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19th December 2008, 06:50 PM
Gift page on Many Tears Rescue (http://www.freewebs.com/manytearsrescue/gift.htm)

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16-12-08 This is Gift and she truly is a little Gift from God. She is unable to walk properly but has the best sweetest temperament despite everything. Please see her slide show to understand her problem more. Gift is 16 months old, and she will be taken to see a specialist tomorrow. We pray the outcome will be good!!! This special little Gift needs our help so that she can run and play like other dogs. Our faith is in our specialist and we hope that she can perform the miracle to help Gift have the life she deserves.

SLIDE SHOW (http://www.slide.com/r/IAxcExyR3D8w1IqDw7sKWLFMy2uqRQhG?previous_view=msc d_embedded_url&view=original) Take a look at Gift's slide show to see how her legs are not working properly.

19-12-08 UPDATE

The specialist says Gift can barely see but thinks it may be possible to correct this. Her knees are locked and, as she cannot extend her legs, she hunches her back which will lead to a back and spine problem if not fixed soon. Despite all this Gift constantly wags her tail, is keen to make friends and loves a fuss.

The specialist is 2½ hours away from us but does a great job at a good rate for the rescue. So for the New Year I need a gift - a gift of time to take this special girl to and from her operation which will be done in SY18. This will be four journeys - 2 to take her and leave her there and 2 to collect her the next day so we need volunteers to take her and bring her back. Even if you can only do one journey please get in touch.

We hope we can find a very special fosterer near here or the specialist so we can co-ordinate this and if we cannot I will foster her myself. However, the best place for Gift will be a foster home where she can get one to one attention with one or two other dogs to help her adjust. She is VERY VERY special and I love her already but will not be adopting her.

If anyone has a better idea run it past me but as is the case for everyone at the moment money is tight. The specialist here has quoted between £500 and £800 so please don't offer what we cannot afford.
Please call the centre on 01269 843084 between 10am and 4pm or email sw.vanatta@virgin.net (sw.vanatta@virgin.net)

24th December 2008, 12:07 AM
22-12-08 UPDATE
Gift has now gone into her foster home in Swansea where she will be taken to and from her vet appointments. She will not be ready for adoption until all her treatments are complete and we will then assess what type of home will be needed. Thank you to everyone who has offered help.
Watch Gift's video to see this beautiful girl. She can move around but is going to need operations on her legs and eyes before she's ready for a home.

Gift video (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vUR2VCzAcOE)
I'm totally in love with this girl :lotsaluv:

24th December 2008, 03:25 PM
Just about the prettiest tri I've seen. I think she would benefit from one of those back leg wheel chair things.

24th December 2008, 03:35 PM
I've just watched the video, get your tissues ready if you watch this. She can walk though oddly. I think with exercise, she'd strengthen up, I wonder what they want to do to her when they operate??

25th December 2008, 01:05 AM
I'm amazed at how well she can actually get around. Maybe they can unlock the knees? Alternatively the wheelie thing sounds brilliant...

25th December 2008, 09:07 AM
O my,that truly is a special little girl...this video just broke my heart ...

25th December 2008, 11:38 PM
Well she really is something special isnt she, I can see why you fell for her. Despite her eye and mobility problems she's getting around like a little trooper. :xfngr: the op will help. Her forever family are gonna be so lucky!

5th January 2009, 12:55 AM
More photos at many tears website

04-01-9 UPDATE

Gift has been with us for two weeks now and really is a GIFT. She has not stopped wagging her tail since she arrived and has happily integrated herself into our household and is happy to be around us all whether we have 2 or 4 legs!!!

In spite of her disabilities she is just SO grateful to be loved and cared for. She has adopted one of my sofa's and even has her own favourite spot on it and will squeeze herself into it regardless of who else is near by.

She is a little nervous of passing through doors but is improving with encouragement. She has been remarkably clean in the house and is beginning to know how to tell us when she wants to go outside but all in all she has done very well. Her appetite is good and her all time favourite is a piece of cheese on toast, a treat all my dogs have on these cold winter days.

She is happy to be cuddled and stroked all day and sleeps so contentedly without a murmur. It is almost as if she is catching up for lost time.

She faces a lot of surgery to improve her quality of life and this will begin shortly but Gift already shows such gratitude in return for being loved that whatever we have to do for her will be worth all that it may entail. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to help her.

18th January 2009, 08:00 PM
Gift page (http://www.freewebs.com/manytearsrescue/gift.htm)



Gift continues to enjoy her life here with my scotties and has really come out of her shell. In spite of her problems she loves to play in the garden and is the first to let me know when it is meal times. Tomorrow she takes the first step of her journey towards a better quality of life and will go to the specialists for the first of her operations.

We hope and pray that not only will it be a complete success but that her recovery will also be swift and uneventful. Please keep all your fingers and toes crossed for her she so deserves a happy, pain free and comfortable life. She is so precious.

Tonight, I collected Gift from the specialists. She has come home on weekend leave after having undergone 3 operations this week. When I saw her I could have cried. Her eye has had to be operated on twice this week and has had to be partly sutured together to ensure it's dressing stays place. Also her left leg has been operated on but is appears to be healing.

She seemed so subdued but who could blame her but obviously knew my voice and hurriedly smelt my clothing as I put my hand into her crate to touch her. After a complete hand over and numerous drops and medicines we started our journey home. She was as good as gold the whole way, over 100 miles and didn't murmur. As soon as I opened my gate her little head lifted and her obvious delight at hearing my dogs bark will never leave my memory I have never seen a tail wag so fast, she knew she was home.

She has to be rested and has a lot of eye drops etc to endure which at the moment are very uncomfortable for her. However she has eaten a really good meal and as I write this has curled up alongside me and is sound asleep.
My earnest desire for little Gift is that all she has endured will bring her the results she so deserves so her sight will be restored.


Today I am devastated. This morning Gift's eye had deteriorated and I rushed her back to my vet. She then had to be transferred to a new
specialist, we have been out for 12 hrs.

The verdict is not good. It seems that Gift has a severe infection and her eye is in a very bad state. There is only a 35% chance that any sight can be restored.

Overnight she will have to have hourly drops, antibiotics and serous fluid derived from her own blood instilled into her eye. Her other eye also needs intense treatment.

I have to update the specialist tomorrow. If her eye stabilizes over night then she will still have to be seen on Monday morning and treatment reviewed. If not then her eye may have to be removed.

Today's treatment alone has cost £358.00 if anyone can donate to help this little sweetheart please please do so. My nursing skills have come in very handy for Gift I shall do my utmost to help save her sight please help Many Tears to help her.

If you want to donate towards Gift's treatment please send a cheque to Many Tears Animal Rescue, Cwmlogin House, Cefniethin, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA14 7HB and write "For Gift" on the back. THANK YOU.

18th January 2009, 09:01 PM
O no, I dont believe it, I was really rooting for this little girl. This has really tugged at my heart strings, the poor little girl. Davy you are going straight to heaven for the kindness you are showing this little girl. She is in my prayers, sending lots of positive energy her way for a complete and speedy recovery. And even if she does lose her eye, she can have a really good quality of life anyway. I know many dogs with disabilities like this and they really do take it in their stride. I hope it doesnt resort to this but if it does, she will be just fine (hopefully).

This little girl truly deserves a happy and comfortable life. My thoughts are with you Davy and all the great work that you are doing.

18th January 2009, 09:28 PM
Hi edel

I just post the updateds, the real ones going to heaven are 'many tears rescue' who have taken in many dogs and make sure they get given every chance.

As for dogs with disabilities taking things in their stride, I know all about that as my one is disable and one of her disabilities is blindness but that didn't stop her, getting past the all obstical to raiding the food waste bin in the middle of the night for that lump of meat I said she couldn't have. ;)

21st January 2009, 06:51 PM
Gift page (http://www.freewebs.com/manytearsrescue/gift.htm)

Gift was seen by the specialist again yesterday. Thankfully her eye had stabilized enough for her to have an ultrasound scan of the back of the eye. The structures at the back of her eye, although not completely unaffected are not too badly damaged.

Two specialist vets examined her very carefully. It was decided that Gifts best chance of retaining some sight is to continue with medical treatment. A surgical approach would be more likely to fail as the lesion affecting her Cornea is so large that only a small peripheral area remains healthy. It is a serious infection.

She continues to need hourly medication which continues to include the instillation of her own serous fluid directly into her eye as well as eye drops antibiotics and pain killers. It will be a long long process. She is to be seen again by the specialist on Thursday. Her eyesight in the other eye is also very poor so she has been started on long term medication for that too, and that will be reviewed in 3 months time.

Her leg appears to be healing well and she is weight bearing and moving well, all be it slowly and with trepidation. Her appetite is good and her spirits remain good particularly when she is at home.
This poor little girl has been through so much in such a short space of time please pray for her and help if you can she is depending on it.

22nd January 2009, 09:27 AM
Poor little baby, she's just the cutest thing!:lotsaluv:

I hope she makes a full recovery & gets the forever home she deserves.

Was she given up because of her 'disabilities'?

22nd January 2009, 01:26 PM
As far as I know, Gift was given up to Many Tears by a puppy farmer.

22nd January 2009, 01:29 PM
:xfngr: Gift finds her forever home soon :lotsaluv:

26th January 2009, 10:38 PM
I'm in love with that girl, I've been following her since Davy first posted. I've been waiting for her to go up for adoption, but my guess is the foster will fail!
So I'm not getting my hopes up.

Jen and Ilsa

2nd February 2009, 08:12 PM
Gift page (http://www.freewebs.com/manytearsrescue/gift.htm)


29-01-09 Here is Gift after having had one eye and one leg operated on. Gentle patient and a sweetheart throughout - this is one very special girl.

Brian M
2nd February 2009, 09:02 PM
Hi Davy

Are donations still needed and if so is it a c/e to Many Tears with just Gift written on back.:)

2nd February 2009, 09:11 PM
Hi Brian

I'm not involed with MT's, I just post the links but further up the page it has this.

If you want to donate towards Gift's treatment please send a cheque to Many Tears Animal Rescue, Cwmlogin House, Cefniethin, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA14 7HB and write "For Gift" on the back. THANK YOU.She only just had her first operation and I know she will need more. So I think they still need to raise money for her.

3rd February 2009, 06:23 PM

gift has again been seen by the eye specialist. The damaged cornea on her eye is improving slowly. She is not out of the woods yet but some progress is being made.

She now has 2 hourly eye care and is still on antibiotics but so far so good. Through all this she has behaved impeccably and continues to wag her tail almost non stop.

Her leg continues to heal well and we are soon of for a check up on that too. She still has a long way to go and will need eye medication for life particularly if her left eye is to be preserved and the limited sight she has improved.

Please help her if you can as all this treatment costs a fortune. She is a little dog with a huge heart and really deserves this chance to have her health restored - she is depending on it.