As promised below, I will go into more detail about the two new girls, Nadia and Fiona. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind few days, but now we have some test results and a game plan (sorta?).
Fiona, this cute, little, wiggly, perfectly behaved, expressive with her big brown eyes darling is…heartworm positive. Shocking for Miss Alli, I know. She’s such a doll…she gets an abundance of “oooohs!!!” and “awwwws!!” when people meet her. Such a little lady with the perfect dash of spunk thrown in..and her feet are absolutely huggable…yes, she has huggable feet. The cutest feet in the world! I must admit, it’s tempting to do a DNA test on her, out of pure curiosity due to her breed concoction, but of course I won’t. I wouldn’t think they’d have that many breeds on one test result anyway. 😉
She is full of personality and has made herself at home on mother’s couch (aka: Grandma). She picked it; She claimed it; We all obliged.
Now for Nadia. 🙁 Nadia is a very sick little girl. We visited the Doc yesterday for a thorough check up and ended up doing bloodwork and radiographs. Her radiographs showed some really ugly lungs. Doc felt it was fungal vs. infection, most likely “Blastomycosis,” so he sent off for lab work. She also had a tiny bit of low pressure in her eyes, heavy breathing, coughing, fever, a runny nose, she’s not eating, and is only 54lbs. Fortunately her bloodwork was great, so that’s a plus.
The titer resulted in negative results, which is good. However, there is also a possibility that it just hadn’t advanced enough to produce a positive titer, but is, in fact, still present. As a result, we are starting her on a big gun drug called “Itraconazole.” Unfortunately, this is an extremely high dollar medication that she will be on for an extended period of time, and I will probably be walking the streets starting this week. 😀 However, if it attacks it aggressively, allowing her to recover, it will be worth it. She’s a beautiful and kindhearted girl.
This is a difficult illness and she may have some residual problems, and recovery isn’t necessarily a given (although it’s not a death sentence either)…but all in all, if we can get her past this she can live a good life. Please just keep her in your prayers for a quick and thorough recovery.
All I can do is let out a sigh and pray that our fundraising at Barnes and Noble will go well. Our $650 donation from Pedigree is already gone (in less than a week – LOL!), but I am thankful for their kindness and generosity. I will continue to rack my brain for other fundraisers that don’t require a lot of money to be put out initially, since many require purchasing things prior to raising the funds. However, we’ll come up with something, I’m sure of it…I think? 😉
I must remember to print off heart grabbing photos for the Barnes and Noble fundraiser! 😀
Here are a few more photos of both girls – or should I say “cutie patooties?!”