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Note on donations and Cushing's disease

From: Cheri C.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:32 PM

Happy Tuesday!

Tiny Willie Wonka and big strong standard Redford.  (What great names!)

What a great turnout for the meet-up on Saturday! Thanks to everyone for coming!  We had a big group with nearly 40 wieners!  I think we had just about every kind of wiener covered, too!  From tiny 3 mo old Willie Wonka to big handsome Redford.  Wires, smooths, longhairs, and mixes...solids, dapples, double dapples and piebalds!  It was just a great group and everyone got along well!

Dusty met his "dappleganger" Jinga at the meet-up!  He thought he was looking in a mirror...I thought I was seeing double!  Jinga is the Nelson's blind foster dog with Hands Hearts and Paws.  He had fun sniffing and exploring among other wieners just like himself.  (Little did he know that one of them was his "twin"!)

I will get pix posted soon. Thought I'd share a few teasers.  ;)  It was just too nice out the past few days to spend them on the computer editing pix. So I'll start on that today.

2 of Mama Daisy's "babies" came to visit!  At 6 months, Phil (red) and Henry (choc double dapple) are already bigger than her!  She said hello and then was done with them.  Time to work on finding her own forever home! ;)  Sweet Daisy is still available for adoption through Wag N Train Terrier Rescue.  (Wag N Train alum and doxie mix Eddie was watching the puppies in the background b/c he really wanted to play!)

Bob Wire was looking for his forever home, too...from the comfort of Lorenzo's lap!  Bobby is still available for adoption through Wag N Train Terrier Rescue, also.  But NDR foster Star (aka, The Jumper!) may have found her forever home on Saturday!  Cross your fingers that everything works out for her.

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Spring has Sprung?


The beautiful weather on Sunday and Monday has made me start thinking about Spring Cleaning! Did I hear everyone moan and groan?  Before throwing everything you want out of your house away, I have a few ideas on how to recycle things so they get used again and actually help a good cause!

1.  If it's new/unused/barely used (or at least looks that way), donate it for raffle baskets. There are a few dog rescue fundraisers coming up here in April (Canine Carnival-Promise 4 Paws, 4/5) and May (Terrier Games-Wag N Train, 5/3) that we can make some raffle baskets for to raise money for needy dogs.  Let me know if you have any items you want to donate and we can arrange pick up/drop off. (Or you can just bring them to a meet-up.)

Remember they can be dog related, like toys, treats, harnesses/collars/leashes, clothing, blankets, dog beds, etc or non dog related like jewelry, accessories, bath and beauty supplies, gift cards, candles, kitchen items, wine, home decor, etc.

2.  Those of you who sew, if you have any fabric/material that you no longer want or need, Dapper Dog would be more than happy to take it off your hands for you! As you know, we make bandanas, ties, flowers, belly bands, coats, etc and a portion of our proceeds go to dog rescue.  The less fabric we have to buy, the more money we can donate to help rescue dogs.  Our "staff" would like to thank you for all your support.  

3.  All spring and summer, the various local dog rescues have garage sales. If you have stuff you don't want or need anymore, but it's not raffle basket material, consider keeping it just long enough to donate it to one of the dog rescue garage sales.  I will try to keep up with them this spring/summer and post their dates/locations so you can drop off your no longer needed items (and the sale of those items will help rescue dogs!), and maybe do a little shopping to help support the rescues, too!

Bonnie Price, who ran the HUA garage sale last year, has already contacted me to let me know she's going to host another this year.  She was so thankful for all the support the "dachshund people" gave HUA.  I guess we made a positive impression on her.  How could we not?  We're dachshund lovers, right?  

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Although I have brought it up just recently, you can donate raffle items and fabric any time, year round.  There are fundraisers throughout the year, although it seems they slow down over the winter and pick back up right about now.

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Cushing's Disease

The Polson's Linus

I wanted to send out some info that might help some of you.  The Polsons got the news last month that yet another of their boys, Linus, has Cushing's disease. This will be their 3rd dachshund now.  As you may know, the Polsons have a soft spot for the seniors, and unfortunately Cushings sometimes comes with age.  (Although it can start around the age 6, usually it doesn't begin until a little later in life.)

Something I didn't know, Dachshunds are one of the breeds most likely to get Cushings. (Also listed were Poodles, Boston Terriers, and Boxers.)  So I thought I might look into it a little bit so we are all a little more informed on what to watch for as our own doxies age.  (The Polson's vet caught it b/c Linus had lost all the hair on his tail.  That was a warning sign for him to start looking a little further into it.)

Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is the overproduction of the hormone cortisol by the adrenal glands that are located in the belly near the kidneys.  Cortisol affects many organs and systems in the body differently, so it really throws the body out of whack and causes different issues with the body and how it functions.  Left untreated, Cushing's is deadly.  However, there are medicines that can help control Cushing's and make your dog's symptoms more manageable.

After skimming several articles, here is a list of possible symptoms  (remember the cortisol affects many different organs and systems in the body...):

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased panting
  • Pot-bellied abdomen
  • Obesity
  • Fat pads on the neck and shoulders
  • Loss of hair (usually not on legs or head, though)
  • Lack of energy
  • Inability to sleep (insomnia)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Appearance of blackheads on the skin
  • Thin skin (from weight gain)
  • Bruising (from thin, weakened skin)
  • Hard white scaly patches on the skin, elbows, etc. (associated with the disease calcinosis cutis)

Don't panic if you see just one of these symptoms.  For instance, if your doxie is chubby and always begs for food and acts like they're starving....that is pretty common for a dachshund!  But if you see a combination of the symptoms, or an increase that can't be explained you might want to get them checked out.  So if they are chubby, esp with a pot belly, always begging for food, and have started drinking a ton of water recently (and it's not particularly hot out, or they haven't done anything taxing like taken a walk or played outside.)  You probably want to get them into a vet just to get them checked out.  Add in them losing hair, definitely get them checked out!  Better safe than sorry!

Romeo

I'm sure if you have questions, the Polson's might be able to answer some of them for you.  Unfortunately, they have been through this 2 times already.  They just lost their Romeo over the winter due to complications from his Cushing's.

And to the Polsons, our get well wishes go out to Linus.  I, for one, admire what you do for the senior wieners that need a loving retirement home.  You open your hearts to the ones that need it most.  God Bless You!

Randy Polson holding Fred and Andy, both former puppy mill papas.  Although they have lived rough lives in the past, they now are spoiled, pampered and loved they way they deserve to be!

Judy Polson finally got a girl!  She's had a long string of boys, but she fell in love when this sweet little girl came prancing along.  Katie only has one eye, and although she can see out of her remaining eye, her vision isn't great.  She will be blind one day.  Of course, that doesn't matter to Judy.  All the more reason to love her sweet little fur-girl.

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Have a good week.  Hold on tight to those wieners or they might just blow away!!!

~Cheri and the troop

 

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