Good Bye, Krispy Bacon

Good Bye, Krispy Bacon

On Friday we lost our sweet Krispy Bacon. Many have been following his story and this isn’t the update we wanted to share. In the eight weeks since his surgery KB has had some really good days and showed progress, though he was also battling skin and bladder infections that we hoped would clear up. Unfortunately they began to get worse last week, and to further complicate his recovery, he began having seizures. With each one he lost muscle tone and his voluntary reflexes and his condition and quality of life was fading quickly.

After discussing KB’s declining condition with our veterinary team, the rescue, his vets and his foster family made the hardest decision ever.  We all knew KB’s body was tired and that he was suffering. He had pushed on for as long as he could, and we had to look past our own sadness and do what was best for KB.  Krispy Bacon was laid to rest on Friday.  He was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

 

(Krispy Bacon’s Story as published on Razoo/Mightccause.com 02.14.18)

A Rehab Success Story

Krispy Bacon, or KB as we like to call him, came to Save-a-Bull in December as part of our Heal-a-Bull program – a program dedicated to dogs that need extra TLC and medical attention prior to adoption.

KB was born with a congenital spine compression, which limits his mobility. In addition to that he was terribly overweight which further complicated his ability to walk and use his back legs. After a month in rescue with his committed foster, KB had lost significant weight and through physical therapy sessions  was making great progress using his legs. Though he would always need special care and ongoing therapy, KB was ready to be a regular dog and was adopted.

Bad News

One month later, we got word that the adopter wanted to return KB as “things weren’t working out.”  We made arrangements to have him dropped off at our Bake Sale event on February 10 and upon his arrival immediately realized things had changed drastically for him.  He was unable to walk, he was completely incontinent and his physical appearance was alarming – he had sores and irritations all over his back legs and stomach, and he reeked of urine.

We immediately assessed his condition to determine if he was in pain (he wasn’t) and we went about cleaning him up.  He seemed to enjoy a warm bath and all the attention. We contacted our vetting partner and made arrangements to have him seen for an evaluation first thing Monday morning. KB’s foster spent the weekend loving on him and keeping him comfortable.

Immediate Medical Care

At our Monday appointment, the vet determined that KB needed specialized care and referred us to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital; we were to bring KB to the clinic immediately. KB was admitted to the ER overnight and would be transferred to Neurology Services in the morning.

On Tuesday morning, the neurologist did a full exam and MRI on KB and thankfully found positive signs: KB still had reflexes in both his rear legs, and good range of motion with no pain. He had good sphincter muscle reflexes as well.  However, KB was going to need surgery to stabilize his spine – the  goal being to prevent further paralysis and return his mobility to as good as, if not better than, before he was adopted.

Since time was of the essence, KB went straight to surgery Tuesday afternoon to put  five pins in his spine . That evening the doctors reported that everything went well and KB was waking up without complications. He would spend the night in ICU  and the rest of the week at the hospital.

The Long Road Ahead

Once KB is released from the U of M he will send 4-6 weeks on crate rest. After that, he and his foster will return to his physical therapy routine as they try to rebuild his strength to walk again.

We are thrilled that Krispy Bacon is getting the care he needs and deserves. And thankful that we have the funds in our Heal-a-Bull program to be able to take on unexpected situations like this. But KB’s bills are going to make a huge impact on our funds. This very specialized care comes at a cost:

  • Neurologist eval: $150
  • ER stay: $500/night
  • MRI: $2,000
  • Surgery: $4,000
  • Hospital stay: $250/night
  • Physical Therapy: $750 for eval and 8 sessions

These are the fixed costs we have right now, but know we will have added expenses for a second neurologist evaluation, follow up visits and ongoing care.

Please consider a donation to our Heal-a-Bull program to help with KB’s medical care.

 

02.15.18 POST OP UPDATE

Kristy Bacon is the hit of the University hospital.  They all know who he is and giggle when they say his name.  They call him the “Charming Bulldog!” His foster went to visit him last night and he was thrilled to have the company!

KB is completely off of all IV meds and is eating like a champ, though he gets tired pretty easy.  They tried to get him to stand today with a sling and he was having no part of it.  He is having his bladder expressed and not urinating on his own…yet.  Spinal surgery is no joke, but all in all he is exactly where the doctors expect he should be 24 hours post-op.
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and sent their well wishes to Krispy Bacon over the last 24 hours. Your good vibes are making all the difference in this sweet boy’s progress!

 

02.18.18 A Good Weekend

KB came home from the hospital on Friday and has been resting comfortably. We’ll share more about his care and rehab, and all it entails in a coming update. But right now we are seeing positive signs that KB is starting to feel better! He is playing with toys and wanting to interact with his foster family more.  Today was the first time he slept on his side and he was so comfortable he was snoring.

Since he has been feeling so much better, they decided to take a walk and get some fresh air.  KB sat in his cart and they took a trip around the block. This also was a first for KB;  When he first came into rescue he wasn’t able to walk any distance so he’s never actually been on a walk before! He was very proud to cruise the neighborhood in his “Red Limo.”

02.28.18 KB’s First Vet Follow Up

KB went to the vet yesterday for his 10 day post op check up.  His incision looks great and his stitches were removed.

Doctors say he is exactly where he should be for having spine surgery 10 days ago: his reflexes are becoming more responsive and he is voluntarily urinating.

Best of all we are seeing KB’s want to get up and move! He still needs to be on crate rest/restrictive movement for the next four weeks so it’s going to be a challenge – anyone ever tried to tell a stubborn bulldog they can’t do something?

KB’s next medical appointment is in two weeks. He’ll get a full set of x-rays and we’ll be able to start making determinations for his ongoing care and rehab.

KB is a definitely a favorite at the clinic. He loved all the attention and was truly enjoying his visit.

He’s grateful for all your support and well wishes!

 

03.28.18 KB Starts Therapy

After weeks of crate rest, a restless Krispy Bacon had his first post op therapy session yesterday. The therapists worked on some stretches and mobility exercises to test his leg strength. He enjoyed the attention from the staff as they examined, stretched and moved his legs and hips! He will be attending weekly sessions but until his rear legs get stronger he won’t be able to use the water treadmill.  

He was sent home with twice daily exercise homework to help his progress. With the warmer weather, he’s hoping to be able to get outside to do some of his exercises while he works on outdoor potty breaks.

2019 Pin Up Pets Calendar Photo Sessions

2019 Pin Up Pets Calendar Photo Sessions

Although spring has barely sprung, it’s time to talk about our 2019 Calendar Fundraiser! Save-a-Bull calendars featuring pit bulls (and some non-pit bulls) have raised thousands of dollars for rescue over the bast several years. And they have supported breed advocacy as the public begins to see and understand these beautiful dogs for the amazing pets they are.

Once again, we are partnering with Tangerine House of Design for the “Pin Up Pets” calendar photo fundraiser.

How does it work?

You book a photo session at Tangerine House of Design and have your dog photographed by an award-winning photographer. She won’t charge you a sitting fee, instead will ask for a donation to rescue in the amount of your choosing.

One image from each session will be put online for voting once all sessions are complete.  Votes are just $1.00 each and the top vote-getter will win the coveted calendar cover, the next 12 will be featured inside the calendar.  Be sure you have all your friends, family, co-workers and online acquaintances vote! Stuffing the ballot box is encouraged as all the money raised will go to Save-a-Bull to help care for the dogs in rescue.  The link will appear here when the polls open.

That’s it!

 

Of course, you’ll probably want to see these amazing pictures of your dog before they go online for voting. And you’ll probably want to order prints as well. Don’t worry, Tangerine has you covered and there’s an option to go for a more inclusive photo session that will still support rescue in the process. Special packages and products will be available for ordering for those who select the Full Pin-Up Pets Session

All sessions will take place during the month of May. But space is limited so book your appointment now!

BOOK HERE> https://tangerine.brownbookit.com/schedules

 

Meet Georgia and Sadie

Meet Georgia and Sadie

Meet Georgia (Gia) on the right, and Sadie, left. Michael Hicks and Jess Florek adopted Georgia from Save-a-Bull as a puppy and began fostering when she was about one year old. When she was three, they foster failed with Sadie who was about a year old at the time. They are the perfect match for each other and bonded immediately.

Georgia and Sadie have a big sister/little sister relationship. Georgia always looks after Sadie, and they love to snuggle up together and be close. And they are partners in crime: Georgia will distract Sadie, Sadie will react by barking at the window, and then Georgia will steal your food from the table!

They love the word ‘Grandma’ and car rides are the best; they lead to adventures, pup cones and training classes (Georgia likes high flying training classes like agility, Sadie is more of an “obedience” kind of girl).

Georgia and Sadie love the outdoors would stay outside all day on the summer baking in the sun is if Mike and Jess let them. They also love walks, bike rides and camping.

They also like to help with house projects, especially painting – and come away with white noses and tails on a regular basis. They really enjoy spending time together in their newly remodeled kennel spaces in their very own room, complete with shiplap and a chandelier.

Georgia and Sadie are also tremendous foster siblings! They happily welcome foster dogs into the house and love puppies and dogs of all shapes and sizes. Sadie is the one that plays with them until they pass out, and Georgia is the one to make sure they follow the rules, don’t get too crazy, and know the boundaries.

“Georgia is a complete mommy’s girl. She is stubborn, smart, serious and very sensitive. Sadie is a derp. She wants to please so she loves obedience training. She has a silly playful personality that makes us smile” say Mike and Jess. “More than anything they demand attention and love, and we sure love to give it to them. “

 

Georgia and Sadie were photographed by Tangerine House of Design as part of our annual Save-a-Bull calendar fundraiser and contest. Watch for next year’s contest details coming soon!

Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties

If you’re a dog parent, you know they love to sleep. But why do they sleep so much, and are they really dreaming when you see their paws twitch in their sleep? Keep reading to discover the answers to these questions and more.

How much do dogs sleep?

On average, dogs spend 12 to 14 hours per day sleeping. Your dog’s particular sleep needs may vary around that range, depending on his age, size, breed, activity level, and overall health:

  • Larger breeds tend to sleep more than smaller breeds.
  • Working dogs with activity-filled days sleep less, while those who lead sedentary lives will sleep more.
  • Puppies can spend up to 20 hours sleeping a day. Growing and learning how to be a dog takes a lot of energy!
  • As dogs age into their senior years, they spend more time sleeping since they tire more easily.

Wild dogs and wolves may sleep even more than domesticated dogs. They have to hunt for their food, which expends more energy. When food is scarce, they need to conserve their energy. An expedient way to do that is by sleeping.

Do dogs experience the same sleep cycles as humans?

Like humans and other mammals, dogs progress through different stages of sleep. Also like us, dogs experience REM sleep.

The main difference between dog sleep and human sleep is how much time they spend in the different stages, as well as a dog’s tendency to sleep in bursts throughout the day. Dogs tend to experience sleep-wake cycles of 16 minutes asleep, 5 minutes awake – quite the contrast with our typical sleep-wake cycle of 7 to 9 hours asleep, 15 to 17 hours awake.

When dogs fall asleep, they enter deep sleep. Their breathing and heart rate slow while their blood pressure drops. About 10 minutes in, they enter REM sleep and dream like humans. You can often identify this stage because their eyes roll under their eyelids, and they may start twitching in their sleep as they dream of chasing after squirrels.

Since dogs are always on the alert to protect their pack from intruders, they’re able to wake more easily. It’s common for them to wake up before completing a full sleep-wake cycle, from deep to REM sleep. As a result, scientists estimate they need to sleep more often overall in order to get their sufficient amount of REM.

What does a day in the life of a dog look like?

The typical dog spends half of his day asleep, and nearly a third of his day just lying around. The rest of his day is reserved for playing, using the restroom, and begging for treats.

Dogs are flexible sleepers. They have no problem adjusting their sleep schedule to their owner’s needs. If you work a 9 to 5 job, your dog may adapt to spend more of the daytime sleeping, so he can be awake and available to play with you when you get home at night. Working dogs like police or service dogs have more energy, and can stay awake for longer stretches of time performing their important duties.

Dogs don’t sleep as deeply as we do. That’s why they can wake up immediately if necessary and bound out of bed to raise the alarm for an intruder or gobble up the kibble as you pour it.

When is my dog sleeping too much?

If you note drastic changes in the amount of time your dog spends sleeping, or he seems excessively lethargic, it could be indicative of a larger problem. Lethargy is a common symptom of diabetes, parvovirus, Lyme disease, depression, and hypothyroidism in dogs.

If a major upset occurs in the life of your dog, such as the death of a loved one or a big move, he may sleep more or less than usual. This is a normal reaction, as dogs find comfort in routine and a major change affects their emotional wellbeing, but keep an eye out if their sleep doesn’t return to normal within a reasonable amount of time.

Some dogs with shorter noses are also at risk for sleep apnea, which can make your dog more tired during the day due to experiencing less restful sleep.

What are the common dog sleep positions?

Does your dog have a favorite sleeping position? Dogs tend to sleep in one of three positions, and they have a reason why for each.

  • On their side with four legs stretched out: This is a comfortable position for your dog when he’s feeling very relaxed. It also exposes some of his belly to the air which can help him cool down.
  • On their back with all four paws in the air: When a dog is in this position, he’s at his most vulnerable. It’s the toughest for him to get up from and it exposes his neck and belly. If you catch him in this position, you know that he feels safe and secure. It’s also a good way for him to cool down since his belly is exposed.
  • Curled in a ball: This is the least comfortable position for a dog to sleep in, as it requires them to use their muscles to stay curled up. However, it is the easiest for them to spring up upon waking, making it a defensive position. Dogs who have been abused or are unsure of their environment often sleep in this position. However, sometimes dogs sleep curled up simply to keep warm.

Your dog may sleep in any of these positions with their back to you, or another human or animal member of the pack. In dog packs, dogs sleep close to each other for comfort and safety, so consider this a high honor. Your dog views you as part of the pack!

How can I help my dog get better sleep?

Follow these tips to give your pup more restful shuteye.
1. Give your dog plenty of exercise and playtime during the day to stimulate his mind and tire him out by bedtime.
2. Feed your dog well. Some pet foods contain fewer nutrients than others, which can lower your dog’s energy during the day.
3. Don’t miss your vet check-ups. These regular appointments are a good way to identify any health conditions early on.
4. Give your dog a comfortable place to sleep.
• If you choose to share your bed with your dog, like nearly half of dog owners do, make sure you get a mattress that’s big enough for everyone to fit, and offers excellent motion isolation so you’re not woken up by them moving around. Memory foam and latex mattresses are good options for pet owners.
• If you prefer your dog sleeps in a kennel or dog bed, make it cozy like a den would be in the wild. Give them a blanket or even a dirty old t-shirt that smells like you to provide comfort. There are various dog beds available to suit your dog’s favorite sleep positions – big ones made for stretching out vs. small nesting beds for those who like to curl up.

All of this is true, and as dog parents we’ve seen it first hand – every day. We asked Save-a-Bull adopters to share photos of their dogs showing off their best sleeping skills and here’s a little of what we got! Enjoy:

Article source www.tuck.com

Female/Female Dog Households

Female/Female Dog Households

The conversation comes up all the time, and it’s been a topic of discussion again recently: “Should you, or should you not, have two female dogs in the same household?” We hear plenty of stories about two females that get along great together – and that’s amazing, but it’s not typical. There are countless research studies that show females have a higher rate of aggression toward other females than they do toward males, or than males have toward other males. And we have to give creed to all this information. Here are just a few snipits of this type of research:

“There is a higher incidence of aggressive behavior between dogs of the same sex. Two males or two females will often view each other as rivals, even if they appear to get along most of the time. This is a fact for every breed.”
Source: http://www.pbrc.net/

“When two dogs of the same sex live in a household together, they are required to decide which one will be the top dog and which one will be the bottom dog. The ‘decision making’ can become nasty and even violent. The ultimate pecking order can have an undesirable effect on both of the dog’s personalities—one of the dogs can become dominant to an unhealthy degree and the other can be pushed so far into submission that it’s not good for him. In this common scenario, the top dog becomes tyrannical and the bottom dog lives a nerve-wracking life of perpetual submission. This is an unyieldingly stressful set of circumstances for the entire household.”
Source: https://www.canidae.com/blog/2012/02/does-gender-matter-when-adopting-second/

“Generally, I like male/female pairings in a two-dog household, then male/male pairings, with female/female pairings at the bottom of the list. That is not to say you can’t see successful duos with all of these combos, but I think most behavior consultants would agree that the worst cases of interdog aggression are usually between females, and when these dogs live in the same home, managing the situation can be a nightmare for the owners — and is tough on the dogs, too. Generally, a second dog of the opposite sex is a good idea for most families.”
Source: http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/5-things-to-consider-second-dog

“Same-sex dogs are more likely to fight. Two males (or two females) are much more likely to fight than a male and a female. This is true of every breed, not just pit bulls, because two dogs of the same sex are likely to see each other as rivals.”
Source: http://www.bullymax.com

“The first thing that might be surprising to most people is that female dogs are more often involved in fights than are males. [In a recent study] only 32 percent of aggressive incidents involved conflict between two males, while in the remaining 68 percent, females were active participants. This is consistent with previous research which showed that when females get into an aggressive situation, injuries are apt to be more severe and the fights tend to be longer and more furious.”
Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201404/aggression-between-dogs-in-the-same-household

To sum up, Save-a-Bull’s position is this: dog aggression is a behavior found in every breed, but because of their breed history, pit bulls might be less tolerant of other dogs. Add to this the research showing female dogs are less tolerant of other females and it can create a recipe for disaster. As pit bull advocates and owners, it is our responsibility to understand our dogs and to put them in a position to succeed. It is because of this that we will not place a female dog into a home with another female dog.

“Let’s not blame the dogs for a trait bred into them by the evilness of man. Let’s understand them instead, so we can provide responsible ownership and give them a chance to show the world why they are so deserving of our love.
~ Unknown

Fall in Love with Mr. February, Bo

Fall in Love with Mr. February, Bo

This handsome hunk is four year old pit mix Bo. He was adopted from Rochester Animal Control by Adrianne and Jacob and is the light of their lives. Bo loves his toys, especially his Kong balls as you can tell from his photos. He also loves playing fetch, even if he doesn’t give the ball back 100% of the time.

Recently, Bo got a new sister when Adrianne and Jacob adopted from Save-a-Bull. Her name is Zelda (fka Bridget). Although Bo was a tad bit hesitant of his new sister at first, they soon grew to love each other and are now the best of buds!

Bo was photographed by Tangerine House of Design as part of our annual Save-a-Bull calendar fundraiser and contest. Watch for next year’s contest details coming later this year, or purchase your 2018 calendar here.