It’s time for the lowdown on the lovable Lois! Her story starts on November 17th when she was one of five young puppies, along with her mother, who were surrendered to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina. Almost immediately, one of the shelter’s rescue partners offered to take the entire family after the puppies were weaned and all were vetted.
The Golden Retriever-Shepherd mix mom, Lucky Ann, made her way to the One Life to Live Rescue and Adoption on December 9th, and was quickly adopted. We are told she will be training to be a therapy dog! Three of the five pups, Lexy, Laura and Layne, went to the rescue on January 5th. The fourth pup, Lila, developed juvenile cellulitis, also known as “puppy strangles,” prior to being spayed, but it was successfully treated and resolved in two weeks. Lila was transported to the rescue on February 3rd. All 4 of these puppies have been adopted!
And then there was Lois. About two weeks after being spayed on December 14th, she began showing skin issues, including on her ears. Despite numerous vet visits and treatment protocols, the problems persisted. The vet suggested sedation to get multiple biopsy samples, but the cost was estimated to be $350.
Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asked for our help in this somewhat unusual case. We agreed, and the biopsies took place on May 4th. The results suggested cutaneous vasculitis, an inflammation of the skin blood vessels. Multiple medication protocols were prescribed, with mixed results initially but most recently, her skin is improving.
“Lois is such a sweet girl!” her foster mom Debbie told us. “I have had her since she was about six weeks old, so I have watched her grow up before my eyes. She is now about 30 pounds but still thinks she is that puppy from many days ago and crawls right up in my lap for snuggles and kisses! She walks great on the leash and rides well in the car. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her! And what is not to love? She has been a real trooper throughout this whole experience. She never fusses with me through all the weekly baths and the constant ear cleanings. She has helped me as a surrogate mother for about five litters of pups who have come into foster with me and since traveled to their rescues. She loved them all and rans and played with them so gently. She is great with our other dogs and even likes our cats. I so hate that this is happening to her. She is so full of life and has such a joyful spirit. I pray that we can get this under control so she can experience all the wonderful things that life has for this sweet girl!” To see more photos of Lois, click here.
RADAR paid all $346 of the skin testing costs for Lois.
UPDATE! All funds for Lois have been raised! Thank you!
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UPDATE Lois crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 12, 2018. For almost her entire life, Lois had skin issues (she was less than 9 months old). Her foster Mom, Debbie, said that Lois had a serious skin flair-up the previous week. She was put on some additional medications, and luckily, her resulting wound showed no signs of infection. Debbie reported that Lois seemed fine the previous evening, but in the morning, Lois was found unresponsive… she had passed away some time early in the morning. The vet feels that Lois’ autoimmune issues had caused internal damage that hadn’t shown in any testing, and the damage was just too much for Lois. We thank Debbie for giving Lois a home and lots of love for almost 8 months, and nursing her back to health (several times). Rest in Peace, Lois.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Lois:
Sunday Wright Fund; Melissa Feeney; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Dot Terry; Jennifer Siegert; Kay Poston
Added on May 30, 2018.