UPDATE: Dooley Needs Your Help…

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Dooley recently came to us from a puppy mill rescue with 100 other dogs.  At less than a year old he was afraid, shivering and filthy.  At first it was thought that he had a vision impairment because he would occasionally run into things.  However, the eye specialist said that he has perfect vision.  The specialist thinks that Dooley experienced a back trauma while at the mill, which is healing ok on its own although he bunny hops a little.  Soon after his many doctor visits Dooley had a massive seizure that took a day to recover from.  We were so scared thinking we might lose him.  It was determined by the specialists at Iowa State that he has a liver shunt.  This causes him to act intoxicated due to not being able to properly process protein in his diet which is why he would sometimes run into things.  The protein in his good quality diet at HUA built up and caused him to have the seizure.  Dooley was evaluated and the good news is that the shunt is operable.  The bad news is that it is an intricate, expensive surgery and it was also found that he has 3 bladder stones which will need to be removed at the same time.  Dooley is not strong enough to survive surgery yet.  He will be on medication and a special diet for another 3 to 4 weeks before he can return to Iowa State for his operations.  We can tell his medicines and new low protein diet are helping already.  Dooley doesn’t even know that he is sick, but without surgery he has no chance of living to see his adult years.  Dooley chases bunnies in the yard, races up and down the hall doing his little bunny hop, snoozes on his special little doggie couch that he loves, and plays with the other dogs.  He follows us at our feet and loves to snoop in the refrigerator (Sorry Dooley! It is only your special diet for now! After your recovery we will have all kinds of special treats ready for you to choose from!).  Being held and cuddled is his very favorite thing.  He is all puppy, and we hope that he can heal in time to experience what is left of his puppyhood without any complications.  Dooley needs all of our healing thoughts and prayers.  He has an uphill battle ahead.  Dooley’s life has nearly been stolen from him due to poor breeding, abuse and lack of care at the mill.  We intend to do everything in our power to made sure he has a life of health and happiness ahead of him and we are asking for your help.  Donations for his medical expenses, which we estimate will be $3,300 can be made online here.  We thank you and Dooley thanks you for your support, care and concern.  We will post updates when Dooley goes for his operations.  Please send good thoughts his way!  HUA supporters are the best.  We know that you will come together, as you’ve done for so many other suffering mill dogs, to help us give Dooley the health and happiness he so desperately deserves.

UPDATE:  Dooley just had his surgery today 4/23/10.  He did GREAT!  He will be in the ICU for the next 24 to 48 hours but the vet said it just couldn’t have gone better.  The liver repair went well and the bladder stones turned out to not be bladder stones but some type of small flakes (possibly due to the liver condition) that are not of any concern.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to help save Dooley’s life and get him on the road to recovery!  We are SOOOO happy to have this good report from Iowa State University on him tonight.

17 Responses to “UPDATE: Dooley Needs Your Help…”

  1. Jill Says:
    April 4th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    We had the divine pleasure of Dooley’s company for a few days before and after transport to the hospital. He is THE BEST DOG EVER!!! He loves loves loves kids of all ages and thinks every other dog is his best friend. He is a champion at outside potty (woo hoo!)and sleeps on his back with all four paws straight up in the air, snoring softly and twitching his little feet. His little bunny hop made us laugh out loud. He was hesitant about walking on our hardwood floors – he looked like he had accidentally stumbled onto an icy pond! He really enjoyed his first television experience. He was allowed to watch Animal Planet and primly sat on the sofa, just staring so hard and listening with all his might. The funniest little creature in the world. We just love little Dools and can’t wait to see him healthy as a horse after his surgery!

  2. Abby (Chuck and Lynette Mohr) Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Dooley….I went through the same exact thing. Luckily I was small enough to squeeze through the bars and sneak a snack now and then. I know I shouldn’t have but ya know…. Anyway, I made it through with flying colors and I know you will too! You are in good hands!! Tell them that are some really yummy snacks made of carrots and apples with no protein available so you can have something occassionally other then then that yucky food! I know it’s good for ya but YUCK! Just keep telling yourself that once all this over you are gonna feel so GOOD! good luck to ya Dooley and we’ll be looking forward to hearing more from you and about you!!!
    Sincerely, Abby Mohr

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  4. Sofia Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    i think i might have a idea,i am thinking of doing a fundraiser in the summer and give half of the profits to Dooley.

  5. HuaLori Says:
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:38 am

    That is very sweet of you Sofia. Let us know if you would like us to mail you some HUA business cards or brochures for your fundraiser. We appreciate it and so does Dooley!

  6. Donna Marie Bailey Says:
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Is this dog up for adoption? I am looking to adopt a smaller breed. I have alway had dogs and love to take care of them and be their companion. Please do let me know how and where I can do this. Thank you so much. Donna

  7. HuaLori Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Donna, Dooley will be up for adoption after he comes back from his operation and we are sure he is healed and ready to go. It could be two or three months, but we would definitely love to see applications for him now. It would be great if he could have a home all ready to go home to when he is recovered. Please write to jenny@hua.org for more info on Dooley and the adoption process. Thanks so much! Will give Dooley a hug for you.

  8. HuaLori Says:
    April 18th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    UPDATE: Dooley is in Omaha tonight. He will be on his way to ISU for his surgery tomorrow. Good luck little man!

  9. Marcy Stewart Says:
    April 18th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Dooley your are in my thoughts!! I will be anxiously waiting to hear how the surgery goes!!

  10. Jill Says:
    April 19th, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Dools is here, being his usual charming self. Giving tons of kisses, walking on his leash like a gentleman and snoring softly in his comfy bed. He is still fascinated with the TV and is catching up on the morning news. The little man is so good in the car – the drive tonight will be a piece of cake! Prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!

  11. Lin Eckland Says:
    April 21st, 2010 at 9:06 am

    So how did Dooley’s surgery go? How is the little guy doing? Prayers for his speedy recovery!

  12. HuaLori Says:
    April 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    His surgery is tomorrow. They had him hang out there for a couple days for evaluation. He is having a good time there though is the latest report from the vet techs. They gave him a new prized bunny toy and he is getting lots of loving. Prayers for Dooley’s operation tomorrow!

  13. Jennifer Campbell Says:
    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Good Luck in surgery Dooley! My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you are in good hands and they will do everything possible to make sure things go great! Take care, lots of hugs and kisses.

  14. HuaLori Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    UPDATE: Dooley just had his surgery today 4/23/10. He did GREAT! He will be in the ICU for the next 24 to 48 hours but the vet said it just couldn’t have gone better. The liver repair went well and the bladder stones turned out to not be bladder stones but some type of flakes (possibly due to the liver condition) that are not of any concern. Thanks to everyone who contributed to help save Dooley’s life and get him on the road to recovery.

  15. Solveig Hackleman Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    We just adopted Callie 3 weeks ago. She is a 4 1/2 month old Yorkie Poo. Unfortunately, Callie had a walnut size bladder stone removed today. She is recuperating, however the vet thinks she may have the same problem that Dooley had. We do not have the funds for this surgery. Do you know of some possible resources where we might get some assistance? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Solveig

  16. HuaLori Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Solveig, I will write to you with some ideas. Lori

  17. jean bressler Says:
    April 29th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Dooley is an energetic little character. He is simply adorable. He loves everyone-even my cat. He is not fond of the various meds, but he agrees he is feeling better. Because of his recent surgery, he slept on flannel blankets with his bunny for a pillow. Early this morning he wanted to go outside. He raced around the yard, enjoying the sunshine. When he came back inside, I had his breakfast ready. He does eat well. With his positive attitude, he will be well soon. He is looking forward to having that interfering collar off!!!

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