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Our Magnificent Minnie

by Susan Linden on Friday, May 18, 2012

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Minnie Blue

Minnie in her casts November 2006

Minnie came into Rescue on September 14, 2006, when she was only five months old.

Born in a puppy mill, she had been sold at a Petland store in June and returned in September. The puppy was not walking properly and was having trouble breathing. The family’s veterinarian had suggested euthanizing her and the family wanted their money back. Petland sent the pup on to another local veterinary practice, where the staff fell in love with her. They called us.

Minnie was, in fact, walking on her carpal joints.

We took Minnie to VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, where she was examined by Dr. Steven Abel, a board-certified surgeon. He told us that her condition was most likely the result of her not having had a surface that provided good footing as she was growing. Being kept only in a wire cage, for example, may cause this disorder.

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Baby Bones Grows Up

by Susan Linden on Friday, May 4, 2012

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Bones was the tiniest puppy.

Bones arrives in Rescue in May 2010.

In May 2010 Dalmatian Rescue of Illinois rescued six puppies that were in dire straits. They were taken immediately to Glencoe Animal Hospital for evaluation and care. About five weeks old, the puppies were severely underweight and soaked in their own urine.

The smallest one tipped the scales at only 2 pounds 8 ounces. The staff at the veterinary hospital named him Bones.

Bones was dehydrated and emaciated. “Starving puppy” was the diagnosis that the vet gave him. She noted that with “excellent nursing care this puppy may survive.”

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Anna Goes Home

by Susan Linden on Friday, April 6, 2012

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Anna on her way home

Anna, a beautiful senior Dalmatian, went home to Michigan on Wednesday, March 14, with her new family. They are delighted with her and report that she is settling in without a problem.

Anna has had a life full of ups and downs.

She originally belonged to a woman who grew too old to care for her and gave her to the family next door. These people soon moved away and left Anna behind in the home, alone. Concerned neighbors  called local animal control authorities, who came and rescued Anna.

Anna was adopted by a fire department, where she spent the next five years.

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