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In this issue...

 * Dolly, Sweet Maltese, Seek-
ing Chance for a New Life

 * Murphy Update

 * SCMR Word Find
  Winter 2006

 * Manny Update

 * In Memory of Larry

 * Recipes

 * Heaven and Hell

 * Word Find Solution

It seems like we are always asking for help. Many rescues only take young, healthy dogs because of the expense; but SCMR feels that rescue should be about taking in the babies that need us most, the sick as well as the homeless Maltese. Dolly is one of these dogs that desperately need our help. We are only able to help dogs with extreme medical needs (like Dolly) because we have angels who support our work. Thanks to our generous donors, we have helped many, many dogs that so many rescue groups could not help. Thanks to you, those dogs have regained sight, the ability to walk, had liver-shunt surgery, heartworm treatment, overcome mange, and had many tumors removed. Thanks to you... these once "unlucky homeless dogs" are now healthy once again and happily living out their lives...

Dolly Dolly is a 6 year old maltese that was in a horrible situation in Arkansas and was taken in by a kind individual who wanted to help her. Once she got her home, she realized that she was not going to have the funds necessary to take care of all her medical needs. This is when she contacted SCMR. She told us that she had gotten her from a lady who had 9 other dogs in the house and that "she was covered in waste and is in bad shape. Her ears are swollen shut and her eye has something wrong with it. She also has a lump on her belly. Despite all of this she is so happy and sweet." We knew we had to help this little girl and that we needed to get her to the vet ASAP. Caitlin Burke, a foster in Memphis, TN, was contacted. She drove 2 hours to Little Rock, AR, the very next day to pick Dolly up.

Dolly was taken to the vet for attention. The following is what we were told by Caitlin about this sweet little girl. "Well... She's in bad shape. She definitely has kennel cough and a horrible ear yeast infection, very narrow ear canals due to chronic inflammation, and KCS (dry eye) in her right eye. Her heart and lungs sound great though, and she is HW negative! She has hookworms, luxating patellas, and a lot of dental disease on what few teeth she has left. Now the worst part.... She has multiple mammary tumors. She will need both entire mammary chains removed, a double mastectomy. This cannot be done in the same day, so the doctor agreed to do one side mastectomy and spay on one day; and after she has recovered, we can do the other side and a dental. The spay and mastectomy with a limited pre-operative blood panel is around $600, and the dental with multiple extractions and second mastectomy is around $700. Also, the vet said she would put in an IV catheter and run fluids for both procedures at no charge. This estimate does not include histopathology to find out if the tumors are malignant or x-rays of the chest to see if there are signs of metastasis."

It was decided to go ahead and do chest x-rays and blood work to make sure there were no signs of cancer. The x-rays showed no signs of cancer in her lungs and the blood work looked great! Once she is recovered from the kennel cough, she will be ready for her first surgery. Your help is needed so that we can provide Dolly with the necessary surgeries?

Please, if you can help, go to our website at and Paypal whatever donation you can afford or send a check to us at SCMR, PO Box 2005, Chattanooga, TN 37409. We know many of you have adopted from us and continue to support us. We thank you for whatever you can help us with. We appreciate your support!

Murphy Update

Need Murphy picture.

Thanks to everyone's help, Murphy is doing beautifully. He's a happy little guy who thinks he should get all the attention. He is a bit on the spoiled side, but he deserves it! He's walking well and even going up and down steps. He does still drag is back toes on occasion, but we have been told that he could continue to improve for up to a year so we are hopeful that this will be the case.

Murphy has had all his vaccinations, tested negative for heartworms, and has been neutered and had a dental.

Murphy is ready for a new forever family where he'll continue to be spoiled rotten. We know that if Murphy could talk he would thank all his angels for their help. If not for your generous donations, we would be unable to help dogs like Murphy.


Can you find the words listed at the right?                ADOPTION

"You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." - Unknown

Manny Update

Manny My name is Manny and I’m from Texas. You may remember me from the last SCMR newsletter. I told you’d I’d be back! They say my heartworms are all better now. I guess I’m a real lucky little boy because my friend Larry couldn’t fight the heartworms and went to the Bridge. I sure do miss him. My foster mom is now giving me these things called heartworm pills! She says that I won’t have to worry about getting heartworms again as long as I take a pill every month.

My foster mom also took me to a doggy eye doctor to check my eyes because sometimes I don’t see real well. The only time I notice it is when it’s real dark outside and I get scared. Most the time it’s not a problem for me, especially if I have a friend to follow. The Ophthalmologist said she could see some scar tissue on my right eye that could be causing some of my vision problems. I could also have something called progressive retinal degeneration (PRD). She said that the earliest signs of PRD include night vision difficulties that in most cases will progress to day blindness. There is nothing they can do if it is PRD. I know in a few years I might not be able to see, but I’m so smart that I’ll do just fine.

I want to thank everyone who helped me get well. I don’t know what I would have done without you!!!!


In Memory of Larry

There he was, my new foster…ears pricked and little head cocked to one side with his tongue sticking out. I was a goner right off the bat! Larry was a contented soul, happy with anything he got, be it food or a hand-me-down sweater that was a little too big. After a few gyrations, he’d usually search me out with one leg sticking out the neck of the sweater…fix it, mom! And off he’d go to rearrange his sweater yet again. Moving all the time, he was a study in kinetics! Larry rarely settled down for any length of time…and forget that cuddling stuff! Got too much to do!

When I last saw Larry, he was drooping in an isolated cage. Gazing vacantly through the bars of the cage, he struggled to breathe as a needle taped to his slender leg delivered fluids to his dwindling body. His breath was shallow and labored as his lungs fought to function. Gently I lifted Larry out of his cage. As I placed my hands on him and rocked him like a baby, he settled in with a little sigh: and the trembling in his body began to subside. Soon his loud breathing became smoother and quieter, and he closed his eyes as his body relaxed. We rocked for nearly an hour before I had to return him to the clean but comfortless cage. I kissed him and told him I’d be back as his eyes pleaded with me not to go.

But as I reluctantly left the room, I could hear his breathing slowly become loud and labored again.

The next morning, Larry lost his fight. He couldn’t keep going with heart and kidney failure. His kidneys needed fluids, but his heart needed to be relieved of fluids. There was no way to strike a happy medium. Larry was tired out, and so, kind hands helped him to the Bridge…all because no one cared enough to give Larry a simple once-a-month heartworm preventative.

Let Larry’s legacy be a warning to pet parents: Make monthly heartworm preventative a top priority! Don’t let Larry’s sacrifice be in vain…pass the word along to everyone you know who has a dog. Mark your calendars. Don’t make excuses. Do it for Larry.


Liver & Chicken Brownies

3 cups of liver (fresh beef)
1 cup of chicken hearts (do NOT substitute gizzards!)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of Lecithin (from soy) make sure its granulated or powdered
1 tablespoon of Glucosamine (optional-approximately 10 caplets)
1/2 cup of ground flaxseed (from health food store-you can also use whole seeds).
Put all ingredients except flaxseed in food processor (or blender) and puree for about 2 minutes, slowly add the flaxseed. The mixture will be like cake batter. Spread evenly in an un-greased cookie sheet with sides, it should be about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until moist but springy to the touch in a 350 degree oven. Cool and cut into 1 1/2" x 1/1/2" squares.

Bad Breath Banishers

2 cups brown rice flour
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal (find this at drugstores, not the briquettes!)
3 Tablespoons of Canola Oil
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2/3 cup low fat milk
Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour and charcoal. Add all the other ingredients. Drop teaspoonfuls on oiled sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake 15-20 minutes. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Panda's Party Cake

(Contributed by Kymythy Schultze, Affenbar Newfoundlands)
2/3 cup ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup softened butter
3 large eggs
3/4 cup water
2 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
In mixing bowl, beat together mashed banana and butter until creamy. Add eggs and water. Beat well. Stir in dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Add nuts and raisins. Spoon batter evenly into oiled and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes, remove from pan, replace on rack and cool.

Optional Frosting for Panda'a Party Cake

2 cup mashed banana
1 Tblsp butter

6 Tblsp carob powder
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tblsp unbleached flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
Blend thoroughly and spread on cool cake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. The frosting contains carob, which is a safe (almost tastes like) chocolate substitute.

Heaven and Hell

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?" “This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked. "Of course sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open. "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked. "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets." The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. "Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?" "Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in." "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog. "There should be a bowl by the pump." They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked. "This is Heaven," he answered. "Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too." "Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell." "Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?" "No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."

Word Find Solution

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