Friday, October 18, 2013
Not much for summer around here this year. Started out hot then decided to rain every day for the whole summer. I know some say we need the moisture but I am a high desert girl so not really happy with all the rain J. Oh well we will try again next year. I guess that is the price you pay for living where it is never hot.
We pretty much have the building finished thanks to volunteers and especially to John Fisher and Sandy Erickson who made a huge donation to help us get it finished and ready for the dogs this winter. Both the dog operated and the insulated guillotine doors are in, the pens are purchased and are up, the tops are on them, the floors are done, and there is fiberglass reinforced plastic on the walls around the pens. The trim is up around the doors, the bathroom is complete, there is plastic around the tub so the walls don’t get wet, the window sills are in and the concrete pavers are down in the outside part of the pens. Can’t think of everything right now but the only things left are the interior doors, a cabinet and the gas heater. I just have to go get them and get someone to install them and it will be complete.
We had a lot of volunteer help this year. Our good friends Norman and Pat Freeman from Las Vegas NV came with their motor home, stayed a couple of days and did the epoxy on the floors, what a nice job Norm did. The floors are beautiful.
Patty Brooks from Buena Vista, Gary Kraft and his friend from Aspen, Diana Biggs from Canon City , Ginny Townsend from Garland Tx, Donna Nelson from Fairplay, Sandy Horrocks from Hartsell all came out for our work day. We went up to Sandy's and got all the pavers that she was donating to the rescue loaded, then unloaded them here. There were about 70 of them so that was a big job. We got the pens cleaned and leveled, then put in the concrete pavers and scrubbed and painted the dog houses.
Phil and Johanna Behrendt came out for a day and helped me get the pens in and the tops on them and Phil who is an electrical engineer put spacers in all the electric boxes so we could put the covers on them. (I thought maybe he was bit overqualified) J. They also helped to finish the concrete pavers in the last pen. Also would like to thank Johanna for coming up to Fort Collins while Chaddo was in surgery and keeping me company and my attention away from worrying over the surgery.
I have to say that in spite of the rain it has been a productive year and in between all the work and all the rain we have still managed to rescue, rehab and find homes for around 30 dogs so far. Many of them have been from high kill California Shelters. We have 4 more dogs coming in this week. The one thing that I would wish for is more people willing to foster so we could help more dogs.
Hopefully things will slow down a little now that the weather is changing and I actually may get to write something else for the blog before Christmas.
Posted by Carol at 3:31 PM
Today it has been one month since Chaddo had his back surgery. It has been a long road trying to care for him while he was on the prednisolone before and after surgery. He couldn’t control his bladder and was very uncomfortable so of course he was whining for me to do this or that and I was unable to sleep without being up 2 or 3 times in the night (One night I was up 9 times) walking him outside with a flashlight. I had tarps all over my carpets in case of accidents and pads under his crate foam covers and beds around the house. He has now been off of the prednisolone for 2 weeks and so finally I am able to sit down and write a thank you letter to all those who donated toward Chaddo’s back surgery and sent so many get well wishes. I don’t really know where to begin except that you can’t imagine how much it means to me to know that we really do have such wonderful friends out there who really care. Rescue is often difficult and emotionally trying, you see so many heartbreaking things but you also meet so many people like yourselves that do all they can to help rescues and in this case rescuers.
Chaddo’s back is better as before he was falling down and could not stand all the way up. He was falling and crawling trying to get out. He is now standing up good, will right his foot if you knuckle it over and moves freely around the yard. Of course he still has his neck injury so as he was coming off the prednisolone he was starting to stumble and stagger a bit the last couple of weeks. We are taking him to acupuncture, and today the vet came here to treat him as I felt that the trip to Guffey and back was hurting any progress that he may be making with the acupuncture. When she came today she told me she thought that he was getting better so I hope that she is right. I know that in some ways he is much better but the stumbling scares me. I just pray that he will continue to get better. The Neurosurgeon told me that it would be 8 weeks before we saw any real change and it has only been 4 weeks today. This picture is one that we made right after we got home from Chaddo’s surgery.
Sending our love and appreciation to you all,
Connie and Chaddo
Posted by Carol at 3:27 PM
Monday, October 7, 2013
It is time for the annual photo contest for our 2014 calendar. If you have any good color high definition pictures of your German Shepherd please submit them. The contest will run until December 1, 2013.
Posted by Carol at 8:29 AM
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Dexter is all well now and happy in his new home. Dexter is living in Alma, CO. You can read more about him at www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-save-dexter/66543#sthash.JZdIocY8.dpuf
Also check out the new FB page at www.facebook.com/pages/German-Shepherd-Rescue-of-Central-Colorado/220429351434020 for more updates and information
Posted by Carol at 1:17 PM
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Got a call from CSU this afternoon . Dexter is doing better today , he ate a little and has not had anymore diarrhea or vomiting. His blood work is looking better so if he continues to improve he may be able to come home in a couple of days . Thank you to everyone that has donated to help this sweet boy . I am not sure what the final tally wiill be on his charges as the $3450.00 only covered him till this morning (Monday) but we could not have done this without your support.
Posted by Carol at 8:10 AM
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Our rescue took in Dexter a 6 month old long coated GSD puppy Friday when we were contacted by an emergency clinic in Ft Collins saying that he was there and his owner couldn't afford to pay for the surgery he needed for what they thought was a foreign body. We agreed to take him and paid for his care Friday and part of Saturday, but because I was not feeling comfortable about the care he was receiving there, I felt that I needed to move him to CSU. Of course I was unable to find anyone in the area to move him because they had now, after doing surgery on him, and finding no foreign body, decided that he did have parvo. Because of this diagnosis he had now become a typhoid Mary and no one would put him in their car. We finally found someone to pick Dexter up and move him to Colorado State University Veterinary School. The Doctor from CSU called me around 2 pm and she said they re-tested him and he DOES NOT have Parvo. She said he is shocky and definitely needs to be hospitalized through the weekend and then they will re-access him on Monday to see where we will go from there. She will do more blood work and put him on more IV's, and everything he needs to get him stable and try to figure out what is going on with him.
This is one very sick little boy that deserves to live. He is now at the best place he can be but the cost to have him there through the weekend is on the low end $1300.00 plus the $2150.00 we have already incurred from the other place so we would appreciate any donations to help cover the cost of Dexter’s care . He is a very sweet boy who is only 6 months old and so very lovable. I will update when I have more info as we are still waiting to hear from the doctor.
Go to this link to see and read about Dexter and please make a donation if you are so inclined.
Posted by Carol at 1:04 PM
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Please click on the link below and if you can, make a donation. This boy needs help and he will get it but the bills need to be paid!
Connie wrote " I am having to take him to CSU for the weekend and that will be another $1500. 00 just to get to Monday."
This is part of what is written at the site:
This sweet boy is Dexter. He is just a 6 mo old baby. We took him in yesterday - he was dripping blood from his rectum, and vomiting/not eating. He tested heavily negative for Parvo, and the vet believed he had a colon torsion or foreign body. Surgery was performed at a cost of $1,300 and nothing was found. They have now diagnosed him with PARVO after all! NOW DEXTER IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE!! We expect additional vet bills of over $1,000 on top of the $1,300 surgery. WE NEED HELP! Please help us save Dexter and please keep him in your thoughts as he struggles to survive.
Posted by Carol at 2:20 PM