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Dodger May 8, 2002 .............Dodger May 10, 2002

WARNING! GRAPHIC SHELTER PICTURE...
Petfinder PetNotes

Of course, immediately it made me think of poor Grace.
Small Paws® Rescue: His Amazing Grace
Small Paws® volunteer, Sandy Sowell managed to not only save Grace, but to turn her into a stark raving beauty and one happy little girl! God has truly allowed us to see that miracles are indeed alive and well at Small Paws Rescue!
Ok, back to our story. Last night, as I say, I got this picture of this ...well...they say it is a dog...I am still not too sure,...judging by the picture.



The dog is in one of the CACC's in New York. I was thinking..."Oh dear...surely it can't still be there." They usually put dogs in this bad of shape down...and who could really blame them. I mean, it isn't really likely someone is going to come running in at the last minute and say..."WAIT!!! We want that dog!!"....Hmmm....or IS it?!
Well, that is exactly what is happening this very morning! I sometimes wish you guys could see it when the e-mails are flying, late at night...in emergency mode. Several people are awake, and talking on the phones...making plans...plans to save a dog which may not even still be alive. I am going to show you just a few of those e-mails at the bottom of the page...so you can see how a rescue is put together...late at night. We have renamed this baby from "Harry" to "Dodger"...(he is from Brooklyn after all!:)

Update May 8, 2002 9:45 P.M.
We have the pictures and descriptions of this amazing rescue.

Subj: Our little Dodger rescue
Date: 5/8/2002 8:43:50 PM Central Daylight Time
From: juliette_watt@hotmail.com (JULIETTE WATT)
To: pup3@aol.com CC: CPTHEO4@aol.com, kimlevin@aol.com, LindaAcker@aol.com, BADEHART@aol.com, marydow@epix.net

HERE ARE THE PICS OF DODGER'S RECSUE TODAY!

http://www.jasonwatt.com/harryrescue.html

Darlings....

Today we did something wonderful - today I was supposed to be in North
carolina but I couldn't go - obviously God had a plan for me right here.

It all started last night with frantic calls and emails flying around - BIG
QUESTION - Was this little sad tragic dog called Harry, in those e AWFUL
pictures on Petfinder - was he still alive?? Well - at 8am this morning,
Harlene in NYC said he was and Jason (my wonderful co-pilot-rescue hubby)
and I launched in the car to Brooklyn - first we had to stop in Manhattan
for an appointment for Jason the we drove for about 20 miles to south
Brooklyn to this shelter CCAC where this little guy was. The shelter was
nasty and very smelly but the lady at the shelter MARTHA was a real dear -
she obviously cared about this dog and had named him "HARRY".

We got him out and started the long drive back to NJ - he sat on my lap and
just stared out at the world.... it was heartbreaking. After 2 hrs we
arrived at my airport in Toms River and everyone fell in love with this
little dog.

Anyway - we all got in the plane - Dodger was so sweet - just hooped into
the crate and in less than 40 mins we were meeting Linda Ackerman in Philly.

We got home at 7pm!! We drove 250 miles and flew 140miles!!! and it was
worth every hour and mile...

I'm ready to go again tomorrow :-)))

lotsa luv

Juliette xxx


Juliette, our pilot, and Jason, her husband, with Dodger. Juliette is pointing to this sticker on her plane...!




Small Paws® Rescue Volunteers, Linda Ackerman, Dodger's new foster mom, and Juliette Watt, our pilot!


Juliette said she was crying in this photo...over the shape this baby is in...

UPDATE
Subj: Artful Brooklyn Dodger
Date: 5/8/2002 8:09:50 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3
CC: marydow@epix.net, CPTHEO4
CC: juliette_watt@hotmail.com

Hi All,

want to thank you for all the wonderful "networking" that went on to get this guy out of that shelter.

As soon as my camera unloads, I will be sending everyone pics. Please feel free to forward them if I forgot to include anyone.

Dodger is doing ok. He has kennel cough, but it's not too bad. We will be treating that with clavamox.

He has terribly ulcerated ears. He did pitch a fit when the vet dug in there to get the gobs of wax, pus and blood out. We have a cleaner to use and some panalog, which I already have.

His eyes are cloudy from thickening of the corneas.. might be the start of a cataract, but he can see just fine. I had a teeny little piece of a barb bar in my hand and he wanted it. Knew where it was.

He can also hear. Even thru all the black gook and pus. While I was taking pictures of him, he could hear the clicking and would look my way.

The shelter cut most of his hair off - or should I say, his dreadlocks. There are still quite a few still hanging off his ear flappers and his paws, so the girls in the vet office were singing Reggae' songs to him. :-D

He is going potty outside and just finished a huge bowl of California natural canned food, with some Nutro Natural mixed in.

We have some eye meds -- his right eyelid, is inflammed from tearing, probably from the kennel cough.

There was no murmur detected, which was a surprise to the vet. He weighed in at 11 pounds.

His vet feels that we will be able to estimate his age and his condition in about 2 more weeks, to see if he is responding well to proper nutrition.

At the moment he looks like a little baby piglet, with pink and black skin. OH, and he did squeel at the vets while having his teeth looked at, so I am calling him piglet just for fun.

He had blood drawn for heartworm testing, we'll know the results tomorrow, and we got him some Interceptor. In the condition he was in, it will be another miracle if he is negative. Just for extra protection, he has his St. Francis Medal on.

He's a fiesty little thing. I had him in a puppy panel pen, and he climbed out to get to me. I want to isolate him from my gang, till he's over the KC and to make sure everyhing is ok.

He wants to be hugged. He wants to be carried and held and talked to.

That's the report for tonight. He's doing very good for now. Coughing and a bit snotty, but we'll fix that right up.

Thanks again,

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need


Dodger's Rescue Emails
http://www.smallpawsrescue.org/pup3/dodger.html
This is what is going to happen today...are you ready??!
Subj: Harry in NY
Date: 5/8/2002 8:38:37 AM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3
CC: CPTHEO4

Morning Ladies,

I had the pleasure of speaking to Juliette today.

She and her husband are going to Manhattan and getting him OUT today - around noonish I believe (that's when they open).

They will drive him home to Redbank NJ, and then, he'll board the Small Paws® Rescue Plane and fly his fluff to an air field about 1/2 hour from us, and we'll pick him up.

I have my vet on call -- we have him scheduled for 7:30 tonight for a check up.

I would guess he's dehydrated, anemic, and in pain from those mats. If we have to -- we'll give him a little something to help him relax so we can shave those mats off.

Might try to salvage some of it - but hey, comfort is first and foremost.

Digitial is charged up and ready to go.

Do you have an idea for a name better than HARRY?

I saved his shelter picture, so we can do a little web page of before, during and after. Let's all hope we are not too late for this baby.>
As soon as we have him, and have him evaluated, I will let you all know the status!

The E-mail trail of the rescue of "Harry", now known as "Dodger" from Brooklyn! We now have him and he is on the way to the vet!
Subj: Check out Petfinder PetNotes-is there anybody that can help this one
Date: 5/7/2002 6:42:50 PM Central Daylight Time
From: CPTHEO4
To: Pup3, LindaAcker

Click here: Petfinderits horrible, and disgusting.


Subj: Re: Check out Petfinder PetNotes-is there anybody that can help this one
Date: 5/7/2002 6:54:18 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3

I'm thinking...

have one contact in NY, one in NJ. First though, this shelter makes rescue PAY, can you believe that?

Did that other little bichon get out of there yet? there is now another one.

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need

Subj: Re: Check out Petfinder PetNotes-is there anybody that can help this one
Date: 5/7/2002 6:55:38 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3

Someone needs to do a serious eval on this one and see what is up.

Most of the time, CACC puts them down if they look like this, especiall a senior

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need
Fostering one or two needy babies a time


Subj: Re: Check out Petfinder PetNotes-is there anybody that can help this one
Date: 5/7/2002 6:58:21 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3

HA, well, I see tan/brown -- but that could be filth, blood from fleas, etc. This dog is anemic, I would bet my last puppy treat on it. She needs Nutrical, goats milk and puppy stew.

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need
Fostering one or two needy babies a time

ubj: Re: Check out Petfinder PetNotes-is there anybody that can help this one
Date: 5/7/2002
To: LindaAcker
CC: hfactor24@hotmail.com, marydow@epix.net
CC: CPTheo4@aol.com

Harlene..OK..maybe I am nuts...I have big favor to ask you..now don't faint..ok??? There is a dog in the CACC...it is in VERY VERY BAD shape if it is still alive...Prepare yourself
Click here: Petfinder
We have Linda Acker in PA who will foster him if we can get him out..we have pulled something like this off before.. Small Paws® Rescue: His Amazing Grace What do you think...is there any chance of getting him out..dropping him at a vets..getting him shaved and stabalized..then we could find a way for him to PA? What do you think? Am I nuts??

ubj: Re: Check out Petfinder PetNotes-is there anybody that can help this one
Date: 5/7/2002 8:56:47 PM Central Daylight Time
From: marydow@epix.net (marydow)
To: CPTHEO4@aol.com
CC: Pup3@aol.com, LindaAcker@aol.com, hfactor24@hotmail.com
JULIETTE!!! Harlene can drive him to her and she can fly him to Philly.

From: Pup3@aol.com
To: hfactor24@hotmail.com, LindaAcker@aol.com, marydow@epix.net, >CPTHEO4@aol.com, juliette_watt@hotmail.com
Subject: Harlene..Juliette our pilot is trying to call you..
Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 22:48:20 EDT
>
Her numbers are xxx-xxx-xxxx (cell) xxx-xxx-xxxx and she is awake now..thanks!!

Subj: Miracle about the New York CACC DOG.
Date: 5/7/2002
To: hfactor24@hotmail.com, LindaAcker@aol.com
CC: marydow@epix.net, CPTHEO4@aol.com
CC: juliette_watt@hotmail.com

Ok, our Pilot, Juliette's husband, is going to Manhattan tomorrow morning...IF we can get this dog out, he can bring him home with him to Juliette, who is happy to fly him to Linda...can you believe this?? OK..IF this dog is still alive..and we can get him..this has to be a God thing...and I am going to sing it to the whole country...ok..lets see what we can find out tomorrow morning..Harlene, Juliette is calling you right now.

Subj: Harry in NY
Date: 5/8/2002 8:38:37 AM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3
CC: CPTHEO4

Morning Ladies,

I had the pleasure of speaking to Juliette today.

She and her husband are going to Manhattan and getting him OUT today - around noonish I believe (that's when they open).

They will drive him home to Redbank NJ, and then, he'll board the Small Paws® Rescue Plane and fly his fluff to an air field about 1/2 hour from us, and we'll pick him up.

I have my vet on call -- we have him scheduled for 7:30 tonight for a check up.

I would guess he's dehydrated, anemic, and in pain from those mats. If we have to -- we'll give him a little something to help him relax so we can shave those mats off.

Might try to salvage some of it - but hey, comfort is first and foremost.

Digitial is charged up and ready to go.

Do you have an idea for a name better than HARRY? I don't like that name.

I saved his shelter picture, so we can do a little web page of before, during and after. Let's all hope we are not too late for this baby.

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need

Subj: leaving now
Date: 5/8/2002 3:23:25 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3
CC: CPTHEO4, marydow@epix.net

just got the call from Juliette,

she's at her airport and leaving now ...

we are on our way.

Will talk later. PS, she said he's a sweetheart and had everyone crying

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need

Subj: Re: Harry in Brooklyn CACC
Date: 5/8/2002 5:54:23 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3

I have him....

he did well on the ride home. He didn't make a peep, but while on my lap, he tried to look out the window. Little taily was trying to wag.

Oh, Robin, I don't know if you ever saw mill dogs with tags in their ears, but this guy has a pierced ear. Might have been a stud.

I can see cataracts, he's dehydrated, his skin has black (usually from trauma or ringworm or something like that).

He'll probably come home with SubQ saddlebags

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need


Subj: Re: Think I need ...
Date: 5/8/2002 5:59:07 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3

Kewl,

getting ready to take him to vet, BUT,

did not hear a peep out of him. We were eating a fast dinner, and all of a sudden, he made a yap yap noise. (he's in a kennel for now)

I took him out on a leash and he piddled on a tree, lifted his leg two times and is now bouncing around. We stopped at a Deli on the way home, and got some sandwiches, and something called Koogle? he got a piece and was licking for more.

When we get back, he'll have a big dinner.

UPDATE 8:15 P.M. May 8, 2002
Subj: Artful Brooklyn Dodger
Date: 5/8/2002 8:09:50 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3
CC: marydow@epix.net, CPTHEO4
CC: juliette_watt@hotmail.com

Hi All,

want to thank you for all the wonderful "networking" that went on to get this guy out of that shelter.

As soon as my camera unloads, I will be sending everyone pics. Please feel free to forward them if I forgot to include anyone.

Dodger is doing ok. He has kennel cough, but it's not too bad. We will be treating that with clavamox.

He has terribly ulcerated ears. He did pitch a fit when the vet dug in there to get the gobs of wax, pus and blood out. We have a cleaner to use and some panalog, which I already have.

His eyes are cloudy from thickening of the corneas.. might be the start of a cataract, but he can see just fine. I had a teeny little piece of a barb bar in my hand and he wanted it. Knew where it was.

He can also hear. Even thru all the black gook and pus. While I was taking pictures of him, he could hear the clicking and would look my way.

The shelter cut most of his hair off - or should I say, his dreadlocks. There are still quite a few still hanging off his ear flappers and his paws, so the girls in the vet office were singing Reggae' songs to him. :-D

He is going potty outside and just finished a huge bowl of California natural canned food, with some Nutro Natural mixed in.

We have some eye meds -- his right eyelid, is inflammed from tearing, probably from the kennel cough.

There was no murmur detected, which was a surprise to the vet. He weighed in at 11 pounds.

His vet feels that we will be able to estimate his age and his condition in about 2 more weeks, to see if he is responding well to proper nutrition.

At the moment he looks like a little baby piglet, with pink and black skin. OH, and he did squeel at the vets while having his teeth looked at, so I am calling him piglet just for fun.

He had blood drawn for heartworm testing, we'll know the results tomorrow, and we got him some Interceptor. In the condition he was in, it will be another miracle if he is negative. Just for extra protection, he has his St. Francis Medal on.

He's a fiesty little thing. I had him in a puppy panel pen, and he climbed out to get to me. I want to isolate him from my gang, till he's over the KC and to make sure everyhing is ok.

He wants to be hugged. He wants to be carried and held and talked to.

That's the report for tonight. He's doing very good for now. Coughing and a bit snotty, but we'll fix that right up.

Thanks again,

Linda Ackerman, Director of Cockers in Need

Update
5/12/2002
Subj: PupDate
Date: 5/12/2002 5:40:32 PM Central Daylight Time
From: LindaAcker
To: Pup3
CC: juliette_watt@hotmail.com, CPTHEO4

Hi guys!

Dodger is doing really well. He enjoys his meal time and is catching on to the routine.

He's excellent with my gang. No problems at all. Most of the cockers are in the 25# and up range, and our labby mix is about 62#'s.

Today, while I was out, my husband let him out of his pen, and he slept till I came back home. When I walked in the door, there he was, with the gang, all bouncy and tongue happy to see me.

When he's finished in the yard, he beats me to the back door and waits for me to come in - then sort of does that dance, that back and forth thing, like come on -- come this way, lets go.

Still crys like a wounded moose when we put him to bed. He will love having a mom or dad that lets him in bed with them, or at least, in a bed next to theirs.

He laid on a fluffy bed at my feet today, and chewed and tossed a hoof. He likes them.

Dodge met my sister today, and he was really good -- seemed a little skiddish at first, but then, he asks to have his head petted. Will even rub his head on your foot if it's dangling off the couch.

His skin isn't nearly as flaky as it was when we first got him. He enjoys the oil massages and is even starting to go belly up for them.

Yesterday he went with us for our yearly block yard sale. He got in the car and sat on my lap and enjoyed meeting new people. He was good. Told everyone his story. He was loving all the attention.

His KC cough/snort thing is just about gone. Takes his pills with no problem, and his ears are alot better. No kidding, the vet dug out gobs of goobers. He didn't like that one little bit, but he doesn't give me any problems with I medicate or clean them.

That's the report from the Butternut Spa. Tomorrow, another bath.

Picture Update 5/17/02