Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue
FALL 2005 NEWSLETTER
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.
"I think dogs are the most amazing
creatures; they give unconditional love.
For me they are the role model for
being alive." - Gilda Radner
T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
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,
"Now Dasher, now Dancer, on Prancer, and Vixen,
I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year,
In our haste to think of the kids a gift,
And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
bacon, cooked and drainedPreheat 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 flourPreheat 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 pumpkinMix 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.
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!
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