Last November, three elderly chihuahua sisters arrived at the shelter. Someone had abandoned them and left them in a box behind a vet hospital. These sweet dogs made some vet staff friends who took them in, fixed them up, and cared for them. They named the dogs Drew, Cameron (Cammy) and Lucy (Lulu) after “Charlie’s Angels,” because of their angelic personalities. Eventually, they were brought to the shelter. All three girls had some serious medical concerns. Lucy and Drew had very large hernias and one of Lucy’s back legs appeared to be broken or dislocated.
A few weeks later, Nurse Naomi took our lovely ladies home with her. Initially it was only going to be an overnight stay, but after seeing how sweet the dogs were and how happy they were to be in a home, Naomi and her husband Jim decided to foster them.
Everything was going great but a few days later, it became apparent that Cammy was not feeling well. She became lethargic and wouldn’t eat. Naomi took her to the vet where she was diagnosed with pyometra, which is a life-threatening infection that can develop in middle-aged or older female dogs when they are not spayed. Cammy underwent emergency surgery a few hours later and spent a few nights in the vet hospital. When she finally returned back to her new home, all three sisters were so overjoyed to see each other! They all hugged and cuddled and we all knew Cammy would be fine!
Unfortunately, the happiness didn’t last very long. A few days after the joyful reunion, Drew stopped eating. That night, she began crying and seemed to be in pain. Naomi took her to the vet the following morning where she was also diagnosed with pyometra. Drew underwent the same emergency surgery that Cammy had. Drew’s surgery was more complex because she had a large hernia. Fortunately, the doctors were able to repair Drew’s hernia while she was having surgery. This has dramatically improved her quality of life!
Knowing that Lucy was at high risk for developing the same infection, Naomi took her to the vet the next day to get her spayed. The morning of surgery, Lucy appeared lethargic and didn’t seem herself. Unfortunately, Lucy had also developed pyometra. While in surgery, it was discovered that Lucy’s infection had spread throughout her entire abdomen. The vet said that Lucy was critically ill. Knowing the bond the three dogs share, once Lucy was recovered from surgery, Naomi snuck Cammy into the vet hospital to see her. When they first approached, Lucy was laying very quietly, almost lifeless, in a cage with an IV hanging. But when Lucy saw her sister, her eyes brightened and she immediately sat up and wagged her tail! Everyone was so happy to see Lucy so full of life. That sisterly loving bond was just what Lucy needed to get her through her critical illness! Knowing their strong bond, both dogs were discharged early and the three spent Thanksgiving together.
Since that time, Lucy developed a complication from the initial infection and required another procedure. She is still getting antibiotics but is doing wonderfully! The sisters love their new home and are now officially permanent members, as Jim and Naomi have officially adopted them! They enjoy their home and get along well with their new brothers and sister. They are soaking up all of the attention and have even gone on walks in the neighborhood (Lucy directs the walks from the stroller!) They are happy and healthy, more importantly, are together and are very loved!
These dogs were clearly treated very poorly prior to their arrival in our foster family. Our goal as Sammy’s Hope was to get them healthy and give them the best life they have ever known. Their medical care was expensive and we incurred large medical bills to make this happen. Would you please consider donating to help defray the cost of these surgeries? Sammy’s Hope and the three Chihuahua sisters thank you very much!