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 Rainy Day News
Volume 11, July, 2016
From Ellie's Friends:

It just keeps getting better!

We feel fortunate to have met so many of you... so many of you who know your cats and dogs are members of the many of you who will reach out to help other families stay intact. This month's love story is a perfect example of what you've accomplished with your support. We offer some information we hope will keep your fur families safe because we know sometimes pets do what pets do. And finally, we offer more opportunities to have fun, and we share the fun we've already had. Make sure you follow the link to check out the families who gave us so many pawsome works of art!

Thank you for caring about keeping pets 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:

"One of the hardest days of my life was realizing I couldn't afford the surgery that could save my 4yo son's best friend's life."

My 2 year old, Chico, is a mixed breed of Pitbull and American Bulldog. Chico has a 9 year old Pitbull sister, Aspen, and 4 year old human brother, Payton. Payton and Chico are best friends! 

Chico came into our family as a surprise when we rescued him from a possible life of fighting. Our friend’s neighbor’s dog accidentally got pregnant and she put the puppies out for anyone to take.  We couldn’t keep them all but we chose Chico & found homes for his two brothers. I feel like we rescued those dogs.

He quickly adapted to our little family and even became protective of Payton like a big brother.  From day one he slept with my son and followed him around everywhere. Chico loves to “play trucks” with Payton, be his footstool when they’re watching TV, and even ride in Payton’s car seat (when Payton isn’t with us).  One of my favorite memories is the time we went for a walk and Chico hopped in Payton's power wheel truck and rode home next to Payton (there is a trunk but Chico wanted to be "upfront").

Then came the day I noticed Chico had stopped eating, but was drinking a full bowl of water at one time. I monitored him for a day or so to see if maybe he just ate some bad grass or something outside. Things continued to get worse when he began vomiting profusely. He would throw up all day and night, anything that went in via mouth. Any water he took in, came right back out and then some. Of course we went to the vet, and after several x-rays they believed he had digested a piece of mattress (It turned out there was not a thing in his stomach, but without surgery there was no way to know and thus design the appropriate treatment plan).

One of the hardest days of my son’s and my life was the day we had to talk about surgery. I am a single mother. I do the best I can but such unexpected expenses were a shock to say the least. I believe in being open with my son, so he went with me to the vet and we had made the decision to put Chico down (please don’t judge me, but no matter what I tried, I honestly could not afford the surgery).  The veterinarian had even said with my circumstances/the condition Chico was in (8lb weight loss in less than 2 weeks) she thought that might be best.

It was a true blessing when, as I sat on the floor in the Vet’s office holding Chico,  I got the news that Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund would pay the majority of Chico’s vet bills/prescriptions.   Now he could have the surgery that might save his life.

Payton and I to this day are so thankful to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund and all those that donate. Chico is back to his normal self and playing again, along with eating/drinking normally. I will never forget (nor will Bigger Vet I think) the day Payton and I were at the vet crying our eyes out, loving on Chico and praying for a miracle.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to saving our family member’s life!


Health and Well-Being:
What goes in doesn't always come out...on its own! That can be lethal!
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.

How many times have you come home to find a partially devoured toy, pillow—or worse yet, a part of a small animal—greeting you by the door?  Our pets can get themselves into trouble when they eat something they shouldn’t.  Should you find any of the obvious evidence mentioned above, it’s important to watch for:
  • Vomiting or gagging
  • Painful abdomen
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Changes in typical behavior
  • Changes in bowels (e.g. diarrhea or constipation)
Sometimes the offending object can pass through your pet’s system but sometimes they will need help to get the object out.  If your vet thinks your pet ingested a foreign object, the vet will likely order x-rays and other tests to determine the course of action.  They could induce vomiting to get the object out, or might perform an endoscopy (sedating your pet and inserting a long tube down the throat to the stomach to extract the object), which is non-invasive with minimal recovery time.  If the object has made it past the stomach to the intestines, more invasive surgery may be required.
The important thing to remember is that what goes in doesn’t always come out.  And without help, this circumstance can be lethal for your furry family member!

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In the Miami Valley:

Have you ever wondered what acupuncture can do for you?  
How about for your pet?

You still have the chance to find out! Dr. Julie Servaites at Veterinary Alternatives donated a free initial acupuncture session, plus a basket full of pet goodies to assist with our Summer Garden Pawty Fundraiser on July 17. For only $2 apiece/or 3 tickets for $5, you can take a chance at this $130-valued treasure chest of health & fun. But only for another week. Send checks with name & phone number to: Ellie's Rainy Day Fund, PO 340013, Beavercreek, OH, 45434.  THANK YOU , Dr. Julie for supporting our efforts!


So, did you discover you had the next Pet-casso living under your roof?  

We had soooo much fun meeting 122 dogs & 10 cats (& their people too) on July 17 at our Summer Garden Pawty event!!
Follow the link to see lots of amazing fur artists.

Did you miss it?  Do you want to do it again?  It's never too early to be creating that perfect holiday gift!  Keep checking our Facebook page for announcements of the follow-up event!  

Thank you to all of you who participated!  We know at peak times it took a bit of patience, but as you can see, the results were amazing!

And Finally...

It's time to have some more fun!  

We hope you'll come see us at this year's Greene County Parks & Trails "Doggie Dash N Splash" on Saturday, August 20th from 10:00-3:00.

Doggie splash grounds, K-9 Carson, contests, food trucks, lots more...and us!  C'mon out!  The water's great! Lots to do for land lovers too!  

We'll have a few surprises at our booth (including an amazing raffle tote from Poochie Bath) so be sure to find us!


Paws To Ponder:  

“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?”
                                                                                    —Jonathan Safran Foer 


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