could not even believe they tried to breed her still. They told me her second litter of pups died. Now tell me why, if you know the dog is sick, why would you continue to breed? When you get puppies, you need to go to the vet and get their puppy shots and deworming pills and all that jazz.
We took her to the vet the following day and found out the many problems she had.
1) She was diagnosed with Diabetes (that explains the not potty trained part) which she needs to be on a diabetic diet and have 2 shots of insulin everyday 12 hours apart.
2) She has a mammary tumor, due to not getting spayed.
3) Her eyes are non responsive due to her cataracts
4) The right side of her throat is enlarged as opposed to the left
5) She has an abdomen uterine infection (some kind of bladder infection)
6) A heart murmur at a level of 3
Can you say $$$$$?
I have had her in my care for about 4-5 months now and she is the sweetest, most loving, most deserving dog ever, and it is so unfortunate to have a dog go through such a horrific torture. She has been very happy here, potty trained, walked, brought to meet-ups, clothed, food and all.
She is not doing too well right now as everything just flipped with a blink of the eye. I’m not sure what’s going on right now, but we hope she will be okay. We took her to the vet last Friday to get a check up since she vomited the day before (about 3 servings of food worth). Monday the 14th was the last day she voluntarily ate, drank or moved. We took her back to the vet just this Wednesday, and it was not her diabetes that messing with her. Her glucose level is normal. Bernie and I looked at each other puzzled; we didn’t know whether or not that was good news or bad! Her diabetes was the only thing that we could’ve controlled. But since that’s not the case it’s probably something else.
She refuses to eat, drink and move.
If she refuses to eat then we can’t give her insulin because that will affect her insulin and she will get hypoglycemia.
If she refuses to drink, she gets dehydrated.
She has been lethargic for the past couple of days, and tonight we’re having a full moon, so let’s hope things won’t be too bad tonight.
Please help me and have Tasha in your prayers, because she is worth and deserves all the love and all the attention.
I have never been so inspired, and I am going to take this as a stepping stone to do great things as I know that’s what she would want.
I know there are many people out there that went through or is going through this right now. Any advice, personal experience or stories are always welcome.
I will be sure to update you all!