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FALL 2005 NEWSLETTER

In this issue...

 * Why Do I Have Heartworms?

 * Manny - Our New Little Angel

 * SCMR Word Find Fall 2005

 * Jingles Update

 * Christmas Puppies

 * Recipes

 * Mange Mites Are Normally
Found On Dogs And People!


 * Word Find Solution

We would like to introduce everyone to Larry. This little guy came from a kill shelter in AL. When we took him for a dental, vaccinations, and heartworm testing, it was discovered he had heartworms. Because Larry is around 8 years old, the treatment will be harder on him than it would be on a younger Maltese like Manny, who you will meet later in this newsletter.

Please help us to educate dog owners about heartworm disease. Not everyone is aware of how life-threatening heartworms can be and how easy it is to prevent them. There are very few areas of the US where heartworm is not a threat to the health of dogs for at least part of the year. Administering heartworm preventative on a regular basis is an important part of responsible dog ownership!

Larry Prevention of heartworms is easy, but the treatment is difficult on the dog. Heartworm preventatives kill the immature worms in a dog's blood and have little or no effect on the dog. Killing the adult worms is physically very hard on a dog, requiring hospitalization and four weeks of limited activity to prevent damage to the lungs as the adult heartworms die. Preventing Heartworm Disease is definitely easier on the dog and is now much simpler than it used to be. The most common preventatives are given once a month by the petís caretaker. Preventatives kill the immature Heartworm larvae before they molt to the adult stage. As long as preventatives are given every month, they are very effective in preventing Heartworm infection and subsequent development of Heartworm Disease.

In the past 6 months we have rescued 4 heartworm positive dogs. Treatment is not only difficult on the dog, but it is also an expensive endeavor and significantly drains our limited funds. If you would like to be a Sponsor Angel for Larry, please let us know!

For more information on Heartworms, please go to: http://www.heartwormsociety.org/GeneralInfo.htm

Manny - Our New Little Angel

Manny

Hi! My name is Manny and I was rescued from a kill shelter in Texas by SCMR. A nice lady contacted them and sent a picture of me. They also told them that I was heartworm positive and possibly blind. I sure wasnít looking very pretty either, but SCMR didnít care. They found a nice lady who drove me all the way to my new foster home in Chattanooga, TN. Now that Iím living with my new foster mom, she makes me takes baths and get haircuts, YUCK!! I guess I do look and smell a lot better though. She always tells me how handsome I am. I had to go to the doctor to start treatment to get rid of these things called heartworms. I didnít like having to have the shots and being away from my foster mom, but I sure was happy when she came to get me. She says that I have to go back soon and have one more shot so I wonít have heartworms anymore. I sure wish my previous owners had kept me on heartworm prevention.

The doctor also looked at my eyes when I went to visit. He says I donít have cataracts (whatever that is). My foster mom said that after I get over the heartworms, I have to go see an eye specialist so she can find out what is wrong with my eyes. I can see some but not as good as I should. I sure hope they tell her that they can fix me up as good as new! The heartworm treatment is costing lots of money, but Iíve been told Iím worth every penny. Iím sure that the other doctor will be expensive, too. Iíve decided to look for Angels to help sponsor my medical bills. I sure would appreciate any help you can give, and I know SCMR would too!

Keep your eyes open for an update on me in the next newsletter.

SCMR WORD FIND - FALL 2005

Can you find the words listed at the right?                ANGELS
               ANTIBIOTICS
               CATARACTS
               DEMODECTIC
               DOG
               DONATIONS
               HEARTWORM
               IMMUNITY
               JINGLES
               MALTESE
               MANGE
               MITES
               MOSQUITO
               PREVENTATIVE
               PUPPY
               SHELTER
               TREATMENT
               VETERINARIAN
               VITAMINS

"I think dogs are the most amazing
creatures; they give unconditional love.
For me they are the role model for
being alive." - Gilda Radner

Jingles Update

Jingles Hey...look at me! I may be a bit grubby but I can see now...ain't it great?! No baths till this collar comes off...doctor's orders! But I'm seeing real good! And I have SOOOOOO many angels to thank for making donations to help!!! I didn't know people could be so nice! I'm hoping this collar will come off after my next check-up. Dr. King says I'm doing great and the pressure in my eyes is really good! It was SO good, in fact, that after my surgery, instead of the usual drops 6 times a day, I only had to put up with them 4 times a day!

All I want to do now is play! I love my foster family but they're mostly old-timers and just want to sleep all the time! But I'm not complaining...oh no...I've got a good thing going and I know it!

I used to be so sad and lonely but now I'm a happy boy, and I hope that soon I can start looking for my forever family!

Without your support, we would not able to help the little ones like this who are in need. JINGLES AND EVERYONE AT SCMR THANKS YOU!

Christmas Puppies

T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
With no thought of the dog filling their heads;
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold, but didn't care about that.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter;
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below;
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Claus- with eyes full of tears.

He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,
Last year's Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick;
More rapid than eagles he called the dog's name,
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain.

"Now Dasher, now Dancer, on Prancer, and Vixen,
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall,
Let's find this dog a home, where he'll be loved by all."

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year,
For Santa had made one thing quite clear;
The gift of a dog is not just for the season,
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.

In our haste to think of the kids a gift,
There was one important thing that we missed.
A dog should be family, and cared for the same,
You don't give a gift and put it on a chain.

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
"You weren't giving a gift! You were giving a life!"

PLEASE think twice about getting a dog for the kids at Christmas...a dog is a lifetime commitment and children sometimes lose their excitement over the cute puppy, some as early as January 1st! You need to make sure you're ready for a long-term commitment to your new furkid!

RECIPES

Gobbles Up

bacon, cooked and drained
buttermilk biscuits (can)
cheese slices
bacon grease [optional]
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Flatten biscuits fairly thin. Crush bacon and cheese into thumb-sized pieces and put onto biscuits. Close the biscuits over the bacon & cheese so you can't see the insides. Roll into balls and smother the bacon grease on top [not recommended for dogs with delicate intestines!]. Put on a cookie sheet and bake for 11-16 minutes or until slightly hard on top. Let cool and serve.

"I gave this to my dogs and they loved 'em!" Sent to DragonBear by Carlee G., 12/16/00.

Maya's Yummy Treats!

4 1\2 cups flour
1 can of broth
1 cup oatmeal
1\3 cup vegetable oil
1\2 cup melted cheese
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients, then add oil, broth and melted cheese. Mix dough until it holds together in ball. Role out 1\2 inch thick,cut with cookie cutters. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Leave in oven (no heat) over night to make extra crunchy.

You could also shape them into little biscuits or cut them into various shapes for the changing seasons. Example: Christmas, Valentines, St. Patrick's.

Sassyís Pumpkin Drops

3/4 can of pumpkin
1 egg
1 cup corn meal
1 1/2 cup oats, Small ones work best
dash of cinnamon
2 table spoons of sugar
Mix in large bowl until well blended. Place on cookie sheet in little drops and bake for 18-20 minutes on 375. Let stand until cool. For crispy treats turn oven off after the 18-20 minute bake time and let cool in oven. Remove and enjoy.

Mange Mites Are Normally Found On Dogs And People!

Recently we have rescued and treated many dogs with Demodectic Mange. No, we did not pour motor oil on them as in the old wiveís tales. Our vets prescribed appropriate treatment. These poor dogs were ALL dumped in shelters because of their mange, left to suffer...

Demodectic mange is a skin disease caused by the mite, Demodex canis. It may surprise you to know that Demodectic mites of various species live on the bodies of virtually every adult dog and most human beings, without causing any harm or irritation. These small mites live inside of the hair follicles. The mite is a normal inhabitant of the skin and generally doesnít cause any problems. Unfortunately occasionally, the mite multiplies out of control and causes a clinical disease. The main symptoms are hair loss and reddening of the skin (which is why it is also called "Red Mange"). In humans, the mites usually are found in the skin, eyelids, and the creases of the nose!

Suppressed immune system: Virtually every mother carries and transfers mites to her puppies within the first week of life. Most dogs are immune to the mite's effects and display no clinical signs or lesions. When immunity is lowered the dog may develop a full-blown case of mange. (Stress, cortisone, other diseases can lower a dogís immunity to the mange mites and result in an outbreak).

Treating Demodectic mange: Dogs that have Demodectic mange often have underlying skin infections, so antibiotics are often given along with the actual mange treatment. In addition, the dog is put on a good multivitamin/ fatty acid supplement.

Thanks to all of you who supported the mange treatment for Puffy, Alex, and Gabriel! You are Angels!

Word Find Solution

Did you find all the words?

DONATIONS

Would you like to help one of our special needs babies? Click on the Paypal link now to make a donation. Every little bit helps us to save an animal or provide much needed medical care.

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!

Quick Links...

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Phone: 423-443-4082
Web: www.scmradoption.com


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