Presenting Ladybird: the dog, the problem and the solution.
The dog. Ladybird is a 40-pound, seven-year-old Redbone Coonhound. According to Pat O’Neil, her foster mom, “Ladybird is sweet, petite and submissive. She’ll belly crawl for some love! She loves ear rubs and her dog bed! She’s curious about the felines in her foster home. She is learning the sounds and smells of being in a home (and house training!). What a treasure! Love, love her!” To see more photos of Ladybird, click here.
The problem. Ladybird was a stray who was admitted to the Pocahontas County Animal Control shelter in West Virginia on February 14th. Originally named Gurly at the shelter, not only was Ladybird an older dog and a Hound, but she had a very large hernia, or even worse, a large mass. She urgently needed a vet evaluation.
The Solution. De Anna Lynn of Advocates for Shelter Animals of Pocahontas Co., WV (ASAP) reached out to Corena Huffman with the Highland County Humane Society (HCHS) in Virginia to see if they could take Ladybird. Corena contacted RADAR to ask for our assistance. HCHS would take Ladybird, but needed help with what was likely to be costly vetting. We agreed. On February 27th, Ladybird had her vetting done, which included a dental exam and lengthy surgery for her spaying and hernia. Fortunately, the mass was indeed a hernia (inguinal, in her groin), and a large part of her uterus was involved. She was also suffering from mucometra.
RADAR paid all $310 of the vetting, spaying, hernia surgery and dental exam costs for Ladybird.
UPDATE! All funds for Ladybird have been raised! Thank you!
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UPDATE! Ladybird has been adopted!
UPDATE Ladybird crossed the Rainbow Bridge on December 28, 2019, from what is suspected to be kidney cancer. Her forever mom, Terri, knew that something was wrong with Ladybird, and took her to the vet for testing. Ladybird’s health quickly declined. She was scheduled for more testing to confirm kidney cancer, but Ladybird’s body gave out. Terri shared this with Corena at the Highland County Humane Society, “You know what a wonderful dog she was. I can’t begin to tell you how the neighbors, both two legged and four legged types, loved her… so many have expressed their sadness that they won’t see her beautiful sweet face anymore. I’m just stunned and as a friend said, I feel nothing but raw sadness. It will take me some time to get over this loss but I am so thankful and happy that I had her for even the short period of time that she was with me. I am grateful she went quickly and of her own choosing. I can’t imagine what it would have taken to have her put to sleep or have her go through the cancer protocol and then only live for a short time afterwards. I could see there was no good ending to this medical problem but I am so angry it happened to her. My sweet sweet girl. I loved her so much and am very glad I waited to find her.” Rest in Peace, Ladybird.
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Added on March 11, 2018.