Project Hope in Houston is returning to active status following a hiatus this summer. Many dogs had been saved from distemper this spring through the use of Dr. Al Sears‘ NDV serum. The goal of the project has been to treat and document the recovery of distemper dogs. However, before they can return to treating dogs, Project Hope needs to find homes for these two special pups. Brindy is a distemper dog saved with the serum, and Millie was found on the streets and seriously injured. They need homes immediately. So, if you can help, please contact Jane Ward with Project Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Bond at email@example.com. Photos and brief descriptions follow.
Here are photos of Millie, a boxer mix puppy, and Brindy, a we-are-not-sure mix puppy. They are like twins–and great playmates. If someone can only take one or the other, I understand, although it will be kind of sad since the two puppies are bonded.
Millie was found wandering with a bottom jaw broken in two places. The hinges were intact. After surgery, she is good as new. She has a little tiny tooth in the wrong place and lost just one bottom canine/has all of the rest of her teeth top and bottom. Her mouth looks normal and functions fine.
Brindy had Demodex and distemper. That was back nearly four months ago. She has the cutest underbite and enamel hyperplasia from being a distemper survivor but you can’t tell unless you pry open her mouth. I was working on the distemper project with Dr. Alson Sears http://kindheartsinaction.com, and Brindy was a recipient of the serum. Using Interceptor daily, per Doc Sears as well, she was cleared of mange and has a beautiful brindle coat with a red sheen. We have her on a maintenance dose twice a week. This will need to continue until she is a year or so old. I can go and buy it and send enough along if that helps.
Both puppies are about six-seven months old. They are all people and all dog friendly. Upbeat, happy, love life puppies. Ideally, they would stay together in an active home. Millie especially needs to go out and play, run, etc. They both loved to keep me company in the kitchen/be taste-testers when I cook and play tug, keep away, etc. very well together especially. The just gravitated toward each other.
For three or four hours, they are in a playpen (4 foot high) or Millie is crated and Brindy playpen’d but they aren’t able to go a full day without going out/attention. They are not yet leash-trained. I have been sick for awhile and now is recovering from a life-threatening case of anemia.
Brindy was spayed at 8 wks (unfortunately the shelter did it before we got involved) and Millie has not been yet. She just had her first heat.
Dante was found on the streets of Hancock Park in the Los Angeles area three weeks ago wandering with a female Husky. He was adopted from the shelter
along with the Husky as a bonded pair. From the time he came out of the shelter he was being treated for kennel cough. The kennel cough was getting worse and the family took him to the vet, and the vet diagnosed Dante with distemper. The family had been considering euthanasia until Kind Hearts In Action and Under the Porch came forward to get Dante to a vet willing to try Dr. Sears’ distemper treatments.
Dante is now at the vet awaiting treatment, but donations are needed to pay his vet bills. Donations can be made through Paypal at the Under The Porch Web site at https://undertheporch.wordpress.com/ or through Kind Hearts In Action at http://kindheartsinaction.com/
We also need funds to pay for the creation of Dr. Sears’ serum to save dogs in Southern California.
Update: Jan. 4, 2010
From Karen Bond: Dante didn’t make it – he passed away in the night after the last bed check at midnite and before the 6 am rounds. He appeared to have gone in his sleep not all twisted from a siezure . The vet techs had all spend time with him petting and talking to him and trying to make him comfortable. It was just too late for him … Sorry guys, we tried … We will save the next one is what we have to hope.