Please pray for LuLu

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    Aug 31, 2010 3:40 PM GMT
    One of our "brothers"..and a great friend, recently adopted a little dog who he named LuLu. She was rescued from a puppy mill..and was doing just great in her new "digs"...until Sunday night. She's in the hospital now...with Parvo.
    She has had a feeding tube inserted but not out of the woods yet.
    She's sooo young... and so small. She waited a long time for a great home.. please pray that she gets to enjoy her new dads for many, many years!!
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    Thanks so much. She's fighting very hard to stay alive. I can't believe we adopted her just a week ago from a rescue shelter. They are not taking any responsibility and haven't even called to see how she's doing. She obviously contracted parvo there, which is a very deadly disease and spreads quickly. I just hope other puppies weren't infected as well. Here's some pics of the little cutie....

    LuLu

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    Aug 31, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    My thoughts are with you lissenup. I truly hope she pulls through. I know I would be heart broken to watch my dog go through that.
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    My favorite pic of LuLu: looking at the remote control and thinking:
    "if I chew it up, they won't be able to watch TV..and they'll pay more attention to ME!!! . icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone. The vet calls us at least twice a day to give us updates. She is receiving very good care and everyone at the animal hospital has fallen in love with her. The vet said they are obsessed with making sure she pulls through. If she can survive the next couple of days she may be okay. I just wish I could go see her but she is in isolation. I never knew how deadly parvo was until this. She was rescued from a puppy mill with her brother and two sisters...I'm really praying they don't have it as well. I don't trust the rescue place - they are absolving themselves of all responsibility and saying no other dogs there have it. It takes 7-14 days for the virus to show up, so she had to have gotten it there or given it to other dogs.
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    LuLu is so cute. My little chihuahua passed away last october at the age of 10. so i know that kind of pain. I'll think of Lulu today
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    Aug 31, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    Prayers for LuLu and her full and rapid recovery.

    Prayers for Lissenup for his humanity and his dedication towards his furry friend.

    Prayers for the full and rapid recovery of LuLu's brother and two sisters who were also rescued from a shelter.

    Prayers to the dedicated staff of 'Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists' in their professional and loving efforts to help LuLu and all their other patients.

    May their (LuLu and siblings) adorable nature be as an enlightenment for humankind. Amen.
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    Aug 31, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys. I really appreciate your kind thoughts and words. It means a great deal to me. I'm so grateful to Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists.
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    Aug 31, 2010 5:34 PM GMT
    Oh how sad! Baby...
    My thoughts and prayers. Hope she gets better.
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    Sep 01, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    Fingers crossed for Lulu!

    -Doug
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    Sep 01, 2010 1:55 AM GMT

    My thoughts are with LuLu and with her owners. She is very lucky to have people who love her so much and who are able to provide her with the care she needs to have the best chance of getting over her illness.

    I hope the rescue that had Lulu comes to their senses and has her litter mates and any other puppies that were in the same surroundings checked as the virus is highly contagious and without treatment is fatal 80% of the time.

    Please keep us posted.
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    Sep 01, 2010 5:03 AM GMT
    my roommates cat is named lulu.. the other cat's name is megatron.. i prefer megatron. icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 01, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    as a fellow dog lover i will hope the best for her and u. it really sucks when that happens because u feel so helpless. keep strong for her and she will pull through.
  • cg220

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    Sep 01, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    I hated when my dog was in hospital. My heart goes out to you and Lulu. It sounds like she is getting great care and I am sure she will pull throgh! Ash (my dog) and I are pulling for her!
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    Sep 01, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    Lulu is the cutest little puppy I have ever seen. I feel your pain as I went through the same thing a few years ago with my dog Maxwell. We did not think he would ever pull through, but he did and so will Lulu.

    My thought and prayers are with you and Lulu.
  • ursa_minor

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    Sep 01, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    go go Lulu!

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  • Erock11

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    Sep 01, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    aw that puppy is so cute. God bless her.
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    Sep 01, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    That dog is adorable. I'm praying for her to get better.
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    Sep 01, 2010 10:34 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys. Your kind words mean a lot to me. I apologize in advance for the long posting....

    Lulu update: they put a feeding tube through her nose yesterday but she has still been vomiting. Each morning, I call first thing when I wake up to see if she made it through the night. The vet this morning said she's on three different medications for her nausea and they will be giving me a call later this morning with a full update.

    Her main vet told me yesterday she arranged for us to be able to see her at least. Although she's in isolation, they will hold her up to the glass. I just want her to know we haven't abandoned her since we took her there at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. She's in isolation because the virus is so contagious. The main thing is she's still alive and made it through one more day. I still can't believe the shelter we got her from, Animal Haven, hasn't even called to see how she's doing. She was rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri and brought to NYC with three of her siblings. We did a lot of research before choosing Animal Haven - they came highly recommended and had many positive reviews. However, all of this could have been avoided. They neglected to give us her medication when we adopted her and didn't even tell us she was on medication. When I called them to tell them her symptoms and ask if we should take her to a vet, they asked if we were giving her her meds. I said, "No one told us she was on meds." They asked what we were feeding her and I said the food they sold us and advised us to use. The woman I talked to said, "That food is too rich for her, you shouldn't be giving her that." I also asked them twice if we should take her to the vet and they said we didn't need to. I'm glad I trusted my gut instinct and didn't listen to them. When I left the house on Saturday morning, I had to have my partner hold her because she was attacking my shoes when I walked. When I came home that afternoon she was very lethargic. We monitored her very closely...she wouldn't eat and would lie down in her bed. We were going to wait and see how she did the next day, but I finally decided we needed to take her to the hospital right away. I'm so glad I did.

    I've since found that parvo is very common in dogs rescued from the south. Dogs are not safe from getting it, even with vaccination, until 16 weeks of age (Lulu is now 9 weeks). The mother may not have been vaccinated either, so would not have passed along some immunity to the puppies. I found out Lulu and all of her siblings, which have been adopted, had diarrhea and vomiting - one of the main symptoms of parvo (along with lethargy). They should have all been tested several times and not given up for adoption till they were older. I just hope Animal Haven's negligence didn't kill Lulu and all of the other dogs she came in contact with at the shelter.

    As you can guess, I'm very pissed off at them right now and will be taking action once we (hopefully) have Lulu home safe with us. I've already been talking with a lawyer friend and other shelter owners.

    By the way, blue_ahli, your caption gave me a laugh I really needed!

    Thank you all for pulling for Lulu.
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    Sep 02, 2010 11:54 AM GMT
    Thanks again, everyone, for your positive thoughts. I got to see Lulu twice yesterday through the glass in her isolation room. The first time she was sedated so she didn't raise her little head. My partner came with me in the evening and the vet held her up so we could see her. She was a little more awake but looked very sad. They let us open the door and speak to her - we told her to be strong, get well, and that we wanted to bring her home soon. My partner said he thought he saw her starting to wag her tail a little bit. I really hope she recognized our voices or our scents.

    She's holding steady and hopefully we can get her over the worst part of the disease. If she doesn't start having organ failure, we may be able to bring her home by the weekend (fingers crossed).

    I also reported the shelter we got her from to the ASPCA. I don't think they are taking the proper precautions to make sure other dogs weren't infected. Parvo is a highly contagious, virule, and deadly virus. People who handled Lulu could have brought the virus home with them and infected other dogs. I noticed that Lulu's listing, along with her three siblings, was pulled from their web site. They normally leave up the listings long after the dogs have been adopted. I've also been talking to a lawyer about the shelter's liability - the vet bill is getting higher every day. I wish I still had a house so I could take out a second mortgage!

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    Sep 02, 2010 12:23 PM GMT
    lissenup saidThanks so much. She's fighting very hard to stay alive. I can't believe we adopted her just a week ago from a rescue shelter. They are not taking any responsibility and haven't even called to see how she's doing. She obviously contracted parvo there, which is a very deadly disease and spreads quickly. I just hope other puppies weren't infected as well. Here's some pics of the little cutie....

    LuLu

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    Good luck to everyone!
    (And maaaan, she is a cutie.)
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    Sep 02, 2010 12:37 PM GMT
    To all of our animal-lover friends: We will keep this forum open and active until LuLu is home and well again. Please keep her in your prayers..
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    Sep 02, 2010 1:51 PM GMT
    The vet is examining her right now and will call me in a half hour. I really hope she has good news for me.
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    Sep 02, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    Fingers crossed. She looks like a great little pup.
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    Sep 02, 2010 2:03 PM GMT
    Standing by...hopefully good news for your lil gal.

    -Doug