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Zoe bowie
15th June 2010, 12:23 PM
Hi All

Please meet Bonnie, she is supposidly 6, but I would say she is closer to 8, my cousin took her from a puppy farm in Wexford over the weekend, and had asked me to take care of her, or try to find her a home. I traveled to Enniscourty to meet this little woman, I have to say she is so adorable, very placid & was timid in the beginning.

First thing I noticed about her was she stank from high heaven and her coat was very matted, her ears dirty, but she is a healthy weight. Her back is boughed and her tummy almost touches the ground from all her puppies :mad: I didn't examine her any more and just let her relax beside me, she was unsure about coming inside to me, but after a little coaxing and some chicken she soon got the hand of it :D

I asked my cousin what the conditions were like at the 'farm', he told me that there was approx 20-25 puppies in a pen area, which was in a yard, full of gravel and dirt, there were not only Cavaliers but what appeared to be small white fluffy dogs , possible Bichon or similar. When the breeder went in to get the nuggets for Bonnie, he could hear loads of barking, he reckons about 30 more adult dogs-I am glad I didn't go there, I would probably be in Mountjoy Prison if I had! It just makes me so sad that these dogs are kept like this, but we got Bonnie out, that's the important thing.

I drove home to Dublin with Bonnie sitting safely on the passenger sear (harnessed in), she was as good as gold, I had come prepared, chicken stuffed kong kept her quiet on her journey & a couple of head rubs settled her. When I got her home, I had to give her a bath, as she was very very dirty & smelly, again chicken kept her focused and relaxed...it was during this bath that I found a lump the size of a tennis ball in one of her mammary glands :shock: her ears were so matted and dirty, they look like they have never been taken care of, I didn't work on these as I didn't want to stress her anymore, then I lifted her lips to look at her teeth, and almost all at the back are gone, along with her gum :eek::bang: what kind of people allow a beautiful soul live like this???

Anyway, after her bath I noticed that she was bleeding a little, so it looks like she is in season, her vulva is very swollen and looks like she was never allowed to return to normal before another litter arrived, this has also made her slightly incontinent :mad: I would also think she has a murmur as her tongue goes blueish at times of walking and she makes a funny breathing sound every now and then, like a laboured, watery sound...not good & she has a cough...but this is the dog that was 'never sick' and has in her life 'never seen a vet' :shock: :bang::mad:

We are taking her to the vet tomorrow for a thorough check over, so hopefully we will know the full extent of her health then, I honestly don't think she will live very long more, probably a year at best, but I will give her all the love and care she needs until then.

Here are the photos of the beautiful Bonnie....her & Rosie's stories should be highlighted for people not on this forum to make them aware of what their precious 'pedigree' dog comes from, if allowed I will set up a web page about them...make people aware, as I honestly believe it is lack of education and knowledge that makes people buy these farm puppies.

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_Bonnie.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=Bonnie.jpg)

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_Bonnieafterherbath.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=Bonnieafterherbath.jpg)

Sorry this is such a long post, but wanted you all to know the state that this little soul arrived to me in...it really upsets me that someone profited from this little girl and then she couldn't be bothered to take care of her in her old age & ill health :cry*ing:

She has settled in really well, with only two accidents yesterday, Des & Penny seem to like her, I found all 3 curled up in Des' bed last night, which was very cute. Penny could be her granddaughter as they are the image of each other.

Lucille

MurphysMummy
15th June 2010, 12:46 PM
Aww..another soul that has been saved, she is beautiful, but what a sad, sad story.. It reminds me when I picked Murphy, he was in the same state,but a dog and not a bitch..
You say she might have a year left at the best, but atleast she is in safe hands and will be loved until the time comes which I hope is longer than a year away! *fingers crossed*:l*v:
I hope she has very many happy times, and lives a lovely life :):)

allie
15th June 2010, 01:13 PM
How horrible that someone could treat these lovely creatures like that. At least she'll know comfort and love now, whatever time she has left. Good luck at the vet tomorrow.

Charlifarley
15th June 2010, 02:01 PM
You are so good to rescue Bonnie. It sounds like she has found a wonderful home to live out her (hopefully many) years. It always brings a tear to my eye when I read about the conditions all puppy farm dogs have to endure. I just don't understand the mentality of the breeders and the lack of understanding the public have. I guess it's all down to keeping the bad conditions at these farms in the public eye.
Keep us posted on Bonnie's progress :d*g:

Karlin
15th June 2010, 06:30 PM
If you have the address, I'd ring and report to the ISPCA but they are probably aware of the place. Still it is useful for them to have addresses for when the puppy farm legislation comes into effect. At the moment it is fine to keep multiple dogs and they would not be doing anything out of the ordinary for the law... :(

She may simply need heart meds but if her tongue is going blue getting her to the vet is a priority -- that would indicate lack of oxygen. She could live many years on the right meds. The cough would indicate she probably has congestive heart failure but that is often manageable for years.

Let me know what the vet says back -- her pics are lovely. Meant to get back to you over the weekend. :thmbsup:

Zoe bowie
15th June 2010, 06:39 PM
Hi Karlin

Yes I am going to report this farm to the ISPCA, I was waiting until I got her checked over by the vet so that I would have everything in writing for them.....I really hope that she will be ok, she is such a sweetheart, poor devil, she definitely didn't deserve the life she has had to now :(

She is going to see Paul Kelly tomorrow morning, so I will know more then, I will update as soon as we are back, I will also try to get a picture of her lump and also her gums...i was just so shocked to see her in this bad condition, I expected some problems but my God she is a state :mad:

Fingers crossed all goes well tomorrow :xfngr:

Lucille

Shivers
15th June 2010, 09:01 PM
She looks lovely in the pictures. The poor little thing, how lucky she is to have found you. I am sure she will come on in leaps and bounds with a bit of love and affection.

Best of luck with the vet, let us know how it goes

Brian M
15th June 2010, 09:53 PM
Hi

Good Luck Lucille you are a very kind lady with a heart of gold

kindest wishes
brian

team bella
15th June 2010, 10:16 PM
Thank you so much for saving this lovely girl. The people who exploit these poor babies make me sooooooooooooo angry and disgusted that I couldn't possibly use the words to describe them on this forum. I hope the news tomorrow is not as bad as you're expecting. Bless you both x

HollyDolly
15th June 2010, 10:51 PM
I can only add my thanks too. People like you deserve the very best in life...



Love Nanette xxxxx

Wagtails
16th June 2010, 07:47 PM
Oh Lucille, it is heart rending to see those pictures and hear your description of the state Bonnie was in. You are wonderful to take her in and look after her and I do hope she will quickly improve with both the vet's care and your TLC.

Well done and do keep us posted about Bonnie's progress :d*g::wggle:

ice-cavi
16th June 2010, 08:30 PM
How sad that dogs are kept in conditions like that and its 2010! :'(
She is lucky that at least her story has a happy ending!

Zoe bowie
16th June 2010, 09:48 PM
:updte: Bonnie did fantastic at the vet today...the lump is a possible hernia, will know more when they neuter her, if it's not that then it's a soft mass, nothing to worry about! Paul aged her between 8-10, her teeth are worn away, gums included!! Her anal glands were pretty bad but she was as good as gold while he emptied them, he thinks she has lung worm, this is what is causing her blueish Tongue & watery cough....NO detection of a heart murmur!!!!! He listened twice and for a good 5 minutes to be sure...again he will triple check when she goes in for her neuter (approx 3months time) we got her vaccinated too, she is backon Friday for another check up, just to be sure!

We took her to the beach after with DES &Penny & she was a different dog, running along & smiling, I did have a little cry as it was so nice to see her run free & to see her happy...she has been asleep & snoring VERY loudly since we came home, waking up only for her dinner :)

think I need a sleep myself too as I was so worried about her. Thanks for all you best wishes, and kind words but all of you would've done the same thing :paw:

Sabby
17th June 2010, 12:47 AM
Bonnie is a very lucky girl to have found you. And bless you for taking her and giving her all the attention and love she has been missing out on all these years.
So glad itís not a heart murmur. Has the vet but her on medicine for the lung worm?
Hope and pray she will have many years with you.

Nicki
17th June 2010, 08:29 AM
WOW that is just great news - it sounded like a mammary tumour so I'm so pleased it's nothing to worry about. Also her heart - great news.

I hope the vet put her on something for the lungworm - they should be able to treat that very successfully.

Bonnie sounds an absolute darling - thank you so much for taking her in, you're a star :flwr::flwr:

allie
17th June 2010, 10:45 AM
Excellent news from the vet - hope she continues to go from strength to strength. It's wonderful to watch them become the dog they were meant to be - I'm sure the images of her running on the beach will stay with you forever.

Zoe bowie
17th June 2010, 11:41 AM
Yes Paul is putting her on medication for the lung worm, we are old hands at this lung worm thing as Des had it too not so long ago, but he is doing brilliantly after the medication.

Something else I noticed with Bonnie, is she doesn't have any SM signs? It's unfortunate that I don't have her papers otherwise later on I would've allowed her to be MRI'd for the Rupert Fund Research, imagine an 8-10 year old cavvie, with no obvious signs of SM or MVD?!?! She truly is a wonder dog :luv: :*nana:

A few pictures of her yesterday after the vet and helping me in the garden;

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1276719133.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1276719133.jpg)

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1276719110.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1276719110.jpg)

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1276719146.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1276719146.jpg)

Penny fast asleep after her walk yesterday;

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1276719186.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1276719186.jpg)

Finally Des looking more beautiful by the day

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1276719177.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1276719177.jpg)

Charlifarley
17th June 2010, 12:01 PM
Thats great news. She looks so happy and content, I love the photo of her on your lap.Chilled or what?:D

Tania
17th June 2010, 12:12 PM
How wonderful you have her. I am so glad her heart is ok. Sending you lots of hugs and best wishes. Thank you for taking care of this precious little soul :)

Karlin
17th June 2010, 12:16 PM
Wow that is great news; how encouraging. Looks like she has every chance for a super life now.:*nana:

Love my Cavaliers
17th June 2010, 02:37 PM
Lucille - my Oliver is a 9 year old blenheim without papers and Clare Rusbridge still welcomed his MRI results. He scanned clear for SM. He was having a scan for ruptured cervical discs and also to see if any of his symptoms could be related to SM. Thankfully not!! So maybe if you can't scan for Rupert's Fund you can still do the genome study with Clare and Penny Knowler. I sent Oliver's DNA to Penny in Canada. Worth checking out.

Wagtails
17th June 2010, 05:38 PM
Oh that is SUCH good news - quite made my day!

http://i673.photobucket.com/albums/vv97/Cavviewagtails/Animations/Balloonsmileys.gif

team bella
17th June 2010, 09:53 PM
This story has made me cry :cry*ing: It made cry with saddness and now tears of joy. It such wonderful news and even more wonderful that this little darling is enjoying a wonderful life. You have done a wonderful thing. Thank you

lorebringer
17th June 2010, 10:28 PM
Between you and Paul this lady is in great hands and has a wonderful life ahead! Well done to you for taking her on :)

brid kenny
17th June 2010, 10:36 PM
What a cutie. Well done to you for getting her out of this terrible situation.

Zoe bowie
21st June 2010, 11:55 AM
Hi!

Just wanted to update you all on Bonnie's progress, she is with us a week yesterday and it's like she has always been with us! She has settled right in with no major issues; she has only had 3 accidents all week, which is nothing, she is getting used to my calls every couple of hours 'wee wee time guys, all out the back!' all 3 trot out to do their business, it took a couple of times me lifting her out before she got the message...clever girl :l*v:

She is loving her food, I have her on Pro Pac sensitive mixed with rice, veg & chicken (or liver) and she is eating all around her, the only thing we need to continue to work on with her is she can get territorial about food and treats, not with us humans, I can literally take something out of her mouth and she won't react at all, but if Des or Penny go near her she snaps at them...we have separated them at eating time as it is easier to control, she is getting better at this as they both had treats on my knee last night and no growls or snaps...but we will keep an eye on it.

We have started her lung worm treatment, so we will see how she improves after that has finished. She is getting groomed in Beau's Dog Grooming in Dog Training Ireland on Thursday, can't wait to see what she looks like after, I am doing my best for her, and have cut almost all her knots, she doesn't like getting groomed so it's a slow process, but we will get there.

She is really starting to get livelier and bouncing around the place, she is such a little pet, who just loves her cuddles & sleep...my God can she sleep & snore!!!!

Here are a few more photos of her;

It's a hard life this dog's life!
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1276880545.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1276880545.jpg)

You can lean on me big sis...Penny & Bonnie
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1277067951.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1277067951.jpg)

I love my little sister, she makes a great pillow :D
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1277067961-1.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1277067961-1.jpg)

Zoe bowie
21st June 2010, 12:03 PM
Bonnie & Me

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_BonnieMe.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=BonnieMe.jpg)

Zoe bowie
21st June 2010, 12:05 PM
Bonnie, me & Bubbles

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_BonnieBubbles.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=BonnieBubbles.jpg)

Bonnie put outside for growling!!!

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_Bonnie2.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=Bonnie2.jpg)

Bubbles hiding from Bonnie!

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_Bubbles.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=Bubbles.jpg)

If I put my head down, she won't see me!!!

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_Bubblesasleep.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=Bubblesasleep.jpg)

team bella
21st June 2010, 03:31 PM
Just love the updates. She looks so happy and wee glint of cheekiness in her I think. You're doing a grand job and can't wait for the doggy parlour photos.:)

meljoy
21st June 2010, 06:06 PM
Just reading this now. What a heart warming end to a very sad life for Bonnie. God willing she'll have many more years in her now you have got your hands on her:D

Keep us updated on her....she looks so happy:*nana:

Karlin
21st June 2010, 06:41 PM
Wonderful pictures! Such a lovely story and so glad to see she has found such an accommodating pillow too! :lol:

Tania
21st June 2010, 11:03 PM
Thank you for posting such lovely happy photos, she looks a real little character who has fallen on her lucky paws :*nana:

Desrae
29th June 2010, 03:42 PM
Oh wow! I'm just catching up on your story now. It's wonderful! God Bless you for taking this poor little soul, she's all the better for it.... we need more people like you in this world!*ng*l

Zoe bowie
1st July 2010, 03:11 PM
:updte:

Hi guys, thought I'd update this profile on Bonnie, she is coming along so well and with each day that passes, she is getting younger and more settled and happy, you can see it in her face :rah:

Myself and my partner were away for a few days so all our fur babies went into the very caring arms of Tara (from DTI) who took great care of them for me, I was very nervous leaving all 3 but especially Bonnie as she was only with us a few weeks when we left, but because we were leaving them with Tara, it gave let me relax a little, although I did miss them all like crazy!

Before we went away we got all 3 groomed, Ann & Michelle in the groomers, said that Bonnie was an angel while they dematted, washed and massaged her...she really is a gentle soul and a true girl,loving all the attention!

Bonnie & Des

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1277411157.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1277411157.jpg)

Bonnie & Des again, love Bonnie's smiling face in this picture
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1277411123.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1277411123.jpg)

Bonnie looking very pretty

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1277411070.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1277411070.jpg)

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1277411091.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1277411091.jpg)

I had to include a picture of my beautiful Penny
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/th_1277411138.jpg (http://s818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/Luc1lle/?action=view&current=1277411138.jpg)

mishy
1st July 2010, 04:09 PM
Lovely photos, Lucille. Bonnie looks so relaxed and happy and I can't believe the change in Des. He is certainly a different dog than the one you had to lift into the car when you were collecting him from the pound because he was so scared! I cried when I first called to see him when he was just cowering under the table and look at him now! Penny is so pretty also. A massive "thank you" to the both of you for giving these dogs a loving home.

Zoe bowie
8th July 2010, 01:28 PM
Thanks Anne, Des is coming on more and more each day, I have started to 'work' him, by doing a set training hour with him everyday-and he is responding really well. Penny I am hoping to get into agility as I think she would be amazing as she has no fear of ANYTHING plus I think that she would burn a lot of her energy off.

Poor Bonnie is not feeling too well at the moment, we had her back with Paul Kelly (our vet) this morning, looks like her anal glands are badly infected and may need to be removed :( he put her on antibiotics for a week to see if there is any improvement, but judging by what is coming out (and the smell :grnyuk:) he thinks the infection has been there a long, long, long time! She also seems to have either lung worm (which we treated her for but with little improvement) or asthma...we are going to do more treatment for the lung worm this week and if her breathing doesn't improve within 4 days, then he will do a chest xray to see if it is ashtma...we don't want to do too much with her and stress her out, so small steps.

Apart from all that her personality is shining through, she is such a cuddlier and will do anything to get a cuddle :) she loves to lick you and can sometimes get a little overzealous with these...but it makes me laugh, it's like she is trying to give all the love she had been unable to share, to us in every moment :l*v:

She is going to Doggie Daycare in Dog Training Ireland, with Des & Penny now, although with her being unwell and just out of season, she is being kept very close to reception and with only 1 or 2 other dogs, again small steps for her, but it won't be long until she is running free with all the others. Hard to believe my very quiet, shy and fearful Des, bounds into Daycare now ready to play chase with all the other doggies..amazing what love, care and time can do for dogs, and willingly they allow you into their trust!! :*nana: