Tuesday, October 25, 2011


So Eve is still at Dr. Kolar's.  She is still coughing some and he doesn't want to release her home until he feels confident the 'bug' is gone.  I wish I could bring her home now darn it.

Celine has a fractured toe on her rear right foot.  She is in a splint.  I did get to bring her home Monday morning.  She goes back to Dr.Kolar's Saturday morning so he can check to see if the toe is healing..  If the toe is healing he will re-splint it and she will wear the splint for another two weeks.  If he doesn't feel it is healing like it should, he will go ahead and amputate the toe versus struggling to get it healed.  We have been through a  couple toe amputations.  They aren't bad unless the dog won't leave it alone (and Celine has proven to be a wound worrier) so she may have to wear a halo if it comes down to amputation.

ARGH!!!  Thankfully my three are healthy, paws and fingers crossed that nothing else comes up with the fosters.  When it rains it pours.

Luckily Celine is a natural on the splint.  She goes up and down the steps outside like a pro.  She also makes her way onto the couch with no problems.  She looks so funny 'roaching' on the couch with a big ole 'off white' splint.  :)

The doormat outside keeps 'moving' and I have my suspicions.  :)  I have a feeling Sweets is having fun with it.  She is such a silly goof.  I was cross stitching last night and she kept laying across my lap wanting attention, I wonder if she is spoiled at all?  Surely not?!!

I hope everyone is having a good week.  Mine is ok but will be better once Eve is home and Celine is healed!

Jess and Sweets

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Eve update

Eve developed a pretty rough cough this week.  And Thursday night, Celine (8 year old foster) came into the house holding her rear foot up.  She did not put weight on it the rest of the evening.

Soooo, Friday morning I took Celine and Eve to Dr. Kolar's.  Eve had a runny nose as well as a cough.  They decided to keep Eve over the weekend so they could give her shots of antibiotics.  I believe Celine has a broken toe.  I decided to have Dr. Kolar keep her too so that she could be off of the foot for a bit and so that I could get a little weekend to myself without fosters.  I hope to pick both Eve and Celine up tomorrow by noon or so.

 Eve has been a joy to foster.  She is one of the easiest fosters I have had.  She had to have been a house dog at one time because her house manners are superb.  She hasn't had an accident, isn't food aggressive and sleeps well through the night.  She did break out of her wire crate Thursday afternoon before I got home from work.  The bottom of the wire crate was all bent up and the plastic bottom 'pan' of the crate was in the middle of the dining room floor.  Eve was unscathed and happy as a lark when I walked in the door. Thankfully the cat was still alive and nothing in the house was disturbed!!!

Below are a few silly Sweetheart pictures.  Hope you enjoy.

Haughty little look and SPOTS!

Mid yawn!  Monte passed out on her right.

Lazy Sunday afternoon!

Jess and Sweetheart

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Eve is home

Meet Eve!  She found the couch quickly!

I brought Eve home from Dr. Kolar's tonight.  She looks like a different dog!  Her eyes aren't filled with mucus, her nose isn't runny and she is clean.  She is still super thin but she is chowing down on dog food as we speak.

On the way home she climbed into the front seat and put her paws up on the dash.  I took her by my mom and dad's house on the way home and she did great.  All our dogs mobbed her at first and kind of scared her but all in all she did good holding her own.

I am sure she has been abused because when I was outside picking up sticks she would cower and run away from me when I would try to pet her.  That makes me sad to think she has been hurt at such a young age.  However, she is very sweet and takes pets great if you are sitting down or stop while standing and talk nice to her.

She weighs about 43 pounds, up from 42.2 pounds last Monday night.  She has a little cough but is on antibiotics for 10 days.  I am also going to give her a liquid vitamin supplement like I did with Sweetheart.  Her blood work wasn't too bad per Dr. Kendi so that is a good thing.

Eve must have been in a house before because she has sprawled out on the couch both times she has been inside.  I cannot imagine anyone starving and abandoning this sweet girl.  I am glad we were able to get her from the shelter when we did because I don't think she would have made it much longer.

She is kinda whiny in the house, I don't think she knows what to do with herself now that she is home and feeling good.

Jess, Sweetheart and Eve

Monday, October 17, 2011

Eve comes home tomorrow

Dr. Kendi texted me tonight and said that Eve can come home tomorrow.  She did great over the weekend and is eating like a horse.  She will only have to be on amoxycillin when she comes home.  I am not sure if they have gotten her blood work back from the lab yet though.  I am curious to see if she is anemic, what with her having parvo or parvo like symptoms and being so incredibly thin.

They are going to give her a bath  (yes please!!) before I pick her up for work tomorrow.  I am also going to weigh her before I bring her home so I know how much she needs to gain.

Wish us luck that she is a good house girl!

Sweetheart has taken to playing with the doormat.  I noticed it was on the bottom of the stairs yesterday.  I didn't think anything of it and put it back on the top step.  I look out of the door tonight and it is in the yard and Sweetheart is pouncing on it.  I didn't get to see her play with it too long because she caught me watching her and ran to the door!  I'm surprised she plays with it because it is pretty bristly.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Jess and Sweetheart

Friday, October 14, 2011

Eve update and the Komen 5K

Eve is negative for heartworms and erlichia (tick borne disease).  She does have internal parasites but these will be treated with Panacur and should be cleared up very soon.

Dr. Kendi said she was eating great again today and has not had to go back on IV fluids.

I am waiting to hear when I can bring her home.  I would imagine not before the first part of next week.  I don't want to rush her home and then have her have a set back.  She is in good hands at Dr. Kolar's office.

I just hope she isn't a cat killer because Kitty would not be happy about that!

Tomorrow I am participating in a 5K walk for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  Debbie will have been gone a year October 30th.  I am having mixed feelings about doing this walk.  I want to do it to honor her but I know seeing those survivors and those fighting this disease is going to make me so sad that Debbie is no longer here.  A group of co workers and I are going to do the walk and we are having brunch afterwards so I think it will be bittersweet and fun at the same time.  I just wish Debbie were here to do this with us.  Be sure to tell your friends and family you love them because you never know when they will be gone.  And give your fur babies lovies too.  :)  Sweetheart says so!

Jess and Sweetheart

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eve update

Eve (shelter girl) is doing a lot better today.  Dr. Kendi said that she is off of the IV and was scarfing down her dog food this morning.  I just talked to Dr. Kendi and Eve is eating dry dog food well too.

She said Eve is making good use of her tail, just wagging it away!!  I am so thankful.  I was worried about her after seeing how weak she looked yesterday.

Dr. Kendi said she has to have a bigger dog bowl to eat out of because she has a pretty good overbite.  :)

Hope everyone had a good day!

Jess and Sweetheart

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


The last time I wrote, Sweetheart and I were going to do a fundraising event at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.  We ended up doing four separate speeches to a total of around 100 jet mechanics.  Sweetheart did FABULOUS.  She was sweet and not afraid of any of the people there.  I let one of the supervisors 'introduce' her to the folks as they sat down.  I think a lot of people were touched by her story and how wonderfully she recovered.

This past weekend was hectic for me dog wise.  My friend, who broke her wrists 6 weeks ago, ended up in the hospital with pacreatitis.  I ended up taking her four dogs (two greys and two Ibizans) to Dr. Kolar's for boarding after hours on Sunday.  Then,  I met a hauler at 2 a.m that night.in OKC to pick up three new greys.  I took them to Dr. Kolar's Monday morning.

Finally I ended up at the OKC Animal Shelter to pick up a new 'baby'.  Her name is Eve (I named her as she had no collar, tag or tattoos).  She was brought into the facility as a stray Friday October 7th.  The OKC shelter gives a dog days for the owner's to claim the dog.  She was not claimed by Monday evening so Les and I pulled her.  She is in terrible shape.  She is probably 10-12 months old and only weighs 42 pounds (I think she should be 55 or so at her age and size).  Her eyes were runny and so was her nose.  Eve was incredibly lethargic as well.  In addition, she was scared from being in the traumatic environment of the shelter.  However, she wagged her tail whenever anyone at the shelter would stop and talk to her.

I knew we couldn't expose her to our dogs at home because there is always a high chance that they will catch whatever the shelter dogs bring in.  Once again, Dr. Kolar was there to help.  I called him at 6 p.m. (he closes at 5) and he was still at the clinic and let me bring her in.  I am so glad I was able to do that.

Yesterday I texted Dr. Kendi and they think Eve has parvo.  They are treating her like she does at least. She is getting IV fluids and canned and dry dog food.  She had horrible diarrhea yesterday but as of 2 p.m. today she had not had any more.  She ate a little today and held it down.  In addition to the IV's, they are giving her anti nausea medication in hopes this will help her appetite.

Eve is a touch and go sort of situation.  I read a statistic online that 70% of adult dogs can survive parvo.  If this IS what she has I hope she is one of the lucky 70%. Right now, Dr. Kolar's staff are just in the 'save her life' mode and are not worried about heartworms, spaying or teeth cleaning.  This will come later, once she has gained strength and is 'out of the woods'.

I saw Eve today for a few minutes when I took my friend to get her babies out of Dr. Kolar's.  She was still lethargic and looked so sad with her IV.  I honestly don't know if she will make it.  I hope so, as she is so sweet and friendly and seems like a good patient.  She is getting the best care she can at this point and all we can do is wait and see.

I hope to be able to take some pictures of her when I visit here again.  She will be at Dr. Kolar's at least a week and I plan on bringing her home to my house to foster her and help her recover.

Jess and Sweetheart

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fundraising Sweetheart!

Hi everyone!  I know it has been FOREVER since I have posted anything.

Sweetheart is doing great.  She is holding her weight at around 61 pounds and is spoiled rotten as always.

Every year Fasthound participates in the United Way Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  The CFC allows federal workers to contribute a portion of their pay to a charitable group or groups of their choice.  Fasthound has had the honor of being a part of the CFC campaign for the last several years.  The generous donations from federal employees have allowed us to be able to do blood panels and other extras for all of our dogs and it has allowed us to focus more on greyhound adoption outreach and awareness versus fundraising.

From September-November the CFC outreach is in full swing.  Federal agencies can request charitable groups to come to their offices and facilities to do speeches and such.  Well, we have a big air force base in Oklahoma City:  Tinker AFB.  It employees thousands of civilians and of course air force personnel.  Fasthound was asked to do a presentation to some of their civilian employees (jet mechanics I believe).  Guess who is going?  Yep, Sweetheart and I!!!  I made up a flyer (which I am having a devil of a time saving correctly for printing at Staples) about her story.  I am going to hand it out to each person attending the meeting and I plan on telling them all about her neglect and fabulous recovery.  I hope she is a good ambassadog and doesn't act like a goof.  :)   Hopefully her gruesome story of neglect will open some of their wallets.  I mean, really, who could resist her?  Obviously not me!

Sweetheart and I will be going to Tinker AFB this Wednesday from 12-3.  Wish us luck.  I plan on spiffing her up with a bath and one of her fancy collars.

Puppy (Gracie) has been in her foster to adopt home for about a week now.  She is doing fabulous there.  After the event at Tinker Wednesday I am going to pick her up and dogsit for the weekend.  Sweetheart will be thrilled to have her chew toy back.  She was a bit bored after Gracie left.

I hope everyone is doing well.  I am so excited that Sweetheart has the opportunity to do this event at Tinker AFB Wednesday!  I will give a report of how it went Wednesday evening hopefully.

Jess and Sweetheart