Luckydog offers lifetime sasupport to pets with unique needs care. Thinking positively is of utmost importance in healing so we don't illustrate the struggles of pack members to gain donations (please donate anyway! ). When we find easy solutions to diseases, we will share case histories to give others hope.
Sage was living on the streets in Mexico when I found her. I was only able to foster cats at that time, so I'd hoped to move her along quickly. Sage checked out as healthy, got her shots and was adopted by a family who vowed to love her forever. Sage's family later abandoned her when she got mange. It was traumatic for her to lose them, but their fickleness may have worked out in Sage's favor.
Sage needed a determined guardian to get her through the diseases she encountered. First we tackled and beat Sarcoptic mange using conventional means. Then we were stumped by a persistent, severe case of demodectic mange and oral warts. These were all signs of immune deficiency.
Sage was healthy as a gabage-eating stray. We offered her shelter, vet care and "optimal nutrition". I could not understand why she fell apart.
When a vet suggested vaccines were the cause, I was even more confused. As a vet tech, I learned the best way to protect a puppy from disease was to vaccinate and feed the best "dog food". I couldn't be sure vaccines hurt her, but I wasn't going to risk her having another. As for the pricey "dog food" I feel strongly, it was worse than garbage.
People were afraid to touch Sage and didn't want their dogs near her. I couldn't blame them. She looked awful and smelled even worse. One neighbor would let his puppy play with Sage and a mature dog I was fostering took on the role of big sister. That companionship may have saved Sage's life as I fumbled around looking for ways to heal her.
Eventually, half of Sage's skin was hairless and covered in pustules. It would bleed when she played, but she loved to play. She was comical, high-drive and brilliant despite her illness. While she seemed a happy puppy during play, I didn't know if she'd make it to adulthood. The fevers, constant itching, and swollen glands indicated a reduced quality of life.
As Sage's health declined, so did her playfulness and patience. She nipped at most dogs to keep them away and couldn't be trusted alone with the kittens she'd once helped me raise. I didn't think she'd be able to live with my other pets or ever really feel normal again. I cried buckets of tears as I transferred her to another rescue in hopes that they could heal her, rehome her, or end her misery.
After a month, Sage's foster mom hadn't found an adopter, couldn't take Sage when she moved, and couldn't stand to euthanize her. Sage came back to me. The reunion was bittersweet. I wanted to restore sage's health, but didn't know how. I was ready to try anything.
It seemed counterintuitive, but someone claimed a raw-meat diet cured their dog'smange. Three weeks after starting raw-food, Sage's skin was healed. Something so simple helped so much. Since then, every special needs pet I cared for would eat a raw diet- the diet nature intended for it. It's less convenient, but the suffering it saves is worth it. Sage's success turned Luckydog a into to a natural-rearing sanctuary.
Smonkey is a loving and comical dog. He came to us as a foster with a few challenges. I was unable to find an adopter who could offer him the care and supervision we were providing him. Smonkey is very enthusiastic and food-motivated. His charm and enthusiasm earned him "Best Dog Trick" at Cardiff Dog Days of Summer festival. He is now trained to offer reminders, and excels at keeping track of time. He's a very special member of the pack.
Son was one-day-old when we took him in. He seemed to be intellectually and physiologically challenged but he was super loving and wanted to be "helpful" around the sanctuary (e.g. riding on people's shoulders as they did chores). When switched to a raw diet, he got stronger and blossomed into a big, beautiful cat. We failed to find an adopter willing to continue his diet, so we took him on as a lifetime resident and cherished research subject. We look forward to many more years of his love.
Smoo Ching's was added to the pack to heal Smonkey's broken heart after his best friend and favorite uncle moved far away from the sanctuary. I didn't know Smoo Ching was special needs or allergic to vaccines when I reached out to the family that was rehoming her, I just knew she needed me. Smoo Ching is thriving and has a never-ending zest for life. She dreams of being a professional athlete but settles for work as my service dog. I keep her healthy. She returns the favor.
Peeper was mouse-sized when I met her. When she was old enough to be adopted, she had some tendencies which made her challenging as an indoor cat. She wasn't suited to outdoor life either. We couldn't find anyone willing to peeper-proof their home, so we took on the challenge of providing her a safe and happy home for life.
Belli is the most snuggly muffin you'll ever meet. Two adopters gave up on her, but that's not because she was a bad dog. She just needed help to feel secure. In the months that we searched for an adopter, Belli always had a way to sabotage our plans. I think she was doing her best to be sure we kept her forever. Thankfully, she eventually achieved near-perfect health and behavior. She's the official "Cat Tattler" of Luckydog Sanctuary and the guardian of the pack.
Tino had spent most of his money on vet bills for chronic issues. He had little left when things got reallyserious but he wasn't ready for the rainbow bridge. Over a year ago, we started him on DMSO and colloidal silver. His pancreas, liver, and kidneys seemed to breathe a sigh of relief and have been working ever since. Within weeks, his cataracts were dissolved. See the Heal Thy Pet Page for before and after of Tino's eyes.
Mama wags her tail so quickly we think she's part rattlesnake. She is generally a diva, and cute enough to get away with it. Mama is up for adoption to a very-nearby, natural-rearing home. She needs a dominant-dog-savvy adopter. Her son, "Little Boy" loves her and needs her to come for daycare at the sanctuary at least a couple times each week. She's on supplements for liver support and will need bloodwork every 1-3 months,
Little Boy was insecure, but so very sweet when he came out of the shelter. He's found confidence being part of a pack. He is a very special boy with special needs, but we aren't going to talk about those. He's doing great on his holistic regimen. He'll be a lifetime sanctuary resident so he can continue to receive immune-bosting care. Smoo Ching and Belli are head-over-heels in love with him, so he's happy here.
Purri raised had litter of kittens outdoors abandoned. Luckily, she found a teenage girl to take pity on her. The girl did her best to find homes for the kittens. Purri remained a stray and got pregnant again, so we took her in. She is so happy just to be loved and safe. This little lady is up for adoption to someone who can offer her a safe home and holistic care.
This sweet guy loves to cuddle. He's a hand-suckling cuddle-bug one minute then a lightning fast fly-murderer the next. I have never met a cat that can move the way he does. I sometimes think he's a ninja.
This little guy is uber-freindly once he trusts you. He loves dogs so much that he knocks them off balance while they're peeing. He can't help it, he just wants to rub against them. He and his brother seem to have adopted the chihuahua. It's funny because she HATES cats. She tried to kill one of their litterm,ates when they were young but now that they're twice her size she's their pet.
Boots is a character. He Loves to love. He loves to talk. He loves to eat raw meaty bones. He also loves shoes. As a kitten he was always sleeping in my sneakers. When he couldn't fit in them, he slept on them. He's a super-chill guy when he wants to be. He is always a gentleman and a mama's boy. I am so glad he found me
My little Baloo is something special. . He is a prime example of how diet and gentle remedies can help a kitty thrive. He's so soft, and so sweet. He's quite demanding smetimes but it is an absolute pleasure to be his slave.
AS you can see, Karma is a character. He is a big, fat cuddle bug. He's making progress in his behavior modification and really does his best to be a good boy.
This guy is a seriously snuggly, gentle, and loving young man. (more on him coming soon)
Petey could be described as a jovial, yet sassy, foodie and major flirt. His confidence is unlike any chihuahua I've met. Petey has had prostate cancer for over a year and now it has spread to other organs. His vets are doing all they can to ensure the rest of his life is amazing.
Snoofy was found as a nervous stray. His leg had been broken and the femur ends healed in the wrong position. He didn't want to use the painful leg, so it atrophied. Amputation was recommended. We put him on an anti-inflammatory diet instead. In no time, he was using that leg to run! In his teens, he suffered from hind-limb weakness due to a suspected brain lesion so he's lucky he still had four legs. Here he is zipping around at age 14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKXp3Rn8IC8&feature=youtu.be
Coco was our tiniest rescue dog. When I heard she was being kept outdoors in an area with coyotes, I immediately agreed to take her in. The plan was to find her an adopter, but every attempt at that failed. In one potential adopter's home, the resident cat seemed to mistake tiny Coco for a rode
Jesse James Bond Diogi, Squirt, Meeple, Holden.nt. That was the last time, we tried to place her. Coco had experienced so much abandonment in her life, we decided it wasn't fair to keep trying to place her. She came as a senior and spent her last couple years of life with us. RIP, Coco, the tiny warrier princess.
This little lady was a feral kitten found starving in the bushes with her brother. She grew to trust us but sabotaged adoption efforts by being afraid of strangers. It seemed meant to be because our other shy foster kitten Angel instantly bonded to her. They were born a few weeks apart and died a few months apart.
This cutie was found in the bushes after her feral mom had been trapped. She was shy of people, but bonded to Muse, so we let them stay in sanctuary as a pair. She was was intelligent and learned tricks easily. Sadly, she developed cancer and we lost her just a few months after Muse. The experience taught us that a raw diet was not a guarantee of health and we had some learning to do. Rest in peace, little one. You are very missed.
Bugsy is the catwho showed us that hyperthyroidism and triadidis are nothing to worry about if you have the right tools. She was a survivor. This photo was taken when she was about 19 years old.
Blizzard and Bugsy were adopted out to who we were sure would be their forever family. While Bugsy fit in with the family. Blizzard hid in a closet away from the kids. At night, Blizzard felt safe to explore the home with her sister. Apparently, they were having too much fun. When the adopters later expressed a desire to declaw them (front and back) to protect their furniture, I couldn't let that happen. I took them back in and promised them they wouldn't lose another home or family as long as they lived. They were cherished members of the Luckydog family for 18 years.
Ms Bear ws a beautiful, loyal, loving, gentle, fearless creature. Saved from euthanasia, she seemed immediately aware of what I'd done for her. She spent the rest of her life paying me back. I helped her transition from a nearly-hairless, mangey, "aggressive" street dog who'd been given up on years earlier to a queen in her own right. She helped foster numerous kittens and puppies and gently showed them ther ropes. We're not supposed to have favorites when it comes to our furkids and fosters, but I can say no dog I've had before or since has checked off as many boxes as this little bear did.
Cali was a Luckydog Foster who was found in a car engine compartment. She had lost some skin on her tail but was ok with a bit of nursing care. She was adopted out when she was a kitten. She never adjusted very well to being a house kitty, but she was loved and cared for holistically. Soon after her adopters adopted another cat from us, Cali went missing. Since her neighborhood had coyotes, I assume that's what kept her from returning. I'd be delighted to know I am wrong. If you've seen her in South Park please let us know.
Sweet Pea was a Luckydog Foster kitten who had been relinquished to the shelter as a singleton. He died of distemper after tranfer to a conventional rescue that refused to use holistic methods to help him and his new kitten friends. 100% of the kittens in the nursery died. This was an absolute tragedy and the reason I work so hard to do educate and help other rescuers. RIP little guy. We'll always remember you.
Jesse was a pack memever fo r most of his life as he floated in and out of other homes that never were a great. He was a very fearful dog when I found him. He gained a lot of confidence but in his senior years became even more noise-phobic. He was fatally hit by a car after some kids lit firecrackers nearby. I didn't know he'd squeeezed through the fence but when I heard the accident, I knew it was my boy. I ran to help him and he took his last breath in my arms
Sage is the dog who inspired Luckydog Sanctuary. I miss you, Wise one.
I also have fond memories of Thumper & Dumper, Quakey, Cinnamon & Sugar, Norman, Chardonnay, Auggie, Baby Squirrel, the Busalachi kittens (Turtle et al), Jesse James, Diogi, Squirt, Meeple, Holden, Shogun, Rosey... (more to come).
I lost track of Luna, Po & Thunder (Po is the one on Bear's belly), and Amigo & Yard- kittens I fostered about 20 years ago. I hope they are still alive, but in case they are not, I want to pay myrespects and thank them for teaching me.
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This flock of fuzzies has special nutritional needs to keep them in good health. Help Luckydog stock up on special diets and supplements. Anything not spent on diet/health supplies will cover grooming, grooming supplies, and general pet upkeept to keep them healthy. The pets will gladly accept direct donations of food. Most of the cat/dog meals are made from scratch with organic, lean, ground turkey or beef.
Smoo Ching will have hernia surgery and hysterectomy once funds are raised. $1,800 is an estimated amount as we are not sure what hospital will provide the procedure.
Help us build a fantastic, coyote-proof catios and puppy play-yards so the pets have a safe outdoor space 24/7. If you're a contractor and can help build enclousures, pergolas, shade structures, etc, please reach out. Our parnter rescue may be able to offer you a tax deduction receipt for your help.
Smonkey needs oral surgery, broken tooth repair, and eyelid surgery. Due to his heart condition (which seems to be improving), he requires a cardiologist and an anesthesiologist to be present during surgeries.
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