Google+

Georgia League Saved from Life-Threatening Illness by Doberman Rescue

 

Doberman Rescue League Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a non-profit corporation comprised of volunteers who offer their time, Georgiaexpertise and their homes to help place Dobermans where they will be loved and cared for.

Their main goal is to protect Dobermans already in their care, prevent further over breeding and educate Doberman owners at their request.

Doberman Pinschers are an often misunderstood breed. They are intelligent and affectionate dogs that make wonderful companion pets. Unfortunately, an overwhelming number wind up in shelters, abandoned on the streets, or surrendered by their owners. Doberman Rescue League is a salvation for these dogs. Many of the dogs they take in come with serious medical issues. Recently they took on a extreme case involving a Doberman pup named Georgia who is experiencing a life threatening illness require extensive surgeries and follow up treatments.

Georgia was adopted from Doberman Rescue League in early 2013 by a loving family in south Florida when she was approximately ten weeks old. In July of 2013, poor little Georgia began vomiting and her family rushed her to the emergency vet where she was treated and released. However, the next morning she did not show any improvement so they took her to their own veterinarian. There, after x-rays it was discovered Georgia had a mass in her stomach which actually turned out to be a rock when surgery was performed. However, the x-rays also revealed that she had an enlarged esophagus also known as “Megaesophagus.” This basically means the muscles of the esophagus fail and cannot propel food or water into the stomach. This results in the ingested food sitting in the esophagus within the chest cavity, never making it to the stomach.

Georgia, was referred to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists where the doctor’s performed an endoscopy, tests and blood work trying to find answers while also trying to manager her pain and discomfort. After spending large sums of money and seeing no relief for Georgia, the family made the difficult decision to euthanize her. The hospital staff, having compassion for the dog and the family’s plight, suggested the family relinquish the dog to them so that Doberman Rescue League could take over the funding and the treatment.

The veterinary staff felt the dog had a good chance of survival if they could do a surgical procedure placing a feeding tube directly into the dog’s stomach. This would enable Georgia to eat and get adequate nutrition while her esophagus healed. This procedure would allow the young pup to live a normal life. Doberman Rescue League accepted the task and volunteer Ginny Wargo began fundraising for the money to pay for the estimated $2,500.00 surgery while looking for a foster home for Georgia.

Many people wanting to help the young Doberman pitched in on Facebook and via the fundraiser and miraculously money was raised to almost cover the estimated fee for the procedure.

Little Georgia pulled through the surgery with the undeniable strength and true resiliency of a Doberman. However, the joy was short lived when the following day the surgeons determined the tube was not in the optimal place and had to do yet another surgery to adjust it. Four days later Georgia was finally discharged from the hospital with very detailed and elaborate instructions for the recovery and continued regiment of tube feeding. Georgia was taken to a foster who could handle a special needs dog.

Everyone who supported Georgia was ecstatic that she was doing well enough to leave the hospital. However the joy was soon overshadowed by some very distressing news. The final bill for Georgia’s surgeries and hospital stay totaled $8,000.00. After some courtesy discounts by Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists and more generous donations called into the hospital a balance of $1500.00 still remained. As if this was not enough bad news, more came in. The prescribed formula for the tube feeding cost $59.00 a can and had limited availability. The rescue put out a frantic plea for help finding a similar formula that would contain all the calories and nutrition needed, yet gentle enough to for Georgia to tolerate and at a price the rescue could more easily afford.

Sheree, a previous Doberman adopter came forward and offered to help. She is a nurse and mother of a special needs child that requires tube feeding. She was able to come up with a more viable feeding alternative for Georgia. Sheree went a step further and agreed to take Georgia into her home and continue the intensive task of tube feedings, managing her nausea and administering her medications.

To date Georgia has been able to tolerate her feedings under Sheree’s loving care. She still encounters various challenges along the way-most recently an infection at the tube site. Yet, Georgia has beaten the odds thanks to all those that rallied around her on the road to recovery. She continues to be a sweet, loving, young Doberman.

However, she is not out of the woods yet. Doberman Rescue League has recently learned there will be more costly visits in her recovery including another endoscopy. The cost of Georgia’s recovery far exceeds the funds of the small rescue and they will need continued help and donations toward her care.

Georgia has already endured enough illness and suffering for such a young dog; yet she still has a long road of recovery ahead of her, but she has an army of loving supporters around her as well as her own resilient spirit to keep her going every step of the way.

To see Georgia’s progress and recovery visit her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/150661351803625/

If you would like to contribute to Georgia’s recovery fund, please visit Doberman Rescue League, a 501 (c) (3) at http://www.doberescue.net/.

 

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa has been a lifelong advocate for animals. She has written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures and raising awareness for the plight of unwanted animals. Denise tours with her books to schools and libraries teaching the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, adopting a shelter pet and how to report animal cruelty. Visit Amazon.com and all other book retailers to see books written by Denise Carey-Costa.

REQUEST INFORMATION

Entertainment

For movies opening August 18, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening August 18, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS The Hitman's Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about an ace bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who grudgingly helps a notorious assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) negotiate a dangerous gauntlet en route to the Hague where he's set to testify in 24 … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Nazis Coming to Your Town? Who You Gonna Call? The Klanbuster!

  Daryle Lamont Jenkins The “Charlottesville” Interview with Kam Williams Nazis Coming to Your Town? Who You Gonna Call? The Klanbuster! Since 1988, activist/journalist Daryle Lamont Jenkins, aka "The Klanbuster," has dedicated his life to monitoring the movements of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups. In 2000, he co-founded One People's Project [https://www.onepeoplesproject.com/], a watchdog organization which … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

  How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar  by Edwin Evers When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?” The short answer is, “I don’t.”   You might think that a guy who makes his living with a rod and reel and who’s always looking for ways to tweak a lure or find a stronger knot would spend a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On the same day, fans of Oregon State and Colorado State will see an active match-up, and Portland … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness stunning landscapes, mixed with amazing history, while dining on acclaimed regional cuisine and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance your home, you need to do it ASAP. If choosing to wait too much longer, homeowners across the … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Business

Umbrella Insurance: The Safety Net You Need

  Umbrella Insurance: The Safety Net You Need by Amy Lignor   The realm of insurance is just about the most difficult maze to get through. Each and every day it seems the financial and insurance industries are changing. What is not changing, however, is the fact that lawsuits fill up the courts more and more – lawsuits that award cash to third parties even if you don’t happen to have that cash saved. More and more, the words “umbrella … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period represented a window of opportunity for African-Americans... Many [Black] political leaders emerged … [Read More its Good for You...]