Please consider donating to our Critical Care fund so we can continue to help each and every Lucky Dog that Comes our way!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sebastian's ears are healing

Poor Sebastian in his cone of shame! His ears are slowly healing -- and his buzz cut is growing back. There was an incredibly bad infection of MRSA deep within his ears -- which has been a struggle to get under control. But, boy, that Sebastian is a real trooper!!!

Please help us cover the ongoing costs of his medical care. Donate today!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chief was adopted!

We are thrilled to report that Chief found a WONDERFUL home!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sebastian's Major Ear Surgery

Sebastian arrived from South Carolina with incredibly painful ears. They looked like cauliflower -- with the sides of the ear canal swollen totally shut. When we took him to the vet, we were told he probably had been suffering from chronic ear infections for most of his life! Poor Baby!!!

We brought him to a surgeon yesterday who sedated Sebastian so he could look inside the swollen canals. Once he saw the massive infection, the surgeon realized we had no choice but to remove both ear canals. The bad news is that Sebastian will never hear again. The good news is he came through surgery well and will not be in pain!!

Sebastian is a resiliant pup, and we know he is going to adjust to his new lifestyle quickly!

The hardest part, as always, is paying the bills, in this case, well over $2,000. Please donate to Sebastian's care!

Chief Gets New Legs!

Chief came to shelter in South Carolina without back feet. In fact, someone or something taken part of both back legs. Yet, despite such a horrible experience, Chief has not lost his faith in this world - or in mankind. He is a loving and affectionate dog.

This alone is amazing but it is not all that makes Chief special. Because his hind legs got sore from walking on skin that was not created to act like a foot, Chief needed something to protect his limbs. In other words, Chief needed prosthetics.

Think about what that must have seemed like to Chief. Strange things were velcroed to his legs, making them longer that he was used to and making him use muscles he didn't know he had. His gait changed. One of the "feet" sometimes lands on its side rather than flat. Everything feels strange. No one explained what was happening.

Yet, Chief has learned to walk again. (Check out his video!)

If a person went through what Chief experienced, they would have spent hours with a doctor hearing what the prosthetics would look and feel like. They would have days if not months of physical therapy learning how to properly walk again. They would be able to express their frustrations, rage against their failures, and celebrate their triumphs.

Chief has none of that. But, he walks like a champion.

Please DONATE to help us cover the costs of chief's medical care.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Update: Aaliyah's Casts are Off!

Aaliyah, now Lucy, has all three of her casts off and she is getting more steady on her feet every day! She is able to walk 10 minutes, twice a day, but no running or jumping yet. In a few more weeks, she should be bandage free, ready to play and start her training classes! Her new mom says she is still the sweetest dog ever and loves hugs, cuddling, and her doggie friends.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

UPDATE: Nyla is adopted!

Nyla went to her forever home today. Her new mom was just THRILLED that Lucky Dog acted so quickly to save her!


Thank you to everyone who donated to help cover the costs of his vet bills. He is EXTREMELY happy with his new family! And they are with him!

Update: Hillary attends her first post surgery adoption event!

Hillary is up and walking!! She is doing soooo well! Check out this pic from this weekend's adoption event! All she needs now is a forever home......

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Look at Little Tom!

He is no longer confined by the cone of shame!!!
He is ready for his forever home!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tom's bandage is off!!

Check out this little guy!!! And, remember all donations through August 3rd will be fully matched!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

All Donations Thru August 3rd Are Fully Matched!

In the past four weeks, five of our Lucky Dogs have needed major surgery. Normally, $10,000 in four weeks would be almost impossible to afford, but a generous donor has agreed to MATCH all donations received by August 3, 2011!!

Read all about what this amazing donor is trying to help us do here!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hillary starts to walk!

Hillary is starting to stand and walk! We're so proud of her - what a trooper!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tom - Getting Better every day!

How cute is Tom?? He is wearing his cone of shame with incredible dignity. This is one amazing pup! And, his ears are healing incredibly well! Please DONATE to cover the costs of his care!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Photos of Hillary starting her recovery....

Poor Hillary... Its better than the cone of shame, but it really isn't a great look for her!

And, for those of you aspiring vets, a close-up of Dr. Snakard's handiwork:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hillary - Our latest surgical success!

Hillary arrived at Lucky Dog 2 weeks ago with a noticeable limp. X-rays showed that she had a rotated femur bone from an old fracture. The rotation prevented her knee from properly functioning and caused her extreme pain. Yesterday, Hillary had surgery to clean out the arthritis, fix the rotated femur, and re-groove the knee so it functions properly. Hillary came through surgery with flying colors!!! Now, its on to physical therapy with her foster mom!

Of course, nothing in life is free, and even with our rescue discount, Hillary's surgery was very expensive! Please help us pay her bills! DONATE TODAY!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tom's surgery was a success!!

Tom had a very successful surgery today to drain the blood out of the hematomas that had developed on his ears. He has to go back for bandage changes every few days to prevent infection, but so far so good. How cute is he in his little bandage??

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tom Needs Ear Surgery ASAP!!!

Poor Tom! He woke up this morning with strange swelling in his ears. After rushing him to the vet, we learned that he has hematomas in both ears! Even worse, he needs surgery to fix them!

We've done some on-line research about aural hematomas, and learned that an aural hematoma is a swelling involving the earflap (referred to as the pinna) and is caused by a rupture of a blood vessel under the skin. As the ruptured blood vessel bleeds it creates a pocket of serum and blood in the space between the skin and the cartilage of the pinna. Usually it is caused by excessive head shaking, scratching, or trauma to the ear, but in Tom's case, we dont know why they appeared!

Tom is scheduled for surgery tomorrow. Please help us raise funds to cover his surgery!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Aaliyah -- the dog with three broken feet!

Sweet Aaliyah was going out for a run with her foster mom when she got startled, pulling the leash out of her foster's hands. Aaliyah made a mad dash for the safety of her home, and seemed, at first glance to be no worse for the wear other than a few scratches on her paws. By nightfall, however, it was evident that something was very wrong. Aaliyah was not eating, drinking, or getting up out of her bed. A trip to the vet the next day showed that Aaliyah had broken bones in three of her four paws!!

The very next day, we rushed Aaliyah to Dr. Snakard, our wonderful orthopedic surgeon at the Veterinary Surgical Center, who told us that Aaliyah would need surgery on her right front foot to realign the broken bones. The left front foot was not as badly injured so would heal in a splint. Her right night would also heal on its own, but needed to be placed in a cast.

This morning we got the good news that Aaliyah's surgery was successful! She is now starting her 5-7 weeks of crate rest (poor girl!).

Please consider helping us cover the cost of Aaliyah's surgery! DONATE TODAY!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nyla was hit by a car and then dumped at a vet hospital . . . Now she is a Lucky Dog!

Nyla is a beautiful 1 yr old yorkie mix who thought she had a great life -- until her owner took her for her first car ride and didnt tie her in! During the ride, she got scared and jumped out the window!! While trying to catch her, the owner ran over Nyla with the car, getting into an accident with another car at the same time.

Nyla was taken to the emergency room with with multiple hip fractures. The vet recommended surgery to repair the hips or conservative therapy (crate rest) while the fractures healed on their own. The owner declined all of the options and was going to euthanize her.

So the vet hospital didn't want to put her down so they asked Lucky Dog for help. She had surgery on Friday, 7/8. She will likely walk funny, but she will function just fine as a little dog. She had a urinary catheter in place for 5 days in hopes to repair any urinary lacerations that may have occurred from the trauma. The urinary catheter was just pulled, and she seems to be doing well. She is eating now and seems to be happy, knowing that Lucky Dog gave her a second chance.

Lucky Dog needs to raise money to cover Nyla's surgery. Please consider a donation today!! And, click here for more information on Nyla (including how to adopt her!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Gabriella's Surgery was a SUCCESS!!!

Gabriella came through her surgery with flying colors!! Her prognosis for being pain free is excellent! Please consider helping us cover the cost of her surgery!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gabriella's Surgery is Scheduled for Tomorrow!

Gabriella's surgery to fix her very old leg fracture that healed wrong is scheduled for tomorrow! The prognosis is excellent and we can't wait to get this sweet girl back in action. It is estimated that her surgery will cost Lucky Dog $2,200. Please consider donating to our Critical Care Fund to help pay for Gabriella's surgery!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Newest Lucky Dog to be Rescued by Our Critical Care Fund - Gabriella!

Gabriella, this beautiful little Spaniel is a total sweetheart. We noticed she was limping on her front leg, and it took a visit to an expensive veterinary specialist to reveal it was caused by an old injury that had not been treated. Gabriella likely had a traumatic injury that fractured her humerus bone, and because it was never treated it did not heal properly. The good news is that it can be treated, and Lucky Dog is raising money for her surgery! When she was originally injured, no one cared enough to get her the medical care she needed. Now, she has an entire team of Lucky Dog volunteers and contributors supporting her. Please join this team and donate today! You will be helping Gabriella get the medical care she needs, so she can move on to live a happy and pain-free life!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Anahola, Now Chanel, was Cleared for Playtime!

Anahola, now Chanel, has completed her physical therapy sessions and no longer has any mobility restrictions! She loves to play and is extra perky and playful after her groomer gave her a new spring hairdo! Looking good Chanel!

Lucky Dog spent $5,000 to repair the six fractures in her leg after a car accident. Please consider donating so we can continue to help the Lucky Dogs receive the medical care that they need!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Trixie in Action!

Since Trixie's FHO surgery this past January, she's been working daily on healing and doing her physical therapy. This April, Trixie has made leaps and bounds in her recovery - literally! Most dogs need to be trained not to jump up. For Trixie, she is learning how to jump up so she can build her hind leg muscles, which suffered severe atrophy post-surgery. She started with small bunny hops but now, she's standing tall for treats! GREAT JOB TRIXIE!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why We Do What We Do

Giving Lucky Dogs the medical care that they need sometimes means thousands of dollars in vet bills and a long road to recovery. Trixie has been recovering from hip surgery for over two months and still requires physical therapy every day. As you can see from her foster's note below, she is worth every penny and all the work that goes into her rehab, including twice-a-day physical therapy sessions and trips to the vet. This is why we take care of the Lucky Dogs - because they take care of us too!

"Trixie is such a sweet and loving dog with a wonderful disposition. She loves doing her physical therapy and of course the treats she earns as her reward. Trixie has a wonderful habit of leaning on you and sitting very close to make sure you know that she is there. Then she smiles and puts her paw out as if to pet you. It is so cute! Trixie is a gem of a dog and we are praying that she will find the right family very soon - a good family that deserves such a wonderful companion."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Trixie is 8 Weeks Post-Surgery and Doing Great!

Trixie is nearly 8 weeks post-surgery. Her physical therapist says she’s progressing very well and is ready to move on to more advanced exercises, such as climbing up on platforms (stairs are not an issue for this girl)! Trixie still needs to build back muscle in her right hind leg, which is two and a half inches smaller in circumference than her left hind leg, as well as build up her endurance. She’s a motivated patient, so we expect she’ll continue to make great progress with the help of her vet, physical therapist, and fosters. Here is Trixie patiently waiting for her shower, and cuddling with her foster sister.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Aden's Raffle - Win a Week in Cabo San Lucas!

Aden became extremely sick while in foster care. An emergency trip to the vet revealed that he had a hole in a lung lobe. Without immediate surgery Aden would not have survived. Fortunately, Aden had been rescued by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and the surgery was approved. Aden is now on the mend and would like to help by raising money to cover his medical bills. This will allow other dogs to be rescued and to become Lucky Dogs too!

One For $5.00 / Six for $25.00

Drawing: May 1, 2011

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Trixie is Getting Back to Her Old Self!

Trixie has undergone extensive physical therapy and is continuing to recover from her hip surgery. Despite significant atrophy in her back right leg, Trixie's very determined spirit is always up for an adventure while out on walks. She is having a good time with her two- and four-legged foster family, and is a happy participant in a fun game of tug-o-war, however exhausting it may be! Trixie is a wonderful sport and likes to cuddle and love on both her furry friends as well as her people friends.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lucky Cats Fred and Daphne Have Upper Respiratory and Eye Infections!

Fred and Daphne, two of our sweet Lucky Cats, arrived in Northern Virginia about three weeks ago. At first, they were happy and healthy; however, soon after their transport from North Carolina, they developed Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs). Antibiotics are typically effective at treating URIs quickly. But, these Lucky Cats have had a rough transition and have also developed severe eye infections - some of the worst our vet had seen in kittens. Poor Fred & Daphne have been through numerous vet appointments, tests, and are given eye drops every two hours. Initially, the vet was concerned that they may need eye surgery, or even lose their eyes. Thank goodness they got the care they needed in time, as they have greatly improved, and we do not think they will need surgery! Their emergency care has cost Lucky Dog a lot! Please consider donating to help us cover these costs, so we can continue to help Lucky Cats and Dogs in need of critical care!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Aden Continues to Recover!

Can't get enough of our handsome Lucky Dog Aden? Neither can we! Here are a few pics of him at his foster's house recovering from surgery. Looking good Aden!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Update on Rio!

Rio is home and recovering from hip surgery! He had his first post-op physical therapy session, and is getting the best medicine of all - lots of love!

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Note from Aden

Hi Everyone! This is Aden writing from my foster home. I am home from SouthPaws and recuperating on my foster parent’s bed. I'm watching a lot of TV and taking it easy. I had my stitches taken out last Friday, and I am continuing to heal. I have an impressive seven inch scar on my left side. I think the ladies would dig it, but my fur will probably cover it up once it grows back. Thanks to Lucky Dog for their generosity and kindness. I am truly a very lucky dog!

Help other dogs like Aden by coming to Lucky Dog's Annual Spay Day Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 23rd from 6PM - 9PM at Rocket Bar (714 7th St, NW, Washington, DC)!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rio's surgery was successful!

Rio had a very successful surgery yesterday, and is home resting comfortably! Stay tuned for updates!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rio Needs Surgery!

Rio, our little poodle mis, is a doll! However, with a painful hip he will be undergoing hip surgery next week to improve his quality of life. He has started his physical therapy exercises every day... actually twice a day!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Trixie update

Trixie, our tall and sweet lab mix is recovering nicely in her foster's home. Trixie was in pain after the surgery and laid low for a few days... But watch out cuz she is feeling better now. She has a way to go before tolerating weight on her leg but she will do her exercises (or anything for that matter) for a piece of cheese. Her follow appt with the surgeon is tomorrow and she goes for her canine rehab appt early next week.

All the pups are home with their foster!

Fighters they are!
The D pups are improving and are all in their fosters home. With continued TLC and love (and meds of course!).

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Update on the D pups!

These guys are fighting a battle that is hard for any little one to fight. They have wonderful care, are taking their meds and despite protests, they are being kept from chewing their IV's! Let's keep our thoughts with these babies! Dalayla has already improved and showing all of her siblings how to do it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Aden had a good first night

The vets are very happy with Aden's progress. The chest tube is out and he even ate a little for his foster mom when she visited. If all continues to improve, he can go home tomorrow!

Great News on Delanya!!

Delanya is doing really well! The hospital says she can go home TOMORROW!!!! She is starting to act like a spunky puppy.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The D pups are batteling pneumonia....

The D puppies came up this weekend and despite being healthy in quarantine in SC, they have fallen ill with pneumonia. Three of the five pups are hospitalized. The good news is that they are improving. The bad news is that their care is very costly. Please consider helping the D pups out!