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 Rainy Day News
Volume 10, June, 2016
From Ellie's Friends:ellie's art, paw-pourri of blooms

Celebrate summer!  Come to our garden pawty!!

It's shaping up to be a great summer!  Ellie's Rainy Day Fund, in partnership with our amazing vets, is helping more pets and their families than ever.  We've been honored to support a special dog who's helping his family get through health challenges of their own. We share some info to keep you all healthier at those summer cookouts.  We have some adorable photos to share from earlier this month at SICSA's Lift Your Leg.   AND...

We're excited to announce our own SUMMER GARDEN PAWTY!!  Bring your four-legged family to create a one-of-a-kind art piece that transforms your pet's prints into a paw-pourri of blooms!
Download an event flyer here and post on social media, share at public locations & bring your friends!  Sunday, July 17, 1-5pm, at Pet People in Centerville. For only $15 you & your pet can create a lasting treasure, while helping sick animals right here in our community to get needed treatment and stay with their people!

Help us to grow!  Share this newsletter with a friend!  Let us know if you have some time to volunteer.  It will take all of us to keep the Miami Valley's sick/injured pets and their people together.

Love Stories:

"Since Mom's diagnosis with cancer, Cooper watches over her.  His unconditional love gets my family through our days."
                     golden doodle drinking at water fountain       

After losing our beloved standard poodle, our family wasn’t sure we could ever go through the emotional pain of losing another dog.  Then we met Cooper!  He was the most adorable golden-doodle puppy my family and I had ever laid eyes on!  From the moment we first saw his litter of puppies, we immediately knew Cooper was the one for us. 
Cooper is the most loving and affectionate dog and always has a way of making everything better. He senses when there’s something wrong.  In July of 2015 my mom was unexpectedly diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer and, as you can imagine, the diagnosis was devastating.  Cooper likely already knew.  I don’t know if it’s true that dogs can sense cancer, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t as Cooper had become even more attached to my mom, always sitting by her side or laying near her.  He watches over her.  His unconditional love is what gets my family through our days.
When Cooper became lethargic and developed a high fever, my family and I panicked. In just four days he became critically ill.  Our vet began treating him but needed to make an emergency transfer to Medvet, where he was transported to Cincinnati for an ultrasound of his liver. The doctors discovered he had pancreatitis, or inflammation of the liver. The cost of his medical care was very extreme, and our family already had some astronomical bills for Mom’s care.
When our vet told us about Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund, we became optimistic Cooper was going to receive the treatment he needed and be okay. We love him so incredibly much and we don’t know what we’d ever do without him. Thank you to everyone at Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund for saving our boy! You gave Cooper another chance at life and for that we are eternally grateful!
Terri, Bob, Lindsey, Emily, Riley, Ben, and Cooper

         golden doodle puppy, cooper            cooper, golden doodle, with tennis ball


Health and Well-Being:
Summertime means cookouts, with LOTS of tempting high fat foods! 

Even though our pets occasionally experience vomiting and diarrhea, it’s important to remember that if it goes on, it could be gastroenteritis.  Just like in people, gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, has lots of causes.  The one that we can successfully impact is the one that involves our behavior!  Giving in to our fur faces’ pleading looks at that cookout with ice cream or other high fat foods can lead to the onset of this condition.
Prolonged vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which can become life threatening.    It’s hard to tell our pets that they have to drink water even if they don’t feel like it!  If your four-legged family member shows signs like:  sunken eyes, dry mouth and nose, fatigue, depression, loss of appetite, increased thirst, decreased urination, elevated heard rate, panting, and changes in skin elasticity, head to the vet.  There your pet will likely go through some non-invasive diagnostic procedures, and may be given subcutaneous or intravenous fluids, as well as medications when indicated.
 For more information, check out this overview from Northridge Animal Clinic.

                           And the winner is...

In the Miami Valley:

And the winner is...       raffle basket of dog goodies    Sherry Christopher!

Sherry graciously donated the contents of her basket to the staff at Alpha Vet in appreciation for the fine care they provide.  Thank you, Sherry. And, thanks again to Alpha Veterinary Clinic for their raffle of the amazing everything-dog basket.
Stay tuned for their cat basket, coming soon!!

dingo stealing ball at lift your leg eventWe had soooo much fun meeting many of you on June 4 at the SICSA Lift Your Leg event!!  Follow the link to see lots of amazingly adorable dogs (the people weren't too shabby either)...

Thank you to all of you who stopped by to say hi!

Paws To Ponder:  

"My sunshine doesn't come from the skies...
            it comes from the love in my cat's or dog's eyes."  -anonymous


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