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In this issue...

 * Hope Needs Your Help

 * A Miracle for Maggie

 * Sugar Babies

 * Seven Puppy Mill Dogs
are Rescued in North

 * Introducing Ava

 * Vetmedin (Pimobendan)

 * Do You Know the Truth
About Dog Care?

 * Recipes

 * Would You Like to Donate

Hope SCMR needs your help to help this little girl. Hope was born June 13 without any front legs. The owner thought perhaps she should be euthanized, but contacted Small Paws to ask them to help save her. SCMR was contacted; and we agreed to take this little girl into our rescue. The owner agreed to let little Hope stay with her Mama until she was 8 weeks old. Unfortunately, she wasn't doing well, so we made the necessary arrangements to get her to her SCMR foster home. She arrived on July 20 (she was just a little over 5 weeks old).

Hope went to the vet on 7/23/07 for a checkup and captured everyone's heart. She weighs 1.2 lbs and seems to be very healthy.

Susan Sebring with Small Paws has done some research on a special vest with a wheel to help her get around. There is a vet who specializes in prosthetic devices but also makes a "Hoppy Vest" for pups like Hope ... he will specially fit her with 5 -7 vests as she grows through the puppy phases for $300 and then make an adult vest for $300... for a total of $600, this girl's chest will be protected as she gets around. We will need to take her to the vet each time for a casting of the vest. Once she is older, perhaps a special wheel chair can be made for her.

Cassy Englert, a Certified Canine Rehabilitator, who has helped us in the past, will oversee any physical therapy that Hope may need. We want to be able to do all that we can to help this little girl live as normal a life as possible. We will be checking into every possible option for her.

SCMR has several special needs' maltese right now including a little girl named Maggie who needed liver shunt surgery, who you can read about in this issue. SCMR does everything within our power to save these little ones so they can go to wonderful forever homes.

In order to continue saving and rehoming maltese like Hope and Maggie, we need your financial support. Please consider donating to help us continue our mission of saving maltese.

We will be updating our website with any new information and will send out newsletter updates as often as we can.

A Miracle for Maggie


Little Maggie, the Maltipoo, was a sick puppy, and we needed to "buy her a miracle". It wasn't cheap; but we knew if we didn't try, she would not live long. Maggie is a tiny 3 month old puppy who weighs around 3 pounds and had a Liver Shunt.

Liver Shunts cause serious and sometimes fatal outcomes in dogs. A liver shunt is a normal fetal blood vessel that in the womb bypasses liver tissue, allowing the mother's system to filter out toxins for the developing baby. In some animals, however, the shunt remains open after the animal is born, compromising its liver function, slowing growth, and eventually resulting in death of many affected animals. A technique developed at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) several years ago implants an ameroid constrictor, a tiny C-shaped piece of metal ring. The constrictor fits around the shunt, causing it to slowly shut down over several weeks, and in effect normalizes the liver's ability to handle protein. Maggie had her first appointment at UTK Thursday, 7/12/07, with Dr. Tobias; and her surgery was scheduled the very next day.

SCMR is raising funds to cover the costs associated with Maggie's surgery and any additional tests which she may require. Maggie's life-saving surgery was a little over $1,400. Please consider donating to help us cover the cost of sweet Maggie's life saving surgery. You can read "Maggie's Journal" on our website, and we will send out newsletter updates as often as possible.

Our Sugar Babies are doing great!

Look how wonderful our sugar babies are doing! Sherry (L) and Wendy (R) are little diabetic girls who are still looking for that special someone to love. They only require 2 shots a day, and they don't make a fuss about it! If you think you might be that special someone who can give that little extra for one of these girls, please contact us.

Sherry   Wendy


Introducing Ava

Ava is being fostered in Dallas, Texas, and is a little doll that has a lot of spunk. She's on the shy side because she's just learning about love. She is active and will let you know that she wants attention. Ava is around 6 yrs old and weighs 8 lbs. She has a winning personality and desperately wants a family of her own. Ava will make a wonderful addition to a warm, loving family who is willing to give her the time she needs to adjust to her new home.

Seven Puppy Mill Dogs are Rescued in North Carolina

Bath and Grooming Time!

Executive Board member and North Carolina Intake Coordinator, Dana Bradley, was initially contacted about 20 puppy mill Maltese that needed rescue. Dana along with other animal advocates rented a van and drove several hours to meet someone to pick the dogs up. Once they arrived, they discovered that the breeder had only released 7 of the 20 dogs. Apparently, she wanted to wait on the release of the other dogs because they might be pregnant (we can only hope they aren't).

All Clean!!

We hope to be contacted in the near future about the other little ones so they can be saved from the life of living in a cage and being constantly bred.

Once everyone arrived home safely, all were given baths and grooming done on those that needed it.

SCMR wants to thank our North Carolina members and supporters for everything they do to help these little ones who so desperately need rescue. All these Maltese are now in their foster homes and are awaiting their new forever homes.

Vetmedin (Pimobendan)

Velcro The Food and Drug Administration has finally approved Vetmedin (pimobendan), a new drug for the management of the signs of mild, moderate, or severe (modified New York Heart Association Class II, III, or IV) congestive heart failure in dogs due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency or dilated cardiomyopathy. Vetmedin, a new molecular entity, is the first drug approved to treat congestive heart failure in dogs, in over ten years. Vetmedin is indicated for use with concurrent therapy for congestive heart failure (e.g., furosemide, etc.) as appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

Congestive heart failure is one of the more common heart problems seen in dogs, especially older smaller breeds. It is a complex and serious condition defined as the heart's inability to function normally, leading to excessive retention of water and salt causing fluid build-up in the lungs. Signs of congestive heart failure include fatigue and weakness, decreased ability to exercise, shortness of breath (fluid build up in the chest), increased respiratory rate, coughing, weak or irregular pulses, rapid or irregular heart beats and distended abdomen (fluid build up in the abdomen).

Vetmedin has revolutionized the treatment of congestive heart failure in dogs, and the quality of life & life expectancy of canine patients. Vetmedin both eases the resistance in the circulatory system by dilating blood vessels, and improves the efficiency with which the heart can function as a pump. The combined effect is therefore improves cardiovascular function and the blood flow to major organs.

The results seen in cardiac patients with Vetmedin are dramatic. In one clinically controlled trial, dogs with congestive heart failure survived on average (median) 42 days without Vetmedin, 217 days when Vetmedin was part of the therapeutic regime.

SCMR has little one with a severe heart condition, Velcro. Velcro is a sweet little who weighs around 4 lbs. and is around 10 yrs old. He spent his entire life in a puppymill; and he now is being shown what love is. Unfortunately, Velcro has a severe heart condition. We currently have him on Vetmedin which has recently been approved in the US by the FDA. We don't know how much time he has left. Whether it is a few months or a couple of years, he will be well cared for. His medication runs between over $50 a month. If you would like to sponsor Velcro, it would be greatly appreciated. We would also be willing to adopt Velcro to a wonderful, loving home who would be willing to continue his medications.

More information is available at the Vetmedin website



Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/2 c flour
3/4 c oatmeal
1/4 c Wheat germ
1/4 c Peanut butter
1/4 c salad oil
1/4 c honey
1 t baking powder
1/2 c water
Combine all ingredients and mix on low until mixed. Make into 1 tablespoon-sized balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten balls to 1/4 " using tines of fork. Bake at 325 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden. Makes approx. 20 cookies.

Amy's Cheesy Cookies

2 Cups Unsifted all-purpose flour
1 1/4 Cups Shredded cheddar cheese
1 Clove Garlic-finely chopped
1/2 Cup Vegetable oil
4 Tablespoons Water
Combine flour, cheese, garlic & oil. Knead well, adding water as needed to form stiff dough. Roll out on floured surface to 1/2" thick, cut into bone shapes. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 or 15 minutes until bottom of cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.

Yummie Veggie Biscuits

(makes about 2 dozen)
1 Cup Regular flour
1 Cup Wheat flour
1/2 Cup powdered dry milk
1/2 Cup wheat germ
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons Margarine
1 egg
1 tsp. Brown sugar
3/4 to 1 Cup mashed or pureed cooked veggies (carrots or other vegetable)
Combine flours, wheat germ, powdered milk, and salt in large bowl. Cut in margarine until it resembles corn meal. Beat sugar and egg with whipping fork well. Add mashed vegetables to the egg mixture until a stiff dough is formed. Mix with hands until well mixed. Knead and roll out in a thick sheet. Cut with dog bone cookie cutter or other cookie cutter shapes. Bake at 325 degrees until lightly browned.

Do You Know the Truth About Dog Care?

Profit motives, myths, and outdated information determine what your dog eats, even what vaccinations and medications she/he gets. Your dog needs an advocate: YOU! Purchase Scared Poopless - The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, and learn the truth about pet food and nutrition, vaccinations, parasite control, pet meds and much, much more from the mouth of a witty, opinionated dog. There are 89 really fun full color photos in 272 fully-indexed pages. This really is an extremely informative book that you'll absolutely love!

  • WINNER, Ben Franklin Award: Best Health Book of any kind
  • WINNER, USABookNews Award: Best Animal/Pet Health Book
  • Rec'd by the Animal Protection Institute, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Journal and Betty White
Plus, SCMR gets a portion of the proceeds. Just go to the SCMR Store to purchase this and other wonderful items.



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!!!!

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