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    Default Please help Cavalier puppy with hydrocephalus.


    Royston, Roi to his pals, is from a backyard breeder & will suffer irreparable brain damage & death if not helped.
    Roi has Hydrocephalus and a quadrigeminal cyst.
    He had an MRI san and assessment, on 17th February, costing £1,300. Confirming that he needs life saving surgery, to remove the cyst, and fit him with a shunt to drain the fluid.

    This will cost a further £5,000 - £5,000

    I know itís a lot of money to spend on one dog, but can you look him in the eyes & tell him his life is not worth it? - I certainly canít. It really is worth the effort to get his operation done. Roi is one of those once in a lifetime dogs that will make someoneís life complete, he just needs a little help now.

    He is in the care of Lizzie's Barn Sanctuary in West Wales. Fionna who runs the Sanctuary has determined to help this little mite,. She already makes enormous sacrifices to help the dogs in the Sanctuary & goes without the basic things in life that most people take as their right.Has spends every penny she has & many more she doesn't on helping the dogs. Her unique way with the dogs is a joy to see & watching once distrustful & traumatised dogs with injured & sick blossom in her care is wonderful. She forms such a special bond with every dog she meets & they shine towards her. The Sanctuary struggles financially because they are prepared to take in on elderly, disabled, traumatised & dogs other sanctuary's reject.

    Roi's story would also make a wonderful feature for any TV show/ magazine or newspaper article.
    Please, if you can help with publicity or donations get in touch either;

    Via our website; www.lizziesbarn.co.uk
    By email; lizziesbarn@googlemail.com
    Or by phone 07976 538588

    To Donate
    Through our website sponsorship page;- http://lizziesbarn.co.uk/sponsership.aspx

    Via Paypal; to lizziesbarn@googlemail.com

    Cheque's should be payable to; Lizzie's Barn Sanctuary
    By post to;
    Lizzieís Barn Sanctuary
    Glanrhyd Farm,
    Trimsaran Road,
    Kidwelly,
    Carmarthenshire.
    SA17 4ED

    Roi also Has his own Facebook page;- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?...620963&sk=wall



    Lizzie's Barn Sanctuary is the winner of the Wetnose/Burgess Dog Rescue of the year 2011.

    Thank you

    Fionna Ashman

    www.lizziesbarn.co.uk
    07976 538588

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    I have made enquiries to find out if Tailwaggers will help this poor little fellow.
    Tania and The Three Cavaliers!
    Dotty!- A Sweet Little Tri
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    Who/what are Tailwaggers, Tania? Havcen't heard of that name.
    Marie-Anne taken over by
    Hattie (Blenheim) Poppy (Blenheim) + Lucy (Shih-tzu)
    Louie, Joss, Peppa, Megan, Victoria all waiting patiently at the Bridge

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    Sorry, I missed your post Anne Marie. Tailwaggers are a charity set up to help with vet bills for sick Dogs and Cats. http://www.tailwaggersclubtrust.com/aboutus.html


    Dogs Today are going to run an appeal in the next issue for this poor little fellow. £1,500 has been raised so far.
    Tania and The Three Cavaliers!
    Dotty!- A Sweet Little Tri
    Molly - Pretty Tri Dougall - Gorgeous Blenheim

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    Hi

    And just had this email from Ryan O'Mera of K9



    Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:24 AM
    Subject: Re: Fw: A Special Little Cavalier Needs Help



    Hi Brian,

    Absolutely.

    Will Tweet the link out to our @k9magazine account with more than 10k followers.

    Will also ask for our blog partners to cover the story.

    Kind regards
    Ryan
    Brian M

    Poppy the Tri, Daisy the Blen, Rosie the Ruby and Lily the B & T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tania View Post
    Tailwaggers are a charity set up to help with vet bills for sick Dogs and Cats. http://www.tailwaggersclubtrust.com/aboutus.html
    Thanks for that info, Tania. I can't think why I haven't come across Tailwaggers before, but it sounds like a very good organisation to help
    Marie-Anne taken over by
    Hattie (Blenheim) Poppy (Blenheim) + Lucy (Shih-tzu)
    Louie, Joss, Peppa, Megan, Victoria all waiting patiently at the Bridge

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    I hate to be devil's advocate but would it not be better for a pup like this with major medical issues that will be life long be euthanized as soon as the problem is evident. I work in rescue myself and seeing many good and healthy animals euthanized so one with severe problems is safe just rubs me wrong. It wasn't that far off in history breeders would cull an unhealthy pup like this. JMHO.

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    Thanks, Sunshinekisses, for sticking your neck out! I had a B/T Cavalier 20 years ago (long before MRI scanning became possible or common) who, with more information now, I'm fairly sure was hydrocephalus and possibly brain damaged (he had a birth defect as well, but this actually never bothered him - it just gave him a bad start in life). I loved Rowley dearly and worked hard to overcome his problems; he lived to be 10, but I did sometimes look at him and think 'You would have been so much happier if you had been put to sleep as a puppy.' Not the least of his problems was that having been fragile as a puppy he missed out on that vital early socialisation both with humans and other dogs and never really caught up. He hated being picked up and cuddled, and grooming turned him into a snapping snarling fury! (Though towards the end of his life he did mellow.) I wonder now if he had CM and experienced discomfort if not pain. But no one ever queried it - just assumed it was all due to his bad start in life. I would hate to think that this is the life facing this little puppy as well.

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    It is a very difficult question. This is a complicated surgery and according to neurologists, often there are further problems with keeping the shunt clear. I think decisions need to be made on a case by case basis and what a rescue feels it can manage, as well as the critical issue of who would then offer a responsible home to a more extreme health case dog that will likely need ongoing care and perhaps further surgeries.

    From my own years in rescue, this is my perspective: I would always be weighing the individual case, the overall prognosis, the invasiveness of the surgery and possible complications, the quality of life and for how long that might be attained. And then, the overall cost weighted against where a similar amount would go towards helping other dogs (though often funds can be raised separately for a given case and thus are not really 'taking away' funds from the rescue's general work). Then of course added on is the issue of the likelihood of a home.

    Such decisions are hard when you have a living animal -- especially a cute puppy -- before you. In my own mind, it is really important for emotional considerations not to outweigh what may be kindest to the animal itself -- major surgery and the potential for ongoing future problems are potentially a very heavy burden of suffering in their own right. People have to make hard decisions sometimes. I know many people dealing with the pain of syringomyelia are constantly left wondering at what point it is best to relieve the suffering of their loved dog and will understand such dilemmas. In short people need to make the best decision they can for the animal involved.

    On the other hand if the the prognosis is good and a decent lifespan is a likelihood and the funds can be raised and the full commitment is there for the lifetime of the dog, then that creates a case for a rescue to help.

    Just as such issues divide people generally, they also divide rescues and I don't think there's any single right or wrong answer.
    Karlin
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    I often have this puppy to play with my cavs and sometimes over night.With the treatment he has improved and gone from a frightened pup onto a normal little lad who has learnt his name and can sit when asked. He now interacts with people and dogs loving cuddles from us and plays with my cavs but finds the chi too rough.The swelling on his head has reduced considerable and he looks like a normal cav pup now which is great news because the vet thinks that the op will be a success The last few days he thinks he has mastered house training he has a wee then rushes outside.He has taught me well and knows how to get the treats from me doing a whole sequence to get a bit of biscuit.
    LIZ AND THE CAVS JAZZ,PIP, EMILY,Misty and Havoc and 2 collies a leonberger and a long haired rottie

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